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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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People's movements for freedom, "Orange is the New Black," more on community radio

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring a hopeful discussion the rolling and global wave of people's movements for freedom, a review of the TV series about women in prison "Orange is the New Black," more of our series on community radio with Paul Roland, and  Larry Bowlden's review of Jane Smiley's recent novel "Private Life".  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capital Social Relations and "economic man", South African politics, anarchist organizing

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 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 on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Egypt, LGBTQI workers' rights, book mole, class & workers' co-ops

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Frann Michel hosts the July 22, 2013 episode of the Mole, and we hear from

  • Bill Resnick talking with an expert on Egypt and left responses
  • Book mole Larry Bowlden reviewing Susanna Moore's novel, The Life of Objects (first published in 2012)
  • Joe Clement interviewing wobblies Adam & Daisy about the often missing or distorted class dimensions of worker-ownership schemes
  • Denise Morris talking with Yasmin Nair about anti-discrimination for lgbtq and the need to build a broader movement to fight at will labor law

 

 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspctive

Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

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Post-apartheid South Africa

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Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

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Mon, 12/23/2013

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Mole, featuring two discussions of the situation and the prospects for change in post-apartheid South Africa, Jesus as a radical, and Capitalism and the environmental crisis.  

To hear the whole show, including music, use the play button below.  To hear separate segments, follow these links:
  1. John Saul continues his discussion with Bill Resnick about the future of post-apartheid South Africa.
  2. Psychoanalyst Derek Hook talks with Jan Haaken about his book on time, consciousness, and political transformation in South Africa.
  3. Paul Buhl and Bill Resnick discuss the graphic novel on the radical Jesus edited by Buhl.  
  4. Tom Becker reads John Bellamy Foster's essay on Capitalism and environmental crisis.
  • Title: OMVHDec23bth.m4a
  • Length: 56:40 minutes (25.94 MB)
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Vanishing Pensions and Social Security

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Mon, 12/16/2013
The chances of retiring with enough to support live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon.

Vanishing Pensions and Social Security

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Mon, 12/16/2013
The chances of retiring with enough to live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon.

The Left and the Law: Mohamed Mohamud

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Mon, 12/16/2013
As a judge has put the sentencing on hold for accused Portland bomber Mohamed Mohamud due to concerns about entrapment, The Left and the Law (Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker) examine the case and the FBI's frequent use of sting operations that seem to create the crime which would not have happened without their help and encouragment.

Book Mole: "Someone"

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Mon, 12/16/2013
Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone" is about the ordinary life of a woman who become extraordinary when seen through the lens of an great story teller. Larry Bowlden's review will lead you to it.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 16, 2013

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Mon, 12/16/2013
Iven Hale hosts this offering from the Old Mole with segments about the need to defend Social Security and public pensions, the life of Nelson Mandela, FBI sting operations, and a new novel by Alice McDermott. To hear the whole show, including musical interludes, use the play button below. To hear particular segments, just follow the link of your choice (you may have to copy and paste, since the link machine is not available today): 1. Alan Wieder talks with Danny Schechter about his new bio of Nelson Mandela. http://kboo.fm/content/madibamandelaatoz 2. Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center explains the threats to our retirement from diminishing pensions and attacks on Social Security in this conversation with Bill Resnick. http://kboo.fm/content/vanishingpensionsandsocialsecurity0 3. The Left and the Law: Mike and Jan take up the case of Mohamed Mahamood and FBI sting operations. http://kboo.fm/content/theleftandthelawmohamedmohamud 4. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone". http://kboo.fm/content/bookmolesomeone

Madiba (Mandela) A to Z

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Mon, 12/16/2013
Danny Schechter is an author, director, producer, and media expert Danny who traveled extensively with Nelson Mandela and has previously documented Mandela’s life in the film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." He is just out with a book about Mandela's life and work, "Mandiba From A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela" that gives us a fully rounded picture of the man. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid."

Movie Moles: 12 Years a Slave

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Mon, 12/09/2013
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and capture by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. Northrup, played by Chiwitel Ejiofor, ultimately spends 12 years on Louisiana plantations, sometimes performing hard labor and othertimes using his cultivated skills and intellect, but is stripped of his name and forced to answer to Platt, while also enduring unspeakable inhumanity against himself and other slaves.

Lynn teaches in the English department at Willamette University and has a particular interest in (neo)slave narratives. She and Frann consider a number of things. For one thing, there's the charge of its over-done violence made by some reviewers. They conclude that it is a violent film, but in precisely the way such a story ought to be and that it actually allows for the recuperation of the sufferers' dignity. At one point, they compare it to the violence of Quentin Tarentino's "Django Unchained", which we have covered on the Old Mole before. They look long and hard at how labor and class show up in the world of the antebellem US, considering the class position of Northrup himself and the way that black class dvisions and the violence employed to maintain/exploit  them can be recognized in modern mangerial science. Tune in to hear more!
  • Title: 12YearsASlave
  • Track: 1
  • Genre: Blues
  • Length: 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)
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John Saul on The End of Apartheid, Race, and Class Domination in South Africa

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Mon, 12/09/2013
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. He even goes so far to argue that Mandela and the African National Congress embraced these terms consciously because their real constituency were black business and otherwise monied interests.
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  • Length: 19:21 minutes (17.71 MB)
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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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