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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Audio

WTO - What It Really Costs

program date: 
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.

What Needs To Be Done

program date: 
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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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

Healthcare Reform -- or Deform?

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program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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.

How About a Recovery with Jobs?

program date: 
Mon, 11/16/2009

 The economy is recovering -- but without jobs.  Heidi Schierholz of the Economic Policy Institute talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can and should be done right away to create enough jobs for everyone.  Schierholz is one of the author's of  the annual report The State of Working America.

Moving to the Beat: Hip Hop from PDX to Sierra Leone

program date: 
Mon, 11/16/2009

Bridging the gap between the US and Africa with Hip Hop youth culture -- that's one of the aims of the new film Moving 2 the Beat, produced here in Portland and in Sierra Leone.  Abdul Fofanah, co-director of the film and a Sierra Leonean -American, talks about the film here with Tom Becker.   

Book Mole: "Olive Kitteridge"

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program date: 
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.  

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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