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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/31/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
General Strike in Oakland, and where Halloween comes from

Tom Becker is our host, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/03/11

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Mon, 10/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Occupy Portland, Union civil war, mental health reform, death row music

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/15/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, riots in London and Israel, music of riots, prison reform

On the next Old Mole, Denise Morris hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interview Lance Tapley about prison reform
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bill comments on the uprisings in Israel and England
  • Radical Musicologists, Josh Wise and Brad Duncan, discuss the music of and surrounding riots and uprisings, samples of which we'll hear through out the show

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/08/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
taxing wealth, book mole, movie moles review If A Tree Falls, left press

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
  • Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/18/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The latest from Wisconsin; Running for Teamster President; Future of the Tea Party

Laurie Mercier will host this show which includes these topics:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/04/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
welfare & the working poor, cutting food-stamps, Church sex-abuse, the American Dream

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/27/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
church sex-abuse, public not private goods, movie moles: tree of life, reading from the left press

 

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/20/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Drone warfare, Movie Moles:The Beginners, Book Review: The Bad Girl, Radical Musicology: Ewan McColl

 

On the next Old Mole, Laurie Mercier hosts, and we hear:

Audio

Coup d'Etat in Nicaragua

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program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

 What is going on in Honduras, following the ouster of  its democratically elected President?  How are the US and other Latin American governments reacting? The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Lynn Holland, who teaches at the University of Denver and writes for Foreign Policy in Focus.

The Case for Socialized Medicine

program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

 The terms of debate over healthcare reform have been badly distorted by the media.  Anthony Dimaggio clarifies the issues in a recent piece in Counterpunch, "Health Care, Media and the Case for Socialized Medicine."  Tom Becker summarizes and reads excerpts from the article.  

Negotiating Away Healthcare Reform

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program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

 "Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail"-- by not demanding singlepayer health insurance?  This is  the question Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR and director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, asks in a recent column.  He  expands on his views about the politics of healthcare reform in this wide-ranging interview with Bill Resnick.  Cohen recommends this website for more information and action opportunities.

About Sweet Honey in the Rock

program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

  

The famous African-American women's singing ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock is featured on this show, and in this segment Bill Resnick talks with radical musicologist Brad Duncan about their roots in the civil rights struggles of the 60s and other liberation movements around the world.   

 

Getting Beyond Kyoto: Global Politics & Climate

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program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 Oren Langelle,  co-director  of the Global Justice Ecology Project, attended an international conference in Bonn that is preparing for later meetings on a new, post-Kyoto, treaty on combatting climate change.  Unfortunately all the usual suspects were in charge.  Here  he talks  with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about  how corporations are hijacking the process.  For more about resistance, visit Mobilization for Climate  Justice

Book Mole: "Of Cats and Men"

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 

 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Nina de Gramont's collection of short stories that, in spite of the title, are really about women, men, and cats, in that order.  

About Bitch Magazine

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 The Old Mole's  Denise  Morris talks with two  leading lights of Bitch Magazine -- Julie Falk, executive director, and Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor.  Bitch is "a feminist response to pop culture"-- both critical and appreciative.  They discuss the history and the role of the magazine in these difficult times for print media.  You can learn about theories of cultural critique here.   

Fighting the SEIU

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program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has been fighting for its right to represent healthcare workers in California, against the massive Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  Tom Becker talks with NUHW's vice-president John Borsos about the issues.  You can help out by going to the Fund for Union Democracy, or by attending a Portland Fund Raising Event Friday evening, July 31, from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Bill Resnick at 1515 SE 35th Place (just south of Hawthorne).

The July 27 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and its topics include the global politics of climate change, the history and role of Bitch Magazine, the right to be irate when being arrested, healthcare workers' fight for their own union, and a set of short stories about women, men, and cats.

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To hear this program in its entirety, use the play button above. To hear individual pieces and for more information about the issues, follow the links below:

1.  How corporations have taken over the debate on a new climate change treaty.

2.  Of Cats and Men, a new  story collection by Nina de Gramont:  Larry Bowlden reviews it.

3.  All about Bitch Magazine: a  conversation with two of its staff.

4.   Healthcare  workers battle the SEIU

5.  Bill Resnick  comments on the right to be irate under  arrest.

Professor Gates and the Cop

program date: 
Sun, 07/26/2009

 

Do we or don't we have the right to talk back--even to be irate--to an officer of the law?  Bill Resnick comments on this un-remarked issue in the case of  Henry Louis  Gates's arrest in his own home in Cambridge.  

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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