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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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

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

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

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Old Mole Variety Hour for September 16, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013

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Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and we hear --

  1. Bill Resnick and Paula Rabinowitz discuss the personal, cultural, and political signficance of the clothing and accessories we wear;
  2. About Occupy's official one demand: an end to capitalism;
  3. A review of a novel about marriage and its discontents: "To Be Sung Underwater" by Tom McNeal;
  4. A critique of the Myth of American Exceptionalism

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  • Title: Old Mole Sept.16'
  • Length: 53:50 minutes (30.8 MB)
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The Myth of American Exceptionalism

program date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013

That the USA is and always has been a force for good in the world is part of what makes the nation unique -- an exception to the general rule of national self-interest followed by other countries.  This is part of the myth of "American Exceptionalism" that passes for common sense among politicians and mainstream media figures.  Steven M. Walt systematically exposes the falsehoods in the myth, point by point, in this piece read here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker.  You can find the whole text here.  

Occupy's One Demand

program date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013

On the first anniversary of the start of the Occupy movement, and after much debate about the effectiveness of demands, the movement has announced one big demand: the end of capitalism.  Here Joe Clement comments on how this demand comprehends all the issues the Occupy movement brought to our attention.  

Book Mole: "To Be Sung Underwater"

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program date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013

Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden review Tom McNeal's novel To Be Sung Underwater, an "exploration of marriage and the many ways in which marriages can go wrong."  You can find an archive of Larry's reviews here.

Who We Are In What We Wear

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program date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013

How do we express our identity and our politics in what we wear?  Paula Rabinowitz is a co-editor of Habits of Being, a four-volume collection of essays dealing with how our clothing and accessories express and shape the image and the politics of individuals.  Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about all this and the extent to which clothing can be the vehicle for radical democratic politics.  For more about Rabinowitz and this project, go here.  

 

Jim Wallis on Progressive Christianity

program date: 
Mon, 09/09/2013

Bill Resnick talks with Jim Wallis - a self styled evangelical, founder and editor of Sojourners, a very ecumenical and interfaith journal. He has written ten books and helped organize big religious coalitions on immigration and gay rights, and has been attacked by Glen Beck and others as a dangerous Marxist. They talk about (1) the Great Awakening in this country with people who identify as religious “progressive ” (19%)  now coming close to drawing even with those who call themselves “religious conservative” (28%), (2) the role of  religious social justice passion in transformitory movements, and (3) the environmental and democratic contents. He discusses how the religious are involved in the current immigration struggle, and we might play the interview before or right after the final vote on the immigration “reform” now being debated in Congress.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:57 minutes (17.34 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Humanitarian Intervention: the human rights gift that keeps on giving to US Imperialism

program date: 
Mon, 09/09/2013

Tom Becker reads "Humanitarian Intervention - the human rights gift that keeps on giving to US Imperialism" by Ajamu Baraka.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:48 minutes (7.15 MB)
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US "humanitarian" Interventions since the Cold War

program date: 
Mon, 09/09/2013

Iven Hale reads from Al-Jazeera a summary of US interventions since the end of the Cold War. 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:01 minutes (4.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour September 9 2013

program date: 
Mon, 09/09/2013

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

 

 

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  • Title: OMVH992013
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 59:15 minutes (33.91 MB)
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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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