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 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.

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
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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

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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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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:

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Left and the Law: Fort Hood Shooting

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Mon, 11/08/2010

 Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about the army psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot and killed 13 people and injured many more at Fort Hood last year. They consider him as both a victim of and collaborator in the Army's insensitivity toward mental illness.

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Political Suicide and the Progressive Dilemma

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Mon, 11/08/2010

 Bill comments on the accusations that Democrats went too far left in the last two years, and suggests that a major component of their losses in the last election was a looming threat by businesses to set up shop elsewhere. We are told to lay of the Democrats for not committing political suicide, but to also realize that for that reason we cannot look to them as agents of real change.

 
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Old Mole Variety Hour November 8th

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Mon, 11/08/2010

 Today's Old Mole, hosted by Bill Resnick, is almost all about the elections. It features interviews about election psychology, organizing for a free society, and how competition ties the hands of progressive city politics. We also hear two commentaries about the elections.

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Unfortunately there was a recording error that prevented us from capturing a full-length version of the show. However, the whole show in its segments is available through the links below [in progress]:

Well Read Red Frann Michel reflects on the recent elections

Jan Haaken interviews Nancy Hollander about the psychology of the elections.

Bill Resnick interviews John Cronan of Organization for a Free Society

Jan and Mike Snedecker continue their Left and the Law series.

Bill interviews Paul Kantor about politicians bowing to keep business for jobs.

Bill comments on electoral losses (also at the bottom of this page)

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Why Protests Work

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Well-read Red Frann Michel combs the left press for analysis of the John Stewart - Stephen Colbert rallies over the weekend, and the reasons why protests in the streets are much more effective than even the protesters suppose.  You can read this piece here.  

Book Mole: "Black Dogs"

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Ian McEwan's 1992 novel Black Dogs shows us a split in the human psyche embodied in two very different people living in the aftermath of World War II amidst postwar hopes for socialism.  Larry Bowlden explains why this book is worth reading.  More of Larry's reviews.

Movie Moles: "Inside Job"

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Today's Movie Moles are Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick, and they continue the theme of Bill's interview with Bill Black about criminal banking as they discuss Inside Job, a documentary by Charles Ferguson that exhibits the short-sightedness, stupidity, and criminality of financiers and their political allies.    

Banking on Corruption

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Bill Black is a former bank regulator who speaks and writes widely on banking and finance.  In this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, he makes clear just how corrupt the whole banking industry is.  We, that is our government, do not root out the felons in the system; rather, we bail them out and make them wealthy.  His blog with many links to more of his work is here.  

November 1 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/01/2010

 Joe Clement hosts this show about corrupt banking, political protests, and the human psyche, with musical breaks about the 17th Century Diggers (or Levelers), who were the Moles of their time.  The songs are "The World Turned Upside" Down by Leon Rosselson (sung here by Billy Bragg); and "The Diggers' Song" by Gerrard Winstanley (sung here by Chumbawamba).

 

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Class Struggles in France, 2010

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Mon, 10/25/2010

 The French working class has been in the news for massive protests of austerity moves to limit their pensions, but the issues are much more profound.  Economist Professor Richard Wolff has been studying France for many years, and he talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the prospects of  the French workers to defeat these anti-worker measures.  For more from Wolff on these matters, go here.  

Pictured here is the storming of the Bastille, 1789.

Getting us All Back to Work

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Mon, 10/25/2010

Today's Well-read Red Joe Clement comments on and reads from a piece by Greg Moses, "A Public Option for Jobs."  There are needs to be met and people without work: why can't these two things fit together?  This piece appeared on Counterpunch.

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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