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 08/25/14

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 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 August 18, 2014

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
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Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 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 August 4 2014

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 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 June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

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Racism and the Economic Crisis

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Mon, 02/09/2009

People of color and especially immigrants have faced attempts to blame them for the economic crisis and to shift even more of the suffering onto their backs. Well-read Red Frann Michel  exposes these attacks in this commentary.  You can read it and find many links to her sources here

Photo credit: "employment." Online Photograph.

Britannica Student Encyclopædia

. 10 Feb. 2009 

Urban Agriculture in Havana

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Sun, 02/08/2009

Cuba is now self-sufficient in vegetables and eating a healthier diet thanks to urban garden plots in all its cities.  Sinan Koont, who teaches economics at Dickenson College and has studied city agriculture in Cuba, talks with Bill Resnick.  Here is his article on the topic in Monthly Review

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2009

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Sun, 02/08/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work.  The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis.  We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.

1.  The understimulating economic stimulus.

2.  Well-read Red: Racism and the  Economic Crisis

3.  Growing Vegetables in Havana

4.  Fela Kuti: World musician and human rights activist.

 

The Music of Fela Kuti

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Sun, 02/08/2009

The originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti was a musician, composer, and human rights activist from Nigeria whose music and political work were highly influential. 

Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about Fela Kuti's life and music.

The Understimulating Stimulus Package

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Sun, 02/08/2009

There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy.  Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

Perlman is the author of many books, most recently The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression.  In their conversation, they refer to a recent New York Times article on what happened to Japan in the 1990s; you can find it here.

 

Seattle's General Strike, 1919

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Sun, 02/01/2009

 

This is the 90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike in which workers closed down the city -- except for essential services which they ran themselves with no help from management.  Labor Historians (and Old Moles)Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond discuss those events and what can be learned from them for today's struggles over labor and the economic crisis.  This segment also includes music from the Rock Opera Seattle 1919 and a conversation between its composer Rob Rosenthal and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

The double album rock opera can be purchased from Fuse Music, 14 Red Glen Road, Middletown, CT 06459 (email: Rob Rosenthal rrosenthal@mail.wesleyan.edu). CDs are $12; tapes $10, vinyl $7.50

For much more about the Seattle Strike, tune into KBOO Thursday evening, Feb. 5 from 7-8 pm when the Labor Arts Collective will devote a whole hour to it.


Movie Moles: "Switch: A Community in Transition"

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Sun, 02/01/2009

What happens when someone goes through gender transition in their own community?  How do co-workers, family, and friends make the switch from seeing one of their own as a man instead of a woman, or vice-versa?  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Chris Land  discuss the Portland-made film "Switch: A Community in Transition"

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2009

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Sun, 02/01/2009

Hosted by labor historians Laurie Mercier and  Norm  Diamond, this Old Mole show focuses on the great Seattle General  Strike of 1919.  Norm and Laurie discuss this model of workers power, not just to shut a city down, but to run it without bosses.  Bill Resnick talks with Rob Rosenthal about Rosenthal's rock opera Seattle 1919. Also on this program, we hear a review by Denise Morris and Chris Land of a locally made film about gender transition, Switch:  A Community in Transition.  To  hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear  the pieces  separately, and to learn more about the topics, follow the links below.

1.  Seattle's General Strike of 1919: music, history, and lessons for today.

2.  Movie Review: Switch:  A Community in Transition

Mandate for Change

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Sun, 01/25/2009

 

Getting the best progressive ideas in front of the Obama team: that's the purpose of the book Mandate for Change, edited by Chester Hartman.  Hartman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many of the book's proposals for changing and saving our nation. 

"This Land Is Your Land!"

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Sun, 01/25/2009

 

"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land!"

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this song, which included some rarely heard verses, in front of Obama and the nation at the Inauguration celebration, January 19.  Here is one of those verses as sung by its composer, Woody Guthrie himself, in 1944 together with some commentary by Clayton Morgareidge.

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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