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 on 10/22/12

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

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Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Audio

Too Late for Privacy?

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 In this Well-read Red segment, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the  ways our digital activity is recorded and is increasingly being sorted and reviewed by both industry and government.  He asks whether  privacy is a lost cause, and if so, what kind of world would be safe without it.  For sources, go here, here, and here.  

Obama and the Generals

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 President Obama is caught between his base wanting withdrawal from Afghanistan, and his generals, wanting escalation, according to this article in Rolling Stone by Robert Dreyfus, excerpted and discussed here by Bill Resnick.   

November 2 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 

This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, raises questions about the impact of dams on native peoples in Canada; how to get automobiles out of our cities; Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help about black servants in Jackson, Missississippi in the '60s; is  it too late to protect our privacy in a digital world; and Obama's fight with his generals over  Afghanistan.  

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1.  Tina Loo discusses the impact of hydro-projects (like dams)  on native peoples in Canada.

2.  Cars out of the city!  J.H. Crawford talks with Bill Resnick.  

3.  Larry Bowlden reviews The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

4.  Clayton Morgareidge, today's Well-read Red, discusses the surveillance of our digital  lives.

5.  Obama at war with his generals -- Bill Resnick reads and discusses a piece by Robert Dreyfuss.

Book Mole: "The Help"

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 Kathryn Stockett's  new novel The Help is about a white southern writer trying to tell the stories  of black domestic servants in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.   Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden wrestles with the problems this poses.   

For an archive of Larry's reviews, go here.

The October 26 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/26/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with US military action in Afghanistan, the challenge to corporate-industrial society from climate change, and with putting people to death for crimes they did not commit.   We hear haunting and apocalyptic music by Laibach from Slovenia.

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1.  Two experienced journalists talk with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the situation in Afghanistan and US policy there.

2.  The Law and the Left: Attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss  the death penalty.

3.  If we stand at the brink of extinction, what must we do?   Tom Becker reads a piece by Chris Hedges.

4.  Environmental activist Brian Tokar talks with Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement.

The Decision on Afghanistan

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 Two journalists with  long experience in Afghanistan talk with Bill Resnick about why US policy there is failing.  Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald are  authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story.

The Law & the Left: Capital Punishment

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 In the first of the Old Mole Mole's new feature, The Law and the Left, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker  discuss why the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 in Texas for a crime of which he was almost certainly innocent,  is so central to the fight against capital punishment.   Read Mike Snedeker's  piece at Counterpunch.  Mike also recommends the blog The StandDown Texas Project for a critical take on the death-dealing Texas justice system.

The Brink of Extinction

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Mon, 10/26/2009

"Industrial civilization is functionally incompatible with life on this planet and is murdering the planet."  So argues  Chris Hedges in this piece from TruthDig, read here by Tom Becker.   

The 350 Movement & Copenhagen

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 Environmental writer and activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement and its limits.  For stronger measures than will emerge from the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference, go herehere, and here.  

The Upside of Healthcare Reform

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Mon, 10/19/2009

 O.k., so we're not going to get a single payer health this year, and maybe not even a public option.  Can anything good still come out of Congress this year?   Kathleen Stoll of Families USA thinks we can expect some real improvements in access to health care from the legislation likely to emerge.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

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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