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 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films

 

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/11/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
MLK v Obama, guns, "Django Unchained," anarchism and marxism today

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this MLK day episode of the Old Mole, featuring --

  • Commentary on why Martin Luther King would not be supporting Barack Obama;
  • Conversation about gun violence, gun control, and mental health;
  • A review of "Django Unchained;"
  • A discussion of anarchism and marxism in today's political movements; and
  • Music made in Portland in honor of MLK

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

November 9 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 11/09/2009

 

This Old Mole episode is hosted by Denise Morris (pictured here), and features discussions of how the system limits the actions of Presidents; two movies about mothers and sons; whether "Hell is other people" (as a  line in Sartre's play No Exit has it); and whether the right to marry is what LGBT people should be fighting for.

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1.  Investigative journalist Russ Baker talks with Bill Resnick about the system of power that ties the hands of polititicians.

2.  The Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review Antichrist and Where the Wild Things Are.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge asks whether Hell is, or has to be, other people.

4.  Maine queer activist Ryan Conrad and Denise  Morris discuss the irrelevance of the gay marriage issue to the lives of most queer folk.

Dams and Native Peoples

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2009

 Tina Loo studies the impact of  hydropower projects on native people in Canada, and here she talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about how the techno-perspective of policy makers blinds them to the impacts of their projects on life in the areas where they are  located.    Professor Loo will be appearing next week (Nov. 6-7)  in Vancouver, WA at a major conference about dams -- Reversing the Flow: Big Dams, Power, and People in Global Perspective.

 

Towards a Car-free City

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program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2009

 How could our cities get rid of cars?  What would city life be like without them?  J.H. Crawford writes about these questions, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about a future of car-free cities.

Too Late for Privacy?

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 In this Well-read Red segment, Clayton Morgareidge reviews some of the  ways our digital activity is recorded and is increasingly being sorted and reviewed by both industry and government.  He asks whether  privacy is a lost cause, and if so, what kind of world would be safe without it.  For sources, go here, here, and here.  

Obama and the Generals

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Mon, 11/02/2009

 President Obama is caught between his base wanting withdrawal from Afghanistan, and his generals, wanting escalation, according to this article in Rolling Stone by Robert Dreyfus, excerpted and discussed here by Bill Resnick.   

November 2 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2009

 

This show, hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, raises questions about the impact of dams on native peoples in Canada; how to get automobiles out of our cities; Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help about black servants in Jackson, Missississippi in the '60s; is  it too late to protect our privacy in a digital world; and Obama's fight with his generals over  Afghanistan.  

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Tina Loo discusses the impact of hydro-projects (like dams)  on native peoples in Canada.

2.  Cars out of the city!  J.H. Crawford talks with Bill Resnick.  

3.  Larry Bowlden reviews The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

4.  Clayton Morgareidge, today's Well-read Red, discusses the surveillance of our digital  lives.

5.  Obama at war with his generals -- Bill Resnick reads and discusses a piece by Robert Dreyfuss.

Book Mole: "The Help"

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program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2009

 Kathryn Stockett's  new novel The Help is about a white southern writer trying to tell the stories  of black domestic servants in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.   Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden wrestles with the problems this poses.   

For an archive of Larry's reviews, go here.

The Decision on Afghanistan

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 Two journalists with  long experience in Afghanistan talk with Bill Resnick about why US policy there is failing.  Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald are  authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story.

The Law & the Left: Capital Punishment

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Mon, 10/26/2009

 In the first of the Old Mole Mole's new feature, The Law and the Left, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker  discuss why the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 in Texas for a crime of which he was almost certainly innocent,  is so central to the fight against capital punishment.   Read Mike Snedeker's  piece at Counterpunch.  Mike also recommends the blog The StandDown Texas Project for a critical take on the death-dealing Texas justice system.

The Brink of Extinction

program date: 
Mon, 10/26/2009

"Industrial civilization is functionally incompatible with life on this planet and is murdering the planet."  So argues  Chris Hedges in this piece from TruthDig, read here by Tom Becker.   

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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