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 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 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 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mondragon and economic democracy, the politics of community radio, Nietzsche and Neoliberalism

Iven Hale hosts the next episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/17/13

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Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

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The Capitalist Ecological Crisis

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Mon, 04/12/2010

Physicist and environmental activist Chris Williams talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the disasters that await our planet if nothing is done to stop global warming.  He also has good news: the technology already exists to solve the problem.  Williams is the author of a forthcoming book, Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis 

Not Enough Jobs?

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Mon, 04/12/2010

Jobs are not coming back with the so-called "economic recovery" -- and will be a long time coming.  If there's not encough work, why not spread it around?   Clayton Morgareidge looks at some ways  to do this.

You can read his remarks here.   

Book Mole: "Half-Broke Horses"

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Mon, 04/12/2010

 Jeanette Walls' novel Half-Broke Horses is the story of a frontier woman, “a spirited heroine, fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice, a rodeo rider and fearless breaker of horses, and a ruthless poker player.”  Larry Bowlden reviews this "true-life novel".  You can read more of Larry's reviews  here.  

April 12 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/12/2010

Three crises of capitalism:

  • energy and climate change,
  • economic inequality and our tax system,
  • the ten-million job deficit for our work force. 

and a review of a novel about a spirited frontier woman, a breaker of horses.

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Bill Resnick interviews Chris Williams about how energy production can and must change to save the planet.

2.  Maggie Starr's  dialogue about poverty and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

3.   Clayton Morgareidge  looks into progressive and radical  solutions to unemployment.

4.  Larry Bowlden reviews  Jeanette Walls' novel  Half-Broke  Horses.

 

 

Real Education Reform

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 There is much to criticize in the Bush administration's education program "No Child Left Behind," a program what has been continued under Obama and Secretary of Education  Arne Duncan.   But what would a truly progressive  education policy be like? What would be the goals and values of a school system that met the needs of students and their communties?  Stan Karp talks on these matters with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Karp writes frequently for Rethinking Schools as their expert on federal education policy.   Part One of this interview -- an examination of what's  wrong with current policies -- can be found by clicking here.  Karp has also appeared Fairness and Accuracy in Media

An Anti-war Easter Message

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What's wrong with Easter as celebrated in the US?  "Easter… for most Christians, is about individual salvation not interpersonal solidarity. It is about personal resurrection from the dead not community restoration for the living. It is about an “open” tomb that is restricted. It is for believers only not justice for all. It is about eternity not ethics, about right belief not just behavior. It is about the resurrection of the dead not the living."  But Easter should be about the resurrection of the living, and that means learning to live in peace and abstaining from war.  Thus argues the Reverend William E. Alberts in this piece from Counterpunch read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.  

Defending Academic Freedom

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Mon, 04/05/2010

What undermines academic freedom and intellectual inquiry in the University today and what can be done to defend them?  Professor Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University Professors, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about untenured faculty afraid for their jobs and neo-liberal demands that education serve the economy.   Nelson has laid out these concerns in a new book, No University is an Island.  

After the Cuckoo's Nest: OR State Hospital Now

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 Psychologist, Film Maker, and Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Tom Becker about the Oregon State Hospital where she has been making a film, "Guilty Except for Insanity".  How has the institution changed since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed there?  Who winds up confined there, what is its mission, and what needs to be done to make it better?  

For information on how you can see the movie this Sunday, April 11, in Salem, click here.   

April 5 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 04/05/2010

 What should policies and goals should replace the test-and-punish approach of "No Child Left Behind"?  How can academic freedom in the University be defended from what threatens it today?  What does the story of Easter mean for the US at war in the Middle East?  What's going on at the Oregon State Hospital nowadays?  Tom Becker hosts the moles as they discuss these questions.  

 

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us  on Facebook.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Educator Stan Karp talks with Bill Resnick about real school reform.

2.  A minister talks about the anti-war message of Easter.

3.  The President of the American Association of University Professors discusses current threats to academic freedom with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.  Jan Haaken describes the situation at the Oregon State Hospital in conversation with Tom Becker.   

 

 

Sex Abuse and the Church

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Mon, 03/29/2010

In our continuing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken ask why many are so surprised by this new round of sexual abuse cases when it's no longer news that it's people  with moral authority, like priests and boy scout leaders, who abuse children.  

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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