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 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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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

Air date: 
Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 


Kathleen Gerson on the Unfinished Women's Movement

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson. Gerson teaches at NYU in the Department of Sociology, and is the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work and Family. They discuss the revolution in US life triggered by the women’s movement.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 21, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015
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Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP,  the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA:

- Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership

- Joe Clement and his guest review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas

- Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson about changes in US family life and impact of the women's movement

To listen to individual segments, follow the links above. To hear the whole show, click the play buton below. If you like what you hear, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  And please support KBOO by clicking on the tip jar at the top of this page!
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  • Length: 54:52 minutes (25.12 MB)
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Making Local Progressive Reforms

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Laurie Mercier speaks with Shena Elrington, Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice at the Center for Popular Democracy.
They discuss how communities, cities and states can lead progressive reforms on immigrant rights and create alternative and humane environments for receiving  immigrants and refugees in light of reactionary opposition at the federal and state levels.
See her piece in Common Dreams.

What Was Achieved in Paris on Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Athanasiou’s book Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor has been called "The single most accessible presentation of what is known as 'social ecology' that has yet been written” (The Nation). Here he talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about the achievements of negotiators at the just concluded climate talks in Paris. 

Organizing Collective Liberation

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tod Sloan  shares key principles for movement organizing from Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, a book for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. Chris Crass’s collection of essays and interviews presents us with powerful lessons for transformative organizing through offering a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. Drawing on two decades of personal activist experience and case studies of anti-racist social justice organizations, Crass insightfully explores ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building in the United States today.

Can Capitalism and Humanity Survive?

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's essay "Can Capitalism and Mankind Both Survive"? 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 14, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Mole focusing on progressive organizing and assessing the outcome of the COP21 Climate Conference just concluded in Paris. To hear the whole show, use the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links. 

1.  Shena Elrington of the Center for Popular Democracy talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about what progressives can do at the local level.

2.  Tod Sloan reads from Chris Crass's book Towards Collective Liberation.

3.  Author and climate activist Tom Athanasiou talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how much was achieved at the Paris climate talks.

4.  Tom Becker reads from and article by Dave Lindorff about how little was achieved at the Paris climate talks.

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Brian Tokar on Climate beyond Paris

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Brian Tokar about this week's Paris climate change talks, which are headed toward an international agreement designed to allow fossil fuel companies to continue to profit, even though the tax discounts they get could be used for helping climate victims and transitioning to sustainable sources of energy. The Mole discusses the next steps for the climate action movements to save the planet.

Book Mole: The Signature of All Things

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things and finds it is a compendious study of the history of botany and of pharmaceuticals; it is also a wonderfully written story of a brave woman scientist on the verge of grasping the mechanism that drives evolution via her study of mosses.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 7, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015
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Bill Resnick hosts this membership-drive show, which includes these segments:

Bill talks with Brian Tokar about the limits of the Paris climate talks and the need for local actions

Jan Haaken talks with faith community activists about us-vs-them fears manipulated by politicians

Larry Bowlden reviews Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, The Signature of All Things

To hear individual pieces, follow the links above.  For the whole show in one file (but without pitch breaks), use the button below.  To join or donate to KBOO, click on the tip jar in the upper right corner of this page.  You can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and send us comments or inquiries about getting involved via oldmolevarietyhour at gmail dot com.

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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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