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).

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commentary and critique.



Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 10, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
reviews, interviews, commentaries



Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society


Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Border Patrol, Inmates & Prison Staff, Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts the June 22, 2015 episode, which includes these segments:

Audio

Changing Cities and Teachers' Unions

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Portland, along with many other cities, is changing as it gentrifies the core and pushes poorer people out to the periphery. They also discuss the leading role that teachers' unions can have in organizing against these changes. 
Photo by MsSaraKelly
 

The Love to Save the World

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
 W.H. Auden wrote "We must love one another or die." What kind of love could save the world? Not the love we sing of in love songs. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility of a world organized and moved by love instead of competition for money. 

Why Save the Postal Service

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program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
Long time postal worker and activist Jamie Partridge talks with Bill Resnick about political threats to the postal service and why it's important to save it. People wishing to support the postal workers will be gathering between 7 and 9 am on Wednesday, September 23 at the Portland Art Museum to meet the Postmaster General and protest cuts in service. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
Bill Resnick hosts this show featuring music about love and a better world by Michael Jackson. The segments of the show are these:
  1. Journalist Arun Gupta talks with Bill Resnick about gentrification and the role of teachers' unions in resisting it.
  2. Jan Haaken explains some of the psychology behind the rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates in debate.
  3. Clayton Morgareidge reflects on what kind of love could change the world.
  4. Jamie Partridge talks with Bill about the US postal service and how to save it.
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces, follow the links above. You can follow us on Facebook to keep up with us and comment on shows and topics. 

Old Mole engineer Patsy Kullberg's novel, mentioned on the show, is Girl in the River. It takes place in 1940s and '50s Portland.

GOP Debaters on the Couch

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program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
Psychologist Jan Haaken offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of the Republican debate last week, drawing out the way these candidates mobilize human anxieties over threats, mostly imaginary, and longings for a strong, protective leader. Progressives need to go beyond the tendency to frame these tactics as simply "negative campaigning" and expose the paranoid and pathological ideas that fuel right-wing campaigns--ideas that Democrats also often employ, but less crudely.  
Photo credit: DonkeyHotey
 

The Love to Save the World

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
 W.H. Auden wrote "We must love one another or die." What kind of love could save the world? Not the love we sing of in love songs. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility of a world organized and moved by love instead of competition for money. 

Eric Laursen on Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Eric Laursen, author of The People’s Pension: The War Against Social Security, from Reagan to Obama, available from AK Press. They discuss how and why Social Security survived in the face of elite attacks since its inception. Laursen is part of the movement seeking to expand Social Security, not just raising benefits but involving recipients in the battle for a just economy.  You can find more of his recent work here.

[image via Wikimedia]

Girl in the River

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Patsy Kullberg (also an Old Mole), about her new novel, Girl in the River. The novel--a work of historical fiction--centers on the struggles of a fictional working class young woman, finding her way in the actual world of corruption, vice squads, and abortion politics in the mid-twentieth century in Portland. Jan talks with Patsy about what reproductive rights activists might learn from this period in Portland's history--and how novels contribute to our capacity to imagine that a better world is possible.

Decriminalizing Sex Work

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Red, an activist and representative with SWOP USA--Sex Workers Outreach Project. She is active with the Portland SWOP Chapter and also director of the new program in Portland, STROLL: Sex Traders Radical Outreach & Liberation Lobby.  They talk about the recent position taken by Amnesty International calling for the decriminalization of sex work, and some of the controversy around this position.


[photo by Pablo Flores 2006]

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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