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).

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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 for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Audio

Climate Change and Social Dislocation

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015

Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.  It traces
·       the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and   keep the nations impoverished,
·       militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
·       misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
·       climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."

The whole ensemble combines to threaten civilization as we know it. Parenti outlines some policies that might work to avoid that fate.

Left & the Law: New Anti-Abortion Rehtoric

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
The Left and the Law today focuses on recent court decisions in Texas that restrict access to abortion, and a decision by a judge in the 5th Circuit court that threw out some of the claims about the risks of abortion. Psychologist Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker talk specifically about the tactical shift among anti-abortion forces to build a case for mental health risks, and their efforts to gain legitimacy for what they term "post-abortion trauma syndrome." 

Debt and the Exploitation of Poor Countries

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Jubilee USA is an organization working to expose and reverse the debt loads that cripple the economies of many poor nations. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Jubilee's director Eric LeCompte about how this debt was incurred and how Jubilee works to challenge the big lenders.

Spare the Rod, Spare Ourselves

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Beliefs about child rearing come from the same root as beliefs about social welfare. Clayton Morgareidge discusses differing views about whether children should be fed and comforted on demand or on a schedule. Since psychologists now say parents should attend to their children and not leave them to cry, this has implications for meeting the social needs of everyone. 

Book Review: "Everything I Never Told You"

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews a debut novel by Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You. A young Chinese-American girl is raised by a mother who wants for her daughter all the things she wanted for herself but sacrificed to her marriage and children, and a father who wants her to be normal, to fit in in ways that he feels he never did. Driven to achieve academically beyond her abilities, and by her father's intense desires that she be popular, she feels trapped. Only her love for her brother keeps her afloat, but he will soon leave for college. Themes of racism and feminism weave through this heartbreaking novel.

More of Larry's reviews can be found here

Atrocities and KBOO's Political Therapy

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015


KBOO's current membership drive inspires Bill Resnick and host Denise Morris to discuss a recent article by Glen Greenwald that responds to media coverage of recent atrocities by ISIS by reminding us of less publicized ongoing atrocities by the US and its allies. KBOO not only brings you these hard truths, but offers listeners avenues for political action that can help us feel less guilty and helpless about government policies carried out in our names. KBOO's public affairs programs are therapeutic. You can support this therapy by contributing to the membership drive, clicking on the tip jar in the upper right hand corner of this page. Please do it now.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Denise Morris hosts this episode dealing with the crushing debt owed by poor nations to wealthy financial institutions; a new novel about a Chinese-American girl; and how ideas of child rearing intersect with ideas about social welfare.

We also hear a discussion of KBOO's mission of providing a way beyond the sadness and guilt provoked by atrocities carried out by our government. This webpage enables you to listen to the show without interruption by pleas for membership. You can show your appreciation for this fact, and for everything KBOO does, by making your contribution in the tip jar at the top right of this page.

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To hear the whole show, click the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links.

1.  How poor counties get into debt to the rich, and what one organization is doing about it.

2.  A book review of a finely written debut novel, "Everything I Never Told You".

3.  The link between child rearing and social welfare.

4.  KBOO's therapy for political guilt and apathy



Studs Turkel: racism and resilience in Montgomery 1965

program date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015

This is the second installment* in Alan Weider's ongoing project to remember and revive the work of Studs Turkel. In March of 1965, Studs went to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. There he would talk with locals about their personal feelings and what they hear others saying about the Civil Rights movement---and the Selma to Montgomery marches in particular. In addition to hearing from locals, Studs talks with Martin Luther King Jr. and at one point records himself waxing nervously about FBI surveillance.

*Normally it will air on the second Monday of the month, but this month comes a week early because of membership drive.

  • Title: StudsCivilRights
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:34 minutes (17.01 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Bill Resnick & Diane Elliot: living paycheck to paycheck in 2015

program date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Diane Elliot of the Pew Charitable Trust about the 57% of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, either in poverty or one "misforture" away from it.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 17:34 minutes (16.08 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Selma

program date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015
Joe Clement and Iven Hale review Selma, the widely acclaimed biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Selma to Montgomery marches he helped organize in 1965, which aimed to draw attention to racial domination still alive after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King in a screenplay written and directed by Ava Duvernay. The movie moles consider the film's merits and question the limits its story-telling place on MLK's legacy and intersectional point of view when it came to fighting racism, materialism, and militarism. 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 13:47 minutes (12.61 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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