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 on 10/29/12

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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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:

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Students Organizing Against Tuition Hikes in California

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program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2009

 The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with Quinn Nguyen and Iris Bustos, student activists at UC Santa Barbara about the recent protests and one-day fast at UCSB.   They also discuss  the larger coalition-building among UC students with service workers and the larger community to protest the cuts in wages and education to support the military-prison complex.  You can learn more about what UC students are doing at the California Students Association website.

Family Homophobia

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program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2009

 Novelist and Playwright Sarah Schulman's new book about how homophobia begins in the family gets a critical, yet appreciative, review from the Old Mole's Frann Michel. What more besides same-sex marriage and the cultural visibility of gay people is necessary?   The book is Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences.   It can be ordered through In Other  Words Women's Bookstore,  and wherever fine books are sold.  

December 7 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/07/2009

 Hosted by Denise Morris, this show discusses how to make jobs part of the economic recovery, the Afghanistan "surge," student protests against the tuition hikes in California, and how homophobia begins at home and what to do about it.  

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1.  Bill Resnick talks with Josh Bivins of the Economic Policy Institute about how to get everyone back to work.

2.  Troubles with Obama's Afghanistan plans (It's an Ambush); Clayton Morgareidge reads from critical sources.

3.  What California students are doing to challenge outrageous tuition and fee hikes; Laurie Mercier talks with two of them.  

4.  Ties that Bind:  Frann Michel reviews a book about the origins of homophobia and what to do about it.

What Needs To Be Done

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Mon, 11/30/2009

 What should we be learning about the viability of our economic system from this latest crisis?  Fred Magdoff and Michael D. Yates make the case for the socialist alternative in a recent editorial in Monthly Review, excerpted and read here by Clayton Morgareidge.  

Movie Review: Precious

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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

program date: 
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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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

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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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.

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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