Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reviews, commentaries, current events

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 15, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am
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Climate Change, Racism, police corruption, consumerism, psychology

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commenataries,

Bill Resnick interviews Steve Early, an activist with the Richmond Progressive Alliance regarding their successful work to reform Richmaond Police.

Clayton Morgareidge discusses and reads from a Nation article entitled "The Civil Rights Movement Came Out of A Moment Like This One," by Dani McClain referring to the recent killings of unarmed black children and men.  

Larry Bowlden reviews Ellen Meloy's new book, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild. Meloy is a well-known nature writer. 

Ivan Hale shares an article about queer femme invisibility or how feminine lesbians often go unrecognized.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 1, 2014

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Mon, 12/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Surveillance, Snowden, Documentary, Policing, Capitalism, Marx, Immigration, Farmworkers, PCUN
Old Mole Variety Hour
Denise Morris Hosts this week's episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes these segments:

• Bill Resnick interviews Larry Kleinman. Kleiman is co-founder of the Oregon Farm Workers union PCUN and is now working nationally on the immigrants rights struggle and preparing for changes in the law. They talk about Obama's recent very controversial Executive Order as well as the future of immigrant politics in this country.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24

Air date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drug Wars in Latin America, the 8-hour work-day, football and feminism
Tom Becker hosts this episode featuring --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/17/14

Air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

Chuck Sheketoff on Oregon's Budget

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Mon, 05/02/2011

Chuck and Bill talk about what the problems with the Oregon budget are - revenue short-falls, tax-cuts and the recession rather than social spending and taxes - and the problems with the Governer and legislature's solutions.

 
Chuck Sheketoff is the executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy, a progressive economic think-tank.
 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:12 minutes (2.84 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Bill Resnick: killing terrorists vs. ending terrorism

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Mon, 05/02/2011

 Bill reminds us of the role the US government had in building Al Qaeda during the Cold War and their support of dictatorships in Muslim countries. These twin strategies gutted labor and otherwise left movements in these countries, leaving the closest thing to a voice of the people in the hands of conservative groups inclined to the use of terror. Bill advocates empowering those (left, labor, peace and environmental) movements that constructively advocate for people's interests and eliminate the conditions of terrorism instead of targeting terrorists.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 3:43 minutes (3.4 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour May 2nd

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Mon, 05/02/2011

 Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, is relatively shorter because of the pledge drive. We hear about the death penalty and law day, Islamophobia and Islamic feminism, the right and wrong way to think about Oregon's budget problems, and a short commentary on the assissination of Osama Bin Laden.

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

 

1. Jan Haaken talks with Mike Snedecker about the death penalty in the case of Troy Davis.

2. Frann talks about Islamophobia and the fear of Islamic feminism.

3. Bill talks to Chuck Checkatoff about the Oregon Budget.

4. Bill comments on the capture and assissination of Osama bin Laden. 

 

 

 

 

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  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 35:14 minutes (32.26 MB)
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Movie Moles: "Meek's Cutoff"

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Mon, 04/25/2011

 Meek's Cutoff is a new film by a woman director about the Oregon Trail and filmed in Oregon.  It has been called an "anti-Western".   Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss its story and what it is saying about the role of women.  

Book Mole: "Hungry for the World"

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Mon, 04/25/2011

 Hungry for the World is a memoir by Kim Barnes about a young woman fleeing patriarchal domination of family and church to make a life on her own.  Our reviewer Larry Bowlden admires her writing and courage, and hopes she will fly further in a sequel.  More of Larry's reviews can be found here.

April 25 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 04/25/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts today's show.  We hear a discussion of political obstacles in fighting climate change and what needs to be done; some questions about who creates jobs and what a job is; a conversation among Movie Moles about women on the Oregon Trail in Meek's Cutoff; and a review of a memoir about cutting ties with patriarchy from our Book Mole.  


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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Eric Pooley from the Environmental Defense Fund about the politics of climate change.

2.  Clayton asks who creates jobs--and what is a job, anyway?  

3.  Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb discuss the role of women and much more in Meek's Cutoff.

4.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Kim Barnes's memoir Hungry for the World.

Politics of Climate Change

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program date: 
Mon, 04/25/2011

 Why has the US been behind other industrial countries in the planetary struggle to reduce carbon emissions?  Eric Pooley is an award-winning magazine editor and author of The Climate War who has joined the Environmental Defense Fund as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Communications.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the political obstacles  to fighting climate change in the US and what needs to be done.  

Who Creates Jobs, and What is a Job?

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Mon, 04/25/2011

 Politicians argue about what is the best way to create jobs.  But who has the power to create jobs, and why?  And what is a job, anyway?  Clayton Morgareidge comments.  You can read his remarks here.  The music heard at the end is "Dear Employer," performed by Five Minus

The Economics of Public Goods

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Martin and Bill connect the ideological, political and economic aspects of neoliberalism and talk about the obfuscation over the last 30 years of the state and public goods in the economy.

 
Martin Hart-Landsberg is a professor of economics at Lewis and Clark College and the Coordinator of their Political Economy program.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 19:09 minutes (17.53 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Atlas Shrugged

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Joe and Frann talk about the new film based on Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand's magnum opus and exploration of a capitalist utopia. They consider the wooden acting and painful pacing, but also the representations of business and liberal capitalist government; the fascist fantasy of individuals willing the activity of large-scale organizations; the departure from Rand's own assertive sexuality; the apocalyptic resonance of setting the story in 2016; and the possible boost to high-speed rail.

 
This is the first installment of a detailed adaptation of the original 1,000+ page novel and seems to roughly correspond to the "Non-Contradiction" portion of the novel. Directed by Paul Johannson, who also  makes shaddy appearances as John Galt, it stars Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart and Grant Bowler as Hank Reardon.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:49 minutes (11.73 MB)
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Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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