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 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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 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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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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:

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August 16 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

 Tom Becker hosts this program dealing with the fight to protect net neutrality from the big media corporations; understanding personal traumas in the context of the politics of terror; the fake crisis in Social Security; Native American thinking about sustainability; and the US military as our biggest jobs program.

 

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Net Neutrality

program date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

The open roads on the Internet are in danger of being commandeered by the major media companies. Here Craig Aaron from the Free Press talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Net Neutrality and the latest maneuvering by Google. Verizon, and the FCC.  You can make your voice heard here.   

Old Mole Variety Hour August 9th (incomplete)

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

The theme of today's show - hosted by Bill Resnick (on the left) -  could aptly be called "South of the Border." Virtually all of the show turns its eyes to South American politics, but also the harsh realities of humanitarian aid.  It features South American rebel-music by Intli-illimani, which Bill discusses in the end. Below are links to the other portions of the show.

1. Jan Haaken and Fran Michel review Oliver Stone's new movie about the South American political landscape, "South of the Border."

2. Bill interviews Mark Weisbrot, co-author of South of the Border, about the rise and status of South American popular governments.

3. Jan interviews Sophie Smith about No More Deaths, a humanitarian group delivering aid to undocumented immigrants.

4. Well Read Red, Bill Resnick, reflects on the over-turning of the gay-marriage ban in California.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because we were given an extra 15 minutes on short notice, the CD on which we record the show for editing and posting on the web ran up. There is a KBOO technician working on extracting the missing portion from a master-log we keep, but it will probably take through the weekend. You can still listen to the listed segments from the show. The whole show is below, but cuts off about ten minutes prior to the end.

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No More Deaths!

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith. Sophie works with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization that tries to make sure no one dies in the deserts of the Mexican-American border, and stands by the motto: humanitarian aid is never a crime. She recounts her own experience in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, and argues from her experience that nothing less than powerful desperation is compelling people to risk their lives crossing the border.

Visit the No More Deaths website to learn more about their projects, of which desert aid is just one.

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Rise of South American Left Governments

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about radical South American politics and the new film he co-wrote with Oliver Stone, South of the Border. Mark has us look to South American populism, the empowerment of working-people over the claims of Capital and strengthening of the State as relevant to thinking about political transformation in the US.

 

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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South of the Border

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, discuss Olver Stone's new movie about South American politics. They consider the up-beat tenor of the film and criticisms that this trivializes the seriousness of South American projects.

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Bad Policy or Class Policy?

program date: 
Wed, 08/04/2010

Governments around the world are promoting austerity and "fiscal responsibility" as a solution to the global financial crisis.   Liberal critics say this is short-sighted, but in fact it's the way governments serve "their corporate/financial masters."  The Old Mole's Tom Becker reads from a piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh from Counterpunch.

August 2 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

Joe Clement (pictured here) is our host on this program about policing domestic violence, "The Kids Are All Right," Marxian economics, Love in Ireland, and going beyond the liberal critique of government austerity.

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1.   Why the police are so bad at responding to domestic violence and what needs to be done about it -- a conversation between Tanya Brannan of Purple Berets and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

2.   Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb review "The Kids Are  All Right," a movie about a lesbian family and a surrogate father.

3.   An excerpt from a talk about how the workings of the "free  market"  generate class inequality.

4.  Larry Bowlden reviews  William Trevor's  novel Love and Summer.

5.  What's wrong with the liberal critique of austerity policies:  A reading by Tom Becker of a  piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh  

Policing Domestic Violence

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

Tanya Brannan, founder of  the Purple Berets, describes how and why police responses to domestic violence are often useless or worse than useless.  She talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Kapitalism 101: Marx on the Market

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

 Joe Clement introduces a selection from Brendan Cooney's video blog Kapitalism 101.  Cooney explains how the workings of the "free" market inevitably produce class inquality.  You can watch the video version 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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