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).

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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 for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 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 June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Audio

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

program date: 
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

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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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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)

Old Mole Variety Hour August 23rd

program date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris on the left, is about organic agriculture, the social conditions of otherwise natural disasters, plus reviews of Pat Barker's WWI-novel "Ghost Road" and the buddy-cop film "The Other Guys." Below are links to the individual segments:

1. Bill Resnick interviews Catherine Badgley the potential of organic agriculture to feed the world.

2. Larry Bowlden reviews "Ghost Road," the last of a WWI trilogy by Pat Barker.

3. Frann Michel considers the social dimension of the recent floods in Pakistan.

4. Bill and Denise review the new film, "The Other Guys."

  • Title: OMVH_Aug_23
  • Genre: Talk
  • Length: 57:18 minutes (26.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Organic Agriculture Can Feed The World

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Mon, 08/23/2010

Bill interviews Catherine Badgley about her research into the comparative outputs of organic and conventional agriculture. In an article she wrote with seven other colleagues, "Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply," she makes the case for organic agriculture feeding the world. This research begun when she visited a farm north of Ann Arbor where on 3-acres the farmer was growing 26 tons of produce organically. She responds to criticisms that organic agriculture receives from agribusiness.

 

Catherine Badgley teaches in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Her primary interests are paleontology and the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity. Go to her faculty page to find other articles and talks she's given in these areas.

  • Title: BillANDBadgley
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 19:02 minutes (8.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: The Other Guys

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program date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

 Denise and Bill review the new buddy-cop film, "The Other Guys." They talk about masculinity, depictions of the police, and a possible stab at big money.

 

"The Other Guys" is a 2010 film, starring Will Ferral, Mark Wahlberg, The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 16:32 minutes (7.57 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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.   

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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