The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 21, 2001

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Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Hosted by Tom Becker, this episode of the Old Mole aired as a solar eclipse, almost but not quite total in Portland, was occurring. The eclipse leads the Moles to reflect in various ways on how dependent humanity is on natural and cosmic forces. What we have done to our soil on the earth impacts our planet's atmosphere and how the sun heats us. Though human beings have long been able to predict eclipses, the universe is far greater than we can know and is gradually expanding beyond our sphere of observation. In the film "2001" we are invited to consider the limits of our ability to conquer the space that lies beyond the earth, suggesting that we'd better learn to keep our own terrestial house in order. 

1. Diana Donlon talks with Bill Resnick about soil and climate.

2. Tom Becker reflects on eclipses and our knowledge of the universe.

3. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris discuss eclipses and sci-fi films.

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