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 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?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

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February 15, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/15/2010

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show begins with several  discussions of work: how its wages are stolen, why it can be called slavery, whether work is necessary, and the value of "real" work.  In the second half of the program, we hear from a human rights activist just returned from Haiti, and Bill Resnick provides an assessment of the Obama presidency and its limitations.  

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The Left & The Law: Faith Healing & Incarceration

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Wed, 02/10/2010

 Another in the Old Mole's series The  Left and the Law, this conversation with appellate attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken takes up two recent issues.  First, the right-wing radio ad campaign against the early release of some inmates because of the state budget shortfall.  But does longer incarceration do any good? Why do we spend so much on prisons and so little on education?  Second, the recent conviction of a Church of Christ family for trusting to faith healing rather than  medical attention for their dying son: what right does the state have to regulate the way parents care for their children?   

Medicine in Haiti

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Mon, 02/08/2010

 Angele Theard is a Portland anesthesiologist and second generation Haitian just back from ten days in Haiti administering to the pain of injured people.  In this interview, she talks with Thabiti Lewis about her work and the problems of getting needed aid to the people.  Dr. Theard was part of a group working with Medical Teams International of Oregon.  

Poisons In Our Bodies

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Mon, 02/08/2010

 What toxic substances are we soaking up from the industrial products we use -- including "sippy"  bottles for babies?  Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis has been studying the body chemistry of Oregonians and she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about her findings.  Hackenmiller-Paradis is with the Oregon Environmental Council and wrote the Oregon "Pollution in People" report  (PDF) which found alarming amounts of mercury, endocrine disrupters, mercury, and other stuff in the tissues of Oregonians.  

February 8, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/08/2010

 Tom Becker hosts this show which covers several health-related issues: the medical challenges in Haiti after the earthquake, poisonous chemicals in our bodies from manufactured products, and how the law treats  people who rely on faith healing rather than medicine.  Plus, Tom memorializes the late Howard Zinn who practiced history from below -- making him one of history's Old Moles.  

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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.  Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis from the Oregon Environmental Council talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about research into the pollution in our bodies from the products we use.

2.  Dr. Angele Theard discusses her recent work in Haiti, interviewed by Thabiti Lewis.

3.   Remembering Howard Zinn and how he did history.

4.  The Left and the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken review the radio campaign for incarceration and faith healing and the law.

Remembering Howard Zinn

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Mon, 02/08/2010

Practicing history from below: that was the work of the late Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States. Here Tom Becker describes that approach to history, in contrast to traditional ways of telling stories from the perspective of ruling classes.  Tom quotes from Richard Greenwald's  brief memoir, published in In These Times.

Portland's African Film Festival

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Tue, 02/02/2010

 Celebrating Black History Month and  the 50th anniversary of 17 African countries that achieved their independence in 1960, the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films begins on February 5 and continues through March 6.   P.C. Peri is a member of the planning committee and of Flying Focus Video, and talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the festival and several of the films being shown.  

As the festival's website points out, "The feature and documentary films that we show, the majority of which were made by African directors, celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for a more hopeful future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. The films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including African identity, liberation, emigration, displacement, dictatorship, racism and war, issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation, peace, truth, justice, forgiveness, and the position of women."

Hope in Hard Times from Howard Zinn

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Tue, 02/02/2010

 Perhaps as an antidote to what might seem the pessimism of Chris Hedges in the preceding segment of today's Old Mole, Bill Resnick reads a message of reasoned optimism from the recently deceased  Howard Zinn.  It comes from a  2004 piece in The Nation, "The Optimism of Uncertainty."   

 

 

 

Reporting Live from Haiti

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 Live from Haiti, Kevin Pina talks by cell phone with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the recent history of Haiti and US role in suppressing Aristide and popular democratic movements, as well as about the US militarization of current aid efforts and its cost in human lives.   Pina  is a  journalist, activist and filmmaker, who knows Haiti intimately.  (The accompanying photo shows him in journalistic action in Haiti.)

You can see more from him in this video interview.  Pina recommends the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund as the best place to contribute directly to the Haitian people.  For more background, check out the Haiti Information Project; Pina's film We Must Kill the Bandits; his article in World Press; and Naomi Klein on disaster capitalism in Haiti.

Making Local Energy

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 Howie Hawkins as the Green Party candidate took 41% of the vote for mayor of Syracuse, New York last November.  One of his main issues is public utilities and generating green energy locally, and he talks about the politics of that in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   

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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