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 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

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

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.


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

PDX v Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Michael Armstrong, who leads the Sustainability section of the Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The Bureau just released a draft of the 2015 Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan. Armstrong talks about what he would do if he had unlimited money and power to save the planet.
Photo Credit: Portland State University

PDX Renters v Fox Mgmt Co.

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Joe Clement interviews an organizer with The Portland Solidarity Network about their work and a recent tenant-led campaign against Fox Property Management. They discuss some of the barriers to conventional legal recourse faced by  low-income renters and the frightening power of no-cause evictions. In the end, Joe connects their conversation to the work of the Portland Renters Assembly.

Drought: Death by a Thousand Cuts

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Tom Becker reads Robert Hunziker's article from Counterpunch dealing with the imminence of serious drought due to climate change. 
Photo Credit: Tedder

Another Politics For the Left

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Tod Sloan reads from the introduction to Chris Dixon's Another Politics, a book assessing the trends among grassroots groups on the anti-authoritarian left, based on interviews with over 200 North American activists.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 20

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear:

1. Bill Resnick talks with Portland city sustainable official Michael Armstrong about what Portland is doing about climate change.

2.  Tom Becker reads an article about the imminent dangers of serious water shortages.

3.  Joe Clement talks with an activist about tenants struggles with Porttland landlords.

4.  Tod Sloan reads from a book about anti-authoritarian left politics.

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Crummy Jobs

program date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015

Joe Clement reads an article by Dylan Matthews titled "Is The Future Of America A Crummy Service Job Stamping On A Human Face, Forever?" He considers how Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton both approach the economy in much the same way: make sure that there's a ready supply of people willing to take jobs when most of the new jobs created are low-wage, low-skill, and inconsistently scheduled. He argues that the more ethical and economically rational answer to "the jobs question" is a basic income. [Image from here]
  • Artist: 4 13 15 omvh
  • Title: crummyjob
  • Length: 8:07 minutes (3.72 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Brian Tokar on Climate Change and Social Change

program date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar of the Institute for Social Ecology, 350vermont , and UVM about climate apocalypse and why we shouldn't despair.

Studs Terkel and the Hurts of American Racism

program date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015

Alan Weider discusses Studs Terkel and the hurts of American racism, with sounds of Terkel from transom.org and Mahalia Jackson from WFMT Chicago.

Police Violence and Psychology

program date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015

Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick talk about recent calls for better psychological screening of police and the history of using psychology to explain racist violence perpetrated by officers.


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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