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 for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



Old Mole Variety Hour
 

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour



Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Audio

Movie Moles: "Inception"

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program date: 
Mon, 07/19/2010

Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is about a plot to remake a mind -- but do the film makers give viewers' minds enough to go on?  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Wendy Webb ask whether this film is up to its appointed task.   

July 19 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 07/19/2010

Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program is about climate change, science fiction, and science fiction about climate change, but it is not about the illusion that climate change is itself science fiction.  This is a show that should be heard from beginning to end, although the parts are available separately below.  Frann Michel's three commentaries are packaged together, along with appropriate songs by jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. 

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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.  Frann discusses the climate change debate, how climate change has been used in science fiction, and the political value of fantasy -- plus music from Ella Fitzgerald.  

2.  Environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about civilization's survival in a new climate.  

3.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Denise Morris critique the movie experience offered by Inception.

Autonomism Explained

program date: 
Mon, 07/12/2010

When Marx was writing his grim analyses of Capitalism 150 years ago, workers did not have much if any autonomy. The labor movement gave workers the leverage to determine some of the terms of their livelihood, and since the 1970s progressive management theory has given more credit to self-management. The cybernetic revolution seems to have completed this great levelling, but in today's Well Read Red Joe Clement reads from Rob Horning's very recent "Autonomism Explained." Horning recalls the potential and pitfalls of Nick Dyer-Witheford's vision of worker autonomy in his 1994 essay, "Autonomist Marxism and the Information Society."

  • Artist: Joe Clement
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:52 minutes (7.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Winter's Bone

program date: 
Mon, 07/12/2010

Our Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Brooke Jacobson, talk about hillbilly stereotypes, meth culture and gender in a very recent coming-of-age crime-thriller, "Winter's Bone," Directed by Deborah Granik.

  • Title: Winter's Bone
  • Genre: Talk
  • Length: 9:36 minutes (8.79 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Heart of Dryness

program date: 
Mon, 07/12/2010

Bill interviews James Workman - author of "Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushman Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanant Drought" - about fostering community through water-conservation, but specifically as he learned it studying African aborigines.

  • Length: 20:08 minutes (9.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 32kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Developments in the Gulf

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program date: 
Mon, 07/12/2010

Jan Haaken interviews environmental engineer and former guest, Richard Heymann, about the changing situation in the gulf and what makes this spill and how it's being handled different from others.

  • Title: Jan and Heymann
  • Genre: Talk
  • Length: 13:51 minutes (12.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour July 12th

program date: 
Mon, 07/12/2010

Today's show ran the gamut from water conservation to oily devastation to the double-edge of postmodern autonomy, with a final romp by our Movie Moles through the Ozarks. Our host, Clayton Morgareidge, selected some bluegrass music to accent the plight of those who just want some "Cool Water," and of those in "Moneyland."

Below are links to the individual segments [in progress], and below those the whole show including transitions.

1. Bill Resnick interviews James Workman about water democratization and what we can learn from African Bushmen.

2. Jan Haaken talks with environmental engineer Richard Heymann about recent developments in the Gulf.

3. Joe Clement reads a piece reflecting on the potentials and pitfalls of autonomy in 21st Century Capitalism.

4. Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Brooke Jacobson discuss Winter's Bones.
 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 58:19 minutes (53.38 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Great Recession in Oregon

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

Bill Resick talks with Chuck Sheketoff of the Oregon Center for Public Policy about the great recession in Oregon and the looming cuts in social services.  What can and should be done?  Sheketoff is one of the founders of the OCPP where you can keep up with state issues from a progressive angle.  

Understanding the Great Recession

program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

 What are the most fundamental causes of the current economic crisis?  Radical anthropologist David Harvey provides a lucid account of how this crisis and others are the result of  capitalism’s inevitable compulsion to expand itself into a state of collapse, and argues that the only sane thing to do is to join an anti-capitalist movement.   In this piece, Joe Clement introduces and presents parts of a lecture of Harvey's that explains in Marxist terms how we got into the mess we're in now.  

Check out the animated video that accompanies the lecture on Harvey's website, where you can also find a whole course devoted to Marx's Capital.    

David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and author of numerous books. He has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for nearly 40 years.

 

Movie Moles: "Toy Story 3"

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program date: 
Mon, 07/05/2010

 Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken give you the real and radical viewing of Toy Story 3: it's about the great recession, the fear of unemployment, and the fear of being tossed in the dump when you're no longer new.  It even shows the way forward towards a world of cooperation and solidarity.

Read Frann's blog with links to similar readings of the film.

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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