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 HourMay 18th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Police acttivism, Psychology and climate change, Class, capitalism

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Black Lives Matter movement, $15/hr minimum wage, and Everyday Rebellion

Bill Resnick will host this show, and we hear about the Black Lives Matter movement and its future, the Oregon fight for a $15/hour minimum wage,  and Everyday Rebellion-- the movie and the website.

Old Mole Variety Hour May 4th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Middle east, War, ISIS, Ethnic cleansing, Death Penalty, Lethal drugs,

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Bill Resnick Interviews Dave Finkel. They Discuss the wars in the middle-east and the alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia to destroy Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Barhrain to make life safe for colonialist, ethnic cleansing and the conservative Saudi monarchy. 

Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chilcot Crescent in which Weldon sums up the last half century and predicticts the next few decades.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate, Psychology, May Day, and More; Alan hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Alan Wieder hosts this episode, which features these segments:

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the psychological factors that distort thinking about wealth, poverty, and economic inequality. 

Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong, the city's lead sustainability planner in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding the recently released draft of the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Clayton Morgareidge comments on slavery and capitalism

Frann Michel talks with Hyung Nam about May Day history and May Day to come

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 13th, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & extinction, crappy jobs or basic income, Studs Turkel, psychology o police violence

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

The Old Mole Variety Hour

Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News, interviews, commenataries,

Bill Resnick interviews Stephen Zunes--a Middle East scholar--an the recent negotiation with Iran

Movies Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris discuss the film "Rosa Luxemburg"

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30

Air date: 
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Building democracy, Renters' Assemblies in PDX, Uber, and "Old Filth"
Bill Resnick is our host as the Mole take up these topics:

Reports from the Kurds in Syria and the Zapatistas in Mexico, how they achieved considerable autonomy from their government and are building societies that are bottom up democratic, gender equal, ecologically sustainable, but have a ways to go.

Renters fight back and the renter’s assemblies here in Portland.

How how movements to stop the rich from taking everything can win. 
How the sharing economy like Uber are bad for working people.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/23/15

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour March 16th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
warfare, ISIS. Sex and Politics, Racism, power, popular culture

Denise Morris Hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Low-Carbon Cities, the Well-read Red, Studs Turkel, feminist film


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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