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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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

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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

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 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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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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More (Social) Security, Less War

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Although we hear a great deal about the supposed need to cut Social Security and Medicare, support is high among the people for increasing those essential supports.  Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's piece on Counterpunch, "Shifting from Defense to Offense"  reporting on the growing movement to improve, instead of cutting, those programs.  He explains how reducing military spending and eliminating the cap on Social Security taxes would more than pay for these incrases.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 2, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013

Joe Clement hosts the show today featuring several takes on poverty in the US and an illuminating discussion of the prospects for war or peace in the Middle East.  To hear individual segments, follow these links. To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  
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  1. Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with Bill Resnick about the US, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other players in the region.
  2. Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses differing perceptions of choices made by poor people.
  3. Iven Hale reflects on her experience as an underpaid, overworked social worker and what it shows about the conditions of such work.  
  4. Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's article arguing for increasing Social Security and Medicare.

Staving Off War in the Middle East

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Mon, 12/02/2013
What are the forces pushing for US military engagement in Syria and Iran?  What parts are played by Saudi Arabia and Israel?  Is the Obama administration winding down the tensions?  Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these questions as they may play out in the near future and further down the road.  Rahnema is professor of political science and public policy at York University.

Social Worker Burn Out

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked?   Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work.  

Update on PPS-PAT Contract Talks with PAT President, Gwen Sullivan

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Bill Resnick talks to Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers. They bring an update on the contract talks between the Portland Association of Teachers and the Portland Public School district board, the possibility of a strike, and the fight for quality public education in the age of neoliberalism.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:33 minutes (16.98 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Climate Summit Corruption at the COP-19

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Tom Becker reads from an article about the corrupt failure of the United Nations COP-19 Climate Summit, where industry interests controlled the conference and civil society groups hassled. It is titled "The Government Scandal That Shows The People Have to Take Radical Action to Prevent Climate Change: the corrupt failure of the COP-19 make revolt irresistable", by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:03 minutes (6.45 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage"

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Denise Morris, review Ingmar Bergman's 1973 "Scenes from a Marriage", a film after which saw divorce rates jump when released in Bergman's native Sweden. Picking up somewhat on a theme opened up in their review of "Hope Springs", they interrogate the pitfalls and promises of modern relationships, particularly marriage, and their portrayal in film.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 13:15 minutes (12.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Mental Health, Disabilities and the Affordable Care Act

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Joondepth, Director of Disabilities Rights Oregon, about the promises and pitfalls of the Affordable Care Act for those with mental health needs. They talk about the nuts and bolts of services people may receive, but also raise political questions about the definition of disability in civil society and mental health services.
  • Title: MentalHealthACA
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:12 minutes (11.17 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Green Strategies

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Mon, 11/18/2013
What is the best path towards climate justice?  Will market solutions work?  Can global warming be effectively halted as long as capital rules the world?  Author and environmental activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these issues.  
Brian Tokar is currently the director of the Institute for Social Ecology and an instructor in environmental studies at the University of Vermont. He has been a key coordinator of resistance against biotechnology and genetic engineering in New England, and he founded the ISE's Climate Justice Project in 2006.

Brian Tokar is the author of "The Green Alternative" and "Earth for Sale," editor of two books on the politics of biotechnology, "Redesigning Life?" and "Gene Traders," and lectures widely on a variety of environmental and political topics. His latest book is "Toward Climate Justice".

How To Be a Progressive Activist

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Mon, 11/18/2013
In his Playbook for Progressives, Eric Mann combines theory and action, with biography and autobiography, to bring alive, through real lives, what radical organizing means in the struggle against racism and class disparity in the United States and throughout the world. Here the Old Mole's Alan Wieder reviews this important and useful book.  

Eric Mann one of the founders the Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC) in 1989, has been the organization's Director since its inception.  His earlier political work included being a Field Secretary for The Congress of Racial Equality, an above ground member of Weatherman, and a radical, activist/organizer in automobile and airplane production plants throughout the country.

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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