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 for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

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Goldman Sacks the Treasury

program date: 
Mon, 04/26/2010

 Is Goldman Sachs "little better than a criminal enterprise that earns its billions by bilking the market, the government, and even its own clients in a bewildering variety of complex financial scams"?  Or is "Goldman guilty of [nothing] except being "too smart" and really, really good at making money?"  Drawing on articles by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone’s political reporter; and Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic Security, the Old Mole's Tom Becker lays out the case that (as Taibbi puts it) Goldman is "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity."

Book Mole: "Solar"

program date: 
Mon, 04/26/2010

 Novelist Ian McEwan is able "to display clearly how brilliant accomplishment in one area of a life can be, and very often is, combined with absurd ineptness (or worse) in other areas."  Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden discusses McEwan's new novel Solar about a man whose personal life is a mess and yet is engaged in the fight against global warming. 

Read more of Larry's reviews here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 26, 2010

program date: 
Mon, 04/26/2010

 

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with crime in the suites that goes unpunished and crime in the streets that is punished if committed while being black.  We hear from a former federal finance regulator about the snowballing malfeasance in the finance industry; and from two incisive journalists about Goldman Sachs' raids on the public and the US Treasury.  And our Book Mole reviews Ian McEwan's new novel about the intersection between enviornmental and personal disasters.  

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April 19 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Tue, 04/20/2010

 Special guest Bill McKibben talks with Bill Resnick about how we are going to have to live on this rapidly changing planet.  Tom Becker,  host for today's show, reads an op-ed urging an end to the war on marijuana.  And our Movie Moles take on the controversial Swedish film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

 

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1.  Bill McKibben discusses his new book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet in this special half-hour interview.   

2.  Tom Becker reads Bill Piper's  piece on marijuana laws and changing public attitudes.

3.   Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken discuss Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

 

Bill McKibben on "Eaarth"

program date: 
Mon, 04/19/2010

 Well-known author and global warming activist, Bill McKibben, founder of the 350 movement, sits down with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick for this special 30-minute interview about the state of the Earth and  what humanity (that is, you and me) will have to do to survive on a changed planet.  McKibben is the author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, which Resnick calls "a powerful, stunning book with staggering implications."   

Pot Laws

program date: 
Mon, 04/19/2010

April 20, or 4/20, is the day when protests against punitive marijuana laws will take place around the country.  Bill Piper is director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance Network, and makes this plea to everyone, smoker or not, to get involved in repealing these laws.  Tom Becker reads from this piece which can be found here.  

Movie Moles: "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

program date: 
Mon, 04/19/2010

 Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb discuss the sexual politics of the new Swedish film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  The film deals with sexual violence, revenge, and the decadence of upper-class Swedish society.  

The Capitalist Ecological Crisis

program date: 
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?

program date: 
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.  

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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