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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 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

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Audio

The Legacy of Columbus

program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2009

 "Columbus Day" has been recalled -- renamed "International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People."  Clayton Morgareidge reviews the resistance to the colonialism that started with Columbus and the continuing blindness to it, drawing on an article by Indigenous activist Harsha Walia.  

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.  

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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