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 January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion


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. 
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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."

Resisting Corporate School Reform

program date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015
Bill Resnick interviews Jesse Hagopian, a leader in the resistance to corporate school "reform" including high stakes testing, privatization, and rote curriculums for the popular classes. The financial and corporate elites pushing school "reform" would never dream of sending kids to the schools they are forcing on the popular classes. Hagopian particularly discusses building teacher/parent/student coalitions. For more on these issues, visit Hagopian's website I Am An Educator.
Jesse Hagopian will be at the Portland Trouble Makers' School this Saturday. Information here.

School Militarization in Portland

program date: 
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.

Left & the Law on Video Cameras and Policing

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

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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?

program date: 
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

program date: 
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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Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015

Bill Resnick hosts this membership-drive special (and hence the shorter length of the show) and we hear:
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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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