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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Energy Self-reliance

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Mon, 02/22/2010

Will the transition to Clean Energy lead to decentralized, worker and community controlled energy production? Or will it be centralized under corporate and state control and promote high usage and consumerism?  John Farrell works with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance which supports environmentally sound and equitable community development.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many communities, including some in the US, are building ways in which families and communities can produce energy locally and cut back on their consumption.  You can find an article by Farrell here.  

Book Mole: "Too Much Happiness"

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Mon, 02/22/2010

 "The best living writer anywhere," is how our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes Alice Munro.  Here is Larry reviewing her most recent book of stories.   Larry's past reviews are here

From the Plantation to the Workplace

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Mon, 02/22/2010

 What really went on between black women slaves and their mistresses on the plantations?  Thavolia Glymph, author of the prizewinning book Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about how black women's struggles--before, during, and after the Civil War--shaped the long civil rights movement and can inspire and inform us today in struggles for social justice. 

The Left Forum is Coming!

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Mon, 02/22/2010

The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination

This is the theme of this year's Left Forum Conference.  The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world.  Bill Resnick and Seth Adler discuss the Forum's upcoming annual conference in New York that draws thousands to a rich banquet of panels, speakers, arts shows, films and informal discussions. It runs from March 19 to March 21.   You can learn more about it at the Left Forum website, where you can also find videos of last year's panel discussions.

February 22, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/22/2010

 This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris.  It deals with making energy locally, the racial,  gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York.  ("Variety" is our middle name.)  

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1.  Making green energy locally: Bill Resnick talks with John Farrell of  Institute for Self-Reliance.

2.   Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness.

3.  Thaviola Glymph, author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household talks with the Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.   Orhan Panuk's novel The House of Innocence is reviewed by Josh Edahl.

5.  The Left Forum, coming to NYC next month, is previewed by Seth Adler, conference director,  and Bill Resnick.

 

"The Museum of Innocence"

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Mon, 02/22/2010

 Here is a review and appreciation of Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's  latest novel The Museum of Innocence.  The reviewer is Josh Erdahl, and the novel is a story of class, culture and personal struggle in a changing society.  

Human Rights in Haiti

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Mon, 02/15/2010

 Having returned from Haiti just before the Earthquake, human rights activist Stuart Hammond has a good idea of the impact that the earthquake and the incursion of military personnel is having on the political climate.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the various NGOs working in Haiti and which ones we should support in KBOO's February 18 all-day Fundraiser, as well as Haiti's recent history with the US and Canada.    Hammond himself is with the Canada-Haiti Action Network.

Assessing Obama

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Mon, 02/15/2010

 The Old Mole's Bill Resnick surveys a wide range of progressive writers and media for their take on the Obama presidency so far, covering regulatory agencies, finance reform, and foreign policy.  It's not all bad.  Bill asks whether he could have been all that progressives wanted him to be without being destroyed by the establishment.  

February 15, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 02/15/2010

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show begins with several  discussions of work: how its wages are stolen, why it can be called slavery, whether work is necessary, and the value of "real" work.  In the second half of the program, we hear from a human rights activist just returned from Haiti, and Bill Resnick provides an assessment of the Obama presidency and its limitations.  

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Wage Slavery and Beyond

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Mon, 02/15/2010

 What is wage slavery?  Why are even well-paid workers nevertheless slaves?  Could work be abolished?   What is the real value of work?  These are the questions pondered by Old Moles Clayton Morgareidge and Frann Michel, and Poet Marge Piercy in this portmanteau segment with musical breaks by Thelonious Monk and Stephan Grapelli.  The image here is a Mural at the Frederick Douglass Library/ University of Maryland by Mike Alewitz, "The Creation of Wealth."  And you can find Frann's text and her sources by clicking here.  

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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