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 December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

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Beyond Middle Class Protests

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Can movements against economic inequality and dictatorships arising from the middle class effect real social change? Prabhat Patnaik argues that they cannot because they lack an economic agenda, in this artlcle from the Monthly Review Zine read here by Clayton Morgareidge.

The "Sharing" Economy: Not Really Sharing

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
They call Airbnb and Uber parts of the "Sharing Economy", but they are only devices for the well-off to get cheap convenient work out of the economically desperate. What is real sharing? This article by Sam Bliss on the Grist.org website, read here by Patricia Kuhlberg, makes it clear.  
Photo Credit: Grist/Amelia Bates

Book Mole: "Old Filth"

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program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Literary Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jane Gardam's trilogy Old Filth. Although Jane Gardam was not published until she was in her 40s, she has published twenty-five books in the past thirty years, and has won many prizes for both children's literature and adult fiction. Larry focuses in on her famous trilogy,Old Filth; filth is an acronym for 'Failed in London? Try Hong Kong', and is about so-called Raj orphans who return to work in Hong Kong in their adult lives. Surprisingly, all three volumes of the trilogy cover the same time period, and essentially the same characters, but more detail is included in each, and the lives of minor characters are stitched into the story as previously told.

You can read more of Larry's reviews here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and features suppressed radical versions of songs that have been turned into patriotic hymns by the mainstream: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," "America the Beautiful," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."  
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1.  Democratic communities developing in Mexico and among Kurds in the Middle East: Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz.

2.  Joe Clement reports on Renters' Assemblies held in Portland: issues and action.

3.  Why middle class protest movements can go nowhere without the working class and an economic analysis.

4.  Why the Uber Economy is not really a sharing economy.

5.  Our Book Mole introduces us to English author Jane Gardam and her trilogy "Old Filth".


 

Renters' Assemblies in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Joe Clement reports back on his attendance at the First Portland Renters Assembly(1), noting the interest among renters to both legally constrain landlord powers and challenge the political realities of housing under capitalism. His piece opens recalling Frann Michel's Well-read Red from March 9th about the contradictions of affordable housing.(2) He then reads from the SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition's March Newsletter(3), which offers its own description of the Renters Assemblies, and then shares his own perspective. Finally, the dates, times and locations of the next assemblies are discussed. They will be held at the downtown Central Library on April 21st from 5:30-7:45 PM and the North Portland Library on April 26th from 1:00-3:00PM. Check into the Renters Assembly website(4) for more updates.

(1) http://kboo.fm/aniandlyntalkwt
(2) http://kboo.fm/wellreadredthecontradictionsofhousingund
(3) http://www.seuplift.org/category/newsletter/
(4) www.portlandrentersassembly.wordpress.com
  

Democratic Movements in Mexico and Syria

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Radically democratic, anti-capitalist, and women-friendly movements have taken shape in parts of Mexico where the Zapatistas rule, and in the Kurdish region of the Middle East. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz of Other Worlds. Her article on this topic appears on the Other Worlds website
Pictured is the "Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico

Renters' Assemblies in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015
Joe Clement reports on the issues Portland renters face and the Renters' Assemblies that have been held recently to discuss how to deal with them. He also lets us know about the next Assemblies: Tuesday, April 21 at the Central Library at 5:45; and Sunday, April 26, at the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 1 PM.

  

Israeli Elections: winners and losers

program date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Robert Naiman, on Palestine/Israel on the new field of battle after the Israeli election and the winners, Benjamin Netanyahu, succeeding by attacks on Israeli Arabs and rejection of a two state solution.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:49 minutes (17.23 MB)
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The Thin Blue Line of Entitlement

program date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015
Joe Clement reads an article by Ken White titled "The Thin Blue Line of Entitlement". It is a tongue and cheek report about Portland Police Union President, Daryl Wilson, and his response to Diana Scott's recent ruling that called out Portland Police officers.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:16 minutes (6.66 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015

Iven Hale hosts and we hear:
 

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  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 59:13 minutes (54.21 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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