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).

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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 11/17/14

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 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 11/10/14

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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Nov 3rd Old Mole

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Mon, 11/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old MOles discuss This Changes Everything, Karl Marx's interest in the Iroquoispeople,Alien, & more

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/27/14

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Mon, 10/27/2014 - 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 for October 20

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Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Police violence, fair elections, "Gone Girl," the ebola panic

 Bill Resnick hosts as the hard-digging Moles tell us about
  • Organizing to stop police violence
  • Ballot Measure 90 and what's really necessary for insuring fair elections
  • The controversial film "Gone GIrl"
  • The ebola panic and the real threats to our lives

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 13, 2014

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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Public health & Ebola, Gentrification double-feature (WRR & interview), perceptions of race & crime

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 6, 2014

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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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the war on terror, Elliott Smith, Iven Hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear Bill Resnick interviews Chris Toensig and Clayton Morgareidge comments on the continuing US war on terror, Syria, and ISIS; the movie moles comment on on the Elliot Smith biopic Heaven Adores You.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/29/14

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Mon, 09/29/2014 - 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 September 22 2014

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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's Climate March report-back, public policy and climage change, NW People's Movement Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour September 15 2014

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

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Doubts About Inclusion

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Mon, 10/11/2010

 Yasmin Nair is an academic, a writer, and an activist who, along with others, questions the goals of equality and inclusion for gays and lesbians.   Along with Ryan Conrad, she has produced a book called Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, and in this interview with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, she discusses the value and challenges of  books vis a vis electronic media.  

Nair is a member of Against Equality, an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.

Movie Moles: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

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Mon, 10/11/2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Oliver Stone's  sequel to his 1987 Wall Street, and our reviewers, Jan Haaken and Joe Clement tell us how it stacks up against the original in terms of raising basic institutional questions. 

October 11 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 10/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program features an interview with well-known writer on the media Robert McChesney; a conversation with Chicago-based activist and writer Yasmin Nair about the politics of inclusion; and a review of the politics of Wall Street:  Money Never Sleeps,  Oliver Stone's new movie.

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Movie Moles: Restrepo

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Mon, 10/04/2010

Frann Michel and Wendy Webb discuss Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 2010 war-documentary, shot in 2007-2008, "Restrepo."

Restrepo is an Army outpost in Afganistan, named after a First Class Private medic who died earlier in the campaign. Junger and Hetherington, on assignment for Vanity Fair, were there embeded Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korangal valley. Frann and Wendy consider the directors' claim to making an apolitical film about the war.

The Death and Life of the Great American School System

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Mon, 10/04/2010

Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch about the subject of her new book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." Writing from decades of experience with testing- and market-oriented education policies --- originally as a proponent --- Ravitch argues that a dearth of evidence shows them to be abysmal failures that undermine the cooperation essential to a thriving education system. Perhaps more controversial is the critical lens she puts over charter schools, which in her assessment do not on the whole prove to be more effective than public-schools.

 

Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, and is now a research professor at New York University.

  • Title: Resnick & Ravitch
  • Length: 16:08 minutes (9.23 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Alternative Mental Health

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Mon, 10/04/2010

 Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks about the Alternatives 2010 conference and peer-managed alternatives to traditional mental health.

  • Title: Part I
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:49 minutes (4.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour October 4th

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Mon, 10/04/2010

 Joe Clement hosts today's membership-drive episode. Between pitching segments are discussions of privatizing education, the war-documentary "Restrepo," and the alternative mental health movement. Below are links to individual segements:

Bill Resnick interviews Diane Ravitch, author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System."

Frann Michel and Wendy Webb review "Restrepo."

Jan Haaken talks with David Oaks, Executive Director of MindFreedom International about mental health awareness.

  • Title: OMVHoct4
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 37:04 minutes (21.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Better Paths to Good Teaching

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Wed, 09/29/2010

 Sonia Nieto is an experienced teacher and the author of several books on public school education.  In this conversation with the Old Mole's Norm Diamond, Nieto describes the challenges of educating and supporting good teachers as well as the contributions to teaching made by the magazine Rethinking Schools.  Nieto is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, this Saturday, October 2.  

September 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/27/2010

 Norm Diamond hosts this edition of the Mole with a look at the opportunities and challenges for progressive, liberating eduation.  Norm talks with two local highschool teachers about the use of role playing in helping students to see the world from the perspective of indigenous peoples.  Educator Sonia Nieto discusses her work in encouraging and supporting good teachers.   Well-read Red Frann Michel looks at Ethnic Studies week and the reasons for it.  And Bill Resnick talks with journalist David Moberg about Arne Duncan, the Chicago Schools, and the limits of charter schools.  

This program is a preface and invitation to the 3rd Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice coming up this Saturday, October 2 at Madison High School.   

 

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Ethnic Studies in Perspective

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Mon, 09/27/2010

 Ethnic Studies Week October 1-7, 2010 is a nationally coordinated week of actions to defend ethnic studies and academic freedom. It was inspired by opposition to the May 11 passage of HB 2281 in Arizona banning ethnic studies in the AZ public schools and the May 21 passage of new social studies standards by the influential Texas State Board of Education.  Well-read Red Frann Michel explains what ethnic studies is all about and how it is connected to other issues raised by reactionaries in these stressful economic times.  You can read her remarks here on Frann's blog.

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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