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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 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 on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

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August 24 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 

 As always, the Moles dig where few others dare to tread, this week taking on the commercialization of unhappiness, the American  tradition of bombing civilians, and our common fear of death.  Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) is your host.

 

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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.  Turning ordinary unhappiness into diseases in order to sell us cures: Bill Resnick talks with Eugenia Tsao  

2.  Bombing Civilians: Jay Thiemeyer reviews the book.

3.   Bombing Civilians:  Laurie Mercier interviews the editor, Marilyn Young.

4.   What we can really hope for healthcare reform -- and what we have to do to get there.  Bill Resnick comments.   

5.  Getting Over the Fear of Death.  Commentary from Clayton Morgareidge

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.  

Reviving the NLRB

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 The National Labor Relations Board, charged with mediating labor disputes, became moribund during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration is trying to revive it by appointing new members.  The Old Mole's Tom Becker looks at an article by Dave Lindorff in Counterpunch that examines what this might mean for labor struggles in the US.   

Labor and the Healthcare Debate

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 

Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the role of that publication in putting the movement back in the labor movement, and about the role of labor in the fight for healtcare reform.   

Prospects for Healthcare Reform

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 

What  is the minimum healtcare reform we need now, and what do we have to do to make it much better tomorrow?  Bill Resnick comments.  

The Incarcerated Society

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Sun, 08/16/2009

  

The US is "the most incarcerated society on earth," according to Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire.  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Perkinson about how we got this way.  An excellent companion article in Dissident Voiceon this topic is here.

August 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 Denise Morris (pictured here) hosts this show focusing on prisons, healthcare reform, and labor issues;  and featuring music from Tom Waits's CD Blood Money.

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

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

1.  Bill Resnick talks about our "incarcerated society" with author Robert Perkinson.

2.  Will the revival of the NLRB with new Obama appointments help the labor movement?  Tom Becker comments.

3.  Mark Brenner  of Labor Notes talks with Denise about labor's interest in healtcare reform and other labor issues.

4.  What can we still expect from healthcare reform, and what must we do in the future to make it work?  Bill Resnick comments.

Talking Back to Anti-Taxers

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Mon, 08/10/2009

 Drawing on David Sirota's article "The me-first, screw-everyone-else crowd" in Salon.com, Bill Resnick examines the reasons ordinary folk (those showing up to drown out meetings about healthcare reform) might have for hating taxes.  

The New Racism

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Sun, 08/09/2009

 What is keeping racial minorities down after the Civil Rights victories of the last century and in the administration of the first black President?  The Old Mole's  Bill Resnick talks with Tom Sugrue about the many forms of oppression and discrimination that remain with us.  Sugrue is the author of  Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.  The book was reviewed in The Nation.

Battle for Seattle Ten Years On

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Sun, 08/09/2009

 Ten years after the Seattle anti-WTO protests, actions are being planned for this November and December.  Tom Becker reads David Korten's piece from Yes Magazine about the need for ongoing protests against Wall Street's strangle-hold on the Earth.  For more information on how to get involved, go 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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