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 November 2nd 2015

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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

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Mon, 10/26/2015 - 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 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 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 October 5, 2015

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Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective


Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
 
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commentary and critique.



Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

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Future of the Egyptian Revolution

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Mon, 02/28/2011

 Can the Egyptian people who toppled Mubarak and who are demanding democracy keep up their momentum to achieve their goals?  Chris Toensing edits Middle East Report, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the obstacles that lie ahead.  

Protesting for What?

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Mon, 02/28/2011

 Exciting protests are going on in Wisconsin and other states against cuts to public sector jobs and social services.  But when will the Left begin to protest the system that empowers the super rich and disempowers the rest of us?  Clayton Morgareidge comments, drawing on Slavoj Žižek's recent book First as Tragedy, Then As Farce.

Movie Moles: "The Company Men"

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Mon, 02/28/2011

 What happens when Hollywood takes on the trauma of unemployment in the economic meltdown?  Our Movie Moles, Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken review the star-studded film The Company Men.  

"Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It"

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Mon, 02/28/2011

 Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is Maile Meloy's book of short stories about difficult choices.  Larry Bowlden finds a lot to like this set of spare, realistic, and emotionally intelligent stories.   More of Larry's reviews are here.

February 28 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/28/2011

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show dealing with revolution and democracy in Egypt, the future of the Left in the context of the Wisconsin protests, a movie about being fired, and a fine book of short stories.  

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1.  Chris Toensing of Middle East Reports talks with Bill Resnick about the road ahead for Egypt.

2.  Clayton asks what the protests against public sector cutbacks are really for -- reform or systemic change.

3.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken review The Company Men.

4.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Maile Meloy's short story collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It.

Brad Duncan on Egyptian Liberation Music

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Mon, 02/21/2011

We heard rap and hip-hop inspired by events in Egypt and around the Middle East on today's show. Brad gives us a little more perspective on the music and where it's come from, and speaks to listener concerns about vulgarity.

 

1. Back Down Mubarak

2. Jan 25 Egypt

3. Lions on Parade

4. Not Your Prisoner

And the documentary Brad mentioned Sling-shot Hip-Hop

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Old Mole Variety Hour February 21st

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Mon, 02/21/2011

 Today's Old Mole, hosted by  Tom Becker on left, features interviews about the protests in Wisconsin, the complexity of deficits, the experience of race through sports culture and liberation rap growing out of the Egyptian revolution.

 

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1. Bill talks with Bob Peterson, A teacher in Milwaukee Wisconsin, about the protests

2. Bill talks with Ethan Pollack about how deficits develop and what we can do about them.

3. Jan Haaken talks with Tabhiti Lewis about his new book, "Ballers of the New School."

4. Tom and Brad talk about the liberation-rap on the show today.

 

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Resnick and Bob Peterson on Growing Protests

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Mon, 02/21/2011

 In addition to being a teacher, Bob is one of the founders and editors of Rethinking Schools. They talk about the basic hows, whys and what's at stake in the protests in Wisconsin surrounding unions. 

 
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Žižek on Egypt and Democracy

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Mon, 02/14/2011

 Philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek has been following events in Egypt with an eye to their historical signficance.  In this commentary, read by the Old Mole's Joe Clement, Žižek analyzes the Egyptian revolution's commitment to universal democratic values and social justice.

Stephen Zunes on Egypt

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Mon, 02/14/2011

What are the prospects for realizing the goals of the Egyptian revolutionaries as the military takes over?  What will the people need to do to make sure the old order is not re-established with only cosmetic changes?   Stephen Zunes has published widely on the Middle East, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Egypt's future.   

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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