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 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.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commentary and critique.

Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015 - 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 August 10, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly


Malik Miah on Black Lives Matter

program date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah about the Black Lives Matter movement, its origins and direction. Malik argues that race makes for different working-class experiences of capitalist oppression, that we cannot simply rally under "class", and for how rebellious movements understandably grow out of situations where "nothing else works".

Malik Miah is a former machinist and union activist who has organized around and written about race and class. His writing appears in Against the Current, where he's an editor.
  • Title: BlackLivesMatter
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:27 minutes (11.41 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Middle East Meltdown

program date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
Dave Finkel and Bill Resnick discuss the latest phase of the battle for control of the middle east. Have Israel and Saudi Arabia formed an Alliance to help Sunni Jihadists, seeing a victory of Al Qaeda and the ISIS as the lesser evil as compared to a victory of Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon?
Finkel is editor of Against the Current and co-author of the editorial “Middle East Imperial Meltdown” in the latest issue.

Book Review: "Chalcot Crescent"

program date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
Larrry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chalcot Crescent,; it describes a dystopian possible future of capitalism. The books is partly prophetic, partly cynical satire, and partly a kind of memoir. Although still obviously a feminist author, she pokes fun at many of her own past views as well as her own writing career. 
More of Larry's book reviews are here

Left & the Law: Death Penalty Politics

program date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the state of death penalty politics in the US, and the current case before the Supreme Court on the use of a "cocktail" of drugs in executions. Mike and Jan take up some of the history of medicalizing of executions, and the role of doctors in state supported murder. 
Photo Credit: LiberationNews.org

Exceptionalism in America

program date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
There is a huge discrepancy in sentences for criminal violations between the rich and powerful and the poor and anonymous. Tom Becker reads Eoin Higgins's piece from Huffington Post, One Week, Three Lessons on the Exclusivity of Exceptionalism in America: Drones, Petraeus and the Death of Freddy Gray 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 4, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015
Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Old Mole and here is what's on offer:

1. Dave Finkel and Bill Resnick discuss the latest US moves in the middle east.

2.  Book Mole Larry Bowlde reviews Fay Weldon's dystopian novel Chalcot Crescent.

3.  The Left and the Law: Medicalization of the death penalty and doctors' participation in state sponsored killings.

4.  Different criminal penalties for the rich and the poor. 

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The Meaning of May Day in 2015

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss the origins of May Day in the Chicago Riot of 1886, its enduring if transformed significance today, and local actions taking place on May Day  (May 1st) 2015.

PDX vs. Climate Change: Part 2

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability about City-wide action on climate change, making Portland more sustainable, and the importance of collective as well as individual initiative.

Image Credit: Portland State University

Leftist Psychology: emotion, envy, and inequality

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Jan and Tod talk about the emotional work of social movements, and different ways of thinking about the psychology of class and envy. They start with a discussion of Snowpiercer*-- a 2013 South Korean science fiction film about the revolt of passengers on a continuously moving train as they discover the enormous luxuries enjoyed by front car passengers.

*A film that Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale have also reviewed.

Abolish Slavery, Abolish Property, Abolish Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Drawing from Edward Baptist's book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (available as a book or ebook at the Multnomah County Library), Clayton Morgareidge argues that the Civil War and the 14th Amendment abolishing slavery constituted the second, and more radical, revolution than the one in the 1770s. There is a lesson here about the prospects for a new revolution that would put an end to the private ownership of capital.

You can read this piece HERE.

Picture Credit: Penn State University


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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