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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

Old Mole Variety HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Audio

Wasserman: From Fukushima to Solartopia

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy.  Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world.   At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.  

Taking the Whole Planet With Us

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Chris Hedges has written a dark and powerful prognosis about the future of our civilization, and Tom Becker reads an edited version of  it for us here.  It's title is This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us.  

Why Jobs Are Not a Priority

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done.  Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.  

March 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.  

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1.  Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Harvey Wasserman about the nuclear disaster in Japan, about nuclear power, and the ready availability of alternatives.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Chris Hedges piece "This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us."

3.  Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge draws on Michal Kalecki to explain why our government will not do what it could to create enough jobs.

4.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss the politics of Amreeka.

Against Domestic Violence: The Movement

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program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling.  They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.  

The American Dream: Worth Saving?

program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Well-read Red Frann Michel reflects on "The American Dream" which progressives are being asked to rally around, in opposition to the attack on the working class coming from the right these days.  But what do we dream when we dream The American Dream?  Is it a way of evading the hard reality that the wealthy classes would like us to dream that we can all be like them -- and that that would make us happy?

Read Frann's remarks here.  

Movie Moles: "The Adjustment Bureau"

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program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the new film starring Matt Damon, The Adjustment Bureau, based (very loosely) on a short story by Philip K. Dick.  What is this satirical movie really satirizing, and what Hollywood movie assumptions does it leave solidly in place?

Wisconsin: What's Ahead?

program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss organizing efforts in Wisconsin and other states where masses of people have turned out in opposition to drastic budgit cuts.  What has to happen if this energy is to lead to a real challenge to the power of the moneyed elites?   Norm Diamond is a labor historian with many years of experience as an activist on labor issues.  He was the President of the Northwest Labor College, and co-author of The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States.  

March 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 Denise Morris hosts this show featuring a review of the Matt Damon movie (based on a Philip K. Dick story) The Adjustment Bureau; a discussion of the ideological ambiguities thrown up by the struggle for the recognition of domestic violence; some questions and about the meaning and value of The American Dream; and an analysis of the possibilities and limits of the democratic movements going on in Wisconsin and elsewhere.  


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1.  Mike Snedeker  talks with Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel asks whether "The American Dream" is what we should be rallying for.

3.  Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken critically review The Adjustment Bureau.

4.  Labor Historian Norm Diamond talks with Bill Resnick about what's next for the democratic energies unleashed in Wisconsin and around the nation and the world.  

How Organizing Teachers Is Essential to Education Reform

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Bill and Gwen talk about the business model that groups like Stand up for Children are pushing as educational reform, and how teachers unions are under attack because of their resistance.

Gwen Sullivan is the vice-president of the Portland Teachers Association and an elementary school teacher herself.

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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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