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 November 5

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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

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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

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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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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." 

Reshaping the Economic World Order

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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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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. 

Show for November 17, 2008

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Sun, 11/16/2008

Hosted by Denise Morris, this program deals with the global economic crisis and what it would take to fix it, the broken mental health system and what it needs, and why California  voters  passed  a  ban on gay marriage.  We also hear a review  of  the documentary film about Darcelle XV, Queens of Heart.  Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links  below:

1.  John Cavanagh, co-director of the Institute  for Policy Studies, explains what led to the global financial crisis and what  could fix  it.

2.  Jan Haaken and David Oaks from Mind/Freedom International discuss a  better way to think about mental  health and the community.

3.   "Queen of Hearts," a documentary about Portland's  drag club Darcelle XV, is reviewed by Movie  Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris.

4.   Denise and Frann discuss the question of why the ban on gay marriage passed in California in the context of the gay rights movement. 

Well-read Reds do Obama

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Tue, 11/11/2008

Denise Morris and Bill Resnick read from and summarize the left press about Obama.  They find euphoria, sobriety, and skepticism. 

Remembering Studs Terkel

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Tue, 11/11/2008

Studs Terkel, writer and radio personality, always in support of working people, died at the age of 96 last week.   Tom Becker reads tributes to him published in The Nation.  You can find the texts here and here.

Assessing Obama, Part 1

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Sun, 11/09/2008

The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah, airline machinist and writer, about workers' responses to the Obama victory and what the next four years may hold for progressives.  Miah's work appears in Against the Current and  Green Left.

"Solidarity" on Obama

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Sun, 11/09/2008

Barack Obama's  Dual Mandate:  Tom Becker reads from  the website  of Solidarity, a  socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 10O, 2008

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Sun, 11/09/2008

This week the Moles pay tribute to the momentous  election of last Tuesday and assess what  it might and might not mean.   We also remember the late Studs Terkel.   To  hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For  separate  pieces, follow the links below:

1.   Bill Resnick and Malik Miah discuss responses to the  Obama victory and what it might mean.

2.   Obama's Dual Mandate, by Solidarity.

3.   Euphoria, Sobriety, and Skepticism: The Well-read Reds on what  the left is saying.

4.   Remembering Studs Terkel

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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