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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

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Well Read Red: Mortgage Morass

program date: 
Mon, 10/18/2010

 Tom Becker reads from Paul Krugman's October 14th Op-Ed in the New York Times, "The Mortgage Morass," which reflects on a wave of potentially illegal home-seizures and how this takes us back to "the days when noblemen felt free to take whatever they wanted, knowing that peasants had no standing in the courts." 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:24 minutes (2.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour October 18th

program date: 
Mon, 10/18/2010

 

Today's Old Mole - hosted by Tom Becker - features conversations about alternative electoral systems emerging in the US; the relationship between domestic violence and economic hardship; voter-owned elections; and horror stories of defrauded home-owners.

Below are links to the individual segments.

1. Bil Resnick speaks with Rob Ritchie of FairVote.

2. Bill speaks again with Janice Thompson about a Portland ballot measure aimed to keep voter-owned elections. 

3. Jan Haaken speaks with Chiquita Rollins, Domestic Violence Coordinator for Multnomah County.

4. Tom reads "The Mortgage Morass," a recent op-ed by Paul Krugman.

  • Title: OMVH_Oct_16
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 37:21 minutes (17.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

McChesney on Finance Capital

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Well-known scholar and critic of the media, author of several books on democracy and the media, Robert McChesney talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the root causes of the Great Recession which began in 2008.  He is the co-author, with John Bellamy Foster,  of a recent article in the Monthly Review on this topic.  

Doubts About Inclusion

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program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Yasmin Nair is an academic, a writer, and an activist who, along with others, questions the goals of equality and inclusion for gays and lesbians.   Along with Ryan Conrad, she has produced a book called Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, and in this interview with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, she discusses the value and challenges of  books vis a vis electronic media.  

Nair is a member of Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

Movie Moles: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Oliver Stone's  sequel to his 1987 Wall Street, and our reviewers, Jan Haaken and Joe Clement tell us how it stacks up against the original in terms of raising basic institutional questions. 

October 11 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features an interview with well-known writer on the media Robert McChesney; a conversation with Chicago-based activist and writer Yasmin Nair about the politics of inclusion; and a review of the politics of Wall Street:  Money Never Sleeps,  Oliver Stone's new movie.

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The Death and Life of the Great American School System

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program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch about the subject of her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." Writing from decades of experience with testing- and market-oriented education policies --- originally as a proponent --- Ravitch argues that a dearth of evidence shows them to be abysmal failures that undermine the cooperation essential to a thriving education system. Perhaps more controversial is the critical lens she puts over charter schools, which in her assessment do not on the whole prove to be more effective than public-schools.

 

Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, and is now a research professor at New York University.

  • Title: Resnick & Ravitch
  • Length: 16:08 minutes (9.23 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Alternative Mental Health

program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

 Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks about the Alternatives 2010 conference and peer-managed alternatives to traditional mental health.

  • Title: Part I
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:49 minutes (4.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour October 4th

program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

 Joe Clement hosts today's membership-drive episode. Between pitching segments are discussions of privatizing education, the war-documentary "Restrepo," and the alternative mental health movement. Below are links to individual segements:

Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch, author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System."

Frann Michel and Wendy Webb review "Restrepo."

Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks, Executive Director of MindFreedom International about mental health awareness.

  • Title: OMVHoct4
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 37:04 minutes (21.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Restrepo

program date: 
Mon, 10/04/2010

Frann Michel and Wendy Webb discuss Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 2010 war-documentary, shot in 2007-2008, "Restrepo."

Restrepo is an Army outpost in Afganistan, named after a First Class Private medic who died earlier in the campaign. Junger and Hetherington, on assignment for Vanity Fair, were there embeded Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korangal valley. Frann and Wendy consider the directors' claim to making an apolitical film about the war.

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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