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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 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 June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Audio

Old Mole on Labor Day

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Mon, 09/07/2009

Old Mole Bill Resnick offers a Labor Day message in honor of those who do the work.

Cooperating Co-ops in Cleveland

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for  a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement.  Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)

Music of Guardabarranco

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 The duo Guardabarranco, consisting of sister and brother Katia Cardenal  and Salvador Cardenal Barquero, emerged with the Sandanista revolution in Nicraguq.  Norm Diamond plays part of "Casa Abierta" ("Open House") and translates its message hope, peace and justice.  They take their name from the national bird of Nicaragua.

Mystery Mole

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 

Test -- or increase -- your knowledge of Mole History -- the people from the past who have worked for an end to oppression by playing Mystery Mole.  Norm gives four clues to help us zero in on the answer to this whodunit puzzle for the left.  

August 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond (pictured here), and includes his special feature "Mystery Mole," as well as thoughtful introductions to all the other Moles' contributions.  Norm also plays and comments on a song by the Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco.

Next Monday, September 7, is Labor Day.  The Old Mole Variety Hour will not be heard so that Labor Radio can bring you special programming -- to which the Moles will be contribuing.  

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

1.  Intersexuality and Gender Policing:  Frann Michel discusses the socially created distinctions between male and female and how they apply to the case of Caster Semenya.

2.  Disappointed with Obama?  Old Mole Bill Resnick explains how the President is a creature of forces far beyond him -- and what hope there is for progressive action. 

3.  Cooperating Cleveland Coops: Author and activist Ted Howard talks with Bill Resnick about how a network of worker-owned coops is emerging in Cleveland to challenge privately controlled production.

4.  The music of Guardabarranco.

5.  Mystery Mole: Norm leads us through a series of clues to a past personality who fought for justice.

Disappointed with Obama?

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

Progressives are feeling let down by what looks like President Obama's failure to push for the changes we believe in.  But what can a President do?What are the forces he or she has to work with to stay in office, to remain credible?  Bill Resnick opens our eyes to them.  You can read this commentary here

Policing Gender Boundaries

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 What qualifies an athlete to compete as a woman or a man?  What makes any of us a man or a woman?  It's not as obvious as you might have thought, as the Old Mole's Frann Michel argues in this commentary, which begins with the case of runner Caster Semenya.  You can read Frann's remarks here, where you will also find links to many further discussions of the issue.  

Medicalizing Unhappiness

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Sun, 08/23/2009

  How therapists and drug companies take our ways of being unhappy -- worry, anxiety, depression, grief, impotence, self-criticism, frustration, anger, forbidden hungers – and turn them into illnesses and syndromes for which they can sell us expensive treatments.  Bill Resnick talks with anthropologist Eugenia Tsao, who has published on this topic in Counterpunch.  

Bombing Civilians: The Interview

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 Following up on Jay Thiemeyer's review of Bombing Civilians, the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with one of the book's editors Marilyn Young, Professor of History at New York University.   They discuss the origins of this strategy as well as its ongoing use in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  You can read an excerpt from her book here.     

Bombing Civilians: The Book

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 How and why has the aerial bombing of civilian populations become standard military procedure?  Jay Thiemeyer reviews a new book  of essays on the history and problems raised by wars waged, not just against opposing armies, against peoples.   The book is Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History, edited by Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn Young.   For a slideshow history of aerial bombing, go here.  You can also hear Marilyn Young following up on this review in a conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier -- click here.   

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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