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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

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Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Audio

Movie Review: Precious

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program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2009

What do we learn from Precious, the movie about a pregnant black teenager, about poverty, education, and matriarchy?  What does it leave out or distort?  The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with Juell Stuart, a writer and activist from Brooklyn whose article on Precious appeared in Colorlines.  Stuart is a researcheer with the Applied Research Center (ARC).  For another critical review of Precious, go here

Music of Resistance

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Mon, 11/30/2009

  There is always music inspired by, and that  inspires,  political resistance, and these times are no exception.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about some recent currents in political music, some of which were heard on today's Old Mole:  "Tina," by the Mekons, "El Pueblo Unido," by Thievery Corporation, "Which Side Are You On," by Rebel  Diaz, and "Celtic Tiger," by Damien Dempsey.

November 30 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/30/2009

 As part  of KBOO's special programming for  this day, the Old Mole looks at the WTO and corporate globalization, with pieces on how the WTO protects business from the full costs of doing business, the socialist alternative to the capitalist crisis, issues of race and poverty, and the music of resistance.  Today's host is Clayton Morgareidge.

 

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1.  Bill Resnick talks with Margarete Strand of the Sierra Club about the WTO and  the environmental costs of  unregulated trade.   

2.   Clayton reads from a Monthly Review editorial about the socialist alternative to crisis.

3.   About Precious (the movie): putting poverty and the black matriarchal family in perspective with Denise Morris and  Juell Stuart.

4.  The counter-culture of globalization: the music of resistance, with Brad Duncan and Bill Resnick.  

 

WTO - What It Really Costs

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Mon, 11/30/2009

The WTO works  to protect large corporations from having to bear the real costs of their production -- forcing the rest of us to pay with our health and the quality of our lives.  Magrete Strand of the Sierra Club and the Blue Green Alliance explains how it works in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

Healthcare Reform -- or Deform?

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Mon, 11/23/2009

 Is the Healthcare bill now being debated in Congress a step in the right, or in the wrong, direction?  In this piece by long-time health professional Carol Miller, read here by Tom Becker, it's another corporate bailout that will make real reform more difficult to achieve.  The article is "We Need Health Care, Not Insurance: What Real Health Reform Looks Like," and it appeared in CounterPunch.

November 23 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/23/2009

Do higher taxes make for fewer jobs -- or more?  Is Congress debating real healthcare reform -- or just another corporate bailout?  Is PTSD a good way to think about how people are  affected by violence?   This show takes on these questions, with host Tom Becker, Old Mole regulars  Bill Resnick and Jan Haaken, and guests Karen Kraut and Rebecca Hyman.  

 

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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.  Karen Kraut makes the economic case for higher taxes on corporations and wealthy folk -- something Oregonians will be facing in an upcoming election.

2.  Healthcare reform? Or De-form?  Tom Becker reads a piece by Carol Miller.

3.  The Politics of PTSC -- advantages and limits of the concept.

The Politics of PTSD

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Mon, 11/23/2009

 Is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) a useful concept  for thinking about how people deal with a society saturated in violence?   What is gained by using it to treat soldiers suffering from the results of battle mayhem?  Can it be extended  to understand women in abusive relationships, or children growing up in a police state?  Two mental health professionals discuss the history of the concept, its usefulness and its limits -- the Old Mole's  Jan Haaken and  Rebecca Hyman, a student of  trauma  theory.   

Taxes and Jobs

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Mon, 11/23/2009

 Do higher taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals drive down investment and cost us jobs?  Not at all, according to Karen Kraut of United for a Fair Economy in this wide-ranging discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  In fact, higher taxes keep surplus wealth out of the finance casino and puts it to work in the real economy.  The conversation is specific to Oregon where the modest tax increases on the rich and on comporations will be up for voter approval in January.  Kraut also recommends this website relating to Oregon.  See also The Green CPA, the source of this image.

Book Mole: "Olive Kitteridge"

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Mon, 11/16/2009

 Elizabeth Strout's book Olive Kitteridge is a set of short stories revolving around a central character, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009.  Our reviewer Larry Bowlden tells us what's great about it.  You can find more of Larry's reviews here.  

Psychiatry and the Military at Fort Hood

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Mon, 11/16/2009

 Reponding to the recent shootings at Fort Hood, Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Maureen Katz talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how the military uses psychiatry, and how the media portray PTSD and mental illness among  soldiers and mental health workers.   Who carries the trauma and the guilt produced by wars set in motion by the State?   Katz is the author of an article on these matters: "Prisoners of Azkaban: Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Due to War and State Terror (With Help from Harry Potter)."

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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