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.

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.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 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 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mondragon and economic democracy, the politics of community radio, Nietzsche and Neoliberalism

Iven Hale hosts the next episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/17/13

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Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

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Book Mole: "Next of Kin"

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Joanna Trollope's novel Next of  Kin is a family drama set on a small farm facing the challenges of surviving in a world dominated by agribusiness.  Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes it as one of those rare books that "provide an oasis of hope and solace even while writing about an unpredictable and menacing world."  Trollope is a member of the same family as the famous English author Anthony Trollope.  

You can find  an archive of  Larry's reviews here.  

September 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program deals with Israel's treatment of its Arab citizens, how oppression drives the oppressor mad, a rally in Portland against the privatization of city jobs and services, and a novel by British writer Joanna Trollope.  

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  • Title: OMV 9_20_2010
  • Length: 57:07 minutes (32.69 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Driving Mad the Occupiers

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Lawrence Davidson, historian of the Middle East, talks with Bill Resnick about the expulsion of a Bedouin community from the ancestral village in Israel, about the plight of Arabs within Israel, and how occupation corrupts and drives made the oppressors, and what can be done about it.  Davidson supports a boycott of Israel like the one that toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Music at the end of this piece is from this video.

Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant"

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Mon, 09/20/2010

 Illustrating the point made in Bill Resnick's interview with Lawrence Davidson that the oppressor is driven mad by his role as oppressor, Clayton Morgareidge reads from George Orwell's account of how he lost his freedom when he served as a British colonial policeman in Burma in the 1920s.   It's called "Shooting an Elephant," and you can read the whole story here.  The music in this piece is from this video.

Decentralized Energy

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Wed, 09/15/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Koyla Abramsky about the social forces shaping the development of new energy resources and the direction that collective action vs. corporate interests can take this development.

Kolya is a former secretariat of the World Wind Energy Institute. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Austria, and is pursuing a PhD in sociology at State University of New York, Binghamton. He also edited a new book: "Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-petrol World." 

 

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  • Length: 21:21 minutes (9.77 MB)
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Well Read Red: Economic Growth Does Not Mitigate Poverty or Inequality

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Wed, 09/15/2010

 Well Read Red, Tom Becker, draws on two articles* to connect the ideology of economic growth with growing poverty/unemployment and growing concentration of wealth.

*Dave Lindorf's "Obama's Rose-Colored Glasses: Growth Has Little To Do With Jobs or Reducing Poverty"

*David McGraw's "The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth"

  • Title: WRR_Sept_13
  • Length: 7:04 minutes (3.24 MB)
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Left and the Law: Violence, Drugs and Mexico

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Wed, 09/15/2010

 Jan Haaken talks with Mike Snedecker, an appellate lawyer, in another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they discuss violence near the Mexican border and portrayals of this violence in the United States as simply a Mexican problem. Fueling the violence are U.S. foreign policies, like NAFTA, that disenfranchise Mexicans and domestic policies, like the War on Drugs, that really empower the drug-cartels  on both sides of the border.

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  • Length: 11:06 minutes (5.09 MB)
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Old Mole Variety Hour September 13th

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Tue, 09/14/2010

  Tom Becker hosts today's show which looks at  legal complicity in the drug-war, de-centralized energy production, why the rich are faring so well during the crisis, and the new Michael Cera film, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." Below are links to individual segments (forthcoming):

1. Bill Resnick talks with Koyla Abramsky about transitioning to a post-petrol world.

2. Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, discuss Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

3. Well Read Red, Tom Becker, reads two separate pieces on the fate of the haves and have-nots.

4. Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about legalization, prohibition and what drives the drug-war.

  • Title: OMVH_Sept_13
  • Length: 57:58 minutes (26.54 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

How Europe Does It Better

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Mon, 09/06/2010

 Steven Hill, in a conversation with Bill Resnick, demolishes the myth of Europe as sclerotic and failing; it is a dynamic society responding better than the US to global warming and challenging economic times.  It's social welfare programs are not alternatives to work, but support the lives  of productive workers.   Hill is the author of the new book Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age.  

Demilitarizing the Dream Act

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Mon, 09/06/2010

 The "Dream Act" is  a bill that would offer undocumented  youth a path to citizenship based on two years of college or two years  of military service.  In this conversation with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, Brian Galaviz, a Chicago organizer, explains why the current proposal really amounts to nothing more than a recruiting tool for the military.   He is one of the authors of a petition opposing the military option in the act, which you can sign here.   For more on this issue, see

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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