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 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

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
commentaries and interviews
Bill Resnick interviews Juan Carlos Ordonez of the Oregon Center for Public Policy on income inequality in Oregon.

Desiree Hellegers interviews Jarvis Capucion, with Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (acronym SHARE) about their campaign Occupy CEHKC (the Committee to End Homelessness in Seattle King County)

Frann Michel reads from the works of Angela Davis who will be in Portland this week. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.
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Bill Resnick will be our host and we will be talking about:

Audio

Hallelujah I'm a Wobbly

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

The song Utah Phillips is singing here is "Hallelujah I'm a Bum," probably written by a Wobbly (a member of the Industrial Workers of the World) in the early 20th Century. Joe reads the preamble to the IWW constitution.

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Neoliberalism and the War on Women

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Frann Michel reviews recent attacks on reproductive rights considers how "the neoconservative movement to enforce gender conformity and women's subordination dovetails with the neoliberal agenda of cutting social programs." The full-text version with media-links can be found HERE.

Bring Single Payer Healthcare to Oregon!

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Peter talks about Single Payer, which is being proposed to the House Healthcare Committee March the 11th in Salem: how it improves access, creates medical jobs, saves everyone $4 billion in overhead, and saves lives by making preventative care available. Experts from around the country will be coming to vouch for the demonstrated benefits of single Payer. If you are interested in bringing single payer to Oregon or participating in the hearing, go to www.singlepayeroregon.org

A technical difficulty made Bill absent for the first couple minutes of this interview.

 

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Old Mole Variety Hour March 7th

program date: 
Mon, 03/07/2011

Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, features interviews about teachers struggling against the businessizing of education, single-payer healthcare in Oregon, neoliberalism and gay marriage, and a Well Read Red about  the connection between the war against women and labor struggles nation-wide. The show is also peppered with music by Utah Phillips and a reading from the Industrial Workers of the World's constitution.

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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. Bill talks with Gwen Sullivan about the role teachers unions have in fighting for better schools.

2. After an couple minutes of utah Phillips singing Joe reads the preamble to the constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World.

3. Well Read Red, Frann Michel, reads the attacks against reproductive care against a background of labor-struggle and neoliberalization.

4. Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about what Neoliberalism has to do with the fight for gay-marriage.

5. Bill talks with Peter Shapiro about Single Payer healthcare in Oregon.

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  • Length: 57:43 minutes (26.42 MB)
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Marriage Equality as Neoliberal Project

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Mon, 03/07/2011

Denise and Yasmin connect the struggle for LBGT rights with struggles against privatization and criticize how marriage equality obfuscates the fact that essential services like healthcare are not available to all, or in the case of education are under attack.

Yasmin Nair is a writer and activist in Chicago. Her work focuses on queer activism and struggles. She also writes for Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collecive dedicated to challenging the rhetoric and politics of inclusion.

Future of the Egyptian Revolution

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program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Can the Egyptian people who toppled Mubarak and who are demanding democracy keep up their momentum to achieve their goals?  Chris Toensing edits Middle East Report, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the obstacles that lie ahead.  

Protesting for What?

program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Exciting protests are going on in Wisconsin and other states against cuts to public sector jobs and social services.  But when will the Left begin to protest the system that empowers the super rich and disempowers the rest of us?  Clayton Morgareidge comments, drawing on Slavoj Žižek's recent book First as Tragedy, Then As Farce.

Movie Moles: "The Company Men"

program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 What happens when Hollywood takes on the trauma of unemployment in the economic meltdown?  Our Movie Moles, Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken review the star-studded film The Company Men.  

"Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It"

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program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is Maile Meloy's book of short stories about difficult choices.  Larry Bowlden finds a lot to like this set of spare, realistic, and emotionally intelligent stories.   More of Larry's reviews are here.

February 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with revolution and democracy in Egypt, the future of the Left in the context of the Wisconsin protests, a movie about being fired, and a fine book of short stories.  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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

1.  Chris Toensing of Middle East Reports talks with Bill Resnick about the road ahead for Egypt.

2.  Clayton asks what the protests against public sector cutbacks are really for -- reform or systemic change.

3.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken review The Company Men.

4.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Maile Meloy's short story collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It.

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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