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

Air date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Commentary and reviews


Bill Resnick interviews Leo Panitich on Greece, the EU and austerity. 

Larry Boulden reviews a novel that asks deep philosophical questions about the objectivity of science entitled "Euphoria" by Lily King.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8

Air date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Child poverty in Oregon, a movie about MOVE, and some bad ideas about climate change
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole. Here is what's on tap:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hour of social & political commentary from a radically socialist, feminist, ecological point of view

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear...

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Memorial day, Troublemaking labor activism, and more!
The Old Mole Variety Hour
for Monday May 25, 2015

 
Bill Resnick talks with activist teacher Jesse Hagopian of Seattle about developments in labor organizing and the upcoming Labor Notes Troublemakers School on May 30, for which Jesse will be keynote speaker.

Old Mole Variety HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,


Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Audio

Borders of Religion and Politics

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Maxine Fookson and Helena Lee about their recent trip as part of a Social Justice delegation, organized by the Unitarian Universalist church in Portland, traveling to the US/Mexico border. They also talk about religion, politics, and the recent attack in San Bernadino. 

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Migration and Climate in Paris Talks

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
Frann Michel discusses the relations between climate and migration crises, drawing mostly from Harsha Walia's recent comments on "Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks."  Her comments highlight the ways that climate change causes displacement both directly--through the impact of drought, floods, and storms--and indirectly--through its contributions to conflict, war, and violence.  She also touches on the ways that, conversely, militarism contributes to environmental destruction.  That the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility have been dropped from the current draft agreement under discussion in Paris reveals the extent to which elites consider the lives of black and brown people to be negotiable and negligible.
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Left and the Law:Sexual Predators

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program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
People convicted of sex crimes are subject to penalties that can last forever. In their Left and the Law series, Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the variety of acts that count as sex crimes and what being branded a "sexual predator" can mean.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 30, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it includes these segments:

1. Laurence Shoup and Bill Resnick discuss debates about US foreign policy towards China.

2.  Mass shootings in Colorado and in Paris are discussed by Jan Haaken and Kathryn Farr.

3.  Frann Michel explains why migration is one of the issues that governments should be discussing at the Paris conference on climate change.

4.  The Left and the Law: Who gets branded a "sexual predator" and the difficulties of living with that label.

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US Worries About China

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
How does the US foreign policy establishment see China in relation to US interests? What are their differences about climate dhange? Historian and activist Laurence Shoup talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick. Shoup is the author of Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014.

Mass Terrorism: Psychology and Politics

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program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
What common patterns can be seen in terrorist shootings like those  in Colorado and Paris? Psychologist and Old Mole Jan Haaken and sociologist Kathyrn Farr discuss psychiatric and political explanations. 

Kayse Jama on Xenophobia and the Backlash against Refugees

program date: 
Wed, 11/25/2015
In a November 19 interview conducted in the offices of the Portland-based Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), Desiree Hellegers speaks with Kayse Jama, founder and executive director of the CIO, about the xenophobic backlash in the wake of the Paris attacks. 
  • Title: xeno
  • Length: 17:16 minutes (23.72 MB)
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Stephen Zunes on the Clash of Barbarisms

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program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the war in Syria and how it could provoke a far larger war.

Stephen Zunes (from his website) is "Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and co-chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict."
  • Title: Barbarisms
  • Length: 21:53 minutes (30.06 MB)
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Reading: We Are Living In Pitiliess Times

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015
Tom Becker reads an article about the Paris attacks called "We Are Living In Pitiliess Times", by Vajay Prashad through Open Democracy.
  • Title: pitiless
  • Length: 6:36 minutes (9.07 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for November 23, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015


Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:



You can listen to the whole show by clicking the button below. There were technical difficulties that made the host's introduction inaudible during broadcast, so it does not appear in this archive. The above list of links are to the indvidual segments and are in order. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates about up-coming or recently posted shows. You can also email us at oldmolevariety-at-gmail-dot-com to get on our mailing less, send along questions or comments, or learn about becoming a part of what we do.
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  • Length: 55:27 minutes (76.14 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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