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 on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 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 on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

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A New World Order is Possible and Needed.

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Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about his recent op-ed, "A New World Order is Possible and Needed." Specifically, Mark explores the rising affluence of middle-powers in Latin America, and how their engagement in world politics goes beyond narrowly defined self-interests.

Mark Weisbrot is the co-director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research; author of many articles through the Guardian; and co-author with Dean Baker of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis." He is also president of the group, "Just Foreign Policy."

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June 7 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Thu, 06/10/2010

Hosted by new Mole Joe Clement (pictured here), this  show is part of  KBOO's special all-day programing about the Gulf oil disaster.   We hear from Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, who argues that deep water oil drilling is just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich big corporations while impoverishing our lives and environment.  Film director Sandy Cioffi talks about her new documentary about the continuing oil disaster in the Niger Delta of Africa.  Clayton Morgareidge reflects on the kind of progressive narrative that would enable us to see more immediately why oil is part of a way of life we must leave behind.  Music on the show is by Texas and Gulf Region artists singing about oil drilling in the mid 20th Century, and the program concludes with a conversation about this music with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.

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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.   Michael Klare talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the reasons for reckless oil drilling.

2.  Old Mole Wendy Webb interviews Sandy Cioffi, director of Sweet Crude.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge comments on the place of the oil disaster in ideologies right and left.

4.   Brad Duncan talks with Clayton about the music of the oil fields.

Deep Water Drilling: Motives and Dangers

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Mon, 06/07/2010

 Michael Klare, writer for the Nation and author of several books, including Blood and Oil, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about deep water oil drilling as just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich the oil companies while endangering our lives and environment.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84)  His book, Blood and Oil, has been made into a movie.

 

Oil Disaster in the Niger Delta

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Mon, 06/07/2010

 Sweet Crude is a new film about  the struggle between the people of the Niger River Delta and the Shell oil-megacorporation, and its director Sandy Cioffi talks here with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about the film and the people's resistance to the ongoing desctruction of their land.  Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle based film and video artist who has produced and/or directed several films including the critically acclaimed Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us.

 

 

Oil in the Progressive Narrative

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Mon, 06/07/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge discusses what kind of new left narrative might counter the right wing "free-enterprise" story and show up the gulf oil disaster as a crime.  You can read this commentary and find links to sources here.  

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Music of Oil Drilling

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Mon, 06/07/2010

In Texas and the Gulf region, musicians have been singing about oil drilling since the oil boom in the early 20th Century.  In this segment, we hear samples of this music and then a conversation about it with the Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge and our radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  

Photo by Nick Spitzer. Copyright 1978 the Smithsonian Institution. 

 

  • Length: 7:26 minutes (6.8 MB)
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Immigrants: Why They Come

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Mon, 05/31/2010

The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers.  Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes  on them?  Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.

Learning from Immigrants

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Mon, 05/31/2010

Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy is a new book by Paul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants.  He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm  workers.   More about this here.   The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it. 

Paul Apoltolidis will be speaking next week (June  11-13) at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's conference in Portland.  

Queers and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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Mon, 05/31/2010

In arguing for  an end to the discriminatory "Don't ask, don't tell"  law against gays serving openly in the military, many progressives wind up supporting what the military does -- fight wars to maintain US hegemony.  Writer and activist Yasmin Nair talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the contradictions. Here is Nair's recent article "DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices."

"Papers": Coming of Age Undocumented

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Mon, 05/31/2010

What happens if you turn 18 without papers making you a citizen or a legal resident?   Papers is a new documentary film about the difficulties young people face when they can't go to school, get a drivers license, or  work.   Laurie Mercier talks with the producer Rebecca Shine and  with one of the young members of El Grupo Juvenil (the youth crew) Vanesa Dominguez.  Go to their website for information more about the film and how to see it.  

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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