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

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art

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:

Audio

Comedy Night at the Red and Black

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014
Joe Clement talks with Lif Bowers about an open-mic comedy night at the Red and Black Cafe (SE 12th and Oak) happening on Wednesday the 29th 7-10pm. Union members, workers at co-ops, and those with Food Cards can enjoy discounts on food and drink. 

It is taking the place of Music for the Working Class this month, but plans for repeats of the event have not been made. Joe and Lif talk about the event and why humor should be an important part of radical politics. 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:39 minutes (3.06 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Wolf of Wall Street Syndrome, Neoliberalism & Toxic Individualism

program date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014
Clayton Morgareidge reads Chris Masiano's incisive take on the toxic individualism of neoliberalism and how it undermines our collective sensibilities. Published first in Jacobin as Chicken Soup for the Neoliberal Soul, then in Salon as Wolf of Wall Street Syndrome.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 6:29 minutes (2.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Richard Sherman and Solidarity in Sports

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program date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014
Bill Resnick offers a commentary on Richard Sherman's boastful remarks after a monumental play in which he kept the other team from scoring a crucial touchdown. The remarks have been ill-recieved in a not so subtly racist vein, as evidenced by the tongue-in-cheek usage of "thug" to describe Sherman, but Bill focuses on the decline of civility in sports that he says Sherman's situation helps to illustrate. Rather than coming down on Sherman though, Bill reminds listeners of how it used to be that football players would immediately shake hands after their games to cool off, show respect, and diffuse the competative drives of the game. Moreover, he examines how this kind of comradely spirit was rebuked by owners and engendered the solidarity they would need over the years to fight for protections against injury and over-work. 
 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 9:10 minutes (3.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Andrew Spencer from FairVote on truly democratic elections

program date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Spencher of FairVote about the politics of how our elections actually happen. Bill starts by pointing out that democracy is much more than elections, but that they are still relevant. Andrew talks about what FairVote is and is trying to do, fair elections and the recent president commission report, and new systems of voting (like instant Run Off Voting).
  • Title: FairVote
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 15:16 minutes (6.12 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

The NSA is an Apparatus of Class War

program date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014
Clayton Morgareidge reads three articles on the national security state. The first by Gleen Greenwald appears in Common Dreams. The second, by Tom Dispatch, appears in Portside. The final one by Noam Chomsky appears in Salon. The collectively make the point that the national security state is an apparatus of class power that cannot be meaningfully reformed. Here is an excellent excerpt from Greenwald's analysis of Obama's recent promise to "reform" the NSA.

Ultimately, the radical essence of the NSA – a system of suspicion-less spying aimed at hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world – will fully endure even if all of Obama's proposals are adopted. That's because Obama never hid the real purpose of this process. It is, he and his officials repeatedly acknowledged, "to restore public confidence" in the NSA. In other words, the goal isn't to truly reform the agency; it is deceive people into believing it has been so that they no longer fear it or are angry about it.

  • Title: NSAClassWar
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:34 minutes (3.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour January 27 2014

program date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole 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 I 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.
 

Movie Moles: Her

program date: 
Tue, 01/21/2014

Denise Morris and Frann Michel review  Spike Jonze new  (quasi science fiction) romantic comedy "Her". Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an introverted man who goes through a divorce with his child-hood sweetheart, only to fall curiously in love with his new, hyperintelligent operating system, dubbed "Samantha", that is voiced by Scarlett Johansenn. Samantha isn't the only one of her kind either. The story moves beyond Theodore and Samantha to include other operating systems in love affairs with other people, and eventually goals of self-actualization on the part of the operating systems beyond these limited connections.

Frann and Denise basically like this film. They consider the way that it plays with the conventions of romantic comedies, satirizing relationship scripts; how the operating systems are really not that far-fetched of an idea given our technological development, making the story more vivid; and how the film encourages reflection on the yearning for connection. They also note how other very salient topics related to personal data and corporate surveillance, or material circumstances that usually at least lay in the background of emotional suffering, are completely absent. Over all, Frann says, it's kind of a warm cuddly rise of the machines. 
 

 

 

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:13 minutes (4.89 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20 2014

program date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014
 

Bill Resnick hosts this episode and we hear:
You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below, or jump to and share individual segments by clicking on the links above. You can send comments, suggestions, questions, or enquire about contributing to the Old Mole by emailing us at oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep updated on posted and up-coming shows.
  • Title: OMVH1202014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 70:45 minutes (28.34 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Richard Smith on Chinese Environmentalism and Environmental Crises

program date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Richard Smith about the havoc that Chinese development has wreaked on the people and environment within Chinese borders, and what that means in the context of global capitalism and increasingly global ecological crises.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:35 minutes (7.44 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Jesse Myerson: Five Radical Reforms Millenials Should Be Fighting For

program date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014

Joe Clement talks with Jesse Myerson about an article he wrote a couple weeks ago for Rollingstone that proposes five radical reforms that millenials should be organizing around. These include a job guarantee, basic income, land value taxes, public banks, and soveriegn wealth funds. He divides these reforms into labor, land, and capital reforms and describes them as "updates" to the current economy. They go back and forth over the merits and challenges of the different proposals.

 

Jesse is an independent writer, economic commentator, and communications consultant living in New York. He maintains a twitter account and co-produces an economic podcast with Alexis Goldstein called "Disorderly Conduct".

  • Title: FiveReforms
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 24:07 minutes (9.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

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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