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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

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Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press

 

Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 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 on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

Iven Hale hosts this next episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/05/12

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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Hurricane Sandy, Elections, review of a Howard Zinn biography, anarchist POV on electoral politics

 

Joe Clement hosts this pre-Election Day Old Mole and we hear:

Audio

Richard Sherman and Solidarity in Sports

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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)

Movie Moles: Her

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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)

Richard Smith on Chinese Environmentalism and Environmental Crises

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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

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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)

WRR: Spotlight on Global Inequality

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Mon, 01/20/2014
Bill Resnick reads a Truth-Out article by Graham Peebles that puts the "spotlight on global inequality".
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 5:47 minutes (2.32 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20 2014

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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)

Detroit: Past, Present, Future

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Mon, 01/13/2014
Detroit's "blight" was caused by the forces in finance, government, and bussinesses that are now planning to fix it in ways that will only make matters worse.  Writer, activist, and retired auto-worker Dianne Feeley talks with Bill Resnick about what her city needs to make it whole.  

Socialism rising, Capitalism falling

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Mon, 01/13/2014
The election of a Sociaist to the Seattle City Council and Jesse Myerson's recent article in Rolling Stone is evidence that discontent with the morass of neo-liberal capitalism is giving new life to socialist alternatives.  In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge examines some of the conservative reaction to this news: is it a panic reaction to the crumbling of capitalist ideological hegemony?  

Meeting to Support Portland Workers

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Mon, 01/13/2014
Aggressive Portland employers are pushing several local unions toward a strike in the coming weeks. This is no accident. Unions nationwide are facing Wisconsin-style attacks targeting public employees, teachers, students and everyone who benefits from public services. Join us for a community discussion about how we can work together and take common action for the common good.

Click the play button to hear a brief announcement by Megan Hise about a meeting this Thursday to learn more.  More info is here.

Kshama Sawant

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Mon, 01/13/2014
Kshama Sawant has just been inaugurated as Seattle's first socialist city council member in a century.  This is her inauguration speech.  

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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