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 on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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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

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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. 

Audio

May 24 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 05/24/2010

 This show is hosted by Bill Resnick and features the Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, skewering "Robin Hood," Book Mole Larry Bowlden finding much to admire in Minrose Gwin's new novel The Queen of Palmyra.  Manuel Perez from the Institute for Policy Studies reviews the history and injustice of US immigration policies in relation to NAFTA, and radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill about the politics and music of the Tropicalia movement in 1960s Brazil. 

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Reneging on the Great Migration

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Mon, 05/24/2010

Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor.  Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment.  Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus.  (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))

 

Movie Moles: "Robin Hood"

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Mon, 05/24/2010

How much robbing of the rich and giving to the poor goes on in the new Robin Hood movie?  Find out from our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris.   Read Frann's blog, with more links about the movie and the myth, here.

May 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Wed, 05/19/2010

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this program features segments on the politics and science of energy policies and cleaning up after oil spills.  We also learn about the blowback from drone attacks and a comic documentary about grafitti and video.

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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.  Bill Snape of the Center for Biodiversity talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's lacking in the energy policy now being debated in the Senate, and what we really need in that department.

2.  Jan Haaken talks with an oil spill cleanup engineer about the Gulf spill and the technology and politics of it all. 

3.  Tom Becker  reads David Sirota's essay that puts us in the shoes of those with reason to set bombs among us.

4.  The Movie Moles discuss Exit Through the Gift Shop -- a movie about money and grafitti.

 

The Politics of Energy Reform

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Mon, 05/17/2010

Is the Kerry-Lieberman energy bill (aka "The American Energy Bill") a step in the right direction, or a give-away to the energy companies and nuclear power?   Bill Snape, Senior Counsel for the Center for Biodiversity, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what more is needed to prevent catastrophic global warming and what it will take to get it.  

The Politics and Science of Oil Spills

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program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

An engineer specializing in cleaning up oil spills explains the science and technology of this work, as well as the politics behind its limitations.  Richard Heymann is the engineer, and he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.  

Drones and their Blowback

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program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

  Journalist David Sirota tries to put us inside the heads of people who might have reasons for planting bombs among us, in this essay read  here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker.

"Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- The Movie Moles

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program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the graffiti artist turn the camera back on its owner.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken  discuss who this comedic documentary is really spoofing.  

Climate Crisis Solutions

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program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

 Activist and author Ted Glick talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can be done and what is being done to prevent our climate crisis from turning catastrophic.  There is some good news here.  Ted Glick is the policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and national coordinator for the U.S. Climate Energy Council.  He urges you to support The Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act.

Living in Disastrous Times

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

Can the sense of solidarity and community that comes over us in response to a flood or an earthquake be mobilized to respond to less obvious disasters -- like climate change, for example?  Clayton Morgareidge looks for  help in Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.  

You can read this review here on Clayton's blog.

You can read what Solnit has to say about the Haiti earthquake here

The music on this piece is by the Salem group Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show, from their album Hot Topics.

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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