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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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/29/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view

Host Denise Morris talks  with Catherine Sameh about the resistance of women in Iran.   Laurie Mercier reviews the history of health care reform, and Bill Resnick interviews Robin Hahnel, professor of economics at Portland State University, about the economics of the environmental crisis.   

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/22/09

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

On this program, hosted by Frann Michel, the Moles discuss

  •  The Supreme Court ruling that convicted inmates have no right to an appeal based on DNA tests.
  • The new movie about the food we eat,  Food, Inc.
  • Is  economic recovery underway?
     

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/20/09

Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Laurie Mercier hosts on this Monday after tax day. The moles discuss who controls the wealth and how it can be redistributed more fairly to insure participatory democracy and social justice.  Along with reviews and commentaries they’ll speak with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project (NPP).  The NPP analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent, and Comerford will help us understand how 40% of tax revenue that currently supports military spending could be redirected to more critical and productive needs.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Norm Diamond and Clayton Morgareidge co-host. They focus on the 1919 Seattle General Strike anniversary--and feature an  interview with Rob Rosenthal, who with the Fuse produced the rock opera "Seattle 1919" http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/strike/music.shtml.  They'll also discuss the meaning and significance of the strike today.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Well-known writer and activist Holly Sklar talks with Bill Resnick about the deep changes in the economy needed to solve the problem of poverty.  The Moles  also cover the war in Gaza, and the Movie Moles tell us why the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is better than the new one now playing. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The housing crisis continues as more people become homeless  because of foreclosures.  On this program, Bill Resnick talks with Chester Hartman, Director of Research for the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, about  the problem and how it could be solved. The Movie Moles will  review Slumdog Millionaire, and Tom Becker will read from the Guardian on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

This program revolves  around the prospects for universal health care in the Obama years and beyond.   Can we have real universal coverage in a profit-driven insurance system?   Why are other nations better at this than the US?   And we hear a review of  Kaye Gibbons' novel Sights Unseen in which issues of mental health are raised.  

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on this edition of the Old Mole include:
•    How Obama’s foreign policy might affect the poorer nations of the world
•    the role of remorse in granting parole, with reference to Diane Downs
•    the dying death penalty; and
•    why Eric Holder is the only cabinet pick the  Republicans fear.
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Topics on the Old Mole Variety Hour for December 8 include
•    the music of John Lennon,
•    Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk,
•    the hearts and minds of anti-gay marriage voters, and
•    the auto industry bailout. 
 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Today's topics include creating an economy that works for peace, sustainable production, and compassionate human caring in the current crisis and a look at the roots of the Mumbai massacre.

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour March 24 2014

program date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear:


You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.

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Toward a 30 Hour Work Week

program date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014
Joe Clement and Anna Coote talk about an article she wrote for the NYTimes advocating a reduction of the work week to 30 hours*. They consider not just the reduction of the work-week, but different ways of appreciating our limited time. The fundamental issue is that the more of our time that we put toward paid work, the less of it we have to take care of ourselves and our communities; the less of it we have to stay informed; the less of it we have to take our time in ways that reduce our impact on the environment. Anna says that part-time should be the new full-time, and we can raise wages to make it happen. To that end, they grapple with but ultimately don't resolve the tough issue of how public policy like this gets enacted when the dominant mechanism for public policy (the state) is so thoroughly committed to work society.

*Anna Coote is the head of social policy at the New Economics Foundation, a think tank based in London. Attached to the NYTimes article and mentioned in this talk is a collection of essays also published by the NEF called "Time On Our Side" that argues for an even more dramatic reduction to 21 hours. 

