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 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
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

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Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

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Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

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Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

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Revolutionary Happiness

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Mon, 12/27/2010

In this commentary, Frann Michel takes up what's wrong with happiness, happiness studies, and the pursuit of happiness and ends with some tips on being happy, because we all like a happy ending.   You can read this piece and find links to her sources here.   

Image: “Misery Loves Company” by Open, N.Y.

Music from the local IWW

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 Noah, Daisey, and Adam from the local IWW (International Workers of the World) appear with host Laurie Mercier in the KBOO studio to sing and talk about the union and about Labor Folk Night this Wednesday, December 29, at the Red and Black Cafe, 7 pm, 400 SW 12th Avenue.

December 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/27/2010

 Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs.  Also on the program,  Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.  

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  1. Responding to climate change with schemes to enrich corporations or with public investment in ways to save energy?  Daphne Wysham from the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Renick.  
  2. How can happiness be measured?  What makes people happy?  Frann Michel looks critically at some ways of answering these questions.  
  3. Labor songs and reviving the labor movement: music and an invitation to Labor Folk Night at the Red and Black Cafe.  Laurie Mercier talks with IWW folks Noah, Daisy, and Adam.

Nuclear Weapons Today

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 How has President Obama advanced the control of nuclear weapons after the Bush administration's failures to act?   David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of numerous books on nuclear weapons.  He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Movie Moles: "The Most Dangerous Man in America"

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Mon, 12/20/2010

The Most Dangerous Man in America is a documentary directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.  It explains what the Pentagon Papers were, traces how Daniel Ellsberg came to release them, and considers some of the consequences. The story resonates with the current Wikileaks story, as Ellsberg has noted in his statements of support for Julian Assange and Bradley Manning or whoever the whistleblower was.  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the film and the story it tells.  For more information, click here.   

The Impending Police State

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Mon, 12/20/2010

How does the State create the fear needed to justify its extreme security measures, and what does it cost us? Clayton Morgareidge comments on and reads from Tom Engelhardt's piece "The National Security State Cops a Feel" from the website of the American Empire Project.  You can read this piece here, where you will find many links to related material.  

 

 

 

Book Mole: "Double Vision"

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 What it means to be a war reporter is one central theme in Pat Barker's  2003 novel Double Vision, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden.  More of  Larry's reviews can be found here.  

December 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode centering around war, weapons of war, threats of war, and the national security state.  We hear from David Krieger, an expert on nuclear weapons and their abolition; from the Movie Moles about Daniel Ellsberg and the parallels with Julian Assange; from Larry Bowlden about a novel raising questions about war reporting; and, in a piece presented by Clayton, from Tom Engelhardt on the growth of the national security state.


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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.  Bill Resnick talks with David Krieger about Bush, Obama, and their (minimal) differences on nuclear weapons.

2.  The Most Dangerous Man in America: Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the movie about Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge read introduces and reads from Tom Engelhardt's article on the national security state.

4.  Pat Barker's novel Double Vision is reviewed by Larry Bowlden.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 13th

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Mon, 12/13/2010

 Bill Resnick hosts today's show, which features music selected by our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan. Between songs, we hear another Left and the Law installment about the FBI's role in arresting Mohamed Mohamud for attempting to use a fake bomb they supplied him with. Bill Resnick talks with policy analyst Andrew Fieldhouse about Obama's "tax-deal." Well Read Red, Tom Becker, reads a CounterPunch article about American Exceptionalism. And at the end of the show, Bill talks with Brad about the music featured throughout the show that expresses popular reactions to economic woes.

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Below are links to individual segments.

Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Fieldhouse about extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about entrapment and the Portland Bomb Plot.

Tom Becker reads an article by Don Monkerud called American Exceptionalism Revisited

Bill talks with radical musicologist, Brad Duncan, about today's music.

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Andrew Fieldhouse on Obama's Tax Deal

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Mon, 12/13/2010

Bill talks with Andrew about Obama's "tax-deal" and its real and imagined potential for getting the economy moving again. Andrew Fieldhouse is a Policy Analyst and Fellow Economic Policy Institute. Prior to joining EPI, he worked as a research assistant and assistant budget analyst at the House Budget Committee.

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  • Length: 17:38 minutes (16.15 MB)
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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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