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 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press

 

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!

 

Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/20/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
history of German Social Democracy, Marley movie & reggae, Red and Black Collective

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/13/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Arab Spring, Capitalist Realism, movie moles: the trotsky

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bil Resnick continues his conversation with Chris Toensing about the future of the Arab Springs
  • Movie Moles, Joe and Iven Hale, review The Trotsky, which is a farsical film about a young Quebecois man who believes he is Leon Trotsky incarnate and must relive his life, first trying to organize a union at his father's factory and then among students in his high school.
  • Frann Michel reviews "Capitalist Realism" by blogger K-Punk.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/06/12

Air date: 
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The meaning of the Arab Spring for Western leftists. Also: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

Old Mole Variety Hour

Iven Hale hosts and we hear

Bill Resnick talking with Chris Toensing, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of its quarterly magazine, Middle East Report; they discuss the Arab spring and its meaning for leftists in the West.

Movie Moles discuss Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (and other recent documentaries about the economy).

And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
corporate Olympics, media narratives of mass shootings, The Dark Knight Rises

Old Mole Variety Hour

-> Jules Boykoff talks from London with Bill Resnick about the Olympics and the corporatization of sport.

-> The Left & The Law with Jan Haaken & Mike Snedeker discuss the latest shooting in Colorado and media narratives about such events.

-> Movie Moles Iven Hale and Joe Clement review The Dark Knight Rises.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 07/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Just Banking, Queer Justice

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Just Banking, Queer Justice

Bill Resnick talks with attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute Ellen Brown about alternative public and community banking, radical banks devoted to investing in worker cooperatives, all to replace the predatory too big to fail financial system. Here's a recent essay by Ellen Brown: Cooperative Banking: The Exciting Wave of the Future.

Audio

Transit Riders' Union

program date: 
Sun, 04/26/2009

 Who represents the interests of Trimet riders? The Portland Transit Riders Union, that's who! Bill Resnick speaks with Alexandria Bradbury about this grass roots organization's efforts to contest cuts to Trimet service.

Getting Clear About Capitalism

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Capitalism is always a drag on the progressive agenda.  But why?  What is capitalism?  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explains how the private ownership of productive property forms and deforms social life. 

Cartoon by Janet Stein, Monthly Review (mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ stein180805.htm)

Less Militarism, More Security

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

What else could we get for the may billions of dollars already spent on two wars? Laurie Mercier talks with Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project about redirecting massive military expenditures to our real security needs namely education, health care and jobs. 

Public Opinion Poll: Socialism or Capitalism?

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Only 53% of Americans believe capitalism is better than socialism!  At least that is the finding of a recent Rassmussen poll.  Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss the poll results and what they suggests about how people are reacting to the economic crisis.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 20, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

 The Moles focus today on Capitalism and Socialism.  What is capitalism, anyway, and how does it make us unfree?  What might socialism be like?  Why don't we have more voice in how the government spends  our money, and what would  we say if we did?   Are Americans really committed to Capitalism and opposed to socialism?  (A new poll says otherwise.)   Below  are links to the segments of this show, hosted by Laurie Mercier.   Or you can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above.

1. Clayton Morgareidge explains why a capitalist society deprives us of our very lives.  

2.  Better uses for our billions than bombs: Jo Comerford of the National  Priorities Institute talks with Laurie Mercier about US  spending priorities.

3.  Well-read Red Frann Michel on how science fiction explores the possible worlds of socialism.

4.  A conversation about an opinion poll asking Americans to choose between capitalism and socialism: Norm Diamond and Bill Resnick.

  

 

Socialism and Science Fiction

program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Who knows what (a real, democratic) socialism will be like?  No one.   But it can at least be imagined in various ways, and that is what some science fiction writers do, as Old Mole Frann Michel explains.  Read her remarks and follow links to her many sources here

Alternative Easters

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Sun, 04/12/2009

The Bible is not the only version of the Easter story.  Tom Becker reports on pre-Christian myths that parallel many details of the resurrection. 

Executions From The Sky: Protesting Drones

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Sun, 04/12/2009

Pilotless aircraft -- drones -- controlled by "pilots" in California are dropping bombs on targets in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.  What's  the impact on the ground?  On the operators?  Kathy Kelley of Voices for Creative Nonviloence talks with Bill Resnick.  Kelley was among the 14 people recently arrested, protesting at Creech Airforce Base. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

This show features music by and an interview  about Tupac Shakur.   Also discussed are: reclaiming the consensus that  the richest folks should pay the most for the government services everyone needs;  how details  of the Easter story (crucifixion and resurrection) run parallel to much earlier myths; and protesting the drones  operated from California to rain destruction in the middle east.

To hear the whole show, use the button at the top of  the page.  For separate segments, follow the links below.

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins about meeting common needs by restoring a more progressive income tax.

2.  Variations on the Easter Story: Tom Becker reports.

3.  Cathy Kelley reports on drones and on protests at Creech Airforce Base in California.

4.  Director Gobi Rahimi talks with Old Mole Jan Haaken about his friend  Tupac Shakur.  

About Tupac Shakur

Categories:
program date: 
Sun, 04/12/2009

Gobi Rahimi is a director and producer of films and music videos, and was a friend and colleague of Tupac Shakur. He is author of Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Shakur in Pictures and Words .  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about Tupac's  life and music. 

Rahim will be the keynote speaker at a conference Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th, at PSU titled "The Tupac Legacy: Hip-hop, Youth, and Global Identities." Details 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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