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 for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

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.

Audio

Joseph DeFilippis: Beyond Marriage Equality

program date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014
Joseph DeFilippis, a founder of Queers for Economic Justice and drafter of the Beyond Same-Sex Marriage Statement, talks with Bill Resnick about the limits of the marriage-equality movement and what comes next. He notes the inadequacy of marriage as a legal frame for diverse families; the benefits of civil unions and domestic partnerships for straight as well as queer families and the loss of these options as same-sex marriage laws pass; and the problem of linking so many legal rights to marriage. He also points out the ways that gay marriage advocates have often been complicit in conservative rhetoric, using language that stigmatizes the unmarried and endorses marriage as the only way to validate a relationship. He stresses the neoliberal use of marriage as a way of privatizing caregiving, and calls for more attention to the problems of poverty in diverse queer communities.

Checking in on Border Checkpoints

program date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014

Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith of People Helping People about their work with No More Deaths providing aid to migrants near the Us-Mexico border, and monitoring US Border Patrol Interior Checkpoints. They discuss the militarization of the border through the 1990s Operation Gatekeeper, Operation Hold the Line , and Operation Safeguard "prevention through deterrence" policies, as well as the post-9/11 increase in surveillance that affects citizens as well as migrants. And they look ahead to upcoming actions.

Primer on Iraq

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program date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014
Bill Resnick reviews the players in current events, including the fundamentalist ISIS and secular Baathists, united for the moment against the corrupt Maliki government, but unlikely to remain united; he considers the questions of regional partition and resource control; and he touches on the seeming futility of Western left activism on this in the short term, and the importance of pursuing the long term struggle for global social change.

Here are some additional links for information on recent events in Iraq, from Portside, Socialist Worker, Jadaliyya, Worker's Action, Counterpunch, Kasama Project.

The Village: African Dance and Drumming Performance

program date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014
Jan Haaken talks with participants and organizers of an upcoming dance and drumming event, The Village, a collaboration among  Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe, Sebe Kan West African Dance Company, & Baramokono Drumming Ensemble.

They discuss the value of arts education in schools, the importance of physical movement to learning, the connections between embodied movement and history, and the possibilities for fostering better communication and connections between African-American youth and immigrant African communities.

Tickets for the performance at 7:30 Friday 20 June at PSU's Lincoln Hall are available on line.

Old Mole Variety Hour 16 June 2014

program date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014
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Bill Resnick hosts this show about the tensions between possible futures--either ruled by military and corporate power or else organized as cooperative community. We hear these segments:

Joseph DeFilipppis: Beyond Marriage Equality

Checking in on Border Checkpoints

Bill Resnick offers a Primer on Iraq

The Village: West African Rhythm and Dance Collective

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Stagnant Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014

Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary on the "left" and the limits and failures of Capitalism, drawing on work by Marta Harnecker, Thomas Piketty, Slavoj Zizek, and John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff in Monthly Review.

Housing Segregation in Portland: Karen Gibson

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014
Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies program about the history of housing discrimination against African-Americans in Portland; they touch on segregation, ghettoization, disinvestment, gentrification, redlining,  and community formation.

Left and the Law: Solitary Torture

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014

Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss the torture of solitary confinement, the ongoing struggle of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, the recent federal ruling that granted inmates at Pelican Bay class action status in their legal fight to establish solitary confinement as inhumane, and the ongoing work around the issue of mass incarceration.

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014
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Frann Michel hosts this episode, with music from The Clash, and discussions of military violence, economic stagnation, racism and classism in housing, and the struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.

Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and U.S. Militarism

Clayton Morgareidge comments on the meaning of the left and the limits of capitalism

Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies Program about racist housing segregation in Portland

Left and the Law: Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss solitary confinement


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Ann Wright on Bowe Bergdahl

program date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: the pressures on soldiers, charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.  They also discuss Wright's activism, Obama's drone program, and the new site for whistleblowers, exposefacts.org.

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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