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 on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 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 for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Audio

Life and Music of Mavis Staples

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Mon, 03/15/2010

This segment includes of songs by Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, plus a discussion of her music and her career with radical musicologist Brad Duncan and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Their music was an integral part of the civil rights movement, and she's still at it.  

The Future of Energy

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Mon, 03/15/2010

Is it really possible to meet our energy needs with renewable sources and conservation?  Economist John Blackburn says it is, and he gives us plenty of reasons why wind, solar, and other decentralized sources are up to the task of replacing our dependence on carbon fuels.  Blackburn is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University and the author of The Renewable Energy Alternative: How the United States and the World Can Prosper Without Nuclear Energy or Coal.   He works to get the alternative sources recognized in North Carolina.  

"Undercover Boss": Reality TV?

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Mon, 03/15/2010

 This is "Reality TV"? --  Corporate CEOs as heroes of the working class?  Mark Brenner of Labor Notes and the Old Mole's Denise Morris discuss the new TV series "Undercover Boss."  Brenner recently published "Reality TV Gives Corporate America a Big Wet Kiss" in Labor Notes.  

The Morass in Afghanistan

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Mon, 03/15/2010

The Well-Read Red.

Mainstream news from Afghanistan tells of US Military plans and hopes for stabilizing the shattered nation, and rarely covers the enormous obstacles in their way.  In an article "Getting Out of Afghanistan" published last October in Dissent Magazine, Todd Gitlin shows what's wrong with all the reasons given for the US-NATO occupation.    Clayton Morgareidge  reads an edited version of the piece.  

Movie Moles: "Fish Tank"

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Wed, 03/10/2010

For this International Women's Day show, Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the film "Fish Tank," written and directed by Andrea Arnold and  showing through Thursday at Cinema 21.   Frann and Jan also discuss "the male gaze" and other issues around the presence of women in film making.  

Gender, Sex and Science

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Wed, 03/10/2010

The 29th Annual Gender Studies Symposium is coming to Lewis & Clark College, March 10-12.  The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with the Symposium's Faculty Director Kimberly Brodkin about the many perspectives on this years topic -- "The Science of Gender and Sex" --    including the medicalization of sexuality (for more on this, go here) and political responses to the AIDS crisis.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the symposium's website.  

March 8 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Wed, 03/10/2010

 For International  Women's Day, the women of the Old Mole Collective, led by host Denise Morris, take up issues confronting women in the building trades and their creative ways of dealing with them; women in the movie industry and a current film written and directed by a woman; and "The Science of Gender and Sex," the topic of this year's Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College.  In addition, Denise features the music of Yoko Ono in the breaks between segments.  

 

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1.  Johanna Brenner talks with steam fitter Amy Sprengelmeyer and electrician Lisa Serrano about the  the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. and about making their union more militant and democratic.  

2.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the film "Fish Tank," and the presence of women in film-making.

3.  Laurie Mercier talks with the director of the Lewis & Clark Gender Studies  Symposium about this year's topic, "The Science of Gender and Sex," and give details about the symposium (which are also the page  at this link).  

 

Women in the Trades

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Mon, 03/08/2010

 What's it like to be a woman in the construction trades?   Johnanna Brenner talks with an electrician and a steam fitter about about the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. They discuss how women support each other to meet those challenges,  about efforts to make unions more democratic, inclusive, and activist, and why that is important to women and people of color working in the trades. 

All three -- Amy Sprengelmeyer, Lisa Serrano and Johanna herself -- are members of Portland Cross Trade Solidarity which is holding a fund raiser this Saturday, March 13 at the Musician's Hall.   It's purpose  is to help send a delegation of building trades workers to the Labor Notes Conference in Detroit.  For more information, you can email  crosstradesolidaritypdx@gmail.com or phone 503-234-2306.  Portland Cross Trade Solidarity is also on Facebook.  

Issues in the Healthcare Debate

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Mon, 03/01/2010

 Bill Resnick provides us with an overview of the issues in the Healthcare Debate: the cruel and glaring failures in the current healthcare system, the advantages of singlepayer (Medicare for All), and whether the current proposals from Obama and the Congress are worth supporting in spite of their limitations.  

Real Socialized Medicine

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Mon, 03/01/2010

A successful government-run medical system is already up and running right here in the USA.  Tom Becker reads an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof.   

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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