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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  


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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/04/12

Air date: 
Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Libertarians at work, the obesity panic.

Our host on this episode of the Mole is Frann Michel, and the show will include

  • What do libertarians really think about work and liberty? Joe Clement reads a commentary provoked by the coming take over of the libertarian Cato Institute by the Koch Brothers;
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel brings us critical commentary on the HBO series on obesity;
  • Bill Resnick will interview an incisive activist-scholar on the attack on public education or the crisis in Greece from the workers' point of view;
  • And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/21/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
City Repair, Crisis in Greece, Corporate Legislation


Clayton Morgareidge will host this show and the topics include--

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/14/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What industry, especially agriculture, puts into our air and water.


Bill Resnick hosts this Membership Drive Special edition of the Old Mole in which he talks with a biologist about what industry, especially agriculture, puts into the air and water we breathe and drink, and what we can do about it. Also on the show,

  • Clayton Morgareidge raises questions about "Tax the Rich" as a political demand;
  • Joe Clement discusses the politics of the blockbuster movie The Avengers;
  • Also from Joe, commentary on "cooperative consumption" -- from tool libraries to listener-sponsored radio.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland



Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  


Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich


Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games


Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.


Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan


Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Splits in the GOP, Left and the Law, critique of business-unionism, movie-review: Tomboy


Joe Clement hosts the next Old Mole and we hear:


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.

Captalism and Sustainability, the Elephant in the Room

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015

Tom Becker reads excerpts from an article by Garry Leech entitled The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development

The Left and the Law on Prison Reform

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015

The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about the growing movement for prison reform--and why conservatives are joining progressives in calling for an end to mass incarceration, long sentences, and the extensive use of solitary confinement. Jan and Mike talk about some of the challenges in separating the rhetoric from the real reforms, and some of the dilemmas for activists around prison politics.

They mention

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Sanders, Socialism, and Skeptics

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015

Denise Morris and Bill Resnick explore the Bernie Sanders phenomena and question the conclusions drawn by Emma Caterine in her Truthout.org op ed "Is Bernie Sanders Dangerous to Socialism?"

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 2, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Denise Morris hosts and we hear these segments:

 Bill Resnick interviews philosopher Rebecca Gordon about Syria peace talks.

Tom Becker reads about Capitalism and Sustainable Development

Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss Prison Reform

Denise Morris and Bill Resnick explore the Bernie Sanders phenomena

The above links are to the indvidual segments and are in order. You can listen to the whole show by clicking the button below. 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 list, send along questions or comments, or learn about becoming a part of what we do.

  • Title: omvh2nov2015
  • Length: 52:59 minutes (24.25 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Robin Hahnel on the Next System

program date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Robin Hahnel, who teaches (an emeritus of American U now at PSU), writes, speaks, and is deeply engaged in grass roots struggles towards building that other possible necessary world, that democratic and sustainable alternative. His books include Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Socialism Today and Tomorrow, and The ABCs of Political-Economy. About Green Economics his publisher wrote: "This book's pluralistic, non-dogmatic, and committed investigation of the values of ecological sustainability, economic justice, and human dignity provides balanced analysis of environmental problems and their potential solutions."

They discuss the big picture: a need for a sense of an alternative to the current system, that in fact there are communities that have demonstrated that that we possess the technologies and resources of production to curb climate change to manageable levels and think tanks and academic groups who have developed reasonable ideas and plans for developing an economic system that could maintain sufficient production to keep people alive and satisfied, that could raise and deploy resources and set priorities for investment and research, and also integrate these communities into confederated regions and nations. But how and in what sorts of struggles do we build the political forces powerful enough, in the conditions of environmental/economic crisis likely to prevail, to overpower the political forces that now hold back the needed reconstruction?

Robin recommends these websites for more information:

on participatory economics http://www.participatoryeconomics.info/  and http://zcomm.org/category/topic/parecon/

economics for equity and the environment http://e3network.org/

future economy http://futureecon.com/

labor network for sustainability http://www.labor4sustainability.org/

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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!      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.






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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