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 Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/23/13

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
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Bill Resnick speaks with Paula Rabinowitz, who just competed a 4 volume series on clothes and accessories, how people use them to create identities, identify selves, resist subordination, and generally communicate. They examine the 20th century, beginning with the use of hats and purses to signal and fight for the liberated (somewhat) woman. They conclude with today’s masquerade, way beyond accessories for the middle class, as people experiment with materials to construct themselves, and what that could come to mean when strong commitments and clear political choices become necessary when both a left and fascists forces contest for power. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lifestyle Drugs, Left and the Law on Chelsea Manning, D. Graeber on jobs, labor-themed Well-read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Labor Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/26/13

Air date: 
Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, "Fruitvale Station", and money and political cynicism

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Tom Becker hosts this show featuring Bill Resnick interviewing Max Richtman about the need to defend and extend both Social Security and Medicare; our Movie Moles reviewing Fruitvale Station; Clayton Morgareidge presenting an argument from David Graeber about how deeply money controls politics and how to overcome  the  resulting cynicism from both Right and Left about politics; and Tom reading from the left press.  


Is the Anthropocene a Myth?

program date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015
Some writers on climate change use the idea of the "Anthropocene" to blame humanity in general for the degradation caused by burning fossil fuels. Andrea Malm critiques this concept in this article from Jacobin, read here in abridged form by Clayton Morgareidge. Capitalists, not humanity, are to blame.
Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism, argues, to the contrary, that the concept of the Anthropocene is a useful one and does not rule out pointing the finger at Capitalism. His article is here.

Book Mole: "Intrusions", by Ursula Hegi

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Ursula Hegi's "Intrustions", a novel within a novel that confronts the writer's conflicted as a mother and artist.
  • Length: 4:52 minutes (2.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Labor Notes: Putting The Movement Back In The Labor Movement.

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Mon, 06/01/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Al Bradbary about the monthly journal, Labor Notes. They discuss exciting developments Labor Notes covers, the kind of radical rank-and-file tendency that they support through both their magazine, but also books digesting examples of recent successful organizing and their organizer education workshops and conferences. We even hear Al perform a labor parody of Single Ladies. We hear a different version of that parody by Fellow Worker Hailey of the Industrial Workers of the World at the end too.

Al Bradbary used to be a host for KBOO's Labor Radio program, an organizer with SEIU, and in the last few years took a job with Labor Notes. [Image Credit: labornotes.org]
  • Title: LaborNotesJune2015
  • Length: 22:39 minutes (20.74 MB)
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Debt as Art

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Mon, 06/01/2015
Joe Clement talks with Cassie Thornton about her use of debt for the last 7 years as a subject for her art-work. She describes how she's sought to concretize debt, explore debt through hypnotherapeutic visualization exercises with others, and in the end how she's gotten involved with the national Strike Debt movement. You can buy a copy of her book ROCK at Mother Foucault's, a local bookstore at  523 SE Morrison St, and find the Debt Collective she mentions here.
  • Length: 8:26 minutes (7.73 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Theory & Practice

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015
Tod Sloan talks with Lara Messersmith-Glavin of the Institute for Anarchist Studies about theory and practice. They consider how theory helps illuminate individually lived experiences as part of larger systems, while also stressing the priority of lived experience in generating our theories. She provides examples of how theory has helped make her everyday life as a working-class mother make more sense, bringing her a degree of control and context, and over all increasing her resilience as a person. She also describes how the experience of queer women of color informed several "correctives" to some of the one-demensional concerns of white feminists. [Image Credit: permanantculturenow.org]
  • Title: TheoryPractice
  • Length: 12:59 minutes (11.89 MB)
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The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 1, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 06/01/2015

Joe Clement hosts! We hear music from Blind Boy Paxon and Blue Scholars! The show includes...

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  • Title: OMVHJune012015
  • Length: 57:26 minutes (52.59 MB)
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School Militarization in Portland

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Mon, 05/25/2015
Frann Michel shares Sylvia McGauley's reflections in Rethinking Schools on school militarization through JROTC at Reynolds High School, with information on opting out and counter recruitment.

Seeing Agent Orange Damage in VietNam

program date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015
Desiree Hellegers recently participated in a Veterans for Peace delegation to Viet Nam, and reflects on Monsanto's role as one of the leading producers of the defoliant Agent Orange used during the war.
You can also find a more extended account of that trip to Viet Nam online in the May 8-10 issue of Counterpunch.
On the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2015:

Don't Thank Me For My "Service"

program date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015
Clayton Morgareidge introduces and reads a plea from a Viet Nam veteran that he not be thanked for his "service" in the war machine. The article is by Camillo Mac Bica, available here on TruthOut.  Other articles on these issues by him are here.


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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