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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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
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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
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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
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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. 

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Movie Moles: "Burning Our Future-Coal in America"

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the documentary Burning Our Future: Coal in America, a film about fighting mountain-top removal mining in West Virginia.  It will be out soon on DVD from Iron Weed Films.  For more on these horrendous mining operations, go here, here, and here.  

August 10 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/09/2009

 

Tom Becker (pictured here) hosts this show dealing with racism, the WTO, anti-tax protests at healthcare reform meetings, and mountain top removal coal mining.   It features music from Woodstock as we approach the 40th anniversary of that historic festival.  

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below. 

1.  How and Why racism is still with us: Bill Resnick talks with author Tom Sugue.

2.  The Battle for  Seattle  Ten Years on: Tom reads from David Korten's article about the WTO.

3.  What to say to anti-tax protestors--and why they hate taxes.  Bill Resnick comments.

4.  The Movie Moles review a documentary film about the fight against mountain-top removal, Burning Our Future: Coal in America.

 

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.   

 

August 3 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/02/2009

 Hosted by Bill Resnick (pictured here), this program deals with the coup in Honduras, healthcare reform, and the music of Sweet Honey in the Rock.  

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To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.    

1.  The situation in Honduras after the Coup, reasons for the coup, and US and Latin American responses: Interview with Lynn Holland.

2.   Tom Becker reads Anthony Dimaggio's article defending socialized medicine.

3.  How Netroots  groups dropped the ball on healthcare reform:  Interview with Jeff Cohen.

4.  The political roots and reach of Sweet Honey in the Rock: musicologist Brad Duncan.

Coup d'Etat in Nicaragua

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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.  

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).

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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