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 HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

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

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,

Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film


The Love to Save the World

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
 W.H. Auden wrote "We must love one another or die." What kind of love could save the world? Not the love we sing of in love songs. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility of a world organized and moved by love instead of competition for money. 

Changing Cities and Teachers' Unions

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Portland, along with many other cities, is changing as it gentrifies the core and pushes poorer people out to the periphery. They also discuss the leading role that teachers' unions can have in organizing against these changes. 
Photo by MsSaraKelly

Eric Laursen on Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Eric Laursen, author of The People’s Pension: The War Against Social Security, from Reagan to Obama, available from AK Press. They discuss how and why Social Security survived in the face of elite attacks since its inception. Laursen is part of the movement seeking to expand Social Security, not just raising benefits but involving recipients in the battle for a just economy.  You can find more of his recent work here.

[image via Wikimedia]

Girl in the River

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Patsy Kullberg (also an Old Mole), about her new novel, Girl in the River. The novel--a work of historical fiction--centers on the struggles of a fictional working class young woman, finding her way in the actual world of corruption, vice squads, and abortion politics in the mid-twentieth century in Portland. Jan talks with Patsy about what reproductive rights activists might learn from this period in Portland's history--and how novels contribute to our capacity to imagine that a better world is possible.

Decriminalizing Sex Work

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Red, an activist and representative with SWOP USA--Sex Workers Outreach Project. She is active with the Portland SWOP Chapter and also director of the new program in Portland, STROLL: Sex Traders Radical Outreach & Liberation Lobby.  They talk about the recent position taken by Amnesty International calling for the decriminalization of sex work, and some of the controversy around this position.

[photo by Pablo Flores 2006]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 14, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015
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Denise Morris hosts this membership drive episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, with segments on Social Security, historical fiction and reproductive justice, and rights of workers in sexual services.

Bill Resnick talks with Eric Laursen about Social Security. This version is longer than the interview that was broadcast.

Jan Haaken and Patricia Kuhlberg talk about Patsy's novel Girl in the River.

Jan talks with activist Red about Amnesty International's recent position in support of decriminalizing sex work

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To listen to the show as a single file, click below.  For individual segments, including the full-length version of Bill's interview with Eric Laursen, follow the links above.

  • Title: OMoleVH09142015.m4a
  • Length: 39:36 minutes (18.13 MB)
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Movie Moles: Amy

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
In the first of two film reviews for this Labor Day Mole 2015, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss "Amy", directed by Asif Kapadia, about British singer and guitarist Amy Winehouse.  The film explores the exploitation and commodification of art and the artist, as well as the panoptic patriarchal and commercial gaze, through a wide range of musical and audiovisual records. 


Also on this 9/7/15 episode, the movie moles discuss another documentary about a woman musician: "What Happened, Miss Simone?" directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone.
  • Title: MovieAmy
  • Length: 12:26 minutes (11.38 MB)
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Labor Day's Radical Roots

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
Joe Clement reflects on Labor Day's radical roots. All too often pitted against celebrations of International Workers Day, Labor Day was born of the same international-tending workers movement that also gave birth to May Day. To help tell this story, Joe reads from Eugene Ruyle's article on the subject for Popular Resistance.
  • Length: 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)
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Movie Moles: What Happened Miss Simone?

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
In the second of two reviews this episode, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss What Happened Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone.  Like Amy, the film draws on a rich archive of materials, including Simone's diaries.  The film reveals pressures of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism on its subject, as well as her prodigious talents,  her political convictions, and her suffering and perpetration of violence.


Also on this 9/7/15 episode, the movie moles discuss another documentary about a woman musician:  Amy, directed by Asif Kapedia, about British singer Amy Winehouse

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 7, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below, or to individuals segments by clicking the links above. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out about up-coming and recently posted shows. You can also email us oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail<dot>com to this end or to send us comments, suggestions or get involved with the show.
  • Length: 58:30 minutes (53.56 MB)
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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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