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 on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Audio

Why the Democrats Lost

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Today's Well-read Red is Bill Resnick. He examines various left assessments of the 2014 mid-term election on why it had such a disastrous outcome for the Democrats and what political initiatives are required of the left, including building movements for reform but also "reform and revolution/transformation" organizing.

The Psychology of Political Activism

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, psychologists and activists, talk about the emotional demands of social movement work, and what we can learn from the history of groups organizing for fundamental social change. Sloan talks about an organization he helped found in Portland, Cascadia Center for Social Ecology, focused on education and emotional support for activists. On Facebook

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 10, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole featuring discussions of the November elections and the psychology of political activism.  
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1. Paul Sonn and Laurie Mercier discuss the movement for the minimum wage.

2.  Well-read Red Bill Resnick discusses the November 4 elections: why the Democrats lost.

3.  Psychologists Tod Sloan and Jan Haaken talk about the emotional issues that can affect movement organizations and activists.

 

Karl Marx, the Iroquois People, and Possibilities for a Free Society

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Tue, 11/04/2014
In the last years of his life, Karl Marx returned to the themes of his early writings: the possibility of a society beyond private property and alienation, inspired by what he read about the Iroquois in the work of anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan. Clayton Morgareidge reads selected passages from an essay by Franklin Rosemont. The full article, which is worth reading by anyone interested in Marx and Marxism, is here.
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Old Mole Variety Hour for November 3, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/03/2014
 Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:



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Critical Discussion of Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: capitalism vs. the climate"

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Mon, 11/03/2014

Bill Resnick and Patrick Mazza discuss Naomi Klein's promising new book about capitalism and the environment, "This Changes Everything: captalsism vs. the climate". They consider the books merits, but also how it does not adequately deal with the challenges it raises against capitalism. They talk about corporate environmentalism, how Naomi ties the great social movements of the last couple centuries to environmentalism, but also her soft-pedaling on the big-business approach to sustainable energy, and the need for radically democratic solutions that devolve centralized forms of power in society, the economy, and energy grid.

Patrick Mazza is a Pacific Northwest climate activist and continues to write for publicans like Grist.

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  • Length: 17:56 minutes (16.42 MB)
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Story from the Front Lines of Social Work

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Mon, 11/03/2014
Iven Hale reads a cautionary tale about her experience with a client with mental health issues and how they were not adequately treated or even approached by Oregon social work systems.
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  • Length: 8:09 minutes (7.47 MB)
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Movie Moles: Alien (1979)

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Mon, 11/03/2014
2014 marks the 35th anniversary of the Ridley Scott 1979 film Alien. This October, Portlanders had the opportunity to see Alien on the big screen. Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the film and its continuing appeal. They also touch on Carol Clover's book Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in Modern Horror Film; the 1980 "Symposium on Alien" in Science Fiction Studies, and some other writing about the film; as well as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Prometheus.
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  • Length: 13:45 minutes (12.58 MB)
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Book Mole: Sherwood Nation

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Mon, 10/27/2014
Benjamin Parzybok's novel, Sherwood Nation, is a futuristic story of Portland, post-drought. It explores the possibility of creating fairly small city-states that are self-governing and dependent on neighborhood volunteers for protection and services. The novel raises a number of important questions about what political action means for regular folks who seem to have little control over their lives in contemporary, allegedly democratic, societies. 
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Kaia Sand at the Watch Files Project

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Mon, 10/27/2014
Kaia Sand joins Norm to talk about the Watcher Files Project, an artistic collaboration exhibit and performance based on police surveillance files of Portland activists in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

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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