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).

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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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger


Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Audio

Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Iven Hale reads the names of the transwomen killed in the US so far this year, and calls attention to Worldwide Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week, which has a page on facebook.
See also
HRC report on AntiTransgender Violence

TransGriot on Anti-Trans Hate Speech

Planet TransGender on Can you stop killing us.

Movie Moles: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

program date: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Denise Morris and Frann Michel touch on the history of the Oscars and critiques of the awards, before discussing the first feature written and directed by Iranian-American Ana Liliy Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a Farsi-language black-and-white Vampire Western filmed outside Bakersfield, California, featuring a young female vampire who rides a skateboard, wears a chador, and kills sexist abusive men. They recommend a review by IMDB user mahdi-tourage, and mention Fatema Mernissi's essay Size Six: The Western Women's Harem and Lila Abu-Lughod's work on the diverse meanings of of veiling .

Climate Change and Social Dislocation

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015

Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.  It traces
·       the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and   keep the nations impoverished,
·       militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
·       misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
·       climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."

The whole ensemble combines to threaten civilization as we know it. Parenti outlines some policies that might work to avoid that fate.

Left & the Law: New Anti-Abortion Rehtoric

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
The Left and the Law today focuses on recent court decisions in Texas that restrict access to abortion, and a decision by a judge in the 5th Circuit court that threw out some of the claims about the risks of abortion. Psychologist Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker talk specifically about the tactical shift among anti-abortion forces to build a case for mental health risks, and their efforts to gain legitimacy for what they term "post-abortion trauma syndrome." 

A Techno-fix for Climate Change?

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
Tom Becker reads from Zoë Carpenter's article in The Nation, "We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis."

Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015

Tom Becker hosts this episode dealing with climate change, the movement for polyamory, and legal maneuvers by anti-abortionists.

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

1.Christian Parenti and Bill Resnick discuss Parenti's new book Tropic of Chaos and the New Geography of Chaos.

2.  Mimi Schippers and Jan Haaken talk about the movement for polyamorous relationships.

3.  Tom Becker reads a piece critical of repairing the climate with technological fixes.

4. The Left & the Law considers new moves in Texas to limit or abolish abortion rights.

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Beyond Monogamy to Polyamory

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program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015
As a special post-Valentine's Day segment, Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers, associate professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Tulane University, about polyandrous sexual practices and the conservative side of monogamous pair bonding. Schippers has a forthcoming book, Polyqueer Sexualities:  Race, Gender, and Polyamorywhere she reflects on prefigurative politics, ethics, and sexual liberation.  

Debt and the Exploitation of Poor Countries

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Jubilee USA is an organization working to expose and reverse the debt loads that cripple the economies of many poor nations. The Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with Jubilee's director Eric LeCompte about how this debt was incurred and how Jubilee works to challenge the big lenders.

Spare the Rod, Spare Ourselves

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Beliefs about child rearing come from the same root as beliefs about social welfare. Clayton Morgareidge discusses differing views about whether children should be fed and comforted on demand or on a schedule. Since psychologists now say parents should attend to their children and not leave them to cry, this has implications for meeting the social needs of everyone. 

Book Review: "Everything I Never Told You"

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews a debut novel by Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You. A young Chinese-American girl is raised by a mother who wants for her daughter all the things she wanted for herself but sacrificed to her marriage and children, and a father who wants her to be normal, to fit in in ways that he feels he never did. Driven to achieve academically beyond her abilities, and by her father's intense desires that she be popular, she feels trapped. Only her love for her brother keeps her afloat, but he will soon leave for college. Themes of racism and feminism weave through this heartbreaking novel.

More of Larry's reviews can be found 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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