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.  

 

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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 for December 22, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Hosted by the intrepid Laurie Mercier, braving the biggest snow fall in 40 years to reach the KBOO studio, this  program features Laurie's discussion with attorney Mike Snedeker of developments in the law this past year.  We also hear how  vampires are becoming more romantic and less dangerous than in years past as Frann Michel looks into the meaning of Twilight, the series of novels and the movie.  Finally, Bill Resnick talks with Sarah Anderson about what the Obama administration may, and may not, bring in how the US acts around the world.  Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below.

1.  2008 in the law.

2.  Vampires among us.

3.  Obama's  foreign policy.

Vampires Going Mainstream?

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Sun, 12/21/2008

Are vampires going mainstream?  Frann Michel assesses the signicance of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series of young adult novels and the movie now playing.

You can read  her remarks and find lots of interesting links here

History of Labor Sit-ins

program date: 
Tue, 12/16/2008

Workers at a door and window company in Chicago were recent victorious in a sit-down action.  Old Mole  Denise Morris reads from a piece by Christopher  Phelps and Nelson Lichtenstein about the  history of such actions.  You can find the online version here.

Obama's Foreign Policy

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Sun, 12/14/2008

Tim Shorrock,  investigative journalist and labor activist who often writes for the Nation, talks with Bill Resnick about hopes and possibilities for a new foreign policy under the Obama administration.  Bill follows up with his own list of what progressives should be working for. 

Significance of Hip Hop

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Sun, 12/14/2008

Radical musicologist Brad Duncan explains  the huge, world-wide significance of Hip Hop music and culture with special  attention to Dead Prez in this conversation with Bill Resnick.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 15, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 12/14/2008

Bill Resnick hosts this program with a focus on movement struggles for the rights of workers and for a sane US foreign policy.   The show also features the music (abbreviated for the web) of Dead Prez.  To hear the whole show, go right to the arrow above.  The hear individual pieces, jump on the links below:

1.  A historical perspective on factory sit-ins like the one that just happened in Chicago. 

2.  A conversation with two union activists who participated in the Chicago sit-in.

3.  Tim Shorrock talks with Bill Resnick about Obama and US foreign policy.

4.  The global significance of Hip Hop.

Interview with Chicago Labor Activists

program date: 
Sun, 12/14/2008

Two organizers of the Chicago sit-in talk with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about their victory, what it means, and how the union works.   They are Leah Fried, a field reppresentative for the United Electrical Workers; and Rickie Macklin, union member and worker at the factory. 

A televised interview with them is available here.  Also check out the Union's website.

Harvey Milk: Two Movies

program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the new Gus VanSant movie Milk and the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk.  You can find much more to read about Milk and the films about him  here.  Here's' Milk speaking Gay Freedom Day in 1978:

Inside the Anti-Gay Heart

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program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Many liberals are angry at the voters who passed the anti-gay marriage ammendment in California in November.  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge tries to probe the hearts and minds of those voters. 

  • Title: 06 Prop 8
  • Album: Dec. 8, 2008
  • Length: 9:41 minutes (5.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Tribute to John Lennon

program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

December 8 was the 28th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York.  Dina Dickerson pays tribute to his music and politics in these segments from the Old Mole Variety Hour. Because of copyright restrictions only small parts of the songs are available here, but you can hear the last song discussed, Imagine, here

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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