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 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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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All About the Portland Tenants Union

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Laurie Mercier talks with tenant union organizer and Old Mole Joe Clement about Portland Tenants United (PTU)  and tenant unionism as a response to the housing crisis. PTU is a tenant union that has grown out of a number of communities and have already helped stop one eviction, as Joe and Laurie discuss. They also talk about PTU's Open House on January 30th from 12:00 - 3:00PM at the SE Lucky Lab on Hawthorne between 9th and 10th.

Joe explains tenant unionism as a direct corollary to historically proven methods of labor unionism: strength of numbers, solidarity and collective action, and direct/material forms power in the landlord-tenant relationship. They also consider how a tight supply of housing doesn't adequately explain where rent increases come from. Joe argues that the provision of housing "as a business" or investment , and the overt or implicit class solidarity between landlords and other BIGGER profiteering interests (like banks, developers, and insurance agencies), is the elephant in the housing-crisis room, and is necessary to consider when assessing rising rents, expensive apartments, displacement, as well as discrimination and retaliation against tenants.

Water, Pesticides, and Flint, Michigan

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Dangerous water -- dangerous to our health -- has been in the news lately because of what happened in Flint, Michigan. Major polutants of water include pesticides from industrial agriculture. Jeremy Olsen is Assistant Director at the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, and he talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about ways of eliminating pesticides from our land, food, and bodies.  

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 25, 2016

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Denise Morris hosts this show and this is what it covers:

1.  Desiree Hellegers talks with Cowlitz Tribal members about the threat to their ancentral lands from a mining company.

2. Laurie Mercier and Joe Clement discuss the purpose, strategy and actions of the Portland Tenant Union.

3.  Jeremy Olsen discusses water and pesticides and pesticide alternatives with Old Mole Bill Resnick.

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Protecting Cowlitz Tribal Lands from Mining

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Desiree Hellegers speaks with Cowlitz tribal leadership about the battle to stop the Canadian mining company Ascot Resources, Ltd., from developing a copper, gold, and molybdenum mine in the Green River Valley, northeast of Mount St. Helens. The proposed mine would be on ancestral Cowlitz land. Guests include Bill Iyall, Chairman of the Cowlitz tribe; Steve Kutz, Chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Council, and Director of Health and Human Services for the Cowlitz Tribe; Taylor Aalvik, Natural Resource Director and member of the Cowlitz Tribal Council; and Nathan Reynolds, Ethnoecologist and Habitat Program Manager for the Cowlitz Tribe.
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Teaching the Real Martin Luther King

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016
On this day commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Old Mole Bill Resnick is joined by Jesse Hagopian to talk about how King has been made into a harmless campaigner against racial injustices that are no longer with us. Hagopian teaches at Garfield High School in Seattle where he has developed lesson plans for teaching the radical MLK who stood firmly against the Vietnam war and against capitalism. He has also led the movement against high stakes testing in the schools. For more about him, see his website and blog

Revolution and Religion

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016
Joe Clement presents an audio-montage of music, reading, commentary, and other spoken word clips on the theme of religion and revolution. In addition to readings from Karl Marx, Slavoj Žižek , and John Steinbeck, audio clips include: the opening sequence of the 1979 documentary, Wobblies; Utah Phillips on "voluntary combinations"; This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, playing "Preacher and the Slave"; Paul Robeson singing "Joe Hill"; Woody Guthrie singing and playing a song about Jesus Christ.

Abortion Rights Movement Today

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016
Jan Haaken interviews Carole Joffe., professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and author of path-breaking books on the abortion rights movement and anti-choice politics. She gives her take on the State of the Abortion Rights movement (playing on Obama's talk to the nation on Tuesday), including a recent wave of creative organizing among young people--and groups like All Above All

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 18, 2016

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016

Joe Clement hosts this Martin Luther King Day edition of the Old Mole, and we hear

1.  Bill Resnick talks with educator Jesse Hagopian about teaching the radical MLK instead of the sanitized version celebrated in the mainstream.

2.  Joe Clement presents an audio-montage about religion and revolution.

3.  Jan Haaken inverviews Professor Carol Joffe about where the abortion rights movement stands today.

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China's Eco Apocalypse

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2016

Bill Resnick talks with China scholar Richard Smith regarding China's economic and environmental problems. Smith's writing is available on Truthout , including his article on China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse. They discuss the recent crisis in China's economy, and Smith notes the coexistence of capitalist enterprises the larger state sector, and how China has the worst of both market and bureaucratic economies: as a bureaucratic collectivist capitalist economy, China faces structural pressures to keep the economy going despite drastic consequences for the environment, and despite environmental laws. Having built an economy on superexploitation or "police state capitalism," the government has more recently made concessions to the massive protests by workers in the last ten years, propping up a system of overproduction to maintain employment and raise wages. Producing things they dont need--whether junk for export or ghost cities --energy is expended to keep the extractive economy (rather than life) going on. Although China is the world's largest producer of solar panels, it lacks the grid to put renewable energy to wide use.

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Portland Anti-war Activism

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2016

Desiree Hellegers interviews John Linder on the history of Portland anti-war activism since the first Gulf War.

Desiree mentions the Rally and March w/ Portland Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and Portland Peaceful Response Coalition on Friday, January 15, 2016, 4:30-6:00 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway, to demand an End to 25 Years of Killing: US Out of Iraq.

Linder reminisces about organizing in Portland against the first Gulf War in 1991, holding vigils at Pioneer Courthouse Square, building momentum, and organizing with a wide variety of concerned Portlanders. He notes the legacy of that organizing in the founding of various groups, including Portland Peace and Justice Works, and in the greater sophistication of local organizing against the second Gulf War in 2003. The legacy of the first Gulf War itself lies in the USA's ongoing military presence and the blowback against it.

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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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