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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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

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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

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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Music of Oil Drilling

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Mon, 06/07/2010

In Texas and the Gulf region, musicians have been singing about oil drilling since the oil boom in the early 20th Century.  In this segment, we hear samples of this music and then a conversation about it with the Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge and our radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  

Photo by Nick Spitzer. Copyright 1978 the Smithsonian Institution. 

 

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Immigrants: Why They Come

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Mon, 05/31/2010

The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers.  Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes  on them?  Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.

Learning from Immigrants

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Mon, 05/31/2010

Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy is a new book by Paul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants.  He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm  workers.   More about this here.   The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it. 

Paul Apoltolidis will be speaking next week (June  11-13) at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's conference in Portland.  

Queers and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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Mon, 05/31/2010

In arguing for  an end to the discriminatory "Don't ask, don't tell"  law against gays serving openly in the military, many progressives wind up supporting what the military does -- fight wars to maintain US hegemony.  Writer and activist Yasmin Nair talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the contradictions. Here is Nair's recent article "DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices."

"Papers": Coming of Age Undocumented

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Mon, 05/31/2010

What happens if you turn 18 without papers making you a citizen or a legal resident?   Papers is a new documentary film about the difficulties young people face when they can't go to school, get a drivers license, or  work.   Laurie Mercier talks with the producer Rebecca Shine and  with one of the young members of El Grupo Juvenil (the youth crew) Vanesa Dominguez.  Go to their website for information more about the film and how to see it.  

May 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 05/31/2010

This show is hosted by Denise Morris and focuses on immigration and  the possible repeal  of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  It also  features music by The B Side, a San Diego based band, described as  "War meets  Lenny Kravitz by way of  Ben Harper."

 

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Reneging on the Great Migration

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Mon, 05/24/2010

Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor.  Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment.  Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus.  (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))

 

Movie Moles: "Robin Hood"

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Mon, 05/24/2010

How much robbing of the rich and giving to the poor goes on in the new Robin Hood movie?  Find out from our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris.   Read Frann's blog, with more links about the movie and the myth, here.

Book Mole: "The Queen of Palmyra"

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Mon, 05/24/2010

 Larry Bowlden reviews Minrose Gwin's novel The Queen of Palmyra about a young white girl coming to perceive Southern racism in 1960s Mississippi.  

To read many of Larry's past reviews, go here.  

Tropicalia- Politics and Music

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Mon, 05/24/2010

 After some excerpts from their music, Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the "Tropicalia" movement in Brazil from the late 60s.  These artists combined traditional Brazilian music with psychedelic pop from Europe and the US and embodies the spirit of youth revolt that was sweeping the world. 

Brazil's right-wing military dictatorship imprisoned and exiled many of the movement's leading lights; nearly all of the exiled musicians continued their art in exile including Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

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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