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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Audio

Drug War Capitlaism

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
The US war on drugs in Mexico and Columbia are more about militarizing the country side and controlling land and workers. It takes a huge toll on the poor and the peasantry, but makes lots of money for gangsters, including transnational companies, local landowners, and the corrupt parts of the state apparatus. Journalist Dawn Paley talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about her new book, Drug War Capitalism.

Consumerism And the 9 to 5 Job

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
"The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something," according to David Cain's blog post.  Clayton Morgareidge reads and adds further commentary.

This piece is an interesting companion piece to this CounterPunch article read on today's show by Tom Becker. Is it really enough to just "say no"?  

Consumerism: Just Say "No"

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
The advertising industry is largely responsible for a consumer obsessed society by creating need where there was no need through sophisticated psychological manipulation of people of all demographics. Tom Becker reads John K. White's article "Just Say No: The Manufactured Need" from CounterPunch.

For a different angle on this topic, listen to Clayton Morgareidge's following  piece about how the 9 to 5 job produces consumerism.

 

Feminism and Football

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers of Tulane University about feminism and football, and why women sometimes love the sport. They also talk about whether there is anything in the game worth loving.  Schipper's blog post on this topic is here.  

Keystone Oil and Native Resistance

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
The Keystone Pipeline would have to cross sovereign nations -- the Sioux -- and they are resolved to prevent it. Joe Clement reads from an article in the Christian Science Monitor, "Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Calls Approval of Keystone Pipeline ‘Act of War’". 

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
Tom Becker leads us through today's variety of left analysis and commentary. Here's the line-up:

1.  Journalist Dawn Paley reveals the underlying motives for the so-called drug war in Latin America.

2.  How consumerism created by advertising dumbs us down.

3.  How working 9 to 5 makes willing consumers out of us.

4. A feminist who loves football wrestles with the contradictions.

5.  Sovereign native American nations vow to block the Keystone Pipeline.

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Chris Toensing on Iran

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing of Middle East Report about US relations with Iran, negotiations over nuclear material, and their common interests in opposing ISIS. They note Israel's interest in distracting attention from the Palestinian question as a destabilizing issue in the region; Saudi interests in avoiding acknowledging an alternative to monarchy as a form of Islamic government; and the fabrication of sectarianism as a source of conflict.

Patrick Mazza on US-China Climate talks

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Patrick Mazza of Cascadia Planet talks with Bill Resnick about how the Obama administration's discussions with China on climate build on actions at the US state level, and next steps will need to come from further local actions, though the cost of solar panels is likely to drop considerably. (Preceded by some Bruce Springsteen.)

Black Friday, WalMart workers Stand Up for 15

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Bill Resnick reads from Brice Covert of ThinkProgress about Walmart workers, Black Friday, the Fight for Fifteen, and he discusses the upcoming Portland action
Oregon Walmart workers stand up
November 28, 2014• 11:00 AM
Walmart• 4200 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Host Contact Info: sarahunitedforrespect@gmail.com

Movie Moles: Dear White People

program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Dear White People, an independent first feature written and directed by Justin Simien; funded in part via Indiegogo, it has been a big hit at Sundance and with critics. It's currently playing in Portland at Cinema 21. Dear White People centers around the lives of four Black students at the a fictional Ivy League university. Sam (played by Tessa Thompson) runs the controversial campus radio show ‘Dear White People’ which has been accused by the administration of stirring racial tensions around the school. Troy (played by Brandon P Bell) is under pressure to succeed in all aspects of university life from his father, the Dean of Students (played by Dennis Haysbert). Things begin to unravel when Sam beats Troy in the campaign for president of the one traditionally Black dorm on campus. Meanwhile Lionel (played by Tyler James White), is a gay sci-fi geek who writes for the campus alternative paper and is harassed by those at his dorm, including the son of the college president. And Coco (played by Teyonah Parris), a Black girl from the south side of Chicago who doesn’t want to be seen as the stereotypical ghetto girl, wishes her vlog got as many hits as Sam's. She takes the advice of a reality-show producer to try for more conflict, and proposes MC-ing for the Halloween party of the campus humor magazine, which this year adopts the theme of "release your inner negro." Denise & Frann also mention Lavelle Porter's essay on the film in The New Inquiry, and some related short promo films.

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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