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 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 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 on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

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. 

Audio

Border Patrol North of the Border

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Mon, 12/22/2014
Early in December, residents of Arivaca, Arizona marked the one-year anniversary of their campaign calling for the removal of the inland Border Patrol immigration checkpoints that have come to circle their small rural community. Residents held a 24-hour candlelit vigil at the checkpoint to protest the thousands of deaths of migrants resulting from border security policy in the desert corridor.  Sophie Smith talks with Jan Haaken about the vigil, and the results of the community-based checkpoint monitoring effort.

Smith works with People Helping People,  formed in 2012 by a core group of Arivaca residents involved in providing humanitarian aid on the US/Mexico border.

Prosecuting Torturers

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Mon, 12/22/2014

With the recent Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA and today's New York Times editorial calling for the prosecution of "anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," there is no longer any way to believe that the US uses torture only to protect Americans. Here our Left and the Law crew, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker, discuss the case for pursing criminal charges against the Bush administration under international human rights laws. They start with the criminal complaints filed this past week with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and take up some of the political history of these prosecutions under international law.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 22, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 12/22/2014
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation. 
To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:

1. Walmart worker and organizer Martha Sellers talks with Bill Resnick about living with Walmart labor policies.

2. Sophie Smith and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss the impact of border control check points miles north of the border.

3.  Alan Wieder recalls Nelson Mandela's appearance at a town meeting in the US just after his release from prison.

4.  On the Left and the Law, Mike and Jan discuss the growing case for prosecuting members of the Bush team for torture.

Program Note:
On January 12th the Old Mole Variety Hour will begin a monthly segment by Alan Wieder on legendary Chicago radio host and author Studs Terkel.  Terkel was born in 1912 and died in 2008.  He was on the air in Chicago for 45 years, wrote 17 books starting when he was in his late fifties, and lent his voice and his actions to political and social justice his entire life.  He supported third party candidates beginning as a twelve year old in 1924, was black listed by McCarthy, and continued to speak publicly at union and political rallies till just a few weeks before he died.  Our series will be thematic and will review his life and his work, a personification of progressive ideas and actions, and correspondingly, his facilitation of the voices of the underdog, or as he put it at different times, the uncelebrated, non-celebrated, or etcetera’s.  
 Starting January 12, this series will be aired on the second Monday of each month on the Old Mole Variety Hour.

Inside Walmart

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Mon, 12/22/2014
Since 2003, Martha Sellers has worked at the Walmart store in Paramount, a working class suburb east of Los Angeles. She the lead Our Walmart organizer in her store, has been twice arrested in protests. Here she talks with Bill Resnick about Walmart’s responses to the protests and the company’s practice of hiring temps with false promises to make them full time.

Bill Resnick & Tom Athanasiou on global action against climate change

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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

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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

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Mon, 12/15/2014


Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:

 


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Todd Sloan on Consumerism & Commodity Culture

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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".

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?

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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.

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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