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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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

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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

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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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.

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Living in Disastrous Times

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Mon, 05/10/2010

Can the sense of solidarity and community that comes over us in response to a flood or an earthquake be mobilized to respond to less obvious disasters -- like climate change, for example?  Clayton Morgareidge looks for  help in Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.  

You can read this review here on Clayton's blog.

You can read what Solnit has to say about the Haiti earthquake here

The music on this piece is by the Salem group Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show, from their album Hot Topics.

Mothers and Others: Alloparents and Commoning

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Mon, 05/10/2010

Remarking on Mother's Day,  our Well-read Red Frann Michel considers what mothers need from the commons -- from their fellow human beings with their evolved hypersociality according to the slogan "One for all and all for one."     

You can read Frann's remarks on her blog.

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 10, 2010

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Mon, 05/10/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show about hope in hard times, about the opportunities given to us by the disastrous times we live in.  

This show is part of  KBOO's Spring Membership Drive, offering you the opportunity to support the station that sustains the Old Mole, along with all the other great public affairs programming available nowhere else on the air.   Please use the tip jar in the upper right corner to contribute -- and Thanks!

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Volcanos, Air Travel, and Climate

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Mon, 05/03/2010

 Frann Michel, The Well-read Red, explores some surprising connections among volcanic eruptions, air travel, climate change, and the capitalist mode of production.  You can read her remarks by clicking here.  

From a Finance Economy to a Green Economy

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Mon, 05/03/2010

Laurie Mercier speaks with Les Leopold, co-founder and director of The Labor Institute, consultant to the Blue-Green Alliance, which brings together trade unions and environmental organizations, and author most recently of the book The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It.  You can read recent work of his on the Huffington Post here and here.   

 

Getting to a Green Economy

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Mon, 05/03/2010

 Coal, oil, and nuclear power can be things of the past.  Bill Resnick talks with Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007), which is the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy, without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power.  You can download this book for free!  Much more from and about Arjun Makhijani is here.

Crooked Finance

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Mon, 04/26/2010

Bill Black, a former bank regulator, has been writing about financial fraud in high places at least sine the S&L scandal in the early '90s.  His book about that is The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the chicanery that led to the financial collapse of 2008.   

 

Incarceration and The New Jim Crow

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Mon, 04/26/2010

 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is the title of a new book by longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Michelle Alexander.  In this episode of the Old Mole's The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken sum up and discuss the book's central thesis: that the mass imprisonment of black men for crimes that go mostly unpunished among whites has created a new form of racial segregation.  

Michelle Alexander will appear soon on KBOO's A Deeper Look

Goldman Sacks the Treasury

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Mon, 04/26/2010

 Is Goldman Sachs "little better than a criminal enterprise that earns its billions by bilking the market, the government, and even its own clients in a bewildering variety of complex financial scams"?  Or is "Goldman guilty of [nothing] except being "too smart" and really, really good at making money?"  Drawing on articles by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s political reporter; and Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic Security, the Old Mole's Tom Becker lays out the case that (as Taibbi puts it) Goldman is "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity."

Book Mole: "Solar"

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Mon, 04/26/2010

 Novelist Ian McEwan is able "to display clearly how brilliant accomplishment in one area of a life can be, and very often is, combined with absurd ineptness (or worse) in other areas."  Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden discusses McEwan's new novel Solar about a man whose personal life is a mess and yet is engaged in the fight against global warming. 

Read more of Larry's reviews 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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