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. 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 on 09/08/14

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
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Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Audio

Brian Tokar on Climate Change and Social Change

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Mon, 04/13/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology, 350vermont , and UVM about climate apocalypse and why we shouldn't despair.

Studs Terkel and the Hurts of American Racism

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Mon, 04/13/2015

Alan Weider discusses Studs Terkel and the hurts of American racism, with sounds of Terkel from transom.org and Mahalia Jackson from WFMT Chicago.

Police Violence and Psychology

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Mon, 04/13/2015

Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick talk about recent calls for better psychological screening of police and the history of using psychology to explain racist violence perpetrated by officers.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13, 2015

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Mon, 04/13/2015
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Joe Clement hosts this episode, which features discusssion of climate crisis, crummy jobs, Studs Terkel's anti-racism, and the psychology of police violence.

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Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar about Climate Change and Social Change

Joe Clement reads about crummy jobs and basic income

Alan Weider continues his series on Studs Terkel, this time on the hurts of racism

Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick discuss the psychology of violent police
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  • Length: 53:38 minutes (24.55 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour for April 6, 2015

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Thu, 04/09/2015


Tom Becker hosts this episode, which features discusssion of Iran, Climate Crisis, and Rosa Luxemburg

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Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations

The Movie Moles discuss Rosa Luxemburg

Tom reads from World Leaders Lack Ambtion to Tackle Climate Crisis

Bill reads from Robert Parry on the Iran Deal as a Possible Crossroads to Peace
 
Tom reads from Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows
  • Title: OldMoleVH6April2015
  • Length: 48:58 minutes (22.42 MB)
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Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations

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Mon, 04/06/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations, the history of western involvemnt in Iran since the 1953 CIA coup, the current political conflicts in the middle east as about resources and power rather than religious ideology, the strange bedfellows of Israel and Saudi Arabia, the prospects for peace.
 

Movie Moles on Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

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Sun, 04/05/2015

The movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the 1986 film Rosa Luxemburg, directed by Margarethe von Trotta.
You can find the film on YouTube.
You can find some of Luxemburg's writings online at the Rosa Luxemburg Internet Archive.
You can find evidence of her continuing influence in the work of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
Of note is her comment from 1917:
Old mole. History, you have done your work well! At this moment the slogan, the warning cry, such as can be raised only in the great period of global change, again resounds through the ... proletariat. That slogan is: Imperialism or Socialism! War or Revolution! There is no third way!

Democratic Movements in Mexico and Syria

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Mon, 03/30/2015
Radically democratic, anti-capitalist, and women-friendly movements have taken shape in parts of Mexico where the Zapatistas rule, and in the Kurdish region of the Middle East. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Charlotte María Saenz of Other Worlds. Her article on this topic appears on the Other Worlds website
Pictured is the "Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico

Renters' Assemblies in Portland

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Mon, 03/30/2015
Joe Clement reports on the issues Portland renters face and the Renters' Assemblies that have been held recently to discuss how to deal with them. He also lets us know about the next Assemblies: Tuesday, April 21 at the Central Library at 5:45; and Sunday, April 26, at the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 1 PM.

  

Beyond Middle Class Protests

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Mon, 03/30/2015
Can movements against economic inequality and dictatorships arising from the middle class effect real social change? Prabhat Patnaik argues that they cannot because they lack an economic agenda, in this artlcle from the Monthly Review Zine read here by Clayton Morgareidge.

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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