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
Short Description: 
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

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

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/21/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

The 350 Movement & Copenhagen

program date: 
Mon, 10/26/2009

 Environmental writer and activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement and its limits.  For stronger measures than will emerge from the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference, go herehere, and here.  

The October 26 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/26/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show deals with US military action in Afghanistan, the challenge to corporate-industrial society from climate change, and with putting people to death for crimes they did not commit.   We hear haunting and apocalyptic music by Laibach from Slovenia.

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1.  Two experienced journalists talk with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the situation in Afghanistan and US policy there.

2.  The Law and the Left: Attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss  the death penalty.

3.  If we stand at the brink of extinction, what must we do?   Tom Becker reads a piece by Chris Hedges.

4.  Environmental activist Brian Tokar talks with Bill Resnick about the 350 Movement.

Movie Moles: "The Informant"

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program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

 In The Informant, Matt Damon plays an agri-business executive who cooperates with the FBI to expose corporate malfeasance at Archer-Daniel-Midlands.  Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Norm Diamond fill out the context and discuss the issues the film raises.  

Poetic Rant by Ferlinghetti

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

 Clayton Mogareidge reads a short poem beginning "History is made of the lies of the victors...." by Beat poet  Lawrence Ferlinghetti.  It is published in a volume called Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems, edited by Allen Ginsberg and others, published by Seven Stories Press.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog: A Book Mole Review

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

 Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews The Elegance of the Hedgehog by French author Muriel Barbery -- "an excellent and charming little book" about two women who hide their intellectual interests.

October 19 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

 

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program reveals

  • that a lot of good may come out of the healthcare reform legislation now being debated -- even without single payer and a public option;
  • that the defenders of Roman Polanski against charges of raping a 13-year old are buying into the doctrine that rape is excusable when done by the right people;
  • that there's a lot to think about and to like in the new Matt Damon movie The Informant.
  • that Muriel Barbery's new novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog is  a good read.

And Clayton reads a wonderful poetic-political rant by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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Sorting Out the Polanski Case

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested in Switzerland for possible extradition to the US to face charges for raping a 13 year old girl some 30 years ago.  Many in the film industry have risen to defend him.  In this commentary, Frann Michel demonstrates how these defenses reveal the male supremacy that lies at the heart of bourgeois ideology.   Here are links to her sources:

David Walsh

The case of Genarlow Wilson

Joshua Holland

Shelley Ettinger

Allison Anders

Polanski's out-of-court settlement

Melissa McEwen

Amanda Marcotte, plus this

Republican Senators against due process for rape victims

Harriet Jacobs  at Fuguitivus

The Not Rape Epidemic

 

The Upside of Healthcare Reform

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2009

 O.k., so we're not going to get a single payer health this year, and maybe not even a public option.  Can anything good still come out of Congress this year?   Kathleen Stoll of Families USA thinks we can expect some real improvements in access to health care from the legislation likely to emerge.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

The Legacy of Columbus

program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2009

 "Columbus Day" has been recalled -- renamed "International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People."  Clayton Morgareidge reviews the resistance to the colonialism that started with Columbus and the continuing blindness to it, drawing on an article by Indigenous activist Harsha Walia.  

Indigenous People and Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2009

 Indigenous people are organizing around environmental issues.  Here Andrea Carmen from the International Indian Treaty Council, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the summit of Indigenous People on Climate Change held recently in Anchorage.  

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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