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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Audio

A Future for Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 06/21/2010

 There is no crisis for Social Security funding, in spite of what we hear from politicians and news media.  Nancy Altman of  Social Security Works explains why we keep hearing about this phony crisis in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Altman has been studying Social Security for thirty years and is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble.   

(The graph shows that by 2023, the Social Security surplus is estimated to grow to $4.3 trillion.)

 

Israel's Impunity from Law

program date: 
Mon, 06/21/2010

Both the attack on the flotilla and the siege of Gaza are illegal, argues George Bisharat in this succinct article from Counterpunch, read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.   

Prisons: Reform or Abolition?

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program date: 
Mon, 06/21/2010

 In this conversation from their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan  Haaken explore the enormous economic and human costs of the prison system and some of the reasons why we continue to bear those costs.  Mike and Jan earlier discussed Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  To hear that discussion, click here.   

 

Ecuador v Chevron: in Court and on Screen

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program date: 
Mon, 06/21/2010

 Investigative film maker Joe Berlinger talks with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about his new film Crude. The film details the Amazon oil disaster that is the subject of the largest environmental law suit in history.  Berlinger has made many award-winning documentary films.  

June 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 06/21/2010

This edition of the Mole is hosted by Tom Becker, and its topics include the future of Social Security, Israel's  impunity from the law, problems of the prison system and what can be done about them, and the havoc wreaked upon the forests and the people by Texaco-Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  

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A New World Order is Possible and Needed.

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about his recent op-ed, "A New World Order is Possible and Needed." Specifically, Mark explores the rising affluence of middle-powers in Latin America, and how their engagement in world politics goes beyond narrowly defined self-interests.

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."

  • Length: 20:57 minutes (19.17 MB)
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Organizing Labor for the Work We Need

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Laurie outlines recent challenges to the labor movement, including unresponsive politicians and attacks to the Employee Free-Choice Act, which would shield employees from employer intimidation if they tried to unionize. Returning to an interview in May with Les Leopold, Laurie also suggests how to turn the economy into one with jobs for all.

  • Length: 9:06 minutes (8.33 MB)
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Janitors for Justice

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Maggie Long, Director of Property Services with SEIU Local 49, about Metro's decision to switch to non-union janitors, and the Justice for Janitors march happening on Tuesday the 15th.

Click here for more information about Justice for Janitors.

  • Length: 8:48 minutes (8.05 MB)
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Does the Ruling-Class Really Want to Commit Suicide?

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Tom Becker reads from "A Hell of Their Own Creation: Does the Ruling Class Really Want to Commit Suicide," by Charles M. Young. Young's essay that pursues just that question, and goes a step further with a murder-suicide analogy drawn from the Godfather II. The ruling-class, in a decadent downward spiral, lash out at their creations, including wage-slaves and nature, which only reflect their impotence. Young also imagines a Second Coming of Christ that they - sadly - aren't teaching in most Sunday Schools. Charles M. Young is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper: This Can't Be Happening

  • Length: 7:13 minutes (6.61 MB)
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June 14th Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Today's show, hosted by Laurie Mercier, focuses on the challenges to organized labor; the need for and possibility of a new, cooperative world order; and a special piece that asks the question "does the ruling class really want to commit suicide?" There are also two brief musical interludes: Casey Neill's "Dancing on the Ruins (of multi-national corporations" and David Kearney's "Please Mr. President."

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To hear the whole show, click the play button below. To hear individual segments and find more information, follow the [forthcoming] links below.

1. Bill Resnick talks with Weisbrot talk about his recent op-ed, "A New World Order is Possible and Needed."

2. Laurie Mercier comments on challenges to the labor movement and how to turn the economy into one with jobs for all.

3. Bill interviews Maggie Long of SEIU Local 49 about Janitors for Justice.

4. Tom Becker reads from Charles M. Young's "A Hell of Their Own Creation: Does the Ruling Class Really Want to Commit Suicide?"

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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