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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.

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 July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Audio

Pat O'Herron on Climate Change and Public Health

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Pat O'Herron about climate change and public health. They consider how changing weather patterns, rising oceans, acidification and desertification, as well as pollution, change the conditions for illness and death. They address collapse in both "the natural environment" and human infrastructure. O'Herron does not end on a completely sour note though, and shows how knowledge of these dangers and present afflictions points the way to dealing with them.

Pat O'Herron is an emergency room physician based in Salem and on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
  • Length: 20:06 minutes (18.41 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Well-read Red: Culinary Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red. Today, she considers "culinary capitalism" and the political economy of our food system. You can read the blog- and link-ified version HERE.
  • Length: 5:28 minutes (5.01 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Book Mole: Sarah Paretskey's "Bleeding Kansas"

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014
Larry Bowlden reviews Sara Paretsky's "Bleeding Kansas". Giving it high marks, Larry explains the historical background of the title and contextualizes the story in Paretsky's larger body of work that's tended to focus on not so subtle political and social issues through her brazened feminist detective character V.I. Warshawski.

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15

program date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014


Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links above.  You can become a friend of the Old Mole on Facebook, and we invite you to send us commentary and suggestions and interest in participation at oldmolevarietyhour - at - gmail - dot - com.

  • Title: OMVH09152014
  • Length: 56:56 minutes (52.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Reclaiming Work

program date: 
Wed, 09/10/2014
A day will come when workers will no longer be slaves to the time clock, claims IWW member Chuck Allen. The original demand for less clock time early in the last century was for the 4-hour day 4 days a week. What we got instead was the 8-hour day.  Chuck wrote this piece, read here by Joe Clement, at work ("on the clock"), thus demonstrating that we can find ways to reclaim our time when we are supposed to be working on "someone else's time". 

If you want to sing, or hear others sing, about labor and the liberty not to labor, Artichoke Music is hosting an open mic of work songs this Thursday (September 11) at 7:00 pm.

Left and The Law: Policing and the Law in Ferguson

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014
What legal recourse do the victims of police misconduct, like the family of Michael Brown, have?  Legal Moles Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss how the legal climate has developed from the time of Reconstruction to the present day, and how court judgments against police departments might affect what police actually do in the streets.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 8, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014


Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole with a focus on the aftermath of the police killing of  Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Also on the show are pieces on agriculture and climate change and liberation from working on the clock.  It's all held together with Iven's interesting choices of music.  

To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links.  You can become a friend of the Old Mole on Facebook, and we invite you to leave comments on this page below.  

1.  Gary Younge of the Guardian and Laurie Mercier discuss the Ferguson protests and how racism structures power.

2.  Ecologist Catherine Badgley talks with Bill Resnick about farming and climate.

3.  On the Left and the Law, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker explore legal controls of police and their effect, if any.

4.  Joe Clement reads Chuck Allen's essay "Reclaiming Time on the Clock" about the hours we work.

Farming and the Environment

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014
"Organic agriculture can feed the world," says Catherine Badgley who teaches Ecology and the Evolution of Agriculture at the University of Michigan. Here she talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the impact of industrial agriculture on our climate and how our food could be produced with a much lighter carbon footprint.  You can read a paper by her on this topic here (PDF).

Protest and Power in Ferguson MO

program date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014
What are the protesting, demonstrating crowds in Ferguson saying?  What kind of racism is at work in that town and throughout the US?  British journalist Gary Younge of the Guardian talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the situation. Photo credit: o.canada.com

Raising Expectations, and Raising Hell: Jane McAlevey's book on rank-and-file unionism

program date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond talk about union organizing by way of a mutual review of Jane McAlevey's book "Raising Expecations, and Raising Hell: my decade fighting for the labor movement". They consider the official and cynical meaning of labor day, but also the stagnation of the labor movement as it's moved away from rank-and-file organizing, direct action, and using workers' power to drive social change.
  • Length: 18:32 minutes (16.97 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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