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 on 06/22/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 11/24/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On the Old Mole Variety Hour, film theorist Robert Samuels talks with Jan Haaken about the politics of comedy and irony in entertainment, as for example in Madagascar 2, Tropic Thunder, Religulous, and W.  Bill Resnick and Economist Arthur McEwan discuss the spiraling economic crisis.  And Clayton Morgareidge looks at the situation in Afghanistan in light of President-elect Obama’s policy to ramp up the war there.  

Audio

Bill Resnick & Tom Athanasiou on global action against climate change

program date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014
Bill Resnick interviews Tom Athanasiou following his recent trip to Lima for the United Nations climate change conference. They discuss the "global commons" and international cooperation around reducing emmission, but also creating equity. They consider the history of previous international agreements and the challenges of practically binding countries to them.
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Neoliberalism is Alive and Well

program date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014
Tom Becker reads Benjamin Selwyn's essay for Le Mond Diplomatique, Neoliberalism is Alive and Well. Selwyn asks why neoliberalism persists if it is described by prominent economists to be a failure. His suggestion points past economic discourse though to the political project neoliberal austerity represents.
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Old Mole Variety Hour for December 15, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014


Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:

 


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Todd Sloan on Consumerism & Commodity Culture

program date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014
Bill Resnick and Tod Sloan consider what consumerism is and isn't, the political-economic project that drives consumerism, how consumerism tries to compensates us for alienation and exploitation, how consumerism infects our social relations, and how to think about anti-consumerism in a world of material and political inequalities.

Tod Sloan teaches at Lewis and Clark College, and is author of the book called "Damaged Life: the crisis of the modern psyche".

Queer Femme Visibility

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program date: 
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

program date: 
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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Progressive Victory in Richmond

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program date: 
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?

program date: 
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"

program date: 
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.

Left and the Law on Citizenfour

program date: 
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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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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