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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

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Mon, 08/31/2015 - 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

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Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commentary and critique.



Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

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Mon, 08/17/2015 - 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 10, 2015

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Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

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Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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reviews, interviews, commentaries



Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

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Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society


Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

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Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

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Better Paths to Good Teaching

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Wed, 09/29/2010

 Sonia Nieto is an experienced teacher and the author of several books on public school education.  In this conversation with the Old Mole's Norm Diamond, Nieto describes the challenges of educating and supporting good teachers as well as the contributions to teaching made by the magazine Rethinking Schools.  Nieto is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, this Saturday, October 2.  

Teaching Global Politics with Role Playing

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Mon, 09/27/2010

 High school students can learn to see the world through the eyes of indigenous people and other nations.  Two Portland teachers, Julie O'Neill and Tim Swinehart, explain how role playing in the classroom can help young people achieve a broader perspective on global issues.  Julie and Tim will be presenting a workshop at the 3rd Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice this Saturday, October 2 at Madison Highschool.

Arne Duncan and Our Schools

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Mon, 09/27/2010

Arne Duncan, Obama's Secretary of Education, and previously CEO of Chicago Public Schools, is a fan of charter schools.  In this discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick,  Chicago journalist David Moberg describes the illusions and failures behind the charter school movement.   Moberg writes for In These Times.

September 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/27/2010

 Norm Diamond hosts this edition of the Mole with a look at the opportunities and challenges for progressive, liberating eduation.  Norm talks with two local highschool teachers about the use of role playing in helping students to see the world from the perspective of indigenous peoples.  Educator Sonia Nieto discusses her work in encouraging and supporting good teachers.   Well-read Red Frann Michel looks at Ethnic Studies week and the reasons for it.  And Bill Resnick talks with journalist David Moberg about Arne Duncan, the Chicago Schools, and the limits of charter schools.  

This program is a preface and invitation to the 3rd Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice coming up this Saturday, October 2 at Madison High School.   

 

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Ethnic Studies in Perspective

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Mon, 09/27/2010

 Ethnic Studies Week October 1-7, 2010 is a nationally coordinated week of actions to defend ethnic studies and academic freedom. It was inspired by opposition to the May 11 passage of HB 2281 in Arizona banning ethnic studies in the AZ public schools and the May 21 passage of new social studies standards by the influential Texas State Board of Education.  Well-read Red Frann Michel explains what ethnic studies is all about and how it is connected to other issues raised by reactionaries in these stressful economic times.  You can read her remarks here on Frann's blog.

Rally Against Privatizing City Jobs

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 A Rally against the privatization of Portland city services and the farming out of  jobs to private companies will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 4 pm at Chapman Square, SW 4th and Main.  Wesley Buchholtz, shop steward for Local 43 and member of the bargaining council for the District Council of Trade Unions, (DCTU) talks here with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the issues facing the city, its citizens, and its public sector workers.  

Book Mole: "Next of Kin"

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Joanna Trollope's novel Next of  Kin is a family drama set on a small farm facing the challenges of surviving in a world dominated by agribusiness.  Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes it as one of those rare books that "provide an oasis of hope and solace even while writing about an unpredictable and menacing world."  Trollope is a member of the same family as the famous English author Anthony Trollope.  

You can find  an archive of  Larry's reviews here.  

September 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with Israel's treatment of its Arab citizens, how oppression drives the oppressor mad, a rally in Portland against the privatization of city jobs and services, and a novel by British writer Joanna Trollope.  

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  • Title: OMV 9_20_2010
  • Length: 57:07 minutes (32.69 MB)
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Driving Mad the Occupiers

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Lawrence Davidson, historian of the Middle East, talks with Bill Resnick about the expulsion of a Bedouin community from the ancestral village in Israel, about the plight of Arabs within Israel, and how occupation corrupts and drives made the oppressors, and what can be done about it.  Davidson supports a boycott of Israel like the one that toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Music at the end of this piece is from this video.

Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant"

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Illustrating the point made in Bill Resnick's interview with Lawrence Davidson that the oppressor is driven mad by his role as oppressor, Clayton Morgareidge reads from George Orwell's account of how he lost his freedom when he served as a British colonial policeman in Burma in the 1920s.   It's called "Shooting an Elephant," and you can read the whole story here.  The music in this piece is from this video.

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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