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.

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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

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Engendering Transnational Ties

program date: 
Mon, 07/26/2010

Laurie Mercier talks with Luz María Gordillo about her new book, "Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration: Engendering Transnational Ties." Luz Maria looked at migratory patterns between western Mexico and Detroit, and how men and women differently participate in it. She also comments on racism in immigration policy and the problem of equivocating undocumented workers with drug-dealers.

Luz Maria Gordillo is an assistant professor of Women Studies and on the graduate faculty for American Studies at Washington State University.

  • Title: Luz_and_Laurie
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:29 minutes (5.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

British Punk Under Thatcher

program date: 
Mon, 07/26/2010

Denise Morris talks with our radical musicologist, Brad Duncan, about British music in the late '70s. Brad explains the way punk, dance and two-tone music helped organize a new generation of young British radicals.

 

Update: A missing portion of Brad's commentary on The Specials has been restored. Cue up to about 12-minutes in to hear it!

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 15:19 minutes (7.01 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Imagining the (climate) future

program date: 
Mon, 07/19/2010

Linking the pieces of this program about climate change are several songs by Ella Fitzgerald, together with commentary by host Frann Michel on

  • the basic issues and concepts of climate change,
  • how climate change and other global disasters have played in works of science fiction, and
  • how fantasy can help us to imagine alternatives to the current reality of capitalism and environmental degradation.  

This segment puts together all Frann's remarks and Ella's songs. You can also read Frann's remarks on her blog.  

Surviving on a Volatile Earth

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program date: 
Mon, 07/19/2010

 Can technology address the problems posed by climate change?   Environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski is the author of The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth, and here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what kind of civilization can survive the coming climate shifts.  You can read an excerpt from her book here.

 

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)

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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