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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Audio

Republican Gomorrah

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 

In his new book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, Max Blumenthal reports on and analyzes the pathological culture of the Christian Right and how they have taken over the party.  Here he talks with Bill Resnick about what he discovered and what it might mean for progressive politics.  Blumenthal will be speaking at Powell's on Burnside at 7:30 tonight (9/28/09).

Short Story: "The Photographer"

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 

Luz María Gordillo presents another in her series of short stories about the Mexican immigrant experience -- this one about a photographer living in Spanish Harlem. 

Economic Policy in Pittsburgh

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Mon, 09/28/2009

While protesters on the streets outside were being gassed by police, what were the world leaders doing inside?  Lots of pious promises to help the poor, but any action?  Bill Resnick talks with Arthur Stamoulis, Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign who has followed the talks.  They also discuss the E-Convergence Conference, featuring Noam Chomsky and many others, coming up later this week here in Portland.  For details, go here.    

Stories from the Healthcare Frontlines

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 A wide-ranging discussion of healthcare and health insurance issues by seven participants in a course called  "Humanity in Perspective."  The course was offered free at Willamette University and at Reed College to  adults who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged.  In this conversation, moderated and edited by Professor Ivan Welty of Willamette University, the students speak from personal experience with the difficulties of the current healthcare system.     

September 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/28/2009

 

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features a conversation among seven people about their experiences with the healthcare system.  Nationally known author Max Blumenthal talks with Bill about his new book Republican Gomorrah -- the crashing and burning of the party at the hands of the Christian Right.  Luz María  Gordillo reads her story "The Photographer,"  and  Arthur Stamoulis reviews the promises and likely performance of the  the  G-20 world leaders in Pittsburgh.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow the links below: 

1.  Max Blumenthal on Republican Gomorrah:  Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party.

2.  Luz María Gordillo's story about a  photographer in Spanish Harlem.

3.   Report from Pittsburgh and the G-20.

4.   Stories from the frontlines of healthcare.

 

Defiant Publics

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Mon, 09/21/2009

 

We live in an age of resistance,  of non-compliance with authority.   So says  Daniel Drache, author of Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen.   Here he talks with the Old Mole Bill Resnick about the many manifestations of this independent minded public spirit here and around the world.

 

In Defense of Malpractice Suits

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Mon, 09/21/2009

Doctors and hospitals make mistakes: how do patients get  compensated?  In their ongoing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken puncture the myths about tort reform and malpractice suits  that Republicans claim are  driving up medical costs and driving  good doctors out of business.   

Health Care and Immigrants

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Mon, 09/21/2009

Mexican immigrants, whether documented or not, contribute mightily to the North American economy.  So why don't they deserve healthcare like anyone else?   Tom Becker makes the case, with help from an editorial by Alvaro Huerta published in CounterPunch: In Defense of the Undocumented.  

Militarizing US

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Mon, 09/21/2009

 

 Military recruiters invading the lives of high school students; the glorification of war on our movie screens -- Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the ways war is being given a safer image,  drawing on articles by Danny Weil in CounterPunchDavid Goodman in Mother Jones, and David Sirota on AlterNet.  

What Obama Did Last Week

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Mon, 09/21/2009

What did President Obama accomplish last week?  What did he not do, and why?  What do we need to do to get what we hoped he would do?  Bill Resnick lays it out.   

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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