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 February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Audio

Working for the Prize

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program date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

 Capitalism exploits our labor, but at least wage workers usually get paid for time on the job.  But what happens when governments and other institutions offer prizes for a job done?  Then many people labor, but only the winner wins.  Joe Clement reads from Jodi Dean's blog on "Finding the One".

"Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self"

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program date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

 Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden comments on Danielle Evans's short stories Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.  They are funny and often heartbreaking stories of young women, black, white and in between.  More of Larry's reviews, including this one,  are available here.   

January 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/17/2011

 Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Old Mole celebrating Martin Luther King day in music and commentary.   

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Harold Pinter in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 Harold Pinter's play One For the Road is being performed at Blackfish Gallery (NW 9th & Flanders) by the Readers' Repertory Theater this weekend, January 14 and 15.  Director David Berkson talks about the play with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.  The story of a master interrogator and his torture victims -- a husband, wife and their young son -- Pinter wrote One for the Road in response to torture in Turkish prisons during the 1980s, and the protection that Turkey received from the United States because of its strategic importance during the Cold War.  For tickets, call 503 295-4997, or email Readers' Rep through their website.

Movie Moles: "True Grit"

program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Joe Clement  discuss the Coen brothers version of True Grit.  What is this film saying about the role of women in the American West?  About commerce?  About justice?

Is there really an Islamist menace?

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program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 The threat of terrorist attacks  in Europe from Islamists  is not what we think.  Dan Gardner argues that "in most of Europe, there was no terrorism. And where there was terrorism, the trend line pointed down."  Tom Becker reads Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace," first published in the Ottawa Citizen.

Photograph by: Saeed Khan, AFP/Getty Images

 

January 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole where the topics include the Teamsters and democracy, a local production of Harold Pinter's play about torture, a review of the Coen Brothers film True Grit, and an op-ed debunking the "menace" of Islamist terrorism in Europe.

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1.  Bill Resnick talks with labor activists Peter Landon about the Teamsters and democracy.

2. Jan Haaken interviews David Berkson, director of a production of Harold Pinter's One for the Road.

3. Movie Moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the implicit politics of True Grit.

4.  Tom reads Dan Gardner's piece "The Not-So-Great Islamist Menace"

 

Democratic Teamsters

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program date: 
Mon, 01/10/2011

 Peter Landon has had a long career as a truck driver and Teamster union activist with TDU (Teamsters for a Democratic Union).  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about union democracy and the campaign to replace James P. Hoffa with Sandy Pope as president of the Teamsters.   More about Pope here.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 3rd

program date: 
Mon, 01/03/2011

On today's Old Mole, hosted by Joe Clement, we hear about net neutrality, Albert Einstein on socialism, the new movie Black Swann, and politically-charged 1990s hardcore-punk.

 

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  • Title: OMVHJan3
  • Length: 58:22 minutes (26.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Profits and Climate: Rewarding the culprits or Saving the Planet

program date: 
Mon, 12/27/2010

 As the Earth's climate becomes increasingly unstable, the US government is responding with measures that reward the profit-making corporations that caused the problem.  Bill Resnick talks with Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies about cap and trade and carbon offsets, and about what should be done instead. Wysham is founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, a project of IPS, and founder and co-host of Earthbeat Radio.   

 

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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