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 October 5, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective

Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

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

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/31/15

Air date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour 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


Ralph Nader on the Tax Code

program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Tom Becker reads "Stop Corporate Welfare Kings: Strip Mining America" by Ralph Nader. Nader argues, quoting Jimmy Carter, that our loophole ridden tax laws are "a disgrace to the human race." 

Community Syndicalism and Tenants Unions

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015

Joe Clement talks with Shane, a local housing justice activist, about how unionism as a political strategy for a more direct kind of democracy can be applied to other areas of social life. He and others call this "community syndicalism" or "community unionism". To that end, they discuss tenants unions as an already existing example of this idea.

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

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Low Tide Drifters: underdog folk music

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015
Norm Diamond talks with the Low Tide Drifters, whose "music for the rest of us" draws on growing up in coastal oregon, wobbly didacticism, environmental as well as socially conscious themes, and phenomenal performances all around. They talk about their backgrounds and the importance of music as a conveyer of history and popular understandings.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 29, 2015

program date: 
Tue, 06/30/2015
Denise Morris hosts this show dealing with issues of imprisonment, injustice, oil terminals and Native Americans, and the "freedom to marry" as a way of domesticating the LGBT movement.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links. 

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Victoria Law about solitary confinement and other outrages of law enforcement.

2.  Denise Morris comments on "Orange is the New Black".

3.  Desiree Hellegers talks with Junior Goodell about the threat to the Quinault people from proposed oil terminals.

4. Denise Morris critiques the mainstream LGBT movement for its focus on marriage.

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Police, Courts, and Solitary Confinement

program date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015
Victoria Law talks with Bill Resnick about solitary confinement and the lawlessness of the criminal justice system. Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, which won the 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award. She frequently writes and speaks about the intersections between mass incarceration, gender and resistance.

Orange Revisited

program date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015
With the release of the third season of "Orange Is the New Black," Densise Morris reviews some commentary about what the show gets right and wrong -- in particular about "compassionate release".
(Photo: Orange Is the New Black/Youtube)

Oil Terminals and the Quinault Nation

program date: 
Mon, 06/29/2015
Desiree Hellegers interviews Quinault fisherman Junior Goodell about the battle to stop the construction of two oil export terminals slated for Grays Harbor, WA.  A hearing on the draft environmental impact statement on the terminals will be held later in July, with more information on dates and bus transportation to the hearings available here.  Goodell's op ed piece entitled "Grays Harbor oil terminal would threaten Quinault Indian identity"  appeared in the June 1 edition of the Seattle Times.

Left & the Law: Relations of Inmates & Guards

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015

Left & the Law: "The charges against a prison tailor accused of helping two convicted murders escape from a maximum security facility in upstate New York have cast a spotlight on relationships between inmates and correctional staff." Jan and Mike also put a spot-light on those relationships, talking about relations between inmates and correctional officers, from exceptional cases to the ordinary situations that are more complex than indicated in the famous Stanford Prison Study. They discuss some of the difficult conditions in prison and the real but limited strategies prisoners have for resisting.

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Sophie Smith on Border Community Actions

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015

On May 27th, a coalition of rural community groups on the U.S.-Mexico border held a joint day of action. Border residents held teach-ins, vigils, marches, and took direct action to protest border militarization. Sophie Smith from the community group People Helping People talks with Jan Haaken about the border as an instance of disaster capitalism, lining the pockets of military contractors from Israel to the USA, and damaging border communities, who nonetheless are working together for change.

[images by Sophie Smith]


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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