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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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/29/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view

Host Denise Morris talks  with Catherine Sameh about the resistance of women in Iran.   Laurie Mercier reviews the history of health care reform, and Bill Resnick interviews Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, about the economics of the environmental crisis.   

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/22/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Audio

John Feffer on infrastructure divestment and ecological collapse

program date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014
Bill Resnick talks with John Feffer about "homegrown terrorism". In particular, they consider how looming ecological catastrophe is exacerbated by years of divestment in our various forms of infrastructure --- transportation, sewage and water systems, food-systems, energy -- and how this is being driven by big business interests. They also call into question the way natural and other resources are exhausted as quickly as possible and technocratic fixes are championed as picking up the slack when their absence is felt. They end by talking about grassroot movements that are fighting to change the focus of government to public infrustructure and goods, and John makes the case for why "government is the bad guy" thwarts these efforts in the US.

John Feffer is the codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus.
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  • Length: 20:03 minutes (18.35 MB)
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The Harder You Work, The Richer They Get: wages, profits, and productivity

program date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014
Tom Becker reads excerpts from a CounterPunch article by Pete Dollack about the ideology that widens the gap between worker productivity and wages already stagnant for decades.
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  • Length: 7:26 minutes (6.81 MB)
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People Helping People: humanitarian aid for immigrants and ending border checkpoints

program date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014
Jan Haaken interviews Sophie Smith about the risks immigrants face crossing the border with Mexico and how an people in Arivaca, Arizona are fighting back against the militarization of the border with the help of People Helping People. Sophie describes how southern borderlands of Arizona have been militarized by immigration policy. She explains how the concept of "borderlands" help to humanize an otherwise weaponized notion of "the border". She describes what happens at rural checkpoints, how they create a situation where people are forced to walk miles through the desert, but also how they increase surveillance for American communities and prefigure a creeping police state that we must fight against. You can go to the People Helping People branch of Arivaca's website to find out more about how you can support their struggle.
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  • Length: 14:21 minutes (13.13 MB)
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Venezuelan Capitalists and Big Business As Usual

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Mon, 04/14/2014
Bill Resnick reads from a CounterPunch article by Chris Gilbert about how capitalists in Venuzuela are undermining the economy there. Bill offers further commentary that connects this so-called "economic warfare" to how business interests define political and social priorities in the US.
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  • Length: 7:52 minutes (7.2 MB)
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Middle Class Illusions

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
The middle class and the American Dream seem to be the concern of every politician.  But the golden age of the affluent middle class is long gone and wasn't really so golden.  Drawing on work by Arum Gupta, Clayton Morgareidge takes inventory of the ideological freight carried by the concept of the middle class.  

Middle Class Illusions

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
The middle class and the American Dream seem to be the concern of every politician.  But the golden age of the affluent middle class is long gone and wasn't really so golden.  Drawing on work by Arum Gupta, Clayton Morgareidge takes inventory of the ideological freight carried by the concept of the middle class.  

Movie Moles: "The Garden" (revisited)

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program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
To illustrate the kind of community work outside the system of wage labor and capital, we revisit the scene of "the garden" in a movie reviewed in 2011 by our Movie Moles.  A 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, established after the riots of 1992, under threat from developers: that's the situation described in the documentary film The Garden, reviewed here by Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken. 

Movie Moles: "The Garden" (revisited)

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
To illustrate the kind of community work outside the system of wage labor and capital, we revisit the scene of "the garden" in a movie reviewed in 2011 by our Movie Moles.  A 14 acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles, established after the riots of 1992, under threat from developers: that's the situation described in the documentary film The Garden, reviewed here by Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with an effort to (sort of ) rewrite Marx's Capital for the 21st Century; the illusion that the American Dream can be restored to "the middle class"; the latest science on climate change and what it demands of us; and community gardening as an illustrationof a path beyond capitalism.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the numbered links below.  Comments are welcome.  If you are on Facebook, we urge you to like us there.  

1.  Economist Robin Hahnel talks with Bill Resnick about the latest IPCC report on climate change and what can and must be done.  

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses a new book about capitalism and inequality that takes Marx seriously.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge analyzes ideological illusions about middle class life and the American Dream.  

4.  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review a documentary about a community garden and the struggle to keep it.

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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