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 January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

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

Audio

Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Mole, featuring two discussions of the situation and the prospects for change in post-apartheid South Africa, Jesus as a radical, and Capitalism and the environmental crisis.  

To hear the whole show, including music, use the play button below.  To hear separate segments, follow these links:
  1. John Saul continues his discussion with Bill Resnick about the future of post-apartheid South Africa.
  2. Psychoanalyst Derek Hook talks with Jan Haaken about his book on time, consciousness, and political transformation in South Africa.
  3. Paul Buhl and Bill Resnick discuss the graphic novel on the radical Jesus edited by Buhl.  
  4. Tom Becker reads John Bellamy Foster's essay on Capitalism and environmental crisis.
  • Title: OMVHDec23bth.m4a
  • Length: 56:40 minutes (25.94 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Madiba (Mandela) A to Z

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
Danny Schechter is an author, director, producer, and media expert Danny who traveled extensively with Nelson Mandela and has previously documented Mandela’s life in the film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." He is just out with a book about Mandela's life and work, "Mandiba From A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela" that gives us a fully rounded picture of the man. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid."

Vanishing Pensions and Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
The chances of retiring with enough to support live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon.

Vanishing Pensions and Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
The chances of retiring with enough to live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon.

The Left and the Law: Mohamed Mohamud

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
As a judge has put the sentencing on hold for accused Portland bomber Mohamed Mohamud due to concerns about entrapment, The Left and the Law (Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker) examine the case and the FBI's frequent use of sting operations that seem to create the crime which would not have happened without their help and encouragment.

Book Mole: "Someone"

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone" is about the ordinary life of a woman who become extraordinary when seen through the lens of an great story teller. Larry Bowlden's review will lead you to it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 16, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
Iven Hale hosts this offering from the Old Mole with segments about the need to defend Social Security and public pensions, the life of Nelson Mandela, FBI sting operations, and a new novel by Alice McDermott. To hear the whole show, including musical interludes, use the play button below. To hear particular segments, just follow the link of your choice (you may have to copy and paste, since the link machine is not available today): 1. Alan Wieder talks with Danny Schechter about his new bio of Nelson Mandela. http://kboo.fm/content/madibamandelaatoz 2. Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center explains the threats to our retirement from diminishing pensions and attacks on Social Security in this conversation with Bill Resnick. http://kboo.fm/content/vanishingpensionsandsocialsecurity0 3. The Left and the Law: Mike and Jan take up the case of Mohamed Mahamood and FBI sting operations. http://kboo.fm/content/theleftandthelawmohamedmohamud 4. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone". http://kboo.fm/content/bookmolesomeone

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and captured by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in neo-slave narratives. Her and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it's a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellum US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and capture by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in (neo)slave narratives. She and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it is a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellem US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!
  • Title: 12YearsASlave
  • Track: 1
  • Genre: Blues
  • Length: 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (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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