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. 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 for September 30

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Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Audio

Bailing Out the Auto Makers?

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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

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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

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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 Spiraling Economy

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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.

The Politics of Humor and Irony

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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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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

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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)

Towards a Progressive Mental Health Policy

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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." 

Movie Review: "Queens of Heart"

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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.

Gay Rights and Prop. 8

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Sun, 11/16/2008

Why did progressive California pass the anti-gay-marriage proposition?  Frann Michel and Denise  Morris explore the issues. 

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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