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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/09/12

Air date: 
Mon, 01/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
instant runoff-voting, don't-ask-don't-tell, war with Iran, left press

Denise Morris host and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/19/11

Air date: 
Mon, 12/19/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Report on the Occupy Movement; Myths and Realities of the Food Industry

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 12/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
international climate change, occupy production, homeless women & Occupy, capitalism w/o capitalists

 

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/28/11

Air date: 
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Occupational democracy, corporate personhood, and J. Edgar

 

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Mole in which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/07/11

Air date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Deficit commission, Left & the Law:right to assembly, movie moles: They Live, mentally ill occupiers

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/31/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/31/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
General Strike in Oakland, and where Halloween comes from

Tom Becker is our host, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/03/11

Air date: 
Mon, 10/03/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Occupy Portland, Union civil war, mental health reform, death row music

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/15/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, riots in London and Israel, music of riots, prison reform

On the next Old Mole, Denise Morris hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interview Lance Tapley about prison reform
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bill comments on the uprisings in Israel and England
  • Radical Musicologists, Josh Wise and Brad Duncan, discuss the music of and surrounding riots and uprisings, samples of which we'll hear through out the show

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/08/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
taxing wealth, book mole, movie moles review If A Tree Falls, left press

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
  • Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press.

Audio

"Consequences"

program date: 
Sun, 01/20/2008

 Penelope Lively's latest novel is called Consequences, and it's a meditation on the consequences of the choices and the accidents in life.  Larry Bowlden reviews it for us.  

Interpreting MLK's Legacy

program date: 
Sun, 01/20/2008

 American historian Christopher Phelps talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about parts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s that get overlooked on the day we celebrate him. Phelps's article on this topic is here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 21, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 01/20/2008

 This is the place to hear the whole show from start to finish.  Clayton Morgareidge is the host.  Or you can hear the following segments separately by following the following links:

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Sam Gidrin about how the left can best respond to economic crises such as the one that seems to be arriving now. Click here.

2.  Frann Michel reviews a documentary film about the corporate privatizing of the world's water supply.  The film is called Thirst.  Go here for the review.

3.  Book Mole Larry Bowlden discusses Penelope Lively's  multi-generational novel Consequences.  Click here

4.  Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's book Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire argues that private property, that foundation stone of capitalism, is no longer viable in an age of immaterial property and immaterial labor.  Clayton Morgareidge lays it out for you here.  

5.  Today's show is on MLK's birthday, so Bill Resnick talks with historian Christopher Phelps about how to see King's legacy as much more than the much quoted "I have a dream" speech.  Hear their conversation here

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Decomposing Property

program date: 
Sun, 01/20/2008

 Clayton Morgareidge--today's Well-read Red--discusses and summarizes a theme from Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's 2004 book Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire:  A necessary element of capitalism--private property--is decomposing in an age when the dominant form of production is immaterial and infinitely reproducible.  

 

Civil Resistance in Iraq

program date: 
Sun, 01/13/2008

 Press coverage of Iraq tells us that  the US is trying to build a secular democracy there, when in fact democratic and  secular groups are most under attack by the US and its Suni and Shia allies.  Bill Weinberg, award-winning journalist, radioactivist, and producer at  Pacifica's WBAI in New York, talks with Laurie Mercier about civil resistance to the US occupation.   Weinberg maintains an on-line journal World  War 4 Report with links to more news about the non-religious democratic labor movements  in Iraq.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 14, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 01/13/2008

 This  is the Old Mole Variety Hour in its entirety.   Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program focuses on some  popular movements the mainstream media  fail to cover.  First, Phil Alden Robinson from the Writers Guild talks with Bill Resnick about the writers's strike and how the issues have been slanted by mainstream media.  You can hear this segment separately here.  

Milagro Theater in Portland is  performing "Zapatista," a play about the resistance to corporate globalism and the Mexican state in Chiapas, Mexico.  It is reviewed by Luz María Gordillo and Laurie Mercier.  To hear it separately,and for a link to ticket and performance information,  click here.

Not  all the resistance to the US occupation in Iraq comes from Muslim fundamentalists.  Bill Weinberg talks with Laurie Mercier about the civil resistance in Iraq, rarely spoken of in the US mainstream media.  Weinberg is an award-winning journalist at  WBAI in New York.  This interview, plus a link to Weinberg's on-line journal, is available separately here.  

Comments or reactions to today's show?  Write us at oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com

The Writers' Strike

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program date: 
Sun, 01/13/2008

 The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Phil Alden Robinson, board member of the Writers' Guild of America.  He also wrote and directed the 1989 film Field of Dreams.  They discuss the  labor issues involved in the strike and the working life of a writer.  

"Zapatista"

program date: 
Sun, 01/13/2008

 Laurie Mercier and Luz María Gordillo review Zapatista, the play by Dañel  Malán about Subcomandante  Marcos  and the Zapatista insurgency in the Mexican state of Chiapas,  discussing, among other things, whether the Zapatistas are post-modernists.  Zapatista plays in a bi-lingual production through January 19 at Teatro Milagro here in Portland.   Follow the link for more information.  

"At Weddings and Wakes"

program date: 
Sun, 01/06/2008

 The Old Mole's book reviewer Larry Bowlden discusses Alice McDermott's novel At Weddings  and Wakes.

Carolyn Jessop's Escape

program date: 
Sun, 01/06/2008

 Part Two of an interview with Carolyn Jessop who escaped from a fundamentalist Mormon polygamous community, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about her liberation.  Part One of the interview was aired on last week's Old Mole Variety Hour.  Jessop wrote the book Escape.

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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