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 Labor Day 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
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Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel

Featuring:

►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!



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Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
 
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
 

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Audio

Bill Resnick with Leo Pantich on electoral vistory of Greece's anti-austerity party Syriza

program date: 
Mon, 01/26/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Leo Panitch about the electoral victory in Greece of the anti-austerity party Syriza. Although they will likely fulfill their promises to restore health care, to reinstate collective bargaining and workers’ basic rights, to raise the minimum wage, and to reconnect people to the electricity grid, more thorough resistance to the Eurozone is uncertain. Still, their victory provides a model for organizing for the long haul and testament to the need to take state power.

SYRIZA resistance to Greek Austerity

program date: 
Wed, 01/14/2015

Bill Resnick reads from and comments on Andrew Burgin's essay Why we must support a SYRIZA government in Greece on the likelihood that the Greek left will win the upcoming election there and ignite the movement to end Europe's austerity policy. [image from left unity]

Alan Wieder Introducing Studs Terkel: Mostly Conversation

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program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Alan Wieder begins his monthly series on Studs Terkel, whose radio show, mostly interviews, mostly with working class folks, ran for 45 years on WFMT, Chicago. Alan recommends the audio resources at transom.org. [photo of Studs in public domain]

Don't Teach for America

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .

Vandalism and the Police Protection of Property

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Clayton Morgareidge draws on the work of Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig in Dissent and b. traven at Crimethinc.com to argue that the role of police is to enforce laws that protect the people who own things, and that property destruction is an effective political tactic.
[photo by Liz Sullivan]

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 12, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015
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Bill Resnick hosts this episode, with the music of Phil Ochs, and segments on Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state.  Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
 
Alan Wieder introduces his series on radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel.
 
Frann Michel reports on criticisms of Teach for America
 
Clayton Morgareidge discusses property, vandalism, and the police
 
Bill Resnick shares news about left resistance to austerity in Greece
 
 
  • Title: OMVHJan122015
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 54:55 minutes (25.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Charlie Hebdo and the Clash of Barbarisms

program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015

Bill Resnick talks with David Finkel about the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the clash of barbarisms. They note that free speech is not a western value (as evidenced by the attacks on Julian Assange and James Risen); that the US has been complicit in journalists's deaths in Mexico, Indonesia and elsewhere; and that the US bears responsibility also for supporting Saudi Arabia, which supports and funds jihadists.
[image by Mpayot]

Alan Sears on the (Next) New Left

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Bill Resnick talks with sociologist and activist Alan Sears, author of The Next New Left: The History of the Future.  They discuss the 60-70s uprisings and the culture of radicalism, and speculate about the possibility that today's movements and struggles that could well give birth to the next new left.

  • Title: Resnick & Sears
  • Length: 21:41 minutes (9.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Mimi Schippers on the Work of Football Cheerleaders

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015
Jan Haaken talks (again) with Mimi Schippers about feminism and football. This time, they discuss cheerleaders, the role of female cheerleaders as heterosexualizing the sport, and the labor suits professional cheerleaders have filed against teams and the NFL. Mimi is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. Her work focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture, and she blogs at Marx in Drag.

Pinkney Imprisoned for Fighting Corporate Power in Michigan

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2015

Denise Morris reads selections from Rev. Edward Pinkney Imprisoned for Fighting the Whirlpool Corporation, one of a number of  articles on the subject from Truthout.  (Whirlpool image by ShutInc).

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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