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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

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--

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Audio

Decentralized Energy

program date: 
Wed, 09/15/2010

 Bill Resnick talks with Koyla Abramsky about the social forces shaping the development of new energy resources and the direction that collective action vs. corporate interests can take this development.

Kolya is a former secretariat of the World Wind Energy Institute. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Austria, and is pursuing a PhD in sociology at State University of New York, Binghamton. He also edited a new book: "Sparking A Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-petrol World." 

 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 21:21 minutes (9.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Well Read Red: Economic Growth Does Not Mitigate Poverty or Inequality

program date: 
Wed, 09/15/2010

 Well Read Red, Tom Becker, draws on two articles* to connect the ideology of economic growth with growing poverty/unemployment and growing concentration of wealth.

*Dave Lindorf's "Obama's Rose-Colored Glasses: Growth Has Little To Do With Jobs or Reducing Poverty"

*David McGraw's "The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth"

  • Title: WRR_Sept_13
  • Length: 7:04 minutes (3.24 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Left and the Law: Violence, Drugs and Mexico

program date: 
Wed, 09/15/2010

 Jan Haaken talks with Mike Snedecker, an appellate lawyer, in another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they discuss violence near the Mexican border and portrayals of this violence in the United States as simply a Mexican problem. Fueling the violence are U.S. foreign policies, like NAFTA, that disenfranchise Mexicans and domestic policies, like the War on Drugs, that really empower the drug-cartels  on both sides of the border.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 11:06 minutes (5.09 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour September 13th

program date: 
Tue, 09/14/2010

  Tom Becker hosts today's show which looks at  legal complicity in the drug-war, de-centralized energy production, why the rich are faring so well during the crisis, and the new Michael Cera film, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." Below are links to individual segments (forthcoming):

1. Bill Resnick talks with Koyla Abramsky about transitioning to a post-petrol world.

2. Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, discuss Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

3. Well Read Red, Tom Becker, reads two separate pieces on the fate of the haves and have-nots.

4. Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about legalization, prohibition and what drives the drug-war.

  • Title: OMVH_Sept_13
  • Length: 57:58 minutes (26.54 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

How Europe Does It Better

program date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010

 Steven Hill, in a conversation with Bill Resnick, demolishes the myth of Europe as sclerotic and failing; it is a dynamic society responding better than the US to global warming and challenging economic times.  It's social welfare programs are not alternatives to work, but support the lives  of productive workers.   Hill is the author of the new book Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age.  

Demilitarizing the Dream Act

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010

 The "Dream Act" is  a bill that would offer undocumented  youth a path to citizenship based on two years of college or two years  of military service.  In this conversation with the Old Mole's Denise Morris, Brian Galaviz, a Chicago organizer, explains why the current proposal really amounts to nothing more than a recruiting tool for the military.   He is one of the authors of a petition opposing the military option in the act, which you can sign here.   For more on this issue, see

Saving Our Souls From Capitalism in a Time of Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010

 Is the ongoing crisis in the economy offering us an opportunity to reverse the capitalist reconstruction of our souls?  Clayton Morgareidge reads from  a piece by French writers Pierre Bardot and Christian Laval.

September 6 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010

 

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day show and features labor songs from the past and present.   Also on the program, a discussion of the European response to environmental and economic crisis, the military targeting of Latino youth through the "Dream Act," and the opportunity offered by the economic crisis to challenge the shaping our our souls by capitalism.  

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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:
 
 
 
 

  • Title: OMV 9_6_2010
  • Length: 56:18 minutes (32.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Music In the Labor Movement

program date: 
Mon, 09/06/2010

 How does music work as a form of organizing?  What's the difference between protest songs sung by a musician from the stage and a song everyone sings together?  Josh Wise, director of the Twin Cities Labor Chorus, discusses the music heard on this program (all of which is collected in this audio segment) and which he selected.   Host Joe Clement conducts the interview.  

Songs of Lost Causes

program date: 
Mon, 08/30/2010

 With the help of the Old Mole's  radical musicologist Brad Duncan, we sample and discuss some music that keeps alive memories of lost battles that can nevertheless point the way to a better future.  Among the battles are the Spanish Civil War, the 1984 British miners' strike, the life and death of Malcolm X, and the ongoing struggle for the rights of political prisoners in Northern Ireland.  Here is a video of Ciaran Murphy's "Rebel Song" with images that give you an idea of what he's singing about.

Pictured here is Scottish musician Dick Gaughan, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.                                                   . 

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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