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 09/10/12

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Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

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Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/13/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Arab Spring, Capitalist Realism, movie moles: the trotsky

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bil Resnick continues his conversation with Chris Toensing about the future of the Arab Springs
  • Movie Moles, Joe and Iven Hale, review The Trotsky, which is a farsical film about a young Quebecois man who believes he is Leon Trotsky incarnate and must relive his life, first trying to organize a union at his father's factory and then among students in his high school.
  • Frann Michel reviews "Capitalist Realism" by blogger K-Punk.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/06/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The meaning of the Arab Spring for Western leftists. Also: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts and we hear

Bill Resnick talking with Chris Toensing, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of its quarterly magazine, Middle East Report; they discuss the Arab spring and its meaning for leftists in the West.

Movie Moles discuss Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (and other recent documentaries about the economy).

And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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corporate Olympics, media narratives of mass shootings, The Dark Knight Rises

Old Mole Variety Hour

-> Jules Boykoff talks from London with Bill Resnick about the Olympics and the corporatization of sport.

-> The Left & The Law with Jan Haaken & Mike Snedeker discuss the latest shooting in Colorado and media narratives about such events.

-> Movie Moles Iven Hale and Joe Clement review The Dark Knight Rises.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Just Banking, Queer Justice

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Just Banking, Queer Justice

Bill Resnick talks with attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute Ellen Brown about alternative public and community banking, radical banks devoted to investing in worker cooperatives, all to replace the predatory too big to fail financial system. Here's a recent essay by Ellen Brown: Cooperative Banking: The Exciting Wave of the Future.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/16/12

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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16 July MOLE: Green Germans, activist Bangladesh, military psychologists, coming-of-age-fiction

On Monday’s (July 16) Old Mole Variety Hour:

Bill Resnick speaks with Arne Jungjohan, a senior advisor for energy of the German Green Party and Director for the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Boell Foundation. They discuss the achievements of German community, green, and anti-nuke movements in reconstructing the energy system that has reduced greenhouse gases and created the possibilities of truly democratic local institutions with energy cooperatives in the lead. http://www.boell.org/web/138.html

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/02/12

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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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July 2 Mole on healthcare

At 9am Monday, July 2, 2012 The Old Mole Variety Hour focuses on health and healthcare and features

Bill Resnick and health-policy analyst Chris Lowe on the recent SCOTUS decision

Jan Haaken on Pink Ribbons, Ink

Denise Morris on The Healthcare Movie

Frann Michel hosting and discussing healthism.

Audio

Fight for 15 in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014
Bill Resnick talks with organizer Justin Norton-Kertson about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. They discuss the benefits of raising the floor for all workers and preserving social welfare spending for those unable to work, as well as the origins of the movement in Chicago, its victories in SeaTac and Seattle, and the relation between the national and local campaigns, both of which have excellent websites (https://www.15now.org/ and http://www.15nowpdx.org/). They discuss recent actions in Portland and the kinds of solidarity workers can show without risk to their jobs. Bill and Justin  debunk the myth that raising the minimum wage would cost jobs and hurt the economy by noting that states that have raised their minimum wages have seen better economic growth. Finally, they discuss some of the international dimensions of the movement.

Economics Students revolt against neoclassical orthodoxy

program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014
Tom Becker reads from Pete Dolack's article,"Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt,"  about the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics, demanding that schools begin teaching alternatives to neoclassical economic theories.

Book Mole: Love and Horror in the American West

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere by Poe Ballantine, which mixes personal memoir with the mystery of his neighbor's violent death in small-town Nebraska. Read with other recent writing about the American West, Ballantine's book reveals how, in Larry's words, "conventional morality so often teams up with economic exploitation to subjugate people and to strip the land."

Title IX and campus rape

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Mon, 05/19/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile, Director of the Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, regarding the use of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act (which guarantees an equal right to education) to address problems of sexual assault on college campuses. They also touch on bystander intervention and anti-sexist education of men by groups like Men Can Stop Rape.

19 May 2014 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014

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Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.

Bill Resnick talks with Justin Norton-Kertson about the Portland campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour

Tom Becker reads "Challenging the Ruling Economic Orthodoxy: Economics Students Begin to Revolt"

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere

Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about using Title IX to address sexual violence on campus


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A New-Old Age of Revolution

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Mon, 05/12/2014
From the labor strikes of  the 19th Century to Occupy Wall Street in the 21st, ordinary people have shown they can organize and manage themselves.  Jeremy Brecher's book Strike! is a classic history of these movements.  Here Brecher talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the newly revised edition that brings the story into our own times.  

The Water Vote

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Mon, 05/12/2014
Portland voters are deciding on a scheme (Multnomah 26-156) to turn the water bureau over to a board separate from the City Council.  Well-read Red Frann Michel lays out the flaws in this effort by large corporate water users to take control of this public resource.  Photo from Portland Tribune.

"After the Revolution" -- Theater Review

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Mon, 05/12/2014
"After the Revolution," a play by Amy Herzog and directed by Tamara Fisch, is now playing at the Portland Playhouse through June 1.  It shows the differences between the generations in a family of radical leftists.  Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick saw it and give us this generally favorable report of its virtues and limitations.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014


Bill Resnick is our host for this Membership Drive edition of the Old Mole, and it features:

1.  A conversation with Jeremy Brecher about the new and updated edition of his classic book Strike!

2.  
Analysis by Well-read Red Frann Michel of Portland Ballot measure 126-56 affecting our water.

3.  Discussion between Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick reviewing the play "After the Revolution"

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  The hear individual segments, follow the links above.  

Defending Participatory Democracy As A Socialist Value Against Left Authoritarianism

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Mon, 05/05/2014
Joe Clement reads excerpts from an article by Gabriel Levy called "We Need Zizek's 'Thatcher of the Left' Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle".

Written not long after Margaret Thatcher died in 2013, Gabriel is responding to the very popular (though maybe unknown to you) philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek. After Thatcher died, Zizek wrote an article for The New Statesman defending, in his contrarian though unironic manner, Thatcher's authoritarian pnash as a value the left and anti-capitalists in particular should embrace if it is going to accomplish anything. Moreover, Zizek's controversial tact continues, this is held over and above socialist or communist ideologies that stress the people or masses achieving their own liberation democratically and inclusively.

Gabriel Levy's argument takes issue with these two points and in the end champions a renaissance in socialist thinking.
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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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