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
Old Mole Variety Hour
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
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Audio

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.   

Obama After Massachussetts

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Why did Ted Kennedy's Senate seat go to a Republican?  What does this mean for Obama and his agenda?  Massachussetts political scientist John Berg talks with our Bill Resnick about it all.

Movie Moles: About Haiti

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Two documentary films made in recent years about Haiti help us to understand the current crisis following the earthquake.   Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss what can be learned from Aristide and the Endless Revolution and The Agronomist.  The second of these revolves around the historical and ongoing importance of community supported radio in Haiti, and makes clear why you should support KBOO (please click on the tip jar at the top of this page if you haven't donated yet in this fund drive!)

SCOTUS on Corporate Campaign Financing

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Does last week's Supreme Court decision permitting corporations to promote candidates for office, on the grounds of their right to "free speech," hand over our government to corporations?  Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of what the left press has to say on the topic.  You can read his comments and find his sources here.

January 25, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 01/25/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program reviews recent documentaries on Haiti that throw light on Haiti's current situation after this month's earthquake.   We also hear about why the Democrats lost the Senate race in Massachussetts and what it means for the Obama administration.  Plus a discussion of last  week's Supreme Court decision granting corporations the right to "free speech" in political campaigns.  This show is  also part of KBOO's winter  membeship drive, and we appreciate your support.  Many thanks if you have contributed.  If not, the "tip jar" is available at the top of this page! 

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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.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review two documentaries about Haiti.

2.  Bill Resnick talks with John Berg about the Democrats' debacle in Massachussetts.   

3.  Clayton Morgareidge (today's Well-read Red) surveys left press  comments on the Supreme Court's  grant of free speech rights to corporations.  

What to Do About Unemployment?

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Mon, 01/18/2010

 What is the unemployment situation today, and what can and should be done about it?  Dedrick Muhammad, researcher and writer at the Institute for Policy Studies talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about jobs and the performance of the Obama adminstration  in creating them.  

Haiti: Disaster Capitalism

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Mon, 01/18/2010

It's time to stop talking about charity for Haiti and start talking about justice--about recovery, responsibility and fairness.  Frann Michel puts the Hatian disaster in historical context and demonstrates how " Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States, Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank" (Richard Kim, The Nation).  You can read this piece here, where you'll find links to much more information.  

McChesney on Saving Journalism

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Mon, 01/18/2010

 Media critic Robert McChesney was in town this week to talk about his new book, co-authored with John Nichols, Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy.  The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with him about what independent journalism needs in order to survive.  McChesney is co-founder of  Freepress, and you can read an article  summing up his book here.   

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

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Mon, 01/18/2010

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Portland writer Heidi V. Durrow's first novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.  It's about being neither black or white in a world  that thinks in black and white. 

An archive of Larry's reviews can be found  here.

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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