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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. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.


Migration and Climate in Paris Talks

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
Frann Michel discusses the relations between climate and migration crises, drawing mostly from Harsha Walia's recent comments on "Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks."  Her comments highlight the ways that climate change causes displacement both directly--through the impact of drought, floods, and storms--and indirectly--through its contributions to conflict, war, and violence.  She also touches on the ways that, conversely, militarism contributes to environmental destruction.  That the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility have been dropped from the current draft agreement under discussion in Paris reveals the extent to which elites consider the lives of black and brown people to be negotiable and negligible.
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Left and the Law:Sexual Predators

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
People convicted of sex crimes are subject to penalties that can last forever. In their Left and the Law series, Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the variety of acts that count as sex crimes and what being branded a "sexual predator" can mean.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 30, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it includes these segments:

1. Laurence Shoup and Bill Resnick discuss debates about US foreign policy towards China.

2.  Mass shootings in Colorado and in Paris are discussed by Jan Haaken and Kathryn Farr.

3.  Frann Michel explains why migration is one of the issues that governments should be discussing at the Paris conference on climate change.

4.  The Left and the Law: Who gets branded a "sexual predator" and the difficulties of living with that label.

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US Worries About China

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
How does the US foreign policy establishment see China in relation to US interests? What are their differences about climate dhange? Historian and activist Laurence Shoup talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick. Shoup is the author of Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014.

Mass Terrorism: Psychology and Politics

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
What common patterns can be seen in terrorist shootings like those  in Colorado and Paris? Psychologist and Old Mole Jan Haaken and sociologist Kathyrn Farr discuss psychiatric and political explanations. 

Kayse Jama on Xenophobia and the Backlash against Refugees

program date: 
Wed, 11/25/2015
In a November 19 interview conducted in the offices of the Portland-based Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), Desiree Hellegers speaks with Kayse Jama, founder and executive director of the CIO, about the xenophobic backlash in the wake of the Paris attacks. 
  • Title: xeno
  • Length: 17:16 minutes (23.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Stephen Zunes on the Clash of Barbarisms

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the war in Syria and how it could provoke a far larger war.

Stephen Zunes (from his website) is "Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and co-chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict."
  • Title: Barbarisms
  • Length: 21:53 minutes (30.06 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Reading: We Are Living In Pitiliess Times

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015
Tom Becker reads an article about the Paris attacks called "We Are Living In Pitiliess Times", by Vajay Prashad through Open Democracy.
  • Title: pitiless
  • Length: 6:36 minutes (9.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 23, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015

Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:

You can listen to the whole show by clicking the button below. There were technical difficulties that made the host's introduction inaudible during broadcast, so it does not appear in this archive. The above list of links are to the indvidual segments and are in order. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates about up-coming or recently posted shows. You can also email us at oldmolevariety-at-gmail-dot-com to get on our mailing less, send along questions or comments, or learn about becoming a part of what we do.
  • Title: OMVh11232015
  • Length: 55:27 minutes (76.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Rebecca Gordon on Syria

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015
map of syria
Bill Resnick interviews Rebecca Gordon on the negotiations -- including Russia and Iran -- to find a path toward stopping the killing in Syria. Will this be a model for reconstructing the middle east? Not if the U.S. continues to support Saudi Arabia and its insistence on dominating and destroying its challengers. Rebecca Gordon teaches in the Philosophy dept. at the University of San Francisco. Her new book American Nuremberg: The Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post 9/11 War Crimes, comes out from Hot Books in March 2016.


Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -


A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!


Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.






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.


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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