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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Audio

Book Mole: "The Help"

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 Kathryn Stockett's  new novel The Help is about a white southern writer trying to tell the stories  of black domestic servants in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.   Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden wrestles with the problems this poses.   

For an archive of Larry's reviews, go here.

The Law & the Left: Capital Punishment

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 In the first of the Old Mole Mole's new feature, The Law and the Left, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker  discuss why the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 in Texas for a crime of which he was almost certainly innocent,  is so central to the fight against capital punishment.   Read Mike Snedeker's  piece at Counterpunch.  Mike also recommends the blog The StandDown Texas Project for a critical take on the death-dealing Texas justice system.

The Brink of Extinction

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Mon, 10/26/2009

"Industrial civilization is functionally incompatible with life on this planet and is murdering the planet."  So argues  Chris Hedges in this piece from TruthDig, read here by Tom Becker.   

The 350 Movement & Copenhagen

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 Environmental writer and activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement and its limits.  For stronger measures than will emerge from the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference, go herehere, and here.  

The October 26 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/26/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with US military action in Afghanistan, the challenge to corporate-industrial society from climate change, and with putting people to death for crimes they did not commit.   We hear haunting and apocalyptic music by Laibach from Slovenia.

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Two experienced journalists talk with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the situation in Afghanistan and US policy there.

2.  The Law and the Left: Attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss  the death penalty.

3.  If we stand at the brink of extinction, what must we do?   Tom Becker reads a piece by Chris Hedges.

4.  Environmental activist Brian Tokar talks with Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement.

The Decision on Afghanistan

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 Two journalists with  long experience in Afghanistan talk with Bill Resnick about why US policy there is failing.  Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald are  authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story.

The Upside of Healthcare Reform

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Mon, 10/19/2009

 O.k., so we're not going to get a single payer health this year, and maybe not even a public option.  Can anything good still come out of Congress this year?   Kathleen Stoll of Families USA thinks we can expect some real improvements in access to health care from the legislation likely to emerge.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

Movie Moles: "The Informant"

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Mon, 10/19/2009

 In The Informant, Matt Damon plays an agri-business executive who cooperates with the FBI to expose corporate malfeasance at Archer-Daniel-Midlands.  Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Norm Diamond fill out the context and discuss the issues the film raises.  

Poetic Rant by Ferlinghetti

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Mon, 10/19/2009

 Clayton Mogareidge reads a short poem beginning "History is made of the lies of the victors...." by Beat poet  Lawrence Ferlinghetti.  It is published in a volume called Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems, edited by Allen Ginsberg and others, published by Seven Stories Press.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog: A Book Mole Review

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Mon, 10/19/2009

 Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews The Elegance of the Hedgehog by French author Muriel Barbery -- "an excellent and charming little book" about two women who hide their intellectual interests.

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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