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 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
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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
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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

Book Mole: "Black Dogs"

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Ian McEwan's 1992 novel Black Dogs shows us a split in the human psyche embodied in two very different people living in the aftermath of World War II amidst postwar hopes for socialism.  Larry Bowlden explains why this book is worth reading.  More of Larry's reviews.

Movie Moles: "Inside Job"

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Today's Movie Moles are Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick, and they continue the theme of Bill's interview with Bill Black about criminal banking as they discuss Inside Job, a documentary by Charles Ferguson that exhibits the short-sightedness, stupidity, and criminality of financiers and their political allies.    

Banking on Corruption

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Bill Black is a former bank regulator who speaks and writes widely on banking and finance.  In this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, he makes clear just how corrupt the whole banking industry is.  We, that is our government, do not root out the felons in the system; rather, we bail them out and make them wealthy.  His blog with many links to more of his work is here.  

Class Struggles in France, 2010

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Mon, 10/25/2010

 The French working class has been in the news for massive protests of austerity moves to limit their pensions, but the issues are much more profound.  Economist Professor Richard Wolff has been studying France for many years, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the prospects of  the French workers to defeat these anti-worker measures.  For more from Wolff on these matters, go here.  

Pictured here is the storming of the Bastille, 1789.

Getting us All Back to Work

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Mon, 10/25/2010

Today's Well-read Red Joe Clement comments on and reads from a piece by Greg Moses, "A Public Option for Jobs."  There are needs to be met and people without work: why can't these two things fit together?  This piece appeared on Counterpunch.

Portland Police Killings

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Mon, 10/25/2010

 With new information out about Portland police behavior in the James Chasse case, Bill Resnick talks with Kristian Williams.  Williams is the author of Our Enemies in Blue and the founder of Rose City Copwatch.  

October 25 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 10/25/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program features the French national anthem La Marseillaise which celebrates the victory of the people over the aristocracy in the revolution of 1789.  Against this background, Bill interviews economist Richard Wolff about the class struggles going on today in France, as well as local author and activist Kristian Williams about police violence here in Portland.   Joe Clement contributes a reading about unmet needs and unemployed labor, and Movie Mole Wendy Webb interviews the directors of a new film about coming out of the closet in small town America.  

 

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1.  Richard Wolff talks with Bill Resnick about how much more there is to the strikes in France than retirement age.  

2.  Greg Moses on "A Public Option for Jobs," read by Joe Clement.

3.  Kristin Williams on police violence and the James Chasse case.

4.  Wendy Webb talks with the directors of Out in the Silence.

Movie Review: "Out in the Silence"

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Mon, 10/25/2010

Out in the Silence is the true story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper.  Movie Mole Wendy Webb interviews the directors Dean Hamer and Joseph Wilson.  Read Wendy Webb's movie blog here.

Out in the Silence will be shown on November 4 at the Northwest Film Center.

Proportional Representation and Instant Run-off Voting

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Tue, 10/19/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Rob Ritchie of fair vote about the problems with winner-take-all elections and already existing alternatives like proportional representation, but also Instant Run-off Voting.

 

Rob Ritchie is the executive director of FairVote. Here's a description from their website of what they do:

"FairVote is a catalyst for reforming our elections to respect every vote and every voice through bold approaches to increase voter turnout, meaningful ballot choices and fair representation. As the national organization most focused on fundamental structural reform of American elections, we act as a traditional think tank through careful research, innovative analysis, effective educational resources and timely conferences, but also creatively engage with leading reformers, thought leaders and the media to turn new ideas into widely accepted policy options."

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Voter-Owned Elections

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Mon, 10/18/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Janice Thompson of Common Cause about publicly-financed politics and voter-owned elections, and specifically how Portland Ballot 26-108 ensures them.

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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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