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 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

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October 19 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program reveals

  • that a lot of good may come out of the healthcare reform legislation now being debated -- even without single payer and a public option;
  • that the defenders of Roman Polanski against charges of raping a 13-year old are buying into the doctrine that rape is excusable when done by the right people;
  • that there's a lot to think about and to like in the new Matt Damon movie The Informant.
  • that Muriel Barbery's new novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog is  a good read.

And Clayton reads a wonderful poetic-political rant by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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Sorting Out the Polanski Case

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Mon, 10/19/2009

Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested in Switzerland for possible extradition to the US to face charges for raping a 13 year old girl some 30 years ago.  Many in the film industry have risen to defend him.  In this commentary, Frann Michel demonstrates how these defenses reveal the male supremacy that lies at the heart of bourgeois ideology.   Here are links to her sources:

David Walsh

The case of Genarlow Wilson

Joshua Holland

Shelley Ettinger

Allison Anders

Polanski's out-of-court settlement

Melissa McEwen

Amanda Marcotte, plus this

Republican Senators against due process for rape victims

Harriet Jacobs  at Fuguitivus

The Not Rape Epidemic

 

October 12 Old Mole Variety Hour: Indigenous Resistance

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Mon, 10/12/2009

As part of KBOO's Day of Indigenous Resistance, the Moles take on Columbus and his dark legacy, native people and the environment, and the radical democracy of the Iroquois.  Bill Resnick is your host.  

This show is part of KBOO's pledge drive: please support the Moles and KBOO by clicking on the tip jar at the top of the page -- and thanks!

 

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

To hear the whole show, use the play button above. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow the links below:

 

1.  The Legacy of Columbus and not seeing colonialism: Clayton Morgareidge comments. 

2.  Indigenous people confront climate change: Andrea Carmen talks with Bill Resnick.

3.  The radical and egalitarian democracy of the Iroquois: Bill Resnick talks with Rick Hill.

The Legacy of Columbus

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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

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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

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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"

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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".  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

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.

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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