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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 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 on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Audio

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.

 

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).

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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