Chile: Music of the Revolution

program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014
Nueva Canción, the music that accompanied the social movement that led to Salvador Allende's socialist government in Chile in the early 1970s, included Victor Jarra, Violeta Parra, Inti-Illimani and many others.  Pete Seeger spoke and sang for them both here and in South America.  Kim Davis is a Latin American historian who studies the era and its music, and here she talks with Clayton Morgareidge about the music and its times.  She also chose the several musical selections we hear:

Orlando Alarcón, "Si Somos Americanos"
Pete Seeger reads Victor Jara's last poem "Estadio Chile"
Tao Rodriguez (Pete's grandson) sings Leon Gieco's "Solo le Pido a Dios"
Inti-Illimani, "Ciudad Ho Chi Minh"
Inti-Illimani, "Venceremos"

Later in the show, we hear:

Inti-Illimani, "El Hacha" ("The Ax")
Mercedes Sosa sings "Que Vivan Los Estudiantes" by Violeta Parra


Getting to Carbon-free

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program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014
Clean Energy Action of Boulder, Colorado has been working to establish a municipal public utility commtted to clean and locally produced energy. Their work is opposed by the local investor-owned electric company that relies heavily on coal.  Leslie Glostrum, a biochemist and activist who works with Clean Energy Action, talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the need for carbon-free energy and how to achieve it.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show featuring revolutionary music from Chile, the musical and political history of the Allende years in Chile, the struggle for carbon-free and democratic control of energy, and the impact of wealth on school closures.  

To hear the whole show, with all the music, use the play button below.  For individual segments, follow these links:

1.  Historian Kim Davis gives us the political background on some great Chillean music -- nueva canción.  

2.  Leslie Glostrum talks with Bill Resnick about the effort to clean up and democratize energy production in Boulder.

3.  How wealth and corporate power take the public out of public education in a California community -- Ren Green reports.

Bill Resnick on making sense of the crisis in Ukraine

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Mon, 03/10/2014
Bill Resnick offers a news analysis on the political crisis in the Ukraine and its reverberation in world politics.
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Left and the Law: fighting junk science in court

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Mon, 03/10/2014
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker bring another installment of the Left and the Law. Today they focus on legislation in Texas that allows innocent people to get their convictions overturned. In particular, drawing on a case of purported child-abuse, it allows defendants to challenge junk science pushed by experts with new research. For example, much research has not been done on the inner anatomy of young girls' vaginas, and new research suggests that the hitherto unappreciated variability of some of these features (e.g. the hymen) can be mistakenly attributed to abuse. Mike explains how in cases of abuse or murder, where closure is a priority for plantiffs, junk science that condemns a defendant can unreasonably carry a court decision. They wrap up talking about the National Center for Reason and Justice, of which Mike Snedecker is the President.
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Stagnant Wages, Rising Productivity, and Unemployment as Ideological Problem

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Tom Becker reads a CounterPunch article by Geoffrey MacDonald, "The Revolving Door of Unemployment". MacDonald argues against the fallicious logic that tries to solve problems created by economic growth, like stagnating wages and unemployment, with MORE economic growth.

Geoffrey has been on the Old Mole before and is an editor at Ruthless Criticism.


 

High Stakes Testing As Class War Strategy

program date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014
Bill Resnick talks with local education activist Hyung Nam about high stakes testing in US schools. Hyung talks about how he was threatened with firing from Wilson High School for asking critical questions about high stakes testing, but also for raising other critical questions about teacher's academic freedom. Hyung explains how business interests are driving "education reform" to turn education into a business. This is happening, he says, in the broader context of capitalism's perpetual crisis (stagnating wages, recessions, collapsing tax bases, etc.), which is transfered to the sphere of education in terms of greedy or lazy teachers. He also argues high stakes and standardized testing are used to reproduce class society and a kind of competition that is tearing American society apart. He mentions Rethinking Schools, Portland Social Equality Educators and wraps up talking about what the alternative to corporate education reform, what real teaching looks like.

Mark Weisbrot on Venezuela

program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about recent upheavals in Ukraine and especially in Venezuela, where the right-wing protesters lack the leverage to oust the recently elected government.   Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research in Washington DC, president of Just Foreign Policy, and a columnist for The Guardian.

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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