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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 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 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mondragon and economic democracy, the politics of community radio, Nietzsche and Neoliberalism

Iven Hale hosts the next episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/17/13

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Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

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Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2009

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, and featuring several versions of our theme song "I wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," this program discusses how our broken economy needs to be fixed if it is to work for all of us; the recent Supreme Court refusal to grant convicted inmates the right to review in the light of DNA evidence; the new documentary film about the food we eat, Food, Inc., and a commentary about the crisis over the election in Iran.  

To hear the program in full, use the play button above.  To hear separate pieces, follow their links below:

1.  Radical economist Gerald Friedman talks with Bill Resnick about the economy

2.  Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken on the Supreme Court decision about DNA evidence.

3.   The Movie Moles discuss Food, Inc.

4.   The situation in Iran and International response to it.  

Move Moles: "Food, Inc."

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 "Food, Inc. is one of the most riveting films to be released this year," says Movie Mole Brooke Jacobson in this full discussion, with Jan Haaken,  of the virtues and limitations of this exposé of our industrial food production.  The film is directed by Robert Kenner and it draws on the work of Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto)

Supreme Court: No Right to DNA Tests

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 By a split decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to have a conviction reviewed on the basis of DNA evidence.  Civil Rights attorney Mike Snedeker explains the impact of the decision in this conversation with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

Book Mole: Politics and Amanda Cross

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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

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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

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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.

Politics of Health Care "Reform"

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Sun, 06/14/2009

 Joanne Landy, a long time campaigner for single payer health care, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how and why the insurance companies stand in the way of the only health care reform that can work. Joanne Landy is co-director of the New York-based Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and a member of the editorial board of New Politics.  She is also a  former activist with Physicians for a National Health Care Program.

 

Labor History: The ILWU

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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."

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.

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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