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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

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!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

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
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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!
Old Mole Variety Hour



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.

Audio

About Bitch Magazine

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 The Old Mole's  Denise  Morris talks with two  leading lights of Bitch Magazine -- Julie Falk, executive director, and Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor.  Bitch is "a feminist response to pop culture"-- both critical and appreciative.  They discuss the history and the role of the magazine in these difficult times for print media.  You can learn about theories of cultural critique here.   

Fighting the SEIU

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program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has been fighting for its right to represent healthcare workers in California, against the massive Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  Tom Becker talks with NUHW's vice-president John Borsos about the issues.  You can help out by going to the Fund for Union Democracy, or by attending a Portland Fund Raising Event Friday evening, July 31, from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Bill Resnick at 1515 SE 35th Place (just south of Hawthorne).

The July 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and its topics include the global politics of climate change, the history and role of Bitch Magazine, the right to be irate when being arrested, healthcare workers' fight for their own union, and a set of short stories about women, men, and cats.

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1.  How corporations have taken over the debate on a new climate change treaty.

2.  Of Cats and Men, a new  story collection by Nina de Gramont:  Larry Bowlden reviews it.

3.  All about Bitch Magazine: a  conversation with two of its staff.

4.   Healthcare  workers battle the SEIU

5.  Bill Resnick  comments on the right to be irate under  arrest.

Professor Gates and the Cop

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 

Do we or don't we have the right to talk back--even to be irate--to an officer of the law?  Bill Resnick comments on this un-remarked issue in the case of  Henry Louis  Gates's arrest in his own home in Cambridge.  

What's Really Wrong With the Democrats

program date: 
Sun, 07/19/2009

 In this illuminating commentary, Bill Resnick explains the real reasons why the Democrats won't legislate real reform.  Case in point: their failure to include the card-check provision in the Employee Free Choice Act.  The problem is much deeper than  campaign contributions and corporate lobbyists.   Read Bill's analysis here.  

An Illusion About Taxes

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Sun, 07/19/2009

The rich claim their private wealth is under assault in proposals to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for improved healthcare.  But do they really own their wealth?    Clayton Morgareidge explains why they don't and how taxes and justice are related.  To read his remarks, go to his blog where you'll find links to his sources.  

Update on Israel-Palestine

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Sun, 07/19/2009

 Anna Balzer writes about the Middle East on her website and is part of the Palestine Solidarity Movement.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what Palestinians are up against and how they are organizing.  Their efforts include calls for divestment from Israeli firms and boycotting Israeli products, which you can read about here.  Balzer is also with the International Women's Peace Service.

The July 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 07/19/2009

 

Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program deals with Israel-Palestine, a better way to think about taxes, a movie about walled-in globalization, and why the Democrats are not doing what we elected them to do.  

 

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1.  Bill Resnick talks with Palestinian solidarity activist Anna Balzer.

2.  Clayton Morgareidge on why taxing the rich is not "soaking" the rich.  

3.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss Sleep Dealers.

4.  Why the Democrats are not voting progressively.  Bill Resnick explains.

Movie Moles: "Sleep Dealer"

program date: 
Sun, 07/19/2009

  

A world in which people are divided by walls but their labor and imaginations are globally linked -- that's the dark vision of Alex Rivera's film Sleep Dealer,  opening on Friday, 7/24 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland.  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel tell give us many reasons to go see it.  More about the film here.  

 

The President as Community Organizer

program date: 
Sun, 07/12/2009

 Barack Obama is the first US president to have been a community organizer.  What does this suggest about how he tries to govern and how successful he might be?   Geoffrey Kurtz has written about this, and here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about his observations.  Kurtz is professor of Politics at Manhatten Community College.  

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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