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 September 15 2014

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 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 Labor Day 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

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?
 

Audio

Family Homophobia

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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

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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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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.

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.

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.

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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