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.

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

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Audio

Movie Moles: "Shutter Island"

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program date: 
Mon, 03/01/2010

Shutter Island is a film about madness and sanity, the power of psychiatry, and paranoia about government.  Hear why our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Jimena Alvarado call it "bulimic film-making."

Building on Healthcare Reform

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program date: 
Mon, 03/01/2010

 Is the healthcare proposal coming from Obama and the Congress worthy of support or rejection?  Does it lay the groundwork for continuing on to real universal healthcare, or does it block the path?  Kathleen Stoll, Director of Health Policy at Families USA, lays out the real improvements coming out of DC.  A report, "At a Crossroads: Is Health Coverage Ahead for America?" is available here (PDF).

March 1 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/01/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show focuses on the healthcare debate, Shutter Island, a movie about mental health (among other things), and features the music of the late Alistair Hulett.

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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.   Bill Resnick surveys the healthcare debate.

2.  Tom Becker reads a Nicholas Kristof op-ed on where to find the best socialized medicine: at your local VA Hospital.

3.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Jimena Alvarado review Shutter Island.

4.  What's good about the healthcare reform proposals:  Kathleen Stoll and Bill Resnick evaluate them.

5.  The politics and music of Alistair Hulett, with radical musicologist Brad Duncan. 

Music & Politics of Alistair Hulett

program date: 
Mon, 03/01/2010

 An "incendiary mix of punk rock, Celtic folk music, and anti-imperialist, working-class, left-wing politics" ---that's how our radical musicologist Brad Duncan describes Alistair Hulett and Roaring Jack, the band he formed.  This segment contains excerpts of his songs and a discussion of his life and music with Brad and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Hulett died in January.  Here's an obituary with several video clips.

"The Museum of Innocence"

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program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 Here is a review and appreciation of Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's  latest novel The Museum of Innocence.  The reviewer is Josh Erdahl, and the novel is a story of class, culture and personal struggle in a changing society.  

Energy Self-reliance

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

Will the transition to Clean Energy lead to decentralized, worker and community controlled energy production? Or will it be centralized under corporate and state control and promote high usage and consumerism?  John Farrell works with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance which supports environmentally sound and equitable community development.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many communities, including some in the US, are building ways in which families and communities can produce energy locally and cut back on their consumption.  You can find an article by Farrell here.  

Book Mole: "Too Much Happiness"

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program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 "The best living writer anywhere," is how our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes Alice Munro.  Here is Larry reviewing her most recent book of stories.   Larry's past reviews are here

From the Plantation to the Workplace

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 What really went on between black women slaves and their mistresses on the plantations?  Thavolia Glymph, author of the prizewinning book Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about how black women's struggles--before, during, and after the Civil War--shaped the long civil rights movement and can inspire and inform us today in struggles for social justice. 

The Left Forum is Coming!

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination

This is the theme of this year's Left Forum Conference.  The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world.  Bill Resnick and Seth Adler discuss the Forum's upcoming annual conference in New York that draws thousands to a rich banquet of panels, speakers, arts shows, films and informal discussions. It runs from March 19 to March 21.   You can learn more about it at the Left Forum website, where you can also find videos of last year's panel discussions.

February 22, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris.  It deals with making energy locally, the racial,  gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York.  ("Variety" is our middle name.)  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us on Facebook.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Making green energy locally: Bill Resnick talks with John Farrell of  Institute for Self-Reliance.

2.   Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness.

3.  Thaviola Glymph, author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household talks with the Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.   Orhan Panuk's novel The House of Innocence is reviewed by Josh Edahl.

5.  The Left Forum, coming to NYC next month, is previewed by Seth Adler, conference director,  and Bill Resnick.

 

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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