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

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News, interviews, commentary and critique.

Bill Resnick interviews Jeremy Beclher, author of "Strike" on his latest book "Climate Insurgency: A Battle for Survival." 
Clayton Morgareidge shares an article by Alex Gourevitch entitled "Our Forgotten Labor Revolution."  
Joe Clement and Denis Morris continue their discussion of housing justice.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/17/15

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Mon, 08/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 10, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Left takes on Bernie Sanders, Zimbardo on prisons, and the "Donald"

Bill Resnick will host this episode of the Mole and we will hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Police Conduct, Liberating Unused Housing, Democracy & Greece, Portland Renters Assembly

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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reviews, interviews, commentaries

Bill Resnick interviews Frederic Mousseau, policy  director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the institute's research on food security and agroeclology.

Larry Bowlden reviews a book of short stories entitled  "China Dog and Other Stories from a Chinese Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates. The stories deal with her dual identity as a Chinese-Canadian.  

Clayton Morgareidge reads from an article from Jacobin magazine entitled "Will Socialism by Boring" by Danny Katch.

Old Mole Variety HourJuly 20th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teachers, Portland Public Schools, Tenants Rights, Prison Reform, alienation, class society

Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, commentaries and reviews

Bill Resnick interviews Gordon Lafer of the Univ of Oregon who argues that education cannot end poverty.
Jan Haaken remembers Hugo Du Courday (also known as Hugu Maynard) an outstanding educator and activist.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss a new report concerning the American Psychological Association and their involvement with the CIA in torture during the Bush administration. 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

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Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Live leftist music, Commemorating "Bloody Wednesday", community syndicalism, one big union

Old Mole Variety Hour June 29th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
criminal justice system, Marriage Equality, Women in Prison, Quinault Nation

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Border Patrol, Inmates & Prison Staff, Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts the June 22, 2015 episode, which includes these segments:


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

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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

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Mon, 12/07/2015
The Old Mole Variety Hour
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

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Borders of Religion and Politics

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Mon, 12/07/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Maxine Fookson and Helena Lee about their recent trip as part of a Social Justice delegation, organized by the Unitarian Universalist church in Portland, traveling to the US/Mexico border. They also talk about religion, politics, and the recent attack in San Bernadino. 

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Migration and Climate in Paris Talks

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Mon, 11/30/2015
Frann Michel discusses the relations between climate and migration crises, drawing mostly from Harsha Walia's recent comments on "Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks."  Her comments highlight the ways that climate change causes displacement both directly--through the impact of drought, floods, and storms--and indirectly--through its contributions to conflict, war, and violence.  She also touches on the ways that, conversely, militarism contributes to environmental destruction.  That the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility have been dropped from the current draft agreement under discussion in Paris reveals the extent to which elites consider the lives of black and brown people to be negotiable and negligible.
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Left and the Law:Sexual Predators

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
People convicted of sex crimes are subject to penalties that can last forever. In their Left and the Law series, Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the variety of acts that count as sex crimes and what being branded a "sexual predator" can mean.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 30, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it includes these segments:

1. Laurence Shoup and Bill Resnick discuss debates about US foreign policy towards China.

2.  Mass shootings in Colorado and in Paris are discussed by Jan Haaken and Kathryn Farr.

3.  Frann Michel explains why migration is one of the issues that governments should be discussing at the Paris conference on climate change.

4.  The Left and the Law: Who gets branded a "sexual predator" and the difficulties of living with that label.

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US Worries About China

program date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015
How does the US foreign policy establishment see China in relation to US interests? What are their differences about climate dhange? Historian and activist Laurence Shoup talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick. Shoup is the author of Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014.


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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