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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.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

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.

Audio

Indigenous People and Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2009

 Indigenous people are organizing around environmental issues.  Here Andrea Carmen from the International Indian Treaty Council, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the summit of Indigenous People on Climate Change held recently in Anchorage.  

Iroquois Democracy

program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2009

 The Iroquois Confederation influenced the writers of the American Constitution, but was far more democratic and egalitarian than our politics has ever been.  Bill Resnick talks with Rick Hill, Tuscarora artist and historian, about the political life of the original inhabitants of this land.  

Rebels on the Air

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program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2009

 Here is a history of alternative media like KBOO.  Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, details the waxing and waning of radio experimentation and government regulation.  Author Jesse Walker talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.   

McChesney's Media Revolution

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program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2009

  Robert McChesney and Jon Nichols have a new book, to be published in December, on how what needs to be done to save American journalism and investigative reporting from the corporate drift towards empty entertainment.  It's called The Death and Life of American Journalism: the Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again.  McChesney talks with Bill Resnick about their radical, yet realistic, proposal for treating journalism as a public good necessary for a democratic society.  For a preview of the book, go here.

Move Moles: Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story"

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2009

 Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism: A Love Story is now out, and our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Laurie Mercier give us their take on it.  What is its critique of capitalism?   What does Moore offer as an alternative?

October 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2009

 

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show is part of  KBOO's Fall Pledge Drive, giving you the opportunity to support the Old Mole and this great radio station.  You can act now by clicking on the Donate Today jar on the upper right side of this page!

On this program, Bill talks with well-known media critic Robert McChesney about his latest book (co-authored with Jon Nichols) and about how to save investigative journalism.  Laurie Mercier interviews Jesse Walker about the history of experimentation and regulation of the air waves, and Move Moles Frann Michel and Laurie discuss the new Michael Moore film "Capitalism: A Love Story".  

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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.  An alternative history of radio and its regulation: Laurie Mercier and Jesse Walker.

2.  The Death and Life of American Journalism: Bill Resnick and Robert McChesney.

3.  Michael Moore's  new movie about capitalism: Frann Michel and Laurie Mercier.

Republican Gomorrah

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program date: 
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).

Short Story: "The Photographer"

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program date: 
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

program date: 
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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program date: 
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.     

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