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.

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 on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 23, 2009

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Sun, 03/22/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show features a film review of Che, a conversation about what's wrong with merit pay for teachers, a commentary about the political opening for the left created by the AIG bonus scandal, and a short story about international family ties by Luz María Gordillo.  

To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  "Give Them All Pitchforks!" -- Well-read Red Laurie Mercier on the popular outrage about AIG.

2.  Fred McKissack from Rethinking Schools talks with Bill Resnick about "merit" pay for teachers.

3.  Luz María Gordillo, "The Twins"

4.  Che -- The Movie Moles

Bonuses & Merit Pay

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program date: 
Sat, 03/21/2009

 

Just as bonuses for corporate CEOs leads to corruption, so "merit" pay for teachers  leads to corrupt teaching practices.  Bill Resnick talks with Fred McKissack of Rethinking Schools about what's  wrong with this way of motivating people.   (Illustration: Richard Downs)

Movie Moles: "XXY"

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Sun, 03/15/2009

 Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss XXY, an Argentine film about a young girl, her family and friends dealing with the fact  of her ambiguous sexual organs.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 16, 2009

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Sun, 03/15/2009

 Hosted by Denise Morris, this program features discussions of single payer health insurance, a strike against a hedge-fund owned cookie company in Brooklyn, a movie about ambiguous gender, and a psychological investigation of political apathy.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow at the top of this page.  For individual segments, follow the links below:

1.  Russell Mokhiber and Bill Resnick discuss the need for getting single payer health insurance recognized as an option in the current debate.

2.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris review the Argentine film XXY.

3.  A courageous small union goes on strike against Stella d'Oro.

4.  Jan Haaken talks with psychologist Renee Lertzman about  deconstructing apathy.

Action on Single-Payer

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Sun, 03/15/2009

Why we need single-payer health insurance and how to get it.  

Russell Mokhiber, ace crime reporter for Multinational Monitor talks about the crimes of the private insurance companies and how a new activist organization, Single Payer Action, is going to get Single Payer recognized as a serious option in the planning for universal coverage going on in Washington.  

Cookie Strike: Stella d'Oro

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Sun, 03/15/2009

 Supported by neighbors and by other unions, the small work force at Stella d'Oro, a cookie maker in Brooklyn now controlled by a private equity company, is on strike against outrageous management demands.  

Hear all about it and how you can help in this Bill Resnick interview with community activist Michael Landau.  See the strike committee's great website here.  

Getting Past Apathy

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Sun, 03/15/2009

Political activists are often discouraged by public "apathy" about big problems like the environmental crisis.  But what lies behind apathy? Psychologists  Jan Haaken and Renee Lertzman discuss how activists can relieve the sense of powerlessness that underlies what looks like apathy.

Photo Credit: www.beyondrobson.com

The Life and Music of Peggy Seeger

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Peggy Seeger was the first folk musician to sing from a feminist political perspective.  Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about her life and times.   

Who Founded International Women's Day?

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program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

In honor of International Women's Day, Tom Becker  reports on the life and times of Clara  Zetkin, perhaps the world's first socialist feminist.   

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2009

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Sun, 03/08/2009

Is the Obama  presidency more  of the "same old, same old"?  Or does it offer new political horizons for progressives?  This program looks at the new administration from several perspectives.  In honor of International Women's Day, we learn about Clara Zetkin, founder of this commemoration, and Peggy Seeger who brought a left feminist politics to folk music.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The foxes are still in charge of the financial henhouse, says Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.  

2.  Who first proposed an International Women's Day?   Clara Zetkin, as Tom Becker reports.

3.  The Obama election and  administration rests on a new coalition of democractic and progressive folk, argues Linda Burnham in this conversation with Bill Resnick.

4.  Peggy Seeger: her  life (still active at 83) and music.

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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