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 August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Audio

The Politics of Energy Reform

program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

Is the Kerry-Lieberman energy bill (aka "The American Energy Bill") a step in the right direction, or a give-away to the energy companies and nuclear power?   Bill Snape, Senior Counsel for the Center for Biodiversity, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what more is needed to prevent catastrophic global warming and what it will take to get it.  

The Politics and Science of Oil Spills

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program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

An engineer specializing in cleaning up oil spills explains the science and technology of this work, as well as the politics behind its limitations.  Richard Heymann is the engineer, and he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.  

Drones and their Blowback

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program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

  Journalist David Sirota tries to put us inside the heads of people who might have reasons for planting bombs among us, in this essay read  here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker.

"Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- The Movie Moles

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program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the graffiti artist turn the camera back on its owner.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken  discuss who this comedic documentary is really spoofing.  

Living in Disastrous Times

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

Can the sense of solidarity and community that comes over us in response to a flood or an earthquake be mobilized to respond to less obvious disasters -- like climate change, for example?  Clayton Morgareidge looks for  help in Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.  

You can read this review here on Clayton's blog.

You can read what Solnit has to say about the Haiti earthquake here

The music on this piece is by the Salem group Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show, from their album Hot Topics.

Mothers and Others: Alloparents and Commoning

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program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

Remarking on Mother's Day,  our Well-read Red Frann Michel considers what mothers need from the commons -- from their fellow human beings with their evolved hypersociality according to the slogan "One for all and all for one."     

You can read Frann's remarks on her blog.

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 10, 2010

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show about hope in hard times, about the opportunities given to us by the disastrous times we live in.  

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Climate Crisis Solutions

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program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

 Activist and author Ted Glick talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can be done and what is being done to prevent our climate crisis from turning catastrophic.  There is some good news here.  Ted Glick is the policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and national coordinator for the U.S. Climate Energy Council.  He urges you to support The Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act.

Volcanos, Air Travel, and Climate

program date: 
Mon, 05/03/2010

 Frann Michel, The Well-read Red, explores some surprising connections among volcanic eruptions, air travel, climate change, and the capitalist mode of production.  You can read her remarks by clicking here.  

From a Finance Economy to a Green Economy

program date: 
Mon, 05/03/2010

Laurie Mercier speaks with Les Leopold, co-founder and director of The Labor Institute, consultant to the Blue-Green Alliance, which brings together trade unions and environmental organizations, and author most recently of the book The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It.  You can read recent work of his on the Huffington Post here and here.   

 

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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