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.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  

 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Audio

Labor History: The ILWU

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program date: 
Sun, 06/14/2009

 

Labor Historian Harvey Schwartz talks about his new book Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier.  They trace the origins and growth of the International Longshoremen Workers Union on the West Coast, including the organizing of workers at Powell's Books.  Schwartz reads from his book this evening (June 15) at 6:30 at Laughing Horse Books.  Schwartz is an oral historian at the Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University, and curator of the Oral History Collection, ILWU Library.

Elections in Iran

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Sun, 06/14/2009

 

 

The untold story behind the elections in Iran: the movement for a secular society.  Bill Resnick reads from an article by Saeed Rahnema, "Choosing the Lesser Evil."

Book Mole: Politics and Amanda Cross

program date: 
Sun, 06/14/2009

 

 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden shows how detective fiction can carry powerful political messages, as he comments on two novels by Carolyn Heilbrun who writes as Amanda Cross.   Two novels, Honest Doubt and Puzzled Heart, expose discrimination in academia against women and fat people, as well as the way the tenure system works to privilege old male professors.  

Our Anti-social Society

program date: 
Sun, 06/14/2009

 Clayton Morgareidge argues that the politics of hatred can be partly explained by the principle of exclusion that is basic in a society of having and not-having.  You can read this commentary here.

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 15, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 06/14/2009

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) and featuring union songs sung by Pete Seeger, this show covers the battle to get single payer health insurance on the table, the history of the International Longshore Workers Union, the Iranian elections, the detective novels of Amanda  Cross, and how the politics of hatred is related to our social fabric.  

Our new Mole in the Ground theme is a medley of an old (1924) version by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and a new one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren, who is an academic researching anticapitalist struggle & media, and an activist with the People's Channel public access tv in North Carolina.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder.

To hear the whole show, use  the play  button above.  For individual pieces, and to find more information about the  pieces, use the links below.

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Joanne Landy about who's blocking single payer health and why. 

2.  Harvey Schwartz, author of a new history of the ILWU, is interviewed by Laurie Mercier.

3.  What's really going on behind the elections in  Iran: Bill Resnick reads from the left press.

4.  Political critique in the detective fiction of Amanda Cross: a Book Mole review from Larry Bowlden.

5.  Clayton Morgareidge argues that a society of exclusion is the underlying reason for the politics of hate.

Life and Music of Koko Taylor

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Mon, 06/08/2009

 Koko Taylor, "Queen of the Blues," died last week at the age of 80.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about her life and her impact on the blues.

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 8, 2009

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Sun, 06/07/2009

 Featuring the music of the late blues singer Koko Taylor, this program evaluates the Stimulus Package, argues for full abortion rights for women, identifies the obstacles to progressive legislation, and reviews  Obama's Middle East speech in Cairo.  Your host is Bill Resnick, pictured here.  (Due to a technical glitch, Bill's opening remarks  are omitted.)  Note that we are using new music for our theme.  From the original version of "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground" by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, we morph into a version by dj/rupture and sung by Sindhu Zagoren.

To hear the whole show, including several clips from  Koko Taylor, use the play button at the top of this page.  To hear  individual pieces, and for more  information, links, and images, follow the links below:

1.  Assessing the stimulus package: Bill Resnick talks with Heidi Shierholz  of the Economic Policy Institute.

2.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews the case for  full abortion rights in the aftermath of George Tiller's assassination.

3.  The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge asks who's  behind the opposition to the progressive agenda  in Washington.

4.   Bill Resnick reviews Obama's speech on the Middle East in Cairo.

5.  Remembering the life and music of Koko Taylor with Brad Duncan and Bill Resnick.

 

Assessing the Stimulus

program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

The Economic Stimulus Package passed at the beginning of the Obama administration gets a mixed review by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Listen for the full picture.  You can read Shierholz's  report on jobs here.    

 

Abortion: Women's Right

program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

 

In this edition of The Well-read Red, Frann Michel presents an uncompromising defense of the right to an abortion.  To read her piece, go to Frann's blog where you'll find links to her sources and more information.  

The Real Name of the Enemy

program date: 
Sun, 06/07/2009

 

The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge considers who's really blocking the progressive agenda in Washington.  (Hint: it's not Rush or the GOP.)  This commentary draws on Christopher Hayes's recent article in the Nation, "Naming the Enemy."

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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