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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

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Mon, 08/17/2015 - 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 August 10, 2015

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Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

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Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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reviews, interviews, commentaries



Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

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Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society


Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation


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

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate, Border Patrol, Inmates & Prison Staff, Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts the June 22, 2015 episode, which includes these segments:

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Audio

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.

  • Title: SuckerPunch
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 11:14 minutes (10.28 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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.

  • Title: MildredPierce
  • Genre: Other
  • 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)

 
  • Title: OMVH_March_28
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 53:27 minutes (48.94 MB)
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Wasserman: From Fukushima to Solartopia

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Mon, 03/21/2011

 Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy.  Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world.   At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.  

Taking the Whole Planet With Us

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Mon, 03/21/2011

 Chris Hedges has written a dark and powerful prognosis about the future of our civilization, and Tom Becker reads an edited version of  it for us here.  It's title is This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us.  

Why Jobs Are Not a Priority

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Mon, 03/21/2011

 There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done.  Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.  

March 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 03/21/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.  

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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.  Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Harvey Wasserman about the nuclear disaster in Japan, about nuclear power, and the ready availability of alternatives.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Chris Hedges piece "This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us."

3.  Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge draws on Michal Kalecki to explain why our government will not do what it could to create enough jobs.

4.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss the politics of Amreeka.

Against Domestic Violence: The Movement

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Mon, 03/14/2011

 In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling.  They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.  

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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