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 November 2nd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders


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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

Air date: 
Mon, 10/26/2015 - 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 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 5, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective


Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
 
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commentary and critique.



Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Audio

Kathleen Gerson on the Unfinished Women's Movement

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson. Gerson teaches at NYU in the Department of Sociology, and is the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work and Family. They discuss the revolution in US life triggered by the women’s movement.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 21, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP,  the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA:

- Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership

- Joe Clement and his guest review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas

- Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson about changes in US family life and impact of the women's movement


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  • Length: 54:52 minutes (25.12 MB)
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Making Local Progressive Reforms

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Laurie Mercier speaks with Shena Elrington, Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice at the Center for Popular Democracy.
They discuss how communities, cities and states can lead progressive reforms on immigrant rights and create alternative and humane environments for receiving  immigrants and refugees in light of reactionary opposition at the federal and state levels.
See her piece in Common Dreams.

What Was Achieved in Paris on Climate Change

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Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Athanasiou’s book Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor has been called "The single most accessible presentation of what is known as 'social ecology' that has yet been written” (The Nation). Here he talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about the achievements of negotiators at the just concluded climate talks in Paris. 

Organizing Collective Liberation

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program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tod Sloan  shares key principles for movement organizing from Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, a book for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. Chris Crass’s collection of essays and interviews presents us with powerful lessons for transformative organizing through offering a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. Drawing on two decades of personal activist experience and case studies of anti-racist social justice organizations, Crass insightfully explores ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building in the United States today.

Can Capitalism and Humanity Survive?

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's essay "Can Capitalism and Mankind Both Survive"? 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 14, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Mole focusing on progressive organizing and assessing the outcome of the COP21 Climate Conference just concluded in Paris. To hear the whole show, use the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links. 

1.  Shena Elrington of the Center for Popular Democracy talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about what progressives can do at the local level.

2.  Tod Sloan reads from Chris Crass's book Towards Collective Liberation.

3.  Author and climate activist Tom Athanasiou talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how much was achieved at the Paris climate talks.

4.  Tom Becker reads from and article by Dave Lindorff about how little was achieved at the Paris climate talks.

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Brian Tokar on Climate beyond Paris

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar about this week's Paris climate change talks, which are headed toward an international agreement designed to allow fossil fuel companies to continue to profit, even though the tax discounts they get could be used for helping climate victims and transitioning to sustainable sources of energy. The Mole discusses the next steps for the climate action movements to save the planet.

Book Mole: The Signature of All Things

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things and finds it is a compendious study of the history of botany and of pharmaceuticals; it is also a wonderfully written story of a brave woman scientist on the verge of grasping the mechanism that drives evolution via her study of mosses.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 7, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015
The Old Mole Variety Hour
Bill Resnick hosts this membership-drive show, which includes these segments:

Bill talks with Brian Tokar about the limits of the Paris climate talks and the need for local actions

Jan Haaken talks with faith community activists about us-vs-them fears manipulated by politicians

Larry Bowlden reviews Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, The Signature of All Things

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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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