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.  

 

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Audio

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

program date: 
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.

The New Obama Coalition

program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

The Obama presidency is opening up significant new political space for  the left, says Linda Burnham, co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center.

Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what progressives can do in this new climate.   Read her Znet article on this topic here.  

Obama's Foxes Guarding the Hen House

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Sun, 03/08/2009

The bank robbers are at it again!  President Obama has hired the same foxes to guard the financial hen house.  Bill Black, a former bank regulator, and author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, talks with Bill Resnick about the current banking crisis.  

Read a recent article by Black here.

Book Mole: "Here and Somewhere Else"

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program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Grace Paley and John Nichols  are two wonderful east coast activists who happen also to be a couple.  They've published a book of short stories and poems which are political, comic, and surreal.  Larry Bowlden tells us why we should read it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain. 

To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To listen to individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The Obama Budget: Bill Resnick and Sam Pizzigati

2.  What you can do for the Earth: Laurie Mercier and Mary Wood.

3.  Your Brain on Progressive Politics: Clayton Morgareidge comments.

4.  Political poems and short stories: Larry Bowlden reviews a new book by two activists.

The Amazing Obama Budget

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Sun, 03/01/2009

 

 

How progressive is the Obama budget?  Republicans call it socialist, among other things.  Sam Pizzigati, a labor journalist and analyst with the Institute for Policy Studies, says it's the most radical presidential program in generations.  Bill Resnick talks with him about what it all means and its prospects for becoming reality. 

 

Does the Brain Lean Left?

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

Do the progressive sentiments coming out of the Obama administration appeal to a part of our nature that's embedded in ourbrains?  Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility and what it might mean politically. 

You can read this commentary here

Politics of Climate Change

program date: 
Sun, 03/01/2009

To save the planet, what do we have to do and how soon do we have to do it?  What can citiizens do to keep the CO2 levels in the atmosphere below the tipping point -- where it might be too late?  Enviornmental Law Professor Mary Wood says we must all act now.  She talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about specific actions we can (and must) take.  Wood is the author of Nature's Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations; and The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism: A Citizens' Call to Climate Defense, co-authored with Heather A. Brinton.

 

Action links discussed in the interview:

350.org: a global movement for solving climate crisis

Union of Concerned Scientists Report:  How to Avoid Dangerous Climate Change:  A Target for U.S. Emissions Reductions

Climate Code Red:  The Case for Emergency Action

The Transition Handbook:  From Oil Dependance to Local Resiliency

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 23, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/22/2009

Tom Becker hosts this program about human costs and human needs in these tough economic times.  How can essential public services be funded in Oregon?  How can immigrant workers be protected from draconian laws enforced by states like Arizona?  And how can home foreclosures be stopped?  Tom takes on the idea that we are becoming a socialist nation.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  Michael Leachman from the Oregon Center for Public Policy talks with Bill Resnick about how to keep the State of Oregon solvent.

2.  Are we all socialists now, as Newsweek imagines?

3.  Immigration abuses in Arizona

4.  How to stop home foreclosures.

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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