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.

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 12/15/14

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 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 on 12/15/14

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/15/14

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour December 15, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Change, Racism, police corruption, consumerism, psychology

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commenataries,

Bill Resnick interviews Steve Early, an activist with the Richmond Progressive Alliance regarding their successful work to reform Richmaond Police.

Clayton Morgareidge discusses and reads from a Nation article entitled "The Civil Rights Movement Came Out of A Moment Like This One," by Dani McClain referring to the recent killings of unarmed black children and men.  

Larry Bowlden reviews Ellen Meloy's new book, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild. Meloy is a well-known nature writer. 

Ivan Hale shares an article about queer femme invisibility or how feminine lesbians often go unrecognized.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 1, 2014

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Mon, 12/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Surveillance, Snowden, Documentary, Policing, Capitalism, Marx, Immigration, Farmworkers, PCUN
Old Mole Variety Hour
Denise Morris Hosts this week's episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes these segments:

• Bill Resnick interviews Larry Kleinman. Kleiman is co-founder of the Oregon Farm Workers union PCUN and is now working nationally on the immigrants rights struggle and preparing for changes in the law. They talk about Obama's recent very controversial Executive Order as well as the future of immigrant politics in this country.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24

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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drug Wars in Latin America, the 8-hour work-day, football and feminism
Tom Becker hosts this episode featuring --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/17/14

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/10/14

Air date: 
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

Music in the Rice Fields 2

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 Music and labor history: women rice workers and their songs.  Part  2

 

Music in the Rice Fields 4

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 Music and labor history: women rice workers and their songs.  In this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, Clarissa Clo relates the history of women's labor in the rice fields of Italy, their contribution to the rights of labor, and compares their songs with the music made by slaves in the South of the US.  

 

The Price of Food

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 Jane D'Arista talks with Bill Resnick about what makes food so much more expensive everywhere.  As with oil and finance, it has a lot to do with deregulation.  D'Arista is Director of Programs at the Financial Markets Center.

Mothers' Day & the Peace Movement

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Sun, 05/11/2008

Frann Michel as the Well-read Red shows how Mothers' Day began a century ago as an action for peace, and how that association is being revived by Code Pink.  To read her commentary, complete with many links to things you can do and read, go to Frann's Kboo blog.

Religious Intolerance in the Military

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 The Old Mole's Tom Becker reports that the US military has developed a culture of intolerant Christian fundamentalism. He reads from a piece by Robyn Blumner posted on Common Dreams.   

OMV 5/12/08 Unedited

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 This is the unedited show.  An improved edition with links to individual pieces will be here later.

  • Title: OMV 5_12_08
  • Length: 59:39 minutes (27.31 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12, 2008

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 This program features music by the Rice Workers Choir of Novi Di Modena, songs sung by women workers who organized to achieve the first 8-hour day. Also discussed are the rising costs of food, Mothers' Day as part of the Peace Movement, and Christian fundmentalism in the  US military.  Hear the whole show, hosted by Bill Resnick, by clicking the arrow above.  Or hear  individual pieces going to their links below.

In these first four segments, you can hear the music  of  Novi Di Modena and a discussion of their music by Italian scholar  Clarissa  Clo.

1. Music in the Rice Fields 1

2.  Music in the Rice Fields 2

3. Music in the Rice Fields 3

4.  Music in the Rice Fields--and some history 4

5.  The Well-read Red: Mothers' Day and  the Peace Movement

6.  Christian Fundamentalism in the US Military

 

Music in the Rice Fields 1

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Sun, 05/11/2008

 Music and labor history: women rice workers and their songs.  Part  1  

See The Rice Workers Choir of Novi Di Modena on You Tube.

Elections and Democracy

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Sun, 05/04/2008

 What can be done to make elections reflect what voters want?   And what would get voters more engaged in the electoral process?   Rob Ritchie of FairVote - The Center for Voting and Democracy and an expert on international and domestic electoral systems, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Among their topics  are  Instant Runoff Elections (IRV), proportional representation, and participatory democracy.    

Insane Liberation

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Sun, 05/04/2008

 David Oaks, director of Mind Freedom, discusses the liberation of the mad, psychiatric survivors, and invites us to a "Normathon" to be held in Eugene on May 17.  He talks with Old Mole Jan Haaken.   

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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