Old Mole Variety Hour

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    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 on 06/17/13

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    Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

    Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

    • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
    • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
    • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
    • A commentary by Iven Hale.

    Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

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    Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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    Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

    Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

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    Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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    Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

    Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

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    Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

    Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

    Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

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    Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

    Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

    • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
    • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
    • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
    • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

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    Mark Weisbrot on Venezuela

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    Mon, 03/03/2014
    Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about recent upheavals in Ukraine and especially in Venezuela, where the right-wing protesters lack the leverage to oust the recently elected government.   Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC, president of Just Foreign Policy, and a columnist for The Guardian.

    Movie Moles on Orgasm, Inc

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    Mon, 03/03/2014
    Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the 2009 documentary Orgasm, Inc, on attempts to medicalize women's sexuality. The film is available at the Multnomah County Library. More information here.

    Mom Baby God

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    Mon, 03/03/2014
    Jan Haaken talks with Madeline Burrows about her one-woman performance coming to Portland March 5 & 6. The product of two years of immersive research, MOM BABY GOD follows Jessica Beth Giffords, a peppy, Justin Bieber-obsessed 15-year-old and zealous anti-abortion video blogger, as she navigates the political terrain at the Students for Life of America Conference. Through Jessica’s eyes, MOM BABY GOD explores the ways girls navigate their sexuality amidst a sexually repressive—and sexist—attack on reproductive rights.

    Old Mole Variety Hour 3 March 2014

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    Mon, 03/03/2014

    Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear about recent events in Venezuela, a 2009 documentary about pharmeceutical profits and female sexual dissatisfaction, a discussion of the meanings of work beyond waged labor, and an upcoming performance about young women negotiating sexuality amid right-wing discourse.

    Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about Venezuela

    Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Orgasm, Inc

    Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin about Redefining Work

    Jan Haaken talks with Madeleine Burrows about her performance Mom Baby God, coming to Portland March 5 & 6

    You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what piques your interest. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.

    Elizabeth Thiel, PPS Teacher and Parent, on PAT/PPS contract struggle

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    Mon, 02/24/2014

    Bill Resnick talks with Elizabeth Thiel, a Portland Public School teacher and parent, about recent contract struggles. They talk about why they wanted to go on strike. She says teachers want to maintain and increase their ability to their job well. This means smaller classes, reduced workload, no more wasting money on consultants, more wrap-around services for creating education equity, challenging the standardized testing paradigm that subverts the teacher autonomy.

    Elizabeth recently wrote an article for Labor Notes on this too.

     
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    • Length: 18:04 minutes (12.4 MB)
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    Portland Student Union activist, Kate Barnes, on PPS/PAT struggle

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    Mon, 02/24/2014
    Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve. 
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    Radical Musicology: the politics and music of Pete Seeger

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    Mon, 02/24/2014
    Joe Clement talks with Brad Duncan about Pete Seeger's life growing up as a "red diaper baby", his own communist politics, and vision of a liberatory praxis driven by music. This online version of their conversation contains extra material not aired live because of time constraints. It turns to questions about Seeger's anti-war and pro-war stances earlier in his career, but also the politics of the banjo itself.

    Old Mole Variety Hour February 24 2014

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    Mon, 02/24/2014
     
    Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.

    You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.
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    • Length: 55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)
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    Well-read Red: Neoliberalism and Education, Portland State Edition

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    Mon, 02/17/2014
    Well-read Red Frann Michel reads from Henry Giroux about neoliberalism, connecting the more unsustainable than usual mode of capitalist ideology and worldmaking to the defunding and alround attack on universities. In the latter half, she focuses on class struggle at Portland State University, highlighting who is causing the problems and who's organizing the solution. You can read it HERE.http://kboo.fm/content/neoliberalhighereducationparttwo
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    • Length: 8:20 minutes (7.64 MB)
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    Old Mole Variety Hour February 17 2014

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    Mon, 02/17/2014
      Bill Resnick hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:
    You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.

     

    • Title: OMVH02172014
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    • Length: 40:03 minutes (36.67 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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