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.

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 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.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Music & Politics of Alistair Hulett

program date: 
Mon, 03/01/2010

 An "incendiary mix of punk rock, Celtic folk music, and anti-imperialist, working-class, left-wing politics" ---that's how our radical musicologist Brad Duncan describes Alistair Hulett and Roaring Jack, the band he formed.  This segment contains excerpts of his songs and a discussion of his life and music with Brad and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   Hulett died in January.  Here's an obituary with several video clips.

From the Plantation to the Workplace

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 What really went on between black women slaves and their mistresses on the plantations?  Thavolia Glymph, author of the prizewinning book Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household, talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about how black women's struggles--before, during, and after the Civil War--shaped the long civil rights movement and can inspire and inform us today in struggles for social justice. 

The Left Forum is Coming!

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination

This is the theme of this year's Left Forum Conference.  The Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world.  Bill Resnick and Seth Adler discuss the Forum's upcoming annual conference in New York that draws thousands to a rich banquet of panels, speakers, arts shows, films and informal discussions. It runs from March 19 to March 21.   You can learn more about it at the Left Forum website, where you can also find videos of last year's panel discussions.

February 22, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris.  It deals with making energy locally, the racial,  gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York.  ("Variety" is our middle name.)  

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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Making green energy locally: Bill Resnick talks with John Farrell of  Institute for Self-Reliance.

2.   Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness.

3.  Thaviola Glymph, author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household talks with the Mole's Laurie Mercier.

4.   Orhan Panuk's novel The House of Innocence is reviewed by Josh Edahl.

5.  The Left Forum, coming to NYC next month, is previewed by Seth Adler, conference director,  and Bill Resnick.


"The Museum of Innocence"

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 Here is a review and appreciation of Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk's  latest novel The Museum of Innocence.  The reviewer is Josh Erdahl, and the novel is a story of class, culture and personal struggle in a changing society.  

Energy Self-reliance

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

Will the transition to Clean Energy lead to decentralized, worker and community controlled energy production? Or will it be centralized under corporate and state control and promote high usage and consumerism?  John Farrell works with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance which supports environmentally sound and equitable community development.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many communities, including some in the US, are building ways in which families and communities can produce energy locally and cut back on their consumption.  You can find an article by Farrell here.  

Book Mole: "Too Much Happiness"

program date: 
Mon, 02/22/2010

 "The best living writer anywhere," is how our Book Mole Larry Bowlden describes Alice Munro.  Here is Larry reviewing her most recent book of stories.   Larry's past reviews are here

Wage Slavery and Beyond

program date: 
Mon, 02/15/2010

 What is wage slavery?  Why are even well-paid workers nevertheless slaves?  Could work be abolished?   What is the real value of work?  These are the questions pondered by Old Moles Clayton Morgareidge and Frann Michel, and Poet Marge Piercy in this portmanteau segment with musical breaks by Thelonious Monk and Stephan Grapelli.  The image here is a Mural at the Frederick Douglass Library/ University of Maryland by Mike Alewitz, "The Creation of Wealth."  And you can find Frann's text and her sources by clicking here.  

Wage Theft

program date: 
Mon, 02/15/2010

 Employers often fail to pay the wages workers have earned: they commit wage theft, affecting millions of American workers.   Kim Bobo is the author of Wage Theft in America, and in this interview she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick  about the many ways this happens, why companies get away with it, and what we can do about it.  

Bobo will be speaking at an event for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon this Thursday evening at the Friends' Meeting House, SE 43d and Stark; and on the topic of wage theft at SEIU Local 503, SE Foster and 64th Avenue on Friday evening.  


Human Rights in Haiti

program date: 
Mon, 02/15/2010

 Having returned from Haiti just before the Earthquake, human rights activist Stuart Hammond has a good idea of the impact that the earthquake and the incursion of military personnel is having on the political climate.  Here he talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the various NGOs working in Haiti and which ones we should support in KBOO's February 18 all-day Fundraiser, as well as Haiti's recent history with the US and Canada.    Hammond himself is with the Canada-Haiti Action Network.


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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