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 on 10/08/12

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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/13/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Arab Spring, Capitalist Realism, movie moles: the trotsky

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bil Resnick continues his conversation with Chris Toensing about the future of the Arab Springs
  • Movie Moles, Joe and Iven Hale, review The Trotsky, which is a farsical film about a young Quebecois man who believes he is Leon Trotsky incarnate and must relive his life, first trying to organize a union at his father's factory and then among students in his high school.
  • Frann Michel reviews "Capitalist Realism" by blogger K-Punk.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/06/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The meaning of the Arab Spring for Western leftists. Also: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts and we hear

Bill Resnick talking with Chris Toensing, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of its quarterly magazine, Middle East Report; they discuss the Arab spring and its meaning for leftists in the West.

Movie Moles discuss Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (and other recent documentaries about the economy).

And more!

Audio

Report from Flood Wall Street

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Sunday's big Climate Change March was followed up on Monday with a more militant action, Flood Wall Street at which a hundred arrests were made.  In this Old Mole exclusive, Jan Haaken talks in real time with Diana Rempe, a Portland community psychologist, as she walks in this demonstration.  

Climate and the Logic of Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Some liberal economists have suggested that stopping climate change is an easy fix: it would be good for the economy, and we have the technology.  But that ignores the political question of who controls the policy making institutions, as Rob Urie argues in this article from CounterPunch, read for us here by Tom Becker.  Climate Change “is a problem created by the ‘approach to the world’ that is capitalism.” Photo Credit: Mother Earth News.

A People's Movement Assembly in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US.  One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28.  More information here.   Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 22, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014

As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots.  Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.  

1.  Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies talks with Bill Resnick about governments' turn to the private sector for solutions.

2.  Direct from the streets of New York at Sunday's big march, Diana Rempe tells Jan Haaken what's going on.

3.  Tom Becker reads Rob Urie's piece about climate and the logic of capitalism.

4.  Two organizers talk with Jan Haaken about the People's Movement Assembly coming up this weekend in Portland.  

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Pat O'Herron on Climate Change and Public Health

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Pat O'Herron about climate change and public health. They consider how changing weather patterns, rising oceans, acidification and desertification, as well as pollution, change the conditions for illness and death. They address collapse in both "the natural environment" and human infrastructure. O'Herron does not end on a completely sour note though, and shows how knowledge of these dangers and present afflictions points the way to dealing with them.

Pat O'Herron is an emergency room physician based in Salem and on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 20:06 minutes (18.41 MB)
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Well-read Red: Culinary Capitalism

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Mon, 09/15/2014
Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red. Today, she considers "culinary capitalism" and the political economy of our food system. You can read the blog- and link-ified version HERE.
  • Length: 5:28 minutes (5.01 MB)
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Book Mole: Sarah Paretskey's "Bleeding Kansas"

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Mon, 09/15/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Sara Paretsky's "Bleeding Kansas". Giving it high marks, Larry explains the historical background of the title and contextualizes the story in Paretsky's larger body of work that's tended to focus on not so subtle political and social issues through her brazened feminist detective character V.I. Warshawski.

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014


Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links above.  You can become a friend of the Old Mole on Facebook, and we invite you to send us commentary and suggestions and interest in participation at oldmolevarietyhour - at - gmail - dot - com.

  • Title: OMVH09152014
  • Length: 56:56 minutes (52.13 MB)
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Reclaiming Work

program date: 
Wed, 09/10/2014
A day will come when workers will no longer be slaves to the time clock, claims IWW member Chuck Allen. The original demand for less clock time early in the last century was for the 4-hour day 4 days a week. What we got instead was the 8-hour day.  Chuck wrote this piece, read here by Joe Clement, at work ("on the clock"), thus demonstrating that we can find ways to reclaim our time when we are supposed to be working on "someone else's time". 

If you want to sing, or hear others sing, about labor and the liberty not to labor, Artichoke Music is hosting an open mic of work songs this Thursday (September 11) at 7:00 pm.

Farming and the Environment

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program date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014
"Organic agriculture can feed the world," says Catherine Badgley who teaches Ecology and the Evolution of Agriculture at the University of Michigan. Here she talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the impact of industrial agriculture on our climate and how our food could be produced with a much lighter carbon footprint.  You can read a paper by her on this topic here (PDF).

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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