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.  

 

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Audio

August 16 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

 Tom Becker hosts this program dealing with the fight to protect net neutrality from the big media corporations; understanding personal traumas in the context of the politics of terror; the fake crisis in Social Security; Native American thinking about sustainability; and the US military as our biggest jobs program.

 

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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.   

Native Perspectives on Sustainability

program date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

 Dave Hall, environmental activist and PSU teacher, talks with Jan Haaken about his project,  Native Perspectives on Sustainability.  His earlier interview on this topic is here.  Dave and Jan discuss how indigenous leaders understand the concepts and practices that can keep human life in balance with the earth.  

Surviving the Politics of Terror

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program date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

 Psychoanalyst Nancy Hollander is the author of  Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas, and she talks here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about what psychanalysts in Latin America and the US are doing to help people understand how their personal problems and traumas are grounded in the political terrorism and oppression of their world.  

The Scary Social Security Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 08/16/2010

 Once again, false predictions are being made about the "crisis" in funding our universal retirement program -- Social Security.  Tom Becker reads from two pieces (here and here) by Dave Lindorff published in Counterpunch and The Smirking Chimp.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 9th (incomplete)

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

The theme of today's show - hosted by Bill Resnick (on the left) -  could aptly be called "South of the Border." Virtually all of the show turns its eyes to South American politics, but also the harsh realities of humanitarian aid.  It features South American rebel-music by Intli-illimani, which Bill discusses in the end. Below are links to the other portions of the show.

1. Jan Haaken and Fran Michel review Oliver Stone's new movie about the South American political landscape, "South of the Border."

2. Bill interviews Mark Weisbrot, co-author of South of the Border, about the rise and status of South American popular governments.

3. Jan interviews Sophie Smith about No More Deaths, a humanitarian group delivering aid to undocumented immigrants.

4. Well Read Red, Bill Resnick, reflects on the over-turning of the gay-marriage ban in California.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because we were given an extra 15 minutes on short notice, the CD on which we record the show for editing and posting on the web ran up. There is a KBOO technician working on extracting the missing portion from a master-log we keep, but it will probably take through the weekend. You can still listen to the listed segments from the show. The whole show is below, but cuts off about ten minutes prior to the end.

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No More Deaths!

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith. Sophie works with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization that tries to make sure no one dies in the deserts of the Mexican-American border, and stands by the motto: humanitarian aid is never a crime. She recounts her own experience in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, and argues from her experience that nothing less than powerful desperation is compelling people to risk their lives crossing the border.

Visit the No More Deaths website to learn more about their projects, of which desert aid is just one.

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  • Length: 14:03 minutes (6.43 MB)
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Rise of South American Left Governments

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about radical South American politics and the new film he co-wrote with Oliver Stone, South of the Border. Mark has us look to South American populism, the empowerment of working-people over the claims of Capital and strengthening of the State as relevant to thinking about political transformation in the US.

 

Mark Weisbrot is the co-director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research; author of many articles through the Guardian; and co-author with Dean Baker of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis." He is also president of the group, "Just Foreign Policy."

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South of the Border

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, discuss Olver Stone's new movie about South American politics. They consider the up-beat tenor of the film and criticisms that this trivializes the seriousness of South American projects.

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  • Length: 12:43 minutes (5.82 MB)
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Bad Policy or Class Policy?

program date: 
Wed, 08/04/2010

Governments around the world are promoting austerity and "fiscal responsibility" as a solution to the global financial crisis.   Liberal critics say this is short-sighted, but in fact it's the way governments serve "their corporate/financial masters."  The Old Mole's Tom Becker reads from a piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh from Counterpunch.

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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