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 10/22/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?

 

Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS

 

Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

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Move over Keynes, Make Room for Marx

program date: 
Mon, 12/01/2014

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

[Image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Karl_Marx.jpg]

Larry Kleinman on Immigration

program date: 
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.

[Image public domain from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ICE-seal.jpg ]

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

program date: 
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]

Consumerism: Just Say "No"

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
The advertising industry is largely responsible for a consumer obsessed society by creating need where there was no need through sophisticated psychological manipulation of people of all demographics. Tom Becker reads John K. White's article "Just Say No: The Manufactured Need" from CounterPunch.

For a different angle on this topic, listen to Clayton Morgareidge's following  piece about how the 9 to 5 job produces consumerism.

 

Feminism and Football

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers of Tulane University about feminism and football, and why women sometimes love the sport. They also talk about whether there is anything in the game worth loving.  Schipper's blog post on this topic is here.  

Keystone Oil and Native Resistance

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
The Keystone Pipeline would have to cross sovereign nations -- the Sioux -- and they are resolved to prevent it. Joe Clement reads from an article in the Christian Science Monitor, "Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Calls Approval of Keystone Pipeline ‘Act of War’". 

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
Tom Becker leads us through today's variety of left analysis and commentary. Here's the line-up:

1.  Journalist Dawn Paley reveals the underlying motives for the so-called drug war in Latin America.

2.  How consumerism created by advertising dumbs us down.

3.  How working 9 to 5 makes willing consumers out of us.

4. A feminist who loves football wrestles with the contradictions.

5.  Sovereign native American nations vow to block the Keystone Pipeline.

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Drug War Capitlaism

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
The US war on drugs in Mexico and Columbia are more about militarizing the country side and controlling land and workers. It takes a huge toll on the poor and the peasantry, but makes lots of money for gangsters, including transnational companies, local landowners, and the corrupt parts of the state apparatus. Journalist Dawn Paley talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about her new book, Drug War Capitalism.

Consumerism And the 9 to 5 Job

program date: 
Mon, 11/24/2014
"The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something," according to David Cain's blog post.  Clayton Morgareidge reads and adds further commentary.

This piece is an interesting companion piece to this CounterPunch article read on today's show by Tom Becker. Is it really enough to just "say no"?  

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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