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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 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.

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.


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. 

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
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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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)
  • 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:

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)
  • 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.


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!


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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