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.

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

 

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Episode Archive

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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

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Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

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Revolutionary Iranian Women

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Sun, 06/28/2009

 Catherine Sameh is studying women in Iran, resistance movements and feminism, and she has an eye-opening account of the condition and role of women in Iran before and after the Revolution of 1979 and what it means for Iranian women today.   She is interviewed here by the Old Mole's  Denise Morris.  For more depth analysis of this topic, click herehere, here, and here.  

Economics to Save the Planet

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Sun, 06/28/2009

 Economist Robin Hahnel lucidly explains what has to be done rescue the planet from environmental catastrophe  -- and how much of it can, and cannot, be done within capitalism.  Professor of Economics at Portland State University, he is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert. He is currently a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College.

Gender and Revolution: Sexual Politics in Iran and the US

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Sun, 06/28/2009

 How have women fared in revolutionary Iran, and what is their role in the current upheavals there?  Is the movement for gay marriage going to make gays and lesbians conform to traditional family values?  What will it take to make our health care system, corrupted by profit, work to keep us healthy?  And can capitalism save our planet?  These are the leading questions discussed on this show, hosted by the Old Mole's Denise Morris, pictured here.  

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

1.  Dr. Paul Hochsfeld discusses the "health care industry" and how it must be fixed.  

2.  Frann Michel suggests that the gay marriage movement undermines the radical message of the GLBT struggle for equality.

3.  Catherine Sameh lays out the complexities of being female in Iran.

4.  Robin Hahnel shows the limits of capitalist solutions to the environmental crisis.

 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is a medley of an old (1924) version by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and a new one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

A Radical Fix for the Economy

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 Are "green shoots" sprouting in the rubble of our economy?  Economist Gerald Friedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the underlying problems with the US economy and the radical measures needed to fix it.  Friedman teaches at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst (hotbed of radical political economy) and writes frequently for Dollars & Sense.

Iranian Politics: Local and International

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 Bill Resnick reviews and comments on the crisis in Iran brought on by the election, and assesses the response  of the international community including the Obama administration.

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2009

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, and featuring several versions of our theme song "I wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," this program discusses how our broken economy needs to be fixed if it is to work for all of us; the recent Supreme Court refusal to grant convicted inmates the right to review in the light of DNA evidence; the new documentary film about the food we eat, Food, Inc., and a commentary about the crisis over the election in Iran.  

To hear the program in full, use the play button above.  To hear separate pieces, follow their links below:

1.  Radical economist Gerald Friedman talks with Bill Resnick about the economy

2.  Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken on the Supreme Court decision about DNA evidence.

3.   The Movie Moles discuss Food, Inc.

4.   The situation in Iran and International response to it.  

Move Moles: "Food, Inc."

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 "Food, Inc. is one of the most riveting films to be released this year," says Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson in this full discussion, with Jan Haaken,  of the virtues and limitations of this exposé of our industrial food production.  The film is directed by Robert Kenner and it draws on the work of Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto)

Supreme Court: No Right to DNA Tests

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 By a split decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to have a conviction reviewed on the basis of DNA evidence.  Civil Rights attorney Mike Snedeker explains the impact of the decision in this conversation with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

Politics of Health Care "Reform"

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Sun, 06/14/2009

 Joanne Landy, a long time campaigner for single payer health care, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how and why the insurance companies stand in the way of the only health care reform that can work. Joanne Landy is co-director of the New York-based Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and a member of the editorial board of New Politics.  She is also a  former activist with Physicians for a National Health Care Program.

 

Labor History: The ILWU

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Sun, 06/14/2009

 

Labor Historian Harvey Schwartz talks about his new book Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.  They trace the origins and growth of the International Longshoremen Workers Union on the West Coast, including the organizing of workers at Powell's Books.  Schwartz reads from his book this evening (June 15) at 6:30 at Laughing Horse Books.  Schwartz is an oral historian at the Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University, and curator of the Oral History Collection, ILWU Library.

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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