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.

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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 12/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Audio

The Left and the Law: Mohamed Mohamud

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
As a judge has put the sentencing on hold for accused Portland bomber Mohamed Mohamud due to concerns about entrapment, The Left and the Law (Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker) examine the case and the FBI's frequent use of sting operations that seem to create the crime which would not have happened without their help and encouragment.

Book Mole: "Someone"

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program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone" is about the ordinary life of a woman who become extraordinary when seen through the lens of an great story teller. Larry Bowlden's review will lead you to it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 16, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013
Iven Hale hosts this offering from the Old Mole with segments about the need to defend Social Security and public pensions, the life of Nelson Mandela, FBI sting operations, and a new novel by Alice McDermott. To hear the whole show, including musical interludes, use the play button below. To hear particular segments, just follow the link of your choice (you may have to copy and paste, since the link machine is not available today): 1. Alan Wieder talks with Danny Schechter about his new bio of Nelson Mandela. http://kboo.fm/content/madibamandelaatoz 2. Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center explains the threats to our retirement from diminishing pensions and attacks on Social Security in this conversation with Bill Resnick. http://kboo.fm/content/vanishingpensionsandsocialsecurity0 3. The Left and the Law: Mike and Jan take up the case of Mohamed Mahamood and FBI sting operations. http://kboo.fm/content/theleftandthelawmohamedmohamud 4. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone". http://kboo.fm/content/bookmolesomeone

The Complexity and Contradictions of Class Consciousness in Nelson Mandela

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
In the Old Mole method, offering a critical though comradely commentary on the political work of Nelson Mandela, Alan Weider digs beneath the distracting and disarming veneer surrounding the late Nelson Mandela in mainstream media today. Inverting Barack Obama's neoliberal rhetoric, he argues that Mandela was not a hero because he was an individual, but because he worked with others. He also reminds us that while it's popular and not incorrect to remember Nelson Mandela as a man of peace and reconciliation, he was not above considering noncombative alternatives to nonviolence in the face of mounting state repression.

John Saul on The End of Apartheid, Race, and Class Domination in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. He even goes so far to argue that Mandela and the African National Congress embraced these terms consciously.

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and captured by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in neo-slave narratives. Her and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it's a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellum US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and capture by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in (neo)slave narratives. She and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it is a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellem US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!
  • Title: 12YearsASlave
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  • Genre: Blues
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John Saul on The End of Apartheid, Race, and Class Domination in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. He even goes so far to argue that Mandela and the African National Congress embraced these terms consciously because their real constituency were black business and otherwise monied interests.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 19:21 minutes (17.71 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Staving Off War in the Middle East

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program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
What are the forces pushing for US military engagement in Syria and Iran?  What parts are played by Saudi Arabia and Israel?  Is the Obama administration winding down the tensions?  Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these questions as they may play out in the near future and further down the road.  Rahnema is professor of political science and public policy at York University.

Social Worker Burn Out

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013
Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked?   Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work.  

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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