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 for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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

Air date: 
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. 


Snow Days Under Socialism

program date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016
Clayton Morgareidge reads from a Jacobin magazine article, "Snow Days Under Socialism"

All this begs the question: what would winter look like in a different world? What might change in a socialist society? In a society where ordinary people democratically controlled their workplaces and their world, how would we navigate the contradictions of winter differently, making room for the pleasures while coping with the challenges?

Of course, because such a society would be based on the democratic input of everyone involved, it is impossible to establish beforehand exactly how such a society would deal with any given winter. But it is at least worth hazarding some guesses, sketching out some ideas — if for no other reason than to reaffirm our hopes and aspirations that a different world is possible.

First, it’s worth saying that in a socialist society, the first priority would be meeting the basic needs of everyone. Houses without people would immediately be filled by people without houses — a logical and immediate way to solve the crisis of homelessness that currently exists side by side with the crisis of the overproduction of homes, the bubble which burst in 2007, leading directly to the Great Recession.

The right to have a home would replace the right to buy a home. And just like the right to housing, the right to heating would also be guaranteed by society — replacing the right to scrimp and save our way through the deadly cold.


  • Length: 8:37 minutes (7.88 MB)
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History of Portland's Loyal Legion

program date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016
Old Mole and labor historian, Norm Diamond, offers some critical history surrounding the namesake of a hip new bar in Portland, Loyal Legon. Rather than a union in any good faith sense of that word, the Loyal Legon of Loggers and Lumbermen were a creation of the US military. The "loyal legon" were formed to break strikes and organizing efforts against poor conditions in the timber industries, union activity that threatened profit and war-production.
  • Title: loyallegon
  • Length: 7:42 minutes (7.04 MB)
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Syrian Peace Summit

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016
Bill Resnick talks with David Finkle about the history and various contexts surrounding the violent conflicts in Syria, including the prospects of peace suggested by summit in Syria.

Finkle edits "Against the Current" and writes about the Middle East
  • Length: 19:28 minutes (17.82 MB)
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Book Mole: The House Girl

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016
Larry Bolden reviews Tara Conklin's "The House Girl", a story split between the present day and the days of slavery. Larry commends it for not just being a cleverly constructed story, but deeply researched and informative about the realities of abolitionist struggle.
  • Title: thehousegirl
  • Length: 5:29 minutes (5.03 MB)
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The Old Mole Variety Hour for February 1, 2016

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2016
Norm Diamond hosts this episode and we hear: You can listen to any segment from the show by clicking on the links above, or listen to the show as a continuous whole by clicking the play button below. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates about recently posted and up-coming shows. You can also email us at oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail-dot-com with questions, comments, ideas for content, or to get involved in making radio with us.
  • Length: 54:48 minutes (50.17 MB)
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All About the Portland Tenants Union

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Laurie Mercier talks with tenant union organizer and Old Mole Joe Clement about Portland Tