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 on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mondragon and economic democracy, the politics of community radio, Nietzsche and Neoliberalism

Iven Hale hosts the next episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/17/13

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Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Audio

Movie Moles: "D.E.B.S."

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Sun, 07/06/2008

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken review D.E.B.S., a lesbian-spy spoof from 2004.   

Adelina Anthony

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Sun, 07/06/2008

Adelina Anthony is a Xicana-Indigena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist who has won many awards for her work addressing colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and other issues affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communites.  Luz María Gordillo talks with her about her work and her humor.   

The Music of Kate Reid

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Sun, 07/06/2008

Kate Reid  is a lesbian singer-song writer and story-teller from Canada.  In this segment we hear several of her songs and she talks with Luz María Gordillo and with today's other artist-guest Adelina Anthony.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 7, 2008

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Sun, 07/06/2008

Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this show is about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) life and culture.  Bill Resnick inteviews historian Estelle Freedman about the  meaning of the sexual revolution.   The Movie Moles review D.E.B.S., a lesbian-spy spoof.  Luz María talks with multidisciplnary artist, writer and  performer Adelina Anthony.  The featured music is by Kate Reid, and who is also interviewed.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  The hear individual segments, follow the links below:

1.  Reviewing the sexual revolution with Bill Resnick and Estelle Freedman.

2.  The Movie Moles: D.E.B.S.    

3.  Adelina Anthony, artist, writer, peformer 

4.  Music and conversation with Kate Reid-- and Adelina Anthony.  (This segment brings together 4 interludes of  music and conversation from througout the show).

Movie Moles: "Road to Guantanamo"

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Mon, 06/30/2008

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review Road to Guantanamo, the British docudrama that follows the story of three British citizens swept up by the military while traveling in Afghanistan and sent to Guantamo prison where they were held without charges for three years before being released. 

McCarthyism Past & Present

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Sun, 06/29/2008

Laurie Mercier interviews historian Ellen Schrecker.  They compare the chilling effects of political repression on academic freedom  in the 1950s and today, finding similarities and differences, both of which are disturbing.   Schrecker is the author of THE AGE OF MCCARTHYISM: A BRIEF HISTORY WITH DOCUMENTS  and Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America.  She  has a more recent article on this topic in Radical Teacher.

Participatory Economics

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Sun, 06/29/2008

Robin Hahnel talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about new forms of democracy developing in Venezuela, including such radical arrangments as participatory budgeting.   He discusses some of this in a recent article in Monthly Review.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 30, 2008

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Sun, 06/29/2008

Laurie Mercier hosts this program of interviews and reviews about civil rights, justice and injustice.   Laurie interviews Ellen Schrecker about the assaults  on academic freedom in the 1950s and how they compare with those of today.  Bill Resnick talks with radical  economist Robin Hahnel about participatory democracy in Venezuela.  And the Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review The Road to Guantanamo.  

You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or the individual pieces by following the links below:

1.  Academic freedom then and now

2.  Participatory democracy in Venezuela

3.  The Road to Guantanamo 

  • Title: OMV 6_30_08
  • Length: 55:40 minutes (25.49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

PDX Labor History Bike Tour

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Tue, 06/24/2008

Bill Resnick talks with Bryan Johnson, a labor historian, about the bike tour of Portland sites that are part of Portland's radical labor history.  It's part of  Pedalpalooza

Feminist Science Fiction

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Mon, 06/23/2008

The Old Mole's Frann Michel reviews The Marq’ssan Cycle -- five feminist science fiction novels by L. Timmel Duchamp, set in the late 21st century.  Their portraits of an American police state and the political use of torture are all too timely today. 

You can read this piece on Frann's blog 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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