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.

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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 for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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. 

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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

program date: 
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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Capital in the 21st Century

program date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014
Well-read Red Frann Michel surveys some of the discussion of Thomas Piketty's attempt to bring Karl Marx's insights into Capitalism up to date -- or at least some of those insights.  Piketty's main finding is that left to its own devices, Capitalism can't help but produce gross inequalities of the kind we are seeing now.  Making use of several reviewers and previews of the book itself, Frann considers the strengths and the limits of Piketty's analysis.  
You can read Frann's comments on her blog.

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. 

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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