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 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


Portland Renters Assemble and Agitate

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015

Tom Becker reminds us that the ruling ideas are the ideas of the ruling class, but the dispossessed can generate alternative ideas. He reads an article from the Portland Tribune about the Portland Renters' Assembly and the radical vision of some of its organizers. The next Portland Renters Assembly will be at the Midland Library on August 26th from 5:30-7:30PM. There is also a rally and march planned for the following Friday (the 28th) starting at City Hall at 6:00PM. For more information go to www.portlandrentersassembly.info.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 3, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Joe Clement hosts and we hear music from Anne Feeney, variations on the Old Mole theme song, and these segments:

Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch about police violence and militarization.

Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss democracy and its contradictions in Greece.

Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists about their 1990s work in Operation Homestead.

Tom reads an article about the Portland Renters' Assembly, and shares how to get involved.

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Democracy Rising against Capitalism in Greece

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015

Recently back from the "Democracy Rising" conference in Athens, Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss democracy and its contradictions in Greece.

(scroll down for the audio link)

(Image via GCAS)

Here are links to sources for some of the points they mention:

Democracy Rising conference call for papers
More on the Greek Crisis, history, background
On the Eurozone & Neoliberal Finance
On Solidarities
some past mole coverage of Greece
More KBOO audio on Greece

For more links on political economy and current events, follow or friend Hyung Nam
on facebook or see his tumblr http://itspeoplepower.tumblr.com/

Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch on Police Violence & Militarism

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch. They consider two aspects of police conduct -- their use of violence and shooting, and their militarization -- and the extent to which the police have responded to criticism by community reform groups as well as local and federal investigations of their conduct. Dan suggests that although there is more public attention to police violence, it has neither increased nor diminished in recent years, and discusses the excessive weaponry and the role of various branches including the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Red Squad, and the Gang Enforcement Squad.

Image via Wikipedia

Operation Homestead: liberating housing in 1990s Seattle

program date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists Ginger Segel and Bob Kubiniec about their work in the 1980s and 1990s with  Operation Homestead, breaking into and liberating abandoned or unused buildings for people to live in.

image by Dana Schuerholz via Radical Seattle Remembers

The Promise of Agroecology

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015

Old Mole Bill Resnick talks with Frédéric Mousseau about agroecology: farming, ecology, and food. Mousseau is the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute where he coordinates the Institute’s research and advocacy activities on land investment, food security and agriculture. He has conducted numerous reviews and studies on food and agriculture and authored many reports and articles on these issues. Trained as an economist, Frederic has worked as a staff member and consultant for international relief agencies for nearly two decades, including Action Against Hunger, Doctors Without Borders, and Oxfam International.

"China Dog and Other Stories..."

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates. As in her perceptive and wise debut novel Midnight at the Dragon Cafe,  Bates describes what it was like to grow up between two cultures. Her Chinese parents want very much for her to succeed in her Canadian home, but they also want her to keep to Chinese traditions and worry that she is becoming too Canadian. How to balance between the demands of the  lo fons (white ghost people) and the hopes and dreams of her parents? Each short story another chapter in that struggle.

For more of Larry's reviews, go here.

Why Socialism Will Not Be Boring

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
Would a socialist society be a boring and mediocre world? Not so, according to Danny Katch writing on the Jacobin Magazine blog. Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited version. The complete version is here.

Image is Decor design for Gozzi’s play Princess Turandot (1922). Ignaty Nivinsky / Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow. It illustrates the vibrancy of artistic activity in the first years of the Soviet Union.

Left & the Law: Parole Politics

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
On their Left and the Law segment today, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the politics of parole boards in the U.S.. They discuss a case taken up by the Post-conviction Justice Project in California around denial of parole rights--and they look at how parole boards operate as a political site of struggle. 

Image: Folsom Prison

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 27, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015
Tom Becker hosts the show and we learn about how agroecology can help save the planet and feed the people; about the life of early Chinese immigrants to Canada; why socialism, far from being boring, will unleash human creativity; and about the history and politics of parole and parole boards.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow the numbered links. You can also keep up with the Mole by liking us on Facebook.

1. Bill Resnick talks with economist Frederick Mousseau about the promise of agroecology.

2.. Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates.

3.  Why Socialism Will Not Be Boring: a Jacobin piece by Danny Katch read here in edited form by Clayton Morgareidge.

4.  Left & the Law: Parole and parole boards: their history and current politics.


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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