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 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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

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Movie Moles: "Life During Wartime"

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Mon, 08/30/2010

 Denise Morris and Wendy Webb find a lot to discuss in Todd Solondz’s new film Life During Wartime, which follows up on his earlier film Happiness.  This latest movie "pokes fun at the hypocrisy around American notions of freedom and democracy." 

August 30 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 08/30/2010

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program looks at how medical care is improved when delivered by people who are cooperating rather than being managed from the top; whether charity keeps us from dealing with the real probems; the new Todd Solandz movie Life During Wartime; and music that keeps lost causes from being forgotten so that they may rise again and succeed.  

 

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Beyond Charity

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Mon, 08/30/2010

 Wealthy people often give large amounts to charity, and everyone is encouraged to contribute to charities.   But does charity, besides whatever good it does in the world, distract us from solving the real problems that charity so inadequately deals with?  Joe Clement draws on Slavoj Žižek and Oscar Wilde to illuminate these questions.  For an animated version of Žižek's remarks, go here.  For a fuller version, go here.  And to read Oscar Wilde's "Soul of Man Under Socialism," click here.  

Songs of Lost Causes

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Mon, 08/30/2010

 With the help of the Old Mole's  radical musicologist Brad Duncan, we sample and discuss some music that keeps alive memories of lost battles that can nevertheless point the way to a better future.  Among the battles are the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 British miners' strike, the life and death of Malcolm X, and the ongoing struggle for the rights of political prisoners in Northern Ireland.  Here is a video of Ciaran Murphy's "Rebel Song" with images that give you an idea of what he's singing about.

Pictured here is Scottish musician Dick Gaughan, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.                                                   . 

The Floods in Pakistan.

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Tue, 08/24/2010

 Frann Michel surveys the news, blogs and scientific agencies to make sense of the unusual floods that have been happening in Pakistan. She makes the case for understanding these natural disasters as social phenomena.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:37 minutes (3.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Book Mole: Ghost Road

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Tue, 08/24/2010

Book Mole, Larry Bowlden, reviews Pat Barker's award-winning "Ghost Road." It's the third in a trilogy about World War I. Larry explains:

"This is not a glorification of war book. Instead, it talks of the the war and battlefield in graphic and horrible detail that shows the bravery of the men who fought, but also the corruption of the British class-system and the money-interests of big business, especially as the war drags on long after it should have - with men dying not to the secure the victory, but to line the pockets of businessmen who are more interested in profits than the lives of soldiers."

 

Go to Larry's blog for this review and others in printed format.

  • Title: GhostRoad
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:18 minutes (2.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: The Other Guys

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Mon, 08/23/2010

 Denise and Bill review the new buddy-cop film, "The Other Guys." They talk about masculinity, depictions of the police, and a possible stab at big money.

 

"The Other Guys" is a 2010 film, starring Will Ferral, Mark Wahlberg, The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 16:32 minutes (7.57 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour August 23rd

program date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

Today's show, hosted by Denise Morris on the left, is about organic agriculture, the social conditions of otherwise natural disasters, plus reviews of Pat Barker's WWI-novel "Ghost Road" and the buddy-cop film "The Other Guys." Below are links to the individual segments:

1. Bill Resnick interviews Catherine Badgley the potential of organic agriculture to feed the world.

2. Larry Bowlden reviews "Ghost Road," the last of a WWI trilogy by Pat Barker.

3. Frann Michel considers the social dimension of the recent floods in Pakistan.

4. Bill and Denise review the new film, "The Other Guys."

  • Title: OMVH_Aug_23
  • Genre: Talk
  • Length: 57:18 minutes (26.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Organic Agriculture Can Feed The World

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program date: 
Mon, 08/23/2010

Bill interviews Catherine Badgley about her research into the comparative outputs of organic and conventional agriculture. In an article she wrote with seven other colleagues, "Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply," she makes the case for organic agriculture feeding the world. This research begun when she visited a farm north of Ann Arbor where on 3-acres the farmer was growing 26 tons of produce organically. She responds to criticisms that organic agriculture receives from agribusiness.

 

Catherine Badgley teaches in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Her primary interests are paleontology and the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity. Go to her faculty page to find other articles and talks she's given in these areas.

  • Title: BillANDBadgley
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 19:02 minutes (8.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Native Perspectives on Sustainability

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Mon, 08/16/2010

 Dave Hall, environmental activist and PSU teacher, talks with Jan Haaken about his project,  Native Perspectives on Sustainability.  His earlier interview on this topic is here.  Dave and Jan discuss how indigenous leaders understand the concepts and practices that can keep human life in balance with the earth.  

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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