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 for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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
Short Description: 
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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

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Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Consciousness and Political Transformation in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Derek Hook, psychoanalyst and author most recently of
<a href="http://us.macmillan.com/postapartheidconditions/DerekHook"> (Post)Apartheid Conditions: Psychoanalysis and Social Formation</a>.  They discuss experiences of time and transformation, Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa, the limits of masculinist discourses, the importance of optimism, and the <a href="http://www.sbf.org.za/Main_Site/index.php">Biko Foundation</a>

Consciousness and Political Transformation in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Derek Hook, psychoanalyst and author most recently of
(Post)Apartheid Conditions: Psychoanalysis and Social Formation.  They discuss experiences of time and transformation, Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa, the limits of masculinist discourses, the importance of optimism, and the Biko Foundation.

Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Mole, featuring two discussions of the situation and the prospects for change in post-apartheid South Africa, Jesus as a radical, and Capitalism and the environmental crisis.  

To hear the whole show, including music, use the play button below.  To hear separate segments, follow these links:
  1. John Saul continues his discussion with Bill Resnick about the future of post-apartheid South Africa.
  2. Psychoanalyst Derek Hook talks with Jan Haaken about his book on time, consciousness, and political transformation in South Africa.
  3. Paul Buhl and Bill Resnick discuss the graphic novel on the radical Jesus edited by Buhl.  
  4. Tom Becker reads John Bellamy Foster's essay on Capitalism and environmental crisis.
  • Title: OMVHDec23bth.m4a
  • Length: 56:40 minutes (25.94 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Capitalism: the Epochal Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
Tom Becker reads from John Bellamy Foster on capitalism and epochal crisis, about the converging economic and environmental disasters of the present era of monopoly, financialization, and planetary destruction.

Madiba (Mandela) A to Z

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
Danny Schechter is an author, director, producer, and media expert Danny who traveled extensively with Nelson Mandela and has previously documented Mandela’s life in the film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." He is just out with a book about Mandela's life and work, "Mandiba From A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela" that gives us a fully rounded picture of the man. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid."

Vanishing Pensions and Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
The chances of retiring with enough to support live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon.

Vanishing Pensions and Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
The chances of retiring with enough to live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon.

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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