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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour September 22 2014

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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's Climate March report-back, public policy and climage change, NW People's Movement Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15 2014

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

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Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

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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

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

Audio

Saving Our Souls From Capitalism in a Time of Crisis

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Mon, 09/06/2010

 Is the ongoing crisis in the economy offering us an opportunity to reverse the capitalist reconstruction of our souls?  Clayton Morgareidge reads from  a piece by French writers Pierre Bardot and Christian Laval.

September 6 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010

 

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day show and features labor songs from the past and present.   Also on the program, a discussion of the European response to environmental and economic crisis, the military targeting of Latino youth through the "Dream Act," and the opportunity offered by the economic crisis to challenge the shaping our our souls by capitalism.  

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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:
 
 
 
 

  • Title: OMV 9_6_2010
  • Length: 56:18 minutes (32.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Music In the Labor Movement

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Mon, 09/06/2010

 How does music work as a form of organizing?  What's the difference between protest songs sung by a musician from the stage and a song everyone sings together?  Josh Wise, director of the Twin Cities Labor Chorus, discusses the music heard on this program (all of which is collected in this audio segment) and which he selected.   Host Joe Clement conducts the interview.  

Egalitarian Medical Care

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program date: 
Mon, 08/30/2010

Work done cooperatively and among equals gets better results than what comes out of a top-down, hierarchical organization.   According to Dr. Robert Reid, this is demonstrated by the medical care provided by Group Health Cooperative, a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates care and coverage in Washington and Idaho.  Here Reid talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about this kind of medicine.  

Movie Moles: "Life During Wartime"

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program date: 
Mon, 08/30/2010

 Denise Morris and Wendy Webb find a lot to discuss in Todd Solondz’s new film Life During Wartime, which follows up on his earlier film Happiness.  This latest movie "pokes fun at the hypocrisy around American notions of freedom and democracy." 

August 30 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 08/30/2010

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how medical care is improved when delivered by people who are cooperating rather than being managed from the top; whether charity keeps us from dealing with the real probems; the new Todd Solandz movie Life During Wartime; and music that keeps lost causes from being forgotten so that they may rise again and succeed.  

 

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Beyond Charity

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Mon, 08/30/2010

 Wealthy people often give large amounts to charity, and everyone is encouraged to contribute to charities.   But does charity, besides whatever good it does in the world, distract us from solving the real problems that charity so inadequately deals with?  Joe Clement draws on Slavoj Žižek and Oscar Wilde to illuminate these questions.  For an animated version of Žižek's remarks, go here.  For a fuller version, go here.  And to read Oscar Wilde's "Soul of Man Under Socialism," click here.  

Songs of Lost Causes

program date: 
Mon, 08/30/2010

 With the help of the Old Mole's  radical musicologist Brad Duncan, we sample and discuss some music that keeps alive memories of lost battles that can nevertheless point the way to a better future.  Among the battles are the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 British miners' strike, the life and death of Malcolm X, and the ongoing struggle for the rights of political prisoners in Northern Ireland.  Here is a video of Ciaran Murphy's "Rebel Song" with images that give you an idea of what he's singing about.

Pictured here is Scottish musician Dick Gaughan, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.                                                   . 

Book Mole: Ghost Road

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Tue, 08/24/2010

Book Mole, Larry Bowlden, reviews Pat Barker's award-winning "Ghost Road." It's the third in a trilogy about World War I. Larry explains:

"This is not a glorification of war book. Instead, it talks of the the war and battlefield in graphic and horrible detail that shows the bravery of the men who fought, but also the corruption of the British class-system and the money-interests of big business, especially as the war drags on long after it should have - with men dying not to the secure the victory, but to line the pockets of businessmen who are more interested in profits than the lives of soldiers."

 

Go to Larry's blog for this review and others in printed format.

  • Title: GhostRoad
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:18 minutes (2.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

The Floods in Pakistan.

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program date: 
Tue, 08/24/2010

 Frann Michel surveys the news, blogs and scientific agencies to make sense of the unusual floods that have been happening in Pakistan. She makes the case for understanding these natural disasters as social phenomena.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:37 minutes (3.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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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