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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

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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Liberation Psychology, US-Mexico, Socialism, Bernie Sanders, sex work, Michigan, water pollution
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

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

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Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

program date: 
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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