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 September 15 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Audio

Musician's Union Goes Solar

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program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
The Musicians' Union has installed solar panels on its building, and to celebrate, they are throwing a party with music, food, and drink this Sunday, August 17, 3-7 pm, 325 NE 20th Ave.  We hear Bill Resnick talking with Pat Oherron, a Portland surgeon and emergency room physician who did much of the organizing and planning to get the solar panels installed.  For more information, click here.  

Six Thousand Years of Solar Energy

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program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
Solar energy goes back a long ways.  In this conversation with physicist John Perlin and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, we learn just how far back -- to the ancient Chinese and the Romans.  With today's technology, solar power is ready to generate nearly all of our electricity.  John Perlin is the author, most recently, of Let It Shine: The Six-Thousand Year Story of Solar Energy.

Dying By Two Degrees

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program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
Writing in News Junkie Post, Dady Chery lays out the consequences for the planet of continuing on the energy path we are now on.  Tom Becker reads.  

Book Mole: "Orphan Train"

program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014
As late as1939, orphans from eastern cities were taken west by train to be offered up for adoption to farmer and others, and often they were abused.  Christina Baker Kline's new novel, The Orphan Train is about the friendship that develops between two such orphans, one in her late teens, the other in her nineties.  Larry Bowlden gives us his take on it.  
You can read more reviews from Larry here

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 11, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014

Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work.  We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.  
To hear the whole show (including the music), use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow these links. Please become our friend on Facebook, and feel free to comment on our work or suggest topics for us to cover.  

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Pat Oherron about the solar panels on the Musicians Union Hall and the party this Sunday to celebrate.  

2.  Physicist John Perlin talks with Bill about the long history and the promising future of solar energy.

3.  Tom Becker reads Dady Chery's article on where current energy production is taking us.  

4.  The Left and the Law takes up "rape kits" as a tool for convicting the real perpetrator of rape.  

5.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Orphan Train, a new novel based on history, by Christina Baker Kline.  


Beyond Liberalism

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014

Clayton Morgareidge argues for why we need to "learn to see passed liberalism" and why "we must join and form and nurture political organizations that aim at transforming the capitalist and militarist system of power, which now governs our lives." He does this after admitting the many points of agreement between socialists, anti-capitalists, and liberals about poverty, inequality, war, racism, sexism, etc. He explains the problems of liberalism in terms of fetishizing moral persuasion before the power structures of state and corporate capital.

Clayton draws from Robin Marie Averbeck's Jacobin article Why I Am Not A Liberal. The song after Clayton is from a single released by Mischief Brew in 2013, "Free Radical Radio Fever".

  • Title: BeyondLiberalism
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 9:33 minutes (8.75 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Snowpiercer

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014
Frann Michel and Iven Hale review the film, Snowpiercer, currently playing in Portland at the not-for profit Hollywood theater, and available as video-on-demand for home viewing.

Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.

The premise of Snowpiercer is that an attempted technological fix for global warming has led to a massive ice age, and the only survivors are those on a perpetually moving train that circumnavigates the globe. The first-class passengers are in the front cars, while the tail section is filled with the poor who jumped on without tickets. Guards arrive at intervals to provide protein blocks for subsistence and sometimes take away children, or adults with useful skills.

The latest in a series of rebellions is led by Curtis, played by Chris Evans, and the rebels move forward several cars to the prison section where they free Namgoong Minsu, the man who built the doors dividing each car, and Namgoong frees his daughter Yona. (They are played by Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung, respectively, who also played father and daughter in he Host). By bribing Nam with the drug Kronol, and by fighting their way through variously defended and variously decorated sections of the train, the rebels manage to approach the engine. . . .

They discuss the film as an allegory of capitalism, and as addressing inequality more obviously than exploitation, how the film portrays the crisis inherent to capitalism, whether there is an alternative, and the figurative way the film's ending offers

They note it has a great cast but is another instance of characters of color relegated to secondary roles, and it
barely passes the Bechdel test.

It seems more optimistic with a figurative reading, or if you fancy the end of humanity.

But it's great visually, and worth  seeing.


Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014`

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014


Joe Clement hosts this episode. Musical selections were from: Dead Prez "Police State", Mischief Brew "Free Radical Radio Fever", Killing Capitalism with Kindness "Lost Train", and Beastie Boys "Sabotage". The following links are to the individual segments. The whole show can be accessed further down this page.

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  • Title: OMVH08042014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 59:15 minutes (54.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Book Talk: Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014
Joe Clement and Peter Frase talk about Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, originally published in 1952. The story of Player Piano is set not too long after WWII, and is about social anxieties and alienation in class society in the shadow of the machines that replaced much human labor in the United States during the war. It focuses on a soul-searching engineer, Paul Proteus, and his clandestine recruitment into a revolution against the machines. Joe and Peter discuss the novel's economic vision, how it reflects anxieties of its time and how they might still resonate today, the crisis for patriarchy technology creates and the patriarchal bias Vonnegut still has beneath his satire, the politics of sabotage and direct action in the economy, and more.

The originally aired interview was 10 minutes long. This version adds 15 minutes of conversation.

Peter Frase is a co-editor of Jacobin Magazine, has been on the Old Mole before to talk about the politics of work, and is currently working on a book that expands on his Four Futures article for Jacobin
  • Title: PlayerPiano
  • Length: 25:19 minutes (23.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Portland Teachers Improving Education

program date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.

You can listen here to part one of this discussion, broadcast 7/21/14.

  • Title: Gwen & Eliz Part2
  • Length: 17:47 minutes (8.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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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