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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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 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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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.

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Progressive Victory in Richmond

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Mon, 12/08/2014
In Richmond, California, voters soundly rejected Chevron’s candidates and continued the cities progressive policies which include police reform greatly reducing police killings of civilians. Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with labor journalist Steve Early.  Richmond is also experimenting with participatory budgeting, giving citizens a voice in how the city spends its money.

Time for a New Civil Rights Movement?

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Mon, 12/08/2014
Just as the 1964 Civil Rights bill emerged out of the traumatic events of 1963, so recent police killings of black men and children can be what propels a new civil rights movement. This is Dani McClain's thought in her article in The Nation,  "“The Civil Rights Movement Came Out of a Moment Like This One” .  Clayton Morgareidge reads. For a more in-depth look at these possibilities, check out this article by Peter Dreier.

Book Review: "Eating Stones"

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Mon, 12/08/2014
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews  Ellen Meloy's 2004 book, Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild. Meloy tracks a rare species of desert big horn sheep in the high Mountain deserts of Utah. Sleeping, camping, and living with sheep much of the year, Meloy describes in exquisite detail the plants and animals of the desert, and the dangers facing all creatures due to corporate greed and human expansion into wilderness.

More book reviews by Larry.

Queer Femme Visibility

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Mon, 12/08/2014
What happens when trans-men claim the right to remain at the women's college to which they were originally admitted as women? Iven Hale reads Jen Cross's blog post in which she "wrangles" with her "fury around queer masculine privilege".

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8, 2014

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Mon, 12/08/2014
Tom Becker hosts this edition of Old Mole. You can hear the whole show by clicking on the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links:

1.  Bill Resnick talks with journalst Steve Early about progressive victories in Richmond and better policing there.

2. Clayton Morgareidge reads Dani McClain's article on why the time is right for a new civil rights movement.

3.  Ellen Meloy's "Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild" is reviewed by Larry Bowlden.

4. Iven Hale reads Jen Cross's blog post on queer masculine privilege and queer femme visibility.

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Larry Kleinman on Immigration

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Bill Resnick interviews Larry Kleinman. Kleinman 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.

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Robin D.G. Kelley on Resisting War against the Black and Brown Underclass

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Frann Michel reads an article by Robin D.G. Kelley, Resisting the War Against the Black and Brown Underclass

[photo by Hyung Nam]

Left and the Law on Citizenfour

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk the Left and the Law with a discussion of the new documentary Citizenfour. Filmmaker Laura Poitras intimately documents whistleblower Edward Snowden’s efforts to expose the intrusive post-9/11 US eavesdropping industry. Jan recommends David Price's discussion of "The New Surveillance Normal" in Monthly Review, about the commercial as well as political motives for widespread surveillance.
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Move over Keynes, Make Room for Marx

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Tom Becker reads an article by Carl Finamore,"Move over Keynes, Make Room for Marx: Radical Ideas for Radical Times."

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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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