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).

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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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

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 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

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

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Bailing Out the Auto Makers?

program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Mark  Brenner, editor of  Labor Notes, talks with the  Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what will happen, and what should happen,  in the process of saving the big 3 from the consequences of their own short-sightedness. 

Then local activist Laurie King joins Bill to talk about the workers' takeover of a door manufacturing plant in Chicago and about an upcoming anti-bailout action here in Portland.

 

Converting the economy to Peace

program date: 
Sun, 11/30/2008

The government  is about to spend billions to stimulate the economy.   What should they spend it on?  What can be learned from the post-coldwar period of the 1990s about that?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist Ann Markusen.

The Economy of Care

program date: 
Sun, 11/30/2008

Should all the money to be spent by the Obama administration to  get the economy moving be put into steel and concrete, highways and bridges?  Most of those jobs go to men.  What about the infrastructure of care--child care, long-term nursing, and other work done mostly by women?  The Old  Mole's  Frann Michel discusses how to make the economy work for women.  You can read her remarks here

The Politics of Humor and Irony

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program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Humor and irony can be ways of deflating those who oppress us--but they can also promote stereotypes and immunize us from passions for serious causes.  Jan Haaken and Bob  Samuels discuss the complex issues posed by the popularity of The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert, and the movie Religulous. Samuels is the author of Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance.

  • Title: 04 Political Humor
  • Length: 18:23 minutes (10.52 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Afghanistan & Obama

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program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Clayton Morgareidge  reads from several sources about how difficult it would be for the Obama administration to control Afghanistan.   See especially "The Coming Catastrophe: the American War in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Richard Tanter.  

  • Title: Afghanistan & Obama
  • Length: 8:07 minutes (4.65 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 24, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program has discussions of the collapsing economy, the politics of humor and irony in popular entertainment, and the situation in Afghanistan. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, follow the links below.

This show also featured songs with words   by Woody Guthrie, set to music by Billy Bragg.  Unfortunately copyright limitations require us to limit the length of the clips available on the web.  The album is Mermaid Avenue

1.  Arthur McEwan and Bill Resnick discuss the economy.

2.  Bob Samuels on Humor and Irony

3.  Obama & Afghanistan

  • Title: OMV 11_24_08
  • Length: 51:21 minutes (29.39 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

The Spiraling Economy

program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

More bad news about the economy keeps arriving.  What is the situation and how can be fixed?  The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with radical economist Arthur McEwan -- aka Dr. Dollar at Dollars & Sense.

Towards a Progressive Mental Health Policy

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program date: 
Mon, 11/17/2008

What  would a humane and helpful mental health program look like?  David Oaks of Mind Freedom International  talks with Old  Mole Jan Haaken about "greening the mind." 

Reshaping the Economic World Order

program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

What needs to be done to replace the current and collapsing economic global system with something that works for all of us?   John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for  Policy Studies, talks  with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how this crisis developed and what it will take to fix it.   

Movie Review: "Queens of Heart"

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program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss  Queens of Hearts, the documentary about Darcelle XV made by Jan Haaken with the help of various  Old Moles  and many others.  The film is available  from  Cinema Libre Studio.

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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