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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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 November 23rd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle East, Syria, ISIS, Barbarisms, Paris attacks, Xenophobia, islamophobia, Bernie Sanders, Socia

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 16, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole Variety Hou
On the Old Mole today at 9:00, it’s the hundredth centennial of the
great Wobbly, Joe Hill, his assassination by the state of Utah. Portland will
have several tributes to Joe Hill this Thursday and Friday.

Old Mole Variety Hour November 2nd 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

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Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 5, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective

Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.


School Militarization in Portland

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Mon, 05/25/2015
Frann Michel shares Sylvia McGauley's reflections in Rethinking Schools on school militarization through JROTC at Reynolds High School, with information on opting out and counter recruitment.

Seeing Agent Orange Damage in VietNam

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Mon, 05/25/2015
Desiree Hellegers recently participated in a Veterans for Peace delegation to Viet Nam, and reflects on Monsanto's role as one of the leading producers of the defoliant Agent Orange used during the war.
You can also find a more extended account of that trip to Viet Nam online in the May 8-10 issue of Counterpunch.
On the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2015:

Don't Thank Me For My "Service"

program date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015
Clayton Morgareidge introduces and reads a plea from a Viet Nam veteran that he not be thanked for his "service" in the war machine. The article is by Camillo Mac Bica, available here on TruthOut.  Other articles on these issues by him are here.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015
Frann Michel this Memorial Day episode of the Old Mole much of which deals with issues of war and militarization. 
To hear the whole show, use the play button. To hear individual pieces follow the links below. 
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1. Bill Resnick talks with Jesse Hagopian about the growing movement among teacher and parents to resist the corporate attack on public schools.

2. Frann Michel reads a piece by local teacher Sylvia McGauley the militarization of Reynolds High School through JROTC.

3.  Desiree Helleger reports on the ongoing damage from Agent Orange as seen on her recent visit to Viet Nam.

4.  Clayton Morgareidge reads a piece by Camillo Mac Bica about thanking soldiers and former soldiers for "their service."

Left & the Law on Video Cameras and Policing

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Mon, 05/18/2015

For their Left and the Law segment, Jan and Mike talk about the use of video cameras in policing, the impact of citizen video recording of police actions, and new policies requiring officers to wear bodycams. They take up the question of what the camera is able to capture and whether it makes a difference who is holding the camera.

Psychology and Politics: Climate Change

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Mon, 05/18/2015

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan focus their "Psychology and Politics" segment on the complex cognitive and emotional responses that arise as people come to terms with climate change and think about what to do about it individually and collectively. They discuss campus campaigns for divestment from fossil fuels as an example to explore motivational and ideological obstacles.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 18, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Denise Morris hosts this episode, with segments on electoral politics vs political movements, videocameras and policing, warrior capitalism, and the psychology of responding to climate change.

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Bill Resnick with Brian Tokar on Bernie Sanders

Left & Law: Jan & Mike discuss video cameras and policing

Tom Becker reads: on the term "middle-class" disappearing

Psychoanalysis & Politics: Jan & Tod on responding to climate change

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Bill Resnick with Brian Tokar on Bernie Sanders

program date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Brian Tokar on the promise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Brain and Bernie built their political careers in the same town--Burlington, Vermont--starting in the late 1970s: Brian as a Green, Bernie as a Scandinavian-style socialist. Brian evaluates Bernie's politics, starting as a developer's friend and evolving into a defender of the environment as a Congressman and Senator. But Bernie has never attempted to build political movements nor identify with Vermont's progressive political parties.

Warrior Capitalism: Middle class? What middle class?

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Mon, 05/18/2015

Tom Becker shares Jack Smith's article from Counterpunch.  It's about the disappearance of class terms, i.e., ruling class, upper class, working class, in political discussion by both politicians and journalists and the political consequences of that. Now the author contends the lone remaining class term--the middle class--is also on its way out.

Fight For $15 NOW

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Mon, 05/11/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson-Norton about the Fight for $15 movement. They consider the progress they've made in the national and local conversation around the minimum wage, and Bill wonders whether a more radical vision of worker control on the job and in the economy might be seen in these developments.
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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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