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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 for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Air date: 
Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

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Old Mole Variety Hour for January 5, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
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Frann Michel hosts the first Mole of the new year, which looks back to past activism and forward to new movements and continued struggle.  To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:
 
 
Bill Resnick talks with Alan Sears about the past and future of left activism in North America.
 
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels about Naomi Klein's latest book and the Psychology of Climate Change.
 
Denise Morris reads about Rev. Edward Pinkney Imprisoned for Fighting Corporate Power.

Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about the gendered labor of football cheerleading.

Note: next week on January 12th the Old Mole Variety Hour will begin a monthly segment by Alan Wieder on legendary Chicago radio host and author Studs Terkel (1912-2008).

Click the links above for individual segments or the play button below for the whole show as a single file. Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com.
 
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  • Length: 55:46 minutes (25.53 MB)
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Bob Samuels on the Psychology of Climate Change

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Mon, 01/05/2015
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Samuels, a former psychoanalyst who now teaches in the English Dept. at UC Santa Barbara and is President of the UC-American Federation of Teachers, and who blogs at Changing Universities. They discuss Naomi Klein's recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and the psychology of climate change. Bob suggests that although Klein argues that climate crisis will help overcome the narcissism of single-issue politics, she doesn't go far enough in envisioning an end to nationalism.

Kwanzaa and Cooperative Economics

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Mon, 12/29/2014
Jan Haaken talks about the history of Kwanzaa and how the principles of this African American holiday, established in the mid-1960s, are alive in contemporary activism around resistance to police violence.
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  • Length: 3:29 minutes (1.99 MB)
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Progressive Charter Schools?

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Mon, 12/29/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Karen Connelly and Terra O'Neill about the progressive case for charter schools. They come on in response to a previous interview conducted by Bill where he's critical of charter schools as a movement. They draw from their experience with charter schools, as teachers and parents of students, in the Portland area.
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  • Length: 20:59 minutes (12.01 MB)
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Left and the Law: Judgement at Nuremburg

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Mon, 12/29/2014
In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Sneneker discuss the 1961 movie classic, Judgement at Nuremberg, through the lens of the recent Senate report on the CIA and torture. The film is available through the Multnomah County Library, as well as through various online sites.
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  • Length: 10:33 minutes (6.04 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for December 29, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 12/29/2014
Jan Haaken hosts this episode and we hear:
Click the links above for individual segments or the play button below for the whole show as a single file. Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com.
  • Title: OMVH1229
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 57:20 minutes (32.81 MB)
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Sleep Dealer and Work Without Workers

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Mon, 12/29/2014

Joe Clement reads from Jason Read's review of Sleep Dealer, which he wrote for The Portland Phoenix. Sleep Dealer is a recent sci-fi dystopia in Spanish about a near future where robots are operated from afar by desperate Mexican workers. Jason writes about how he got to talk with the film's director, Alex Rivera, about the changing nature of work and the lived reality of exploitation in late capitalism. You can find Sleep Dealer at the Multnomah County Library. The song we hear afterward is the title track from the Paquet Courts' new album Content Nausea.

Border Patrol North of the Border

program date: 
Mon, 12/22/2014
Early in December, residents of Arivaca, Arizona marked the one-year anniversary of their campaign calling for the removal of the inland Border Patrol immigration checkpoints that have come to circle their small rural community. Residents held a 24-hour candlelit vigil at the checkpoint to protest the thousands of deaths of migrants resulting from border security policy in the desert corridor.  Sophie Smith talks with Jan Haaken about the vigil, and the results of the community-based checkpoint monitoring effort.

Smith works with People Helping People,  formed in 2012 by a core group of Arivaca residents involved in providing humanitarian aid on the US/Mexico border.

Prosecuting Torturers

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Mon, 12/22/2014

With the recent Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA and today's New York Times editorial calling for the prosecution of "anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," there is no longer any way to believe that the US uses torture only to protect Americans. Here our Left and the Law crew, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker, discuss the case for pursing criminal charges against the Bush administration under international human rights laws. They start with the criminal complaints filed this past week with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and take up some of the political history of these prosecutions under international law.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 22, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 12/22/2014
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation. 
To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:

1. Walmart worker and organizer Martha Sellers talks with Bill Resnick about living with Walmart labor policies.

2. Sophie Smith and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss the impact of border control check points miles north of the border.

3.  Alan Wieder recalls Nelson Mandela's appearance at a town meeting in the US just after his release from prison.

4.  On the Left and the Law, Mike and Jan discuss the growing case for prosecuting members of the Bush team for torture.

Program Note:
On January 12th the Old Mole Variety Hour will begin a monthly segment by Alan Wieder on legendary Chicago radio host and author Studs Terkel.  Terkel was born in 1912 and died in 2008.  He was on the air in Chicago for 45 years, wrote 17 books starting when he was in his late fifties, and lent his voice and his actions to political and social justice his entire life.  He supported third party candidates beginning as a twelve year old in 1924, was black listed by McCarthy, and continued to speak publicly at union and political rallies till just a few weeks before he died.  Our series will be thematic and will review his life and his work, a personification of progressive ideas and actions, and correspondingly, his facilitation of the voices of the underdog, or as he put it at different times, the uncelebrated, non-celebrated, or etcetera’s.  
 Starting January 12, this series will be aired on the second Monday of each month on the Old Mole Variety Hour.

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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