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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

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

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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

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!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

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.

Audio

Left Debate Over US Intervention in Libya

program date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011

 For those of us who support the Libyan rebels as part of the broader uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East there are problems both in uncritically opposing or embracing US intervention in Gaddafi's massacre. David talks about what's at stake and what's motivating those who are for and against the intervention. Bill asks: what are the next steps? David tries to answer this question too.

Dave Finkel is the editor of "Against the Current."

Movie Moles: Sucker Punch

program date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011

Co-written and directed by Zach Snyder, known for 300 and Watchmen, Sucker Punch follows girl wrongfully committed to an asyllum with four other girls seeking freeom and blurs the violence of sexual oppression with its violent resistance. Joe Clement and Wendy Webb discuss this and other issues.

  • Title: SuckerPunch
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 11:14 minutes (10.28 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Mildred Pierce (2011)

program date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011

 Mildred Pierce was a 1941 novel by James M Cain set in 1930 America and follows Mildred Pierce's struggle to support her family when she kicks out her cheating, unemployed husband. The 1945 movie-version adds a noir murder-mystery to the story, while this newer one, directed by Todd Hains, goes back to the novel, eliminating the noir elements and emphasizes the Great Depression setting.

  • Title: MildredPierce
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 10:52 minutes (9.96 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Book Mole: Out Stealing Horses

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program date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

Larry describes a father's tumultous inner-life hiding in the slow story-telling of "Out Stealing Horses," written by Norweigan author Per Petterson.

 

You can find the text to this and other reviews at Larry's blog.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 28th

program date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

 Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, looks at the politics of energy, worker activism in Wisconsin, Christy Moore's music and a book-review of "Out Stealing Horses." 

 

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1. Bill talks with Tyson Slocum about the political economy of energy.

2. An inspiring speech by a Wisconsin dairy farmer and an interview with Monica Adams, an activist in Madison.

3. Larry Bowlden reviews Per Petterson's "Out Stealing Horses."

4. Joe Clement talks with Brad Duncan about Christy Moore (music links included)

 
  • Title: OMVH_March_28
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 53:27 minutes (48.94 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Wasserman: From Fukushima to Solartopia

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Longtime anti nuclear activist and journalist Harvey Wasserman joins the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for a conversation about the dangers and costs of nuclear energy and the immediate promise of available alternative technologies for generating and conserving energy.  Wasserman is the author of Nukefree and the author of Solartopia, the story of a post-nuclear world.   At Solartopia, you can listen to the Solartopia song played in this segment and to Pete Seeger leading another song about this brilliant new world.  

Taking the Whole Planet With Us

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Chris Hedges has written a dark and powerful prognosis about the future of our civilization, and Tom Becker reads an edited version of  it for us here.  It's title is This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us.  

Why Jobs Are Not a Priority

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 There are many ways government could create jobs, and yet with almost 16% real unemployment, very little is being done.  Clayton Morgareidge draws on an insightful article from 70 years ago by Michal Kalecki, recently republished in the Monthly Review, to explain why.  

March 21 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show which features anti-nuke activist Harvey Wasserman, a movie about Palestinian immigrants, a dark vision of our civilization's decline, and a discussion of why our current economic system cares little about creating jobs.  

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1.  Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Harvey Wasserman about the nuclear disaster in Japan, about nuclear power, and the ready availability of alternatives.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Chris Hedges piece "This Time We're Taking the Whole Planet With Us."

3.  Well-read Red Clayton Morgareidge draws on Michal Kalecki to explain why our government will not do what it could to create enough jobs.

4.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss the politics of Amreeka.

Against Domestic Violence: The Movement

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program date: 
Mon, 03/14/2011

 In another of their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker talks with pyschologist Jan Haaken about her new book Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Story Telling.  They discuss some of the misleading dichotomies that have grown up in the struggle to get funding for programs to fight domestic violence.  

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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