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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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

Audio

Zapatista Resistance to neoliberalism

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014

Well-Read Red Frann Michel considers the twenty years of NAFTA and of Zapatista resistance to NAFTA and neoliberalism. You can read a longer version of this piece, with links to sources, here on her blog.

Decentralizing Energy

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control?  Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from.  Weinrub is  the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs.  More about his book here.  

Queer Misogyny

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program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
In a recent blog post, Franvarian explores the stereotypes within the LGBT community that lead to misplaced and oppressive assumptions about femmes and to "femmephobia".  Old Mole Iven Hale reads it for us.  
Photo credit: http://geeksdreamgirl.com/

Climate Change: A New Insurgency?

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
Since mere protest has not led to real action on climate change, a growing movement for stronger measures calls for civil disobedience.  Tom Becker reads from Jeremy Brecher's piece "Climate Protection: The New Insurgency" published in Foreign Policy in Focus.  
(Photo: Ben Schumin / Flickr)

Work and Capital: Going Away

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
The solution to poverty and inequality is widely assumed to be jobs: more jobs with better pay.  But capital is committed to increased productivity -- more profits with less labor.  The more capital succeeds, the fewer jobs.  But ultimately, profit is value captured from labor. So if jobs disappear, so will capital.  Old Mole Joe Clement talks with blogger and activist Jehu about this contradiction.  Jehu blogs at The Real Movement, and his twitter account is here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 30, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm:  climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.  
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button.  For individual segments, follow these links:
  1. Bill Resnick talks with energy expert Al Weinrub about new ways of producing and distributing energy.
  2. Iven Hale reads from Franvarian's blog about femme phobia in the LGBT community.
  3. Tom Becker shares a piece by Jeremy Brecker about climate protection insurgency.
  4. Joe Clement and blogger Jehu discuss the future of jobs and capital.  

Capitalism: the Epochal Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
Tom Becker reads from John Bellamy Foster on capitalism and epochal crisis, about the converging economic and environmental disasters of the present era of monopoly, financialization, and planetary destruction.

Radical Jesus a Graphic History

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
Bill Resnick talks with historian Paul Buhle about the graphic history he has edited, Radical Jesus, about the revolt against empire, with chapters from the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the radical Reformation, and solidarity struggles in the United States, including abolitionism. They also discuss liberation theology, past and potential.


Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

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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