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 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"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/02/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 9th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jubilee Network USA, Global debt, social welfare, child rearing, racism, feminism, Drone strikes


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

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Living paycheck to paycheck, Studs Turkel civil rights documentary, Movie Moles review Selma

Audio

Deep Water Drilling: Motives and Dangers

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Michael Klare, writer for the Nation and author of several books, including Blood and Oil, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about deep water oil drilling as just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich the oil companies while endangering our lives and environment.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84)  His book, Blood and Oil, has been made into a movie.

 

Oil Disaster in the Niger Delta

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Sweet Crude is a new film about  the struggle between the people of the Niger River Delta and the Shell oil-megacorporation, and its director Sandy Cioffi talks here with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about the film and the people's resistance to the ongoing desctruction of their land.  Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle based film and video artist who has produced and/or directed several films including the critically acclaimed Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us.

 

 

Oil in the Progressive Narrative

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge discusses what kind of new left narrative might counter the right wing "free-enterprise" story and show up the gulf oil disaster as a crime.  You can read this commentary and find links to sources here.  

  • Length: 8:15 minutes (7.56 MB)
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Music of Oil Drilling

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program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

In Texas and the Gulf region, musicians have been singing about oil drilling since the oil boom in the early 20th Century.  In this segment, we hear samples of this music and then a conversation about it with the Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge and our radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  

Photo by Nick Spitzer. Copyright 1978 the Smithsonian Institution. 

 

  • Length: 7:26 minutes (6.8 MB)
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May 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

This show is hosted by Denise Morris and focuses on immigration and  the possible repeal  of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  It also  features music by The B Side, a San Diego based band, described as  "War meets  Lenny Kravitz by way of  Ben Harper."

 

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Immigrants: Why They Come

program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers.  Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes  on them?  Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.

Learning from Immigrants

program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy is a new book by Paul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants.  He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm  workers.   More about this here.   The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it. 

Paul Apoltolidis will be speaking next week (June  11-13) at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's conference in Portland.  

Queers and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

In arguing for  an end to the discriminatory "Don't ask, don't tell"  law against gays serving openly in the military, many progressives wind up supporting what the military does -- fight wars to maintain US hegemony.  Writer and activist Yasmin Nair talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the contradictions. Here is Nair's recent article "DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices."

"Papers": Coming of Age Undocumented

program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

What happens if you turn 18 without papers making you a citizen or a legal resident?   Papers is a new documentary film about the difficulties young people face when they can't go to school, get a drivers license, or  work.   Laurie Mercier talks with the producer Rebecca Shine and  with one of the young members of El Grupo Juvenil (the youth crew) Vanesa Dominguez.  Go to their website for information more about the film and how to see it.  

Reneging on the Great Migration

program date: 
Mon, 05/24/2010

Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor.  Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment.  Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus.  (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))

 

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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