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 on 12/30/13

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

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.

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Civil War Contradictions

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Mon, 03/02/2015
If we condemn war -- since "war is hell" -- can we condemn all wars? What do we say about the terrible US Civil War that ended the enormous brutality of slavery? Clayton Morgareidge explores the contradiction. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2015

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Mon, 03/02/2015

Alan Wieder hosts this episode featuring discussions of carbon free energy; Portland and the Joint Terrorism Taskforce; war, peace and the US Civil War; and the myth of the recovering economy.

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

1.  What some cities are doing to reduce their carbon output: Al Weinrub talks with Bill Resnick.

2.  Desiree Hellegers and Dan Handelman discuss Portland's alliance with the Joint Terrorism Taskforce.

3.  How can one oppose war but not the US Civil War? Clayton Morgareidge comments.

4.  The myth of the recovering economy: Tom Becker reads an article by Paul Craig Roberts.

Tune in next week for the second installment of Alan Wieder's life of Studs Terkel. Become our friend on Facebook to keep informed of what the Mole is up to.

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 23, 2015

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Tue, 02/24/2015
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Iven Hale hosts this episode and plays music by Leslie and the LYs.

We also hear these segments:

Bill Resnick talks with Craig Morris about renewable energy in Germany

Joe Clement reads about seeking a green economy

Movie Moles review the vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Iven talks about Not Killing Trans Women


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Craig Morris on Germany's Green Energy

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Mon, 02/23/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Craig Morris about Renewables International and the example of Germany. They discuss the Energiewende--Germany's aim to transition to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind--as well as the problems of subsidies for large polluters and the successes of democratizing sustainable energy production.

Green Economy in a black and white world

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Mon, 02/23/2015

Joe Clement reads from Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy by Alison Hope Alkon, and plays a song from the Lorax.


Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

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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