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

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 16, 2015

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Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole Variety Hou
On the Old Mole today at 9:00, it’s the hundredth centennial of the
great Wobbly, Joe Hill, his assassination by the state of Utah. Portland will
have several tributes to Joe Hill this Thursday and Friday.

Old Mole Variety Hour November 2nd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders


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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

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Mon, 10/26/2015 - 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 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 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 for October 5, 2015

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Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective


Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
 
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

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Demonstration: Portland Rising!

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 Inspired by the Wisconsin protests, a coalition of Portland groups is organizing a march and rally this Saturday, April 16.  You can find details here and here.  In this segment, Bill Renick talks with three of the organizers: Greg Margolis from Jobs With Justice; Judy Barnes from Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy; and Noah Hochman from Coalition for Climate Justice.  They discuss the policy issues involved and details of Saturday's events.   

April 11 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 

Tom Becker hosts this show which fights back against the budget cutting, service slashing attack on government services fueled by illusions of national poverty.  The show opens with a rousing speech by Michael Moore to the protesters in Madison, and follows up with an analysis of the deficit and its causes with Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies.  Then Bill Resnick talks with organizers of Portland Rising, the protest  march and rally coming up this Saturday.  Through out the show, we hear music of the Greek diaspora of the 1920s and '30s, and conclude with a conversation about it with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  

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About Rembetica, with Brad Duncan

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Mon, 04/11/2011

 This segment includes some of the music called Rembetico made by Greeks in the 1920s and 30s when they were expelled from Turkey.  Our radical musicologist Brad Duncan explains its history and some of its transgressive themes in conversation with Tom Becker.  Here are links to videos of the musical selections:

Anestis Delias (male vocalist)

Argile Mou (female vocalist)

Rosa Eskenazi (female vocalist)

A Primer In Class Struggle

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Mon, 04/04/2011

Hasn't Marx been proven wrong countless times by ALL the economists? Isn't it the Europeans who are held back by class, while Americans transcend class?

Michael Schwalbe, a sociology professor at University of North Carolina, begs to differ and explains how class-struggle STILL marks many different aspects of our social institutions and everday life. Tom Becker reads his "Primer in Class Struggle," which can be found on the Common Dreams website

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Old Mole Variety Hour April 4th

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Mon, 04/04/2011

Today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, features an interview about US intervention in Libya, reviews of Sucker Punch and Mildred Pierce, and a reading of "A Primer on Class Struggle."

 
Joe opens the show with a short- reading from Michael Hardt's Guardian essay "Reclaiming the Common in Communism."

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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 and Dave talk about the debate on the left surrounding the merits of the US intervening in the Libyan uprising. 

2. Joe and Wendy Webb review Zach Snyder's "Sucker Punch."

3. Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review the HBO mini-series "Mildred Pierce."

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Left Debate Over US Intervention in Libya

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Mon, 04/04/2011

 For those of us who support the Libyan rebels as part of the broader uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East there are problems both in uncritically opposing or embracing US intervention in Gaddafi's massacre. David talks about what's at stake and what's motivating those who are for and against the intervention. Bill asks: what are the next steps? David tries to answer this question too.

Dave Finkel is the editor of "Against the Current."

Movie Moles: Sucker Punch

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Mon, 04/04/2011

Co-written and directed by Zach Snyder, known for 300 and Watchmen, Sucker Punch follows girl wrongfully committed to an asyllum with four other girls seeking freeom and blurs the violence of sexual oppression with its violent resistance. Joe Clement and Wendy Webb discuss this and other issues.

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  • Length: 11:14 minutes (10.28 MB)
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Movie Moles: Mildred Pierce (2011)

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Mon, 04/04/2011

 Mildred Pierce was a 1941 novel by James M Cain set in 1930 America and follows Mildred Pierce's struggle to support her family when she kicks out her cheating, unemployed husband. The 1945 movie-version adds a noir murder-mystery to the story, while this newer one, directed by Todd Hains, goes back to the novel, eliminating the noir elements and emphasizes the Great Depression setting.

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  • Length: 10:52 minutes (9.96 MB)
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Book Mole: Out Stealing Horses

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Mon, 03/28/2011

Larry describes a father's tumultous inner-life hiding in the slow story-telling of "Out Stealing Horses," written by Norweigan author Per Petterson.

 

You can find the text to this and other reviews at Larry's blog.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 28th

program date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

 Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, looks at the politics of energy, worker activism in Wisconsin, Christy Moore's music and a book-review of "Out Stealing Horses." 

 

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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 talks with Tyson Slocum about the political economy of energy.

2. An inspiring speech by a Wisconsin dairy farmer and an interview with Monica Adams, an activist in Madison.

3. Larry Bowlden reviews Per Petterson's "Out Stealing Horses."

4. Joe Clement talks with Brad Duncan about Christy Moore (music links included)

 
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  • Length: 53:27 minutes (48.94 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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