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

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"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

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Psychology & Politics: "House of Cards"

Categories:
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.

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)

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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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)

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. 

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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