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 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$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
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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

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Audio

An Anti-war Easter Message

program date: 
Mon, 04/05/2010

 What's wrong with Easter as celebrated in the US?  "Easter… for most Christians, is about individual salvation not interpersonal solidarity. It is about personal resurrection from the dead not community restoration for the living. It is about an “open” tomb that is restricted. It is for believers only not justice for all. It is about eternity not ethics, about right belief not just behavior. It is about the resurrection of the dead not the living."  But Easter should be about the resurrection of the living, and that means learning to live in peace and abstaining from war.  Thus argues the Reverend William E. Alberts in this piece from Counterpunch read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.  

Defending Academic Freedom

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Mon, 04/05/2010

What undermines academic freedom and intellectual inquiry in the University today and what can be done to defend them?  Professor Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about untenured faculty afraid for their jobs and neo-liberal demands that education serve the economy.   Nelson has laid out these concerns in a new book, No University is an Island.  

After the Cuckoo's Nest: OR State Hospital Now

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program date: 
Mon, 04/05/2010

 Psychologist, Film Maker, and Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Tom Becker about the Oregon State Hospital where she has been making a film, "Guilty Except for Insanity".  How has the institution changed since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed there?  Who winds up confined there, what is its mission, and what needs to be done to make it better?  

For information on how you can see the movie this Sunday, April 11, in Salem, click here.   

April 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 04/05/2010

 What should policies and goals should replace the test-and-punish approach of "No Child Left Behind"?  How can academic freedom in the University be defended from what threatens it today?  What does the story of Easter mean for the US at war in the Middle East?  What's going on at the Oregon State Hospital nowadays?  Tom Becker hosts the moles as they discuss these questions.  

 

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1.  Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about real school reform.

2.  A minister talks about the anti-war message of Easter.

3.  The President of the American Association of University Professors discusses current threats to academic freedom with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.  Jan Haaken describes the situation at the Oregon State Hospital in conversation with Tom Becker.   

 

 

Sex Abuse and the Church

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Mon, 03/29/2010

In our continuing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken ask why many are so surprised by this new round of sexual abuse cases when it's no longer news that it's people  with moral authority, like priests and boy scout leaders, who abuse children.  

Obama's Disappointing Education Policy

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Educator and activist Stan Karp talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the administration’s education policies are, in spite of Obama’s campaign promises, just a continuation of worst parts of the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind program -- a program of test and punish.  Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy.

Book Mole: "Throws Like a Girl"

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Mon, 03/29/2010

 Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl by Jean Thompson.   It's a great collection of stories about urban characters who sometimes feel "as if there were a pinhole at the bottom of the world and all the best things were leaking out of it."

For more of Larry's reviews, click here.  

Power of the Peace Movement

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Mon, 03/29/2010

Activism has consequences.  The peace and anti-nukes movements of the '50s and beyond were the major reason nuclear weapons were never used in war after  1945, according to historian Lawrence Wittner.  In this interview, he talks with Clayton Morgareidge about his research showing the surprising influence of peace activism on governments.  

Wittner, a long time peace activist and historian based in Albany, New York, will speak this Friday, April 2, 3 p.m. at Portland State University in Smith Memorial Union Multicultural Center on "How the grassroots disarmament movements saved us from nuclear war."  His new book Confronting the Bomb A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement will be available.

The piece concludes with "Peace is a'Come" by Don Eaton, performed by Satori

March 29 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/29/2010

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with the role of the peace movement in preventing nuclear war, the new wave of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church, the Obama administration's version of No Child Left Behind; and Jean Thompson's short story collection Throws Like a Girl.

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1.  Historian and peace activist Lawrence Wittner talks with Clayton about the power of the peace movement.

2.  The Left and the Law continues with a discussion of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church and why they affect people as they do.  

3.   Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about the disappointments in Obama's  education policy.

4.   Larry Bowlden reviews Throws Like a Girl, short stories by Jean Thompson.

  • Title: OMV 3_29_2010
  • Length: 56:04 minutes (32.08 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Mobilizing for Community Health, Well-Being and Equity

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Mon, 03/22/2010

 An major conference at Washington State University in Vancouver on Saturday, March 27 will feature speakers and panels about inequities in health connected with class, race, imprisonment, and many other issues.  The title is Mobilizing for Community Health, Well-Being and Equity.   Here the Old Mole's Frann Michel talks with organizer Desiree Hellegers about the many issues under discussion, and how you can attend.  See their website for more info.

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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