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).

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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Audio

Left & the Law: Lynching

program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
 Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about a new report by the Equal Justice Initiative-- Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. The report, available online, documents EJI’s multi-year investigation into lynching in twelve Southern states during the period between Reconstruction and World War II. It demonstrates that capital punishment was a rationalized form of lynching, sharing the purpose of maintaining African americans in the condition of serfdom.

Psychology & Politics: "House of Cards"

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program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
For this month's Psychology and Politics segment, Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan talk about the Netfllix series, "House of Cards" and what this popular TV program, that just finished its third season, says about sex, power, and presidential politics. 

Climate Genocide

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
Tom Becker reads from Robert Hunziker's article in Counter Punch, "Climate Genocide".  Although climate has changed in the geological past, it has never changed as fast as it is now, and the consquences will be devastating.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 16, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015
Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Old Mole dealing with the "Islamic State," the history of lynchings, climate change, and "House of Cards". 

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1.  Bill Resnick and Amanda Rogers explain the surprising public relations strategy of ISIS, including beheading videos.

2.  The Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a new report on lynchings from the 1870s to 1940.

3.  Tom Becker reads Robert Hunziker's article on the pace and effects of climate change.

4.  Politics and Psychology: Jan Haken and Tod Sloan discuss the Netflix series "House of Cards": sex, power, and presidential politics.

Studs Turkel Documentary: working-class intellectuals & third-party politics

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Mon, 03/09/2015
Every second Monday of the month, Alan Wieder presents a short documentary on the life and times of radical radio commentator and oral historian Studs Turkel, including clips of his work or else of him speaking. This month looks at the influence of wobblies and other working-class intellectuals on Studs in his early life, as well as his support for third-party politics.
  • Length: 14:04 minutes (12.88 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015
 

Joe Clement hosts today's Old Mole and we hear:


 
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  • Title: OldMoleMarch92015
  • Length: 59:19 minutes (54.3 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Well-read Red: the contradictions of housing under capitalism

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Mon, 03/09/2015
Well-read Red, Frann Michel, offers a set of short readings* on housing as a human right, the contradictions of human need vs. profit, and the success of direct collective action by tenants in establishing housing as a truly public good. In addition to these readings, she mentions Oregon State House Bill 2564, which is currently being considered and would repeal Oregon laws prohibiting inclusionary  zoning, as well as The Portland Solidarity Network and The Right to the City Coalition. Begining with a musical clip, host Joe Clement also offers remarks before and after Frann's WRR, and notes three successful Renters Assemblies recently held and looking to be repeated by organizers.


* Profits and the Housing Crisis
* De Blasio's Doomed Housing Plan
* Housing -The Struggle For Tenant's Control
  • Title: WRRHousing
  • Length: 10:10 minutes (9.32 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Al Weinrub on Clean Energy Part 2

program date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015
This is the second half of Bill Resnick's talk with clean energy activist, Al Weinrub. The first half played last week. They discussed community energy, which are networks of small scale networked solar and wind installations all over the city and connected by the existing electric grid. It can be run democratically. It can replace big expensive corporate energy. This second half interview explores how groups and communities are attempting to develop community energy and the barriers they face.
 
Al Weinrub is a physicist, coordinates the Bay Area Local Clean Energy Alliance, and wrote the book, "Community Power: Decentralized Clean Energy in California".
 
  • Title: billalweinrubpart2
  • Length: 17:22 minutes (11.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Portland and the Joint Terrorism Taskforce

program date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015
Desiree Hellegers interviews Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch/Peace and Justice Works about the implications of the 3-2 Portland City Council’s vote to reenter a Joint Terrorism Task Force agreement with the FBI on February 19, 2005, the 73rd anniversary of Executive Order 9066 ordering the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Civil War Contradictions

program date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015
If we condemn war -- since "war is hell" -- can we condemn all wars? What do we say about the terrible US Civil War that ended the enormous brutality of slavery? Clayton Morgareidge explores the contradiction. 

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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