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.  


Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art


Learning from History

program date: 
Mon, 10/12/2015
Tod Sloan interviews Sandy Polishuk, oral historian and long-time activist, on the importance of historical memory in social movements, both for inspiration and for the lessons that can be learned. Polishuk is divestment lead coordinator for 350PDX.

Latest Death Penalty Challenges

program date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015

On The Left and the Law:
Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death on October 3rd in Oklahoma but his execution was stayed because the state got  the wrong cocktail of drugs to kill him. Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the importance of this case, including evidence that Richard Glossip was actually innocent, and political challenges to the medicalizing of the death penalty. 

Labor and the Climate

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015

Joe Uehlein talks with Bill Resnick about building a labor-environmental movement to curb global warming and save the planet. Uehlein's music is featured in the full length version of this episode of the Old Mole. He will be speaking and playing his music this Saturday, October 10, 6:30 pm at the AFL-CIO Hall at 3645 SE 32nd Ave Portland.

Photo: "Wayne National Forest Solar Panel Construction (3725036895)" by Wayne National Forest 

Remembering Pornographer Candida Royalle

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015
Frann Michel remembers the work of filmmaker, free-speech advocate,
and sex-positive feminist Candida Royalle. Best known as the
pioneering founder of Femme Productions, the first successful
production company for feminist and couples-oriented erotic films,
Royalle should be remembered not only for her contributions to the
representation and enhancement of female sexual pleasure, but also for
her position in community and solidarity with other feminist sex
workers and activists.

photo by Arthur Cohen from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ms_Candida_Royalle.jpg

What Can Be Done About Mass Killings

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015
In the wake of the shootings in Roseburg, Oregon, Bill Resnick considers various reactions from pundits and how the left should understand these events.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for October 5, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015

Bill Resnick hosts this show. It features up-to-date versions of old labor songs by Joe Uehlein and the U-Liners, which you can hear by listening to the whole show (use the play button below). Joe is also the first guest on the show, and he'll be singing and speaking about the labor movement and climate change at the AFL-CIO Hall on Saturday at 6:30. 3645 SE 32d Avenue in Portland. 
To hear the whole show, use the play button. To hear individual segments, follow these links:

1.  Labor and climate change with Joe Uehlein and Bill Resnick. Climate change is the real job killer.

2.  Richard Glossip and the latest challenges to the Death Penalty: Left and The Law with Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker.

3.  Frann Michel remembers feminist pornographer and activist Candida Royalle.

4. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews John Williams's 1965 novel Stoner.

5. How to think about mass killings from a left perspective: Bill Resnick comments.

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Ismael Hossein-zadeh on Middle East Politics

program date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Ismael Hossein-zadeh about events in the Middle East. Hossein-zadeh is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Drake University and an expert on Middle East issues. He describes the legacy of the cold war, when "Arab socialism" was supported by the USSR while monarchies and dictatorships were supported by the US. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans hoped for a post-cold-war "peace dividend," in which the military budget would be redirected to supporting social needs. Instead the US military has turned to attempts to change 'unfriendly regimes': those the US has opposed not because of their tyranny but because of their resistance to US influence and corporate control.  Ismael and Bill  also discuss the continuing importance of both multinational corporations and the Arab spring of 2011.

[map via wikipedia]

Movie Moles on Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

program date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015

Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris discuss the new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. The film opens in Portland next week at the  Hollywood theatre with a benefit event for the NAACP. Noting the impossibility of fully addressing all the many issues in the history of the Panthers--their relations to other social movements in the US and around the globe; their commitment to armed self-defense; their contributions as community service organization; their seductive style and media savvy; their complex politics of vanguardism and grassroots activism; their erosion and destruction by government infiltration and murder--Denise and Jan stress the importance of the film and the new material it offers to viewers.

Fear of Marx

program date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015

Tom Becker reads from Why the US Press is Afraid of Marx (and Jeremy Corbyn) by Conor Lynch in Counterpunch.  

In Marx’s analysis, widespread inequality and economic instability (and to a lesser degree environmental degradation) are inherent in the capitalist system, and they will eventually result in its collapse.

The problems of capitalism that he wrote so extensively about have returned, and capital is stronger than before. It seems that radical ideas are needed today more than ever, and admiring an intellectual who diagnosed the contradictions of capitalism better than anyone else is not a burden, but an advantage.

[public domain image]

Gaining Ground Farming Doc

program date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein about their new documentary: Gaining Ground tells the stories of two rural farms in Oregon and an urban farm in inner city Richmond, California, resisting the systems of agribusiness and changing their farming practices so they can feed their local communities healthy sustainably grown food. Bridging urban and rural, challenging the simplistic romance of the small family farm in favor of wider community solutions, the film explores both problems in our food system and inspiring stories. The filmmakers will be present at the 7pm Sept 1 screening at Cinema 21.


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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