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

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Episode Archive

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
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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!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

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
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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
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

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October 25 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 10/25/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program features the French national anthem La Marseillaise which celebrates the victory of the people over the aristocracy in the revolution of 1789.  Against this background, Bill interviews economist Richard Wolff about the class struggles going on today in France, as well as local author and activist Kristian Williams about police violence here in Portland.   Joe Clement contributes a reading about unmet needs and unemployed labor, and Movie Mole Wendy Webb interviews the directors of a new film about coming out of the closet in small town America.  

 

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1.  Richard Wolff talks with Bill Resnick about how much more there is to the strikes in France than retirement age.  

2.  Greg Moses on "A Public Option for Jobs," read by Joe Clement.

3.  Kristin Williams on police violence and the James Chasse case.

4.  Wendy Webb talks with the directors of Out in the Silence.

Movie Review: "Out in the Silence"

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Mon, 10/25/2010

Out in the Silence is the true story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper.  Movie Mole Wendy Webb interviews the directors Dean Hamer and Joseph Wilson.  Read Wendy Webb's movie blog here.

Out in the Silence will be shown on November 4 at the Northwest Film Center.

Proportional Representation and Instant Run-off Voting

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Tue, 10/19/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Rob Ritchie of fair vote about the problems with winner-take-all elections and already existing alternatives like proportional representation, but also Instant Run-off Voting.

 

Rob Ritchie is the executive director of FairVote. Here's a description from their website of what they do:

"FairVote is a catalyst for reforming our elections to respect every vote and every voice through bold approaches to increase voter turnout, meaningful ballot choices and fair representation. As the national organization most focused on fundamental structural reform of American elections, we act as a traditional think tank through careful research, innovative analysis, effective educational resources and timely conferences, but also creatively engage with leading reformers, thought leaders and the media to turn new ideas into widely accepted policy options."

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Old Mole Variety Hour October 18th

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Mon, 10/18/2010

 

Today's Old Mole - hosted by Tom Becker - features conversations about alternative electoral systems emerging in the US; the relationship between domestic violence and economic hardship; voter-owned elections; and horror stories of defrauded home-owners.

Below are links to the individual segments.

1. Bil Resnick speaks with Rob Ritchie of FairVote.

2. Bill speaks again with Janice Thompson about a Portland ballot measure aimed to keep voter-owned elections. 

3. Jan Haaken speaks with Chiquita Rollins, Domestic Violence Coordinator for Multnomah County.

4. Tom reads "The Mortgage Morass," a recent op-ed by Paul Krugman.

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Voter-Owned Elections

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Mon, 10/18/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Janice Thompson of Common Cause about publicly-financed politics and voter-owned elections, and specifically how Portland Ballot 26-108 ensures them.

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Well Read Red: Mortgage Morass

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Mon, 10/18/2010

 Tom Becker reads from Paul Krugman's October 14th Op-Ed in the New York Times, "The Mortgage Morass," which reflects on a wave of potentially illegal home-seizures and how this takes us back to "the days when noblemen felt free to take whatever they wanted, knowing that peasants had no standing in the courts." 

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McChesney on Finance Capital

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Mon, 10/11/2010

 Well-known scholar and critic of the media, author of several books on democracy and the media, Robert McChesney talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the root causes of the Great Recession which began in 2008.  He is the co-author, with John Bellamy Foster,  of a recent article in the Monthly Review on this topic.  

Doubts About Inclusion

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Mon, 10/11/2010

 Yasmin Nair is an academic, a writer, and an activist who, along with others, questions the goals of equality and inclusion for gays and lesbians.   Along with Ryan Conrad, she has produced a book called Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, and in this interview with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, she discusses the value and challenges of  books vis a vis electronic media.  

Nair is a member of Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

Movie Moles: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

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Mon, 10/11/2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Oliver Stone's  sequel to his 1987 Wall Street, and our reviewers, Jan Haaken and Joe Clement tell us how it stacks up against the original in terms of raising basic institutional questions. 

October 11 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features an interview with well-known writer on the media Robert McChesney; a conversation with Chicago-based activist and writer Yasmin Nair about the politics of inclusion; and a review of the politics of Wall Street:  Money Never Sleeps,  Oliver Stone's new movie.

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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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