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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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 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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Audio

August 24 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 

 As always, the Moles dig where few others dare to tread, this week taking on the commercialization of unhappiness, the American  tradition of bombing civilians, and our common fear of death.  Clayton Morgareidge (pictured here) is your host.

 

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To hear the whole show, use the play button above.  To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow the links below:

1.  Turning ordinary unhappiness into diseases in order to sell us cures: Bill Resnick talks with Eugenia Tsao  

2.  Bombing Civilians: Jay Thiemeyer reviews the book.

3.   Bombing Civilians:  Laurie Mercier interviews the editor, Marilyn Young.

4.   What we can really hope for healthcare reform -- and what we have to do to get there.  Bill Resnick comments.   

5.  Getting Over the Fear of Death.  Commentary from Clayton Morgareidge

Medicalizing Unhappiness

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Sun, 08/23/2009

  How therapists and drug companies take our ways of being unhappy -- worry, anxiety, depression, grief, impotence, self-criticism, frustration, anger, forbidden hungers – and turn them into illnesses and syndromes for which they can sell us expensive treatments.  Bill Resnick talks with anthropologist Eugenia Tsao, who has published on this topic in Counterpunch.  

Bombing Civilians: The Interview

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program date: 
Sun, 08/23/2009

 Following up on Jay Thiemeyer's review of Bombing Civilians, the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with one of the book's editors Marilyn Young, Professor of History at New York University.   They discuss the origins of this strategy as well as its ongoing use in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  You can read an excerpt from her book here.     

Bombing Civilians: The Book

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 How and why has the aerial bombing of civilian populations become standard military procedure?  Jay Thiemeyer reviews a new book  of essays on the history and problems raised by wars waged, not just against opposing armies, against peoples.   The book is Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History, edited by Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn Young.   For a slideshow history of aerial bombing, go here.  You can also hear Marilyn Young following up on this review in a conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier -- click here.   

Realistic Hopes for Healthcare Reform

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Sun, 08/23/2009

 Bill Resnick examines the good things that could come out of the current healthcare debate short of the public option, and what we need to do to push matters in the direction of our ultimate goal -- single payer health care.  

 

(Image from Raising Women's Voices 08)

Reviving the NLRB

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 The National Labor Relations Board, charged with mediating labor disputes, became moribund during the Bush administration, but the Obama administration is trying to revive it by appointing new members.  The Old Mole's Tom Becker looks at an article by Dave Lindorff in Counterpunch that examines what this might mean for labor struggles in the US.   

Labor and the Healthcare Debate

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 

Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the role of that publication in putting the movement back in the labor movement, and about the role of labor in the fight for healtcare reform.   

Prospects for Healthcare Reform

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 

What  is the minimum healtcare reform we need now, and what do we have to do to make it much better tomorrow?  Bill Resnick comments.  

The Incarcerated Society

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program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

  

The US is "the most incarcerated society on earth," according to Robert Perkinson, author of Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire.  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Perkinson about how we got this way.  An excellent companion article in Dissident Voiceon this topic is here.

August 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 Denise Morris (pictured here) hosts this show focusing on prisons, healthcare reform, and labor issues;  and featuring music from Tom Waits's CD Blood Money.

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can follow us on Twitter, and see us on Facebook.

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

1.  Bill Resnick talks about our "incarcerated society" with author Robert Perkinson.

2.  Will the revival of the NLRB with new Obama appointments help the labor movement?  Tom Becker comments.

3.  Mark Brenner  of Labor Notes talks with Denise about labor's interest in healtcare reform and other labor issues.

4.  What can we still expect from healthcare reform, and what must we do in the future to make it work?  Bill Resnick comments.

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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