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).

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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

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

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Mon, 03/23/2015 - 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 March 16th 2015

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Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 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 02/23/15

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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 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 February 9th 2015

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Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


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

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

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Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

The Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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commentaries and interviews
Bill Resnick interviews Juan Carlos Ordonez of the Oregon Center for Public Policy on income inequality in Oregon.

Desiree Hellegers interviews Jarvis Capucion, with Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (acronym SHARE) about their campaign Occupy CEHKC (the Committee to End Homelessness in Seattle King County)

Frann Michel reads from the works of Angela Davis who will be in Portland this week. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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Old Mole Variety Hour April 18th

program date: 
Mon, 04/18/2011

 Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris, features two conversations about Ayn Rand, an interview about public goods and the economy, and the latest scores for the current class-war.

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1. Bill talks with Martin Hart Landsberg about how public goods factor into economic prosperity.

2. Tom Becker reads Mike Whitney's "Class-Warfare Scorecard: guess who's winning?"

3. Joe Clement and Clayton Morgareidge discuss Ayn Rand's valorization of selfishness and Oscar Wilde's socialist alternative.

4. Joe and Frann Michel discuss the film Atlas Shrugged, based on Ayn Rand's novel about state-capitalist dystopia and her perversely capitalist alternative.

 

 

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The Virtue of Selfishness or The Soul of Man Under Socialism

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Joe and Clayton consider selfishness and altruism in the context of Ayn Rand's work. They bring in Oscar Wilde's 1891 essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" - which almost sounds like an essay Rand would write - as an alternative understanding of the same dynamics of altruism and self-determination that Rand uses to support laissez-faire capitalism and the rule of property. Wilde and Rand seem to agree in their disdain for "living for others" and "an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism," but for Wilde overcoming that "sorid necessity" would be the "chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism." While Rand contends that private property is essential to individual freedom, Wilde argues (decades before Rand) that "with the abolition of private property ... we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism."

Guess Who's Winning the Class War?

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Mon, 04/18/2011

 Tom Becker reads "Class-Warfare Scorecard: guess who's winning?" Mike Whitney deflects the myth that our economic woes are due (primarily) to "credit addled shoppers going crazy at Macy's." Instead, wages have stagnated since the 1970s, money has accumulated among those who already have more than they know what to do with (literally), and profits soar while employment plummets. 

 
The original essay can be found at the CounterPunch website.

Michael Moore in Wisconsin

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 Last month, Michael Moore spoke to the crowd of protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, telling them "Wisconsin is not broke!"  The Old Mole presents a quick edited version.  You can find the entire speech with video at Mike's website.  

Why the Deficit?

program date: 
Mon, 04/11/2011

 Drastic cuts in public spending are being justified by pointing to the deficit, but why is there a deficit when there is so much wealth in the nation?   Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies explains in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

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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