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 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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A New World Order is Possible and Needed.

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about his recent op-ed, "A New World Order is Possible and Needed." Specifically, Mark explores the rising affluence of middle-powers in Latin America, and how their engagement in world politics goes beyond narrowly defined self-interests.

Mark Weisbrot is the co-director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research; author of many articles through the Guardian; and co-author with Dean Baker of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis." He is also president of the group, "Just Foreign Policy."

  • Length: 20:57 minutes (19.17 MB)
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Organizing Labor for the Work We Need

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Laurie outlines recent challenges to the labor movement, including unresponsive politicians and attacks to the Employee Free-Choice Act, which would shield employees from employer intimidation if they tried to unionize. Returning to an interview in May with Les Leopold, Laurie also suggests how to turn the economy into one with jobs for all.

  • Length: 9:06 minutes (8.33 MB)
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Janitors for Justice

program date: 
Mon, 06/14/2010

Bill talks with Maggie Long, Director of Property Services with SEIU Local 49, about Metro's decision to switch to non-union janitors, and the Justice for Janitors march happening on Tuesday the 15th.

Click here for more information about Justice for Janitors.

  • Length: 8:48 minutes (8.05 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

June 7 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Thu, 06/10/2010

Hosted by new Mole Joe Clement (pictured here), this  show is part of  KBOO's special all-day programing about the Gulf oil disaster.   We hear from Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, who argues that deep water oil drilling is just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich big corporations while impoverishing our lives and environment.  Film director Sandy Cioffi talks about her new documentary about the continuing oil disaster in the Niger Delta of Africa.  Clayton Morgareidge reflects on the kind of progressive narrative that would enable us to see more immediately why oil is part of a way of life we must leave behind.  Music on the show is by Texas and Gulf Region artists singing about oil drilling in the mid 20th Century, and the program concludes with a conversation about this music with radical musicologist Brad Duncan.

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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.   Michael Klare talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the reasons for reckless oil drilling.

2.  Old Mole Wendy Webb interviews Sandy Cioffi, director of Sweet Crude.

3.  Clayton Morgareidge comments on the place of the oil disaster in ideologies right and left.

4.   Brad Duncan talks with Clayton about the music of the oil fields.

Deep Water Drilling: Motives and Dangers

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Michael Klare, writer for the Nation and author of several books, including Blood and Oil, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about deep water oil drilling as just one of the many "extreme" technologies that enrich the oil companies while endangering our lives and environment.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84)  His book, Blood and Oil, has been made into a movie.

 

Oil Disaster in the Niger Delta

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Sweet Crude is a new film about  the struggle between the people of the Niger River Delta and the Shell oil-megacorporation, and its director Sandy Cioffi talks here with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about the film and the people's resistance to the ongoing desctruction of their land.  Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle based film and video artist who has produced and/or directed several films including the critically acclaimed Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us.

 

 

Oil in the Progressive Narrative

program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge discusses what kind of new left narrative might counter the right wing "free-enterprise" story and show up the gulf oil disaster as a crime.  You can read this commentary and find links to sources here.  

  • Length: 8:15 minutes (7.56 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Music of Oil Drilling

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program date: 
Mon, 06/07/2010

In Texas and the Gulf region, musicians have been singing about oil drilling since the oil boom in the early 20th Century.  In this segment, we hear samples of this music and then a conversation about it with the Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge and our radical musicologist Brad Duncan.  

Photo by Nick Spitzer. Copyright 1978 the Smithsonian Institution. 

 

  • Length: 7:26 minutes (6.8 MB)
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Immigrants: Why They Come

program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers.  Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes  on them?  Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.

Learning from Immigrants

program date: 
Mon, 05/31/2010

Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy is a new book by Paul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants.  He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm  workers.   More about this here.   The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it. 

Paul Apoltolidis will be speaking next week (June  11-13) at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's conference in Portland.  

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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