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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Denise Morris talks with our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan, about British music in the late '70s. Brad explains the way punk, dance and two-tone music helped organize a new generation of young British radicals.
Update: A missing portion of Brad's commentary on The Specials has been restored. Cue up to about 12-minutes in to hear it!
- Genre: Other
- Length: 15:19 minutes (7.01 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Linking the pieces of this program about climate change are several songs by Ella Fitzgerald, together with commentary by host Frann Michel on
- the basic issues and concepts of climate change,
- how climate change and other global disasters have played in works of science fiction, and
- how fantasy can help us to imagine alternatives to the current reality of capitalism and environmental degradation.
This segment puts together all Frann's remarks and Ella's songs. You can also read Frann's remarks on her blog.
Can technology address the problems posed by climate change? Environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski is the author of The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth, and here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what kind of civilization can survive the coming climate shifts. You can read an excerpt from her book here.
Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is about a plot to remake a mind -- but do the film makers give viewers' minds enough to go on? Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Wendy Webb ask whether this film is up to its appointed task.
Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program is about climate change, science fiction, and science fiction about climate change, but it is not about the illusion that climate change is itself science fiction. This is a show that should be heard from beginning to end, although the parts are available separately below. Frann Michel's three commentaries are packaged together, along with appropriate songs by jazz great Ella Fitzgerald.
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When Marx was writing his grim analyses of Capitalism 150 years ago, workers did not have much if any autonomy. The labor movement gave workers the leverage to determine some of the terms of their livelihood, and since the 1970s progressive management theory has given more credit to self-management. The cybernetic revolution seems to have completed this great levelling, but in today's Well Read Red Joe Clement reads from Rob Horning's very recent "Autonomism Explained." Horning recalls the potential and pitfalls of Nick Dyer-Witheford's vision of worker autonomy in his 1994 essay, "Autonomist Marxism and the Information Society."
Our Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Brooke Jacobson, talk about hillbilly stereotypes, meth culture and gender in a very recent coming-of-age crime-thriller, "Winter's Bone," Directed by Deborah Granik.
Bill interviews James Workman - author of "Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushman Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanant Drought" - about fostering community through water-conservation, but specifically as he learned it studying African aborigines.
- Length: 20:08 minutes (9.22 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 32kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Jan Haaken interviews environmental engineer and former guest, Richard Heymann, about the changing situation in the gulf and what makes this spill and how it's being handled different from others.
Today's show ran the gamut from water conservation to oily devastation to the double-edge of postmodern autonomy, with a final romp by our Movie Moles through the Ozarks. Our host, Clayton Morgareidge, selected some bluegrass music to accent the plight of those who just want some "Cool Water," and of those in "Moneyland."
Below are links to the individual segments [in progress], and below those the whole show including transitions.
- Genre: Other
- Length: 58:19 minutes (53.38 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)