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 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 12/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 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 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Audio

Kristian Williams on Our Enemies in Ferguson

program date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014

Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about policing in Ferguson. Williams is the author of several books on state violence, including Our Enemies in Blue , which argues that the role of the police is to enforce social inequality. Noting that Michael Brown's killing by a police officer is sadly typical, Williams traces to the social protests of the 1960s both the the militarization of the police and the corollary development of community policing, meant to develop networks in neighborhoods so as to rely less on violence and more on alliances with community leaders. He notes that the military now looks at domestic policing as a model for counterinsurgency overseas. He describes the broken windows theory of policing, which assumes small infractions are precursors to more serious crime or social disorder, and treats them as opportunities for police to assert their full authority. In practice this creates in disempowered communities a reservoir of underlying grievances and resentment of police and what they stand for, but authorities find it easier to police those who are less likely to fight back with lawsuits. Thus policing preserves inequality through structural as well as ideological racism and class power. They discuss Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's essay "The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race,"  and consider the usefulness for the ruling class to divide the oppressed, pitting the middle class against the poor, and in other ways fracturing the potential solidarity of dominated groups.

WRR: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Class War

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014


Tom Becker reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race" on events in Ferguson and the problem of inequality.

Organizing Against Capitalism

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Mon, 08/25/2014

Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.

Iven Hale on Depression

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Mon, 08/25/2014

In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide. Statistics indicate a global epidemic of depression, although those figures work in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. While medication can be life changing and life saving for those suffering this genuine and physical as well as mental illness, Iven questions the risk that the Western medical model poses to alternative cultural and political traditions of suicide. Sharing stories drawn from personal and familial experience as well as from her work as a mental health professional and social worker, Iven raises questions about the obligation of mental health professionals to stop people who are suffering from killing themselves, and about whether those who end their lives are never in their right minds. She challenges the social criticism of both depression and suicide, and emphasizes sufferers' resiliency and dignity.


Old Mole Variety Hour 25 August 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014


This episode is hosted by Tom Becker, and features reflections on class war, police violence, challenging capitalism, and addressing depression and suicide.

Tom reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's controversial comments on the role of class in Ferguson.

Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about the events in Ferguson.

Clayton Morgareidge discusses Unmaking Capitalism.

In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide.

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Dana Frank on Honduras

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Mon, 08/18/2014

Bill Resnick talks about Honduras with historian Dana Frank, who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, and has published a number of books on labor history, Latin America, and economic nationalism, as well as many articles in journals including the Nation, Foreign Affairs, and Politico .

They discuss how the results of the latest US-backed coup in Honduras is driving children to emigrate northwards, and they consider the problems of corruption, the interconnections of the government and drug organizations, and the violence of military and police when they are not held responsible for their acts. Frank notes that children are not similarly fleeing from Nicaragua, where the Sandinista legacy means that state power is held more responsible to community needs. Similarly, the new government in El Salvador offers hope. But the purported immigration crisis in the US is being used to justify further funding for the Honduran military and police.

Frank recommends that listeners contact their US Senators and representatives, many of whom have been responsive to voter demands to end funding for the Honduran military. She also suggests listeners can get involved with groups in the Honduras Solidarity Network, which in Portland include PCASC.

Militarized Police

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Mon, 08/18/2014

Frann Michel shares selections from left commentary on the militarization of policing in light of the police killing of the unarmed young African-American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ensuing protests and police riots. A version of her comments, with links to sources, can be found here.

Movie Moles on Omar (2013)

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Mon, 08/18/2014
Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar, about life on both sides of the occupation wall. They note the film's exploration of the intimate power relations of occupied and occupier, the initial optimism of its title character, the complexities of trust and betrayal both personal and political, and the temptations of the promise of a sweet life.

Sisters of the Road: nourishing community

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Mon, 08/18/2014

Jan Haaken talks with volunteer and board member Robert Adams and co-manager Kris Soebroto of the non-profit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town, which for nearly 35 years has been serving immediate needs and seeking systemic change. The Cafe offers hot meals in exchange for $1.50 cash, for work barter, or for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Work credits earned at Sisters can also be used at Portland Farmers' Markets, and field trips from Sisters introduce the farmer-vendors and explain how to use the foods they offer. Sisters also partners with the Sauvie Island Organics farm Food Works program, which teaches teenagers about farming. Jan, Robert, and Kris also discuss the central role of volunteers at Sisters of the Road: the organization recognizes that nourishment is about not just food but also community, and provides opportunities for people to come together.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 18 August 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with segments on police violence in Honduras, Ferguson, and Palestine, and on a local non-profit nourishing bodies and communities in Portland. Musical selections: Sound of da Police by KRS One; Call the Cops by Rob Hustle ft. Liv; Tired of Being Stepped On by the Click; and Revolution by Nina Simone.

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To hear the whole show (including the music), use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with Dana Frank about Honduras

Frann Michel shares left commentary on the militarizing of policing

Joe Clement and Jan Haaken review the Palestinian film Omar

Jan talks with Kris Soebroto and Robert Adams about Sisters of the Road Cafe

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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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