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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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 September 14, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour
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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  • Title: OMoleVH09142015.m4a
  • Length: 39:36 minutes (18.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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:

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  • Length: 58:30 minutes (53.56 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Liberal Anxieties

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
The modern bureaucratic state was built during the New Deal and World War II by liberals who had doubts about a big state with a big bureaucracy. Anne Kornhauser tells the story in her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970. Here she talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how efforts to reduce and control bureaucracy differed on the right and the left, and about how to democratize the state.

Does Too Much Choice Paralyze Us?

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan examine psychologist Barry Schwartz' thesis in The Paradox of Choice - that having so many choices in consumer society makes us miserable.  They offer more compelling angles on the psychology of choice and economic behavior drawing on Marx and Marcuse.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 31, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, and we hear:

1. Bill Resnick talks with historian Anne Kornhauser about left and right takes on bureacracy at the time of the New Deal.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Colin Todhunter's piece in Counterpunch about capitalism and the addiction to consumer goods.

3.  Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan offer a critique of Barry Schwartz's claim that too many choices make us miserable.

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 24, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour
Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.

Bill talks with Jeremy Brecher about Climate Insurgency.

Tom reads from Pete Dolack on the cost of Low Wages

Denise and Joe discuss housing justice and upcoming actions

Clayton reads from Jacobin about Revolutionary labor after the US Civil War

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  • Title: OMVH24Aug2015
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 54:27 minutes (24.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Housing Justice in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015

Denise Morris and Joe Clement discuss housing as a human right, the broad impact of rising housing costs, the Portland history of racism that has contributed to the current housing crunch, the struggle for sustainable solutions that go beyond isolated nuclear family homes, and the process of working together for a variety of remedies, including public housing, tenants unions, community land trusts, and more. In the end, Joe plays a "right to the city" rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".

They also discuss upcoming events including the next Portland Renters' Assembly at the Midland Library, 805 NE 122nd Ave Portland OR, August 26th @ 5:30pm, and the Rally and March for Housing Rights for All Starting at 6pm August 28th at City Hall on SW 4th Street, followed by a 6:30pm march across the Hawthorne bridge to the Multnomah County building.


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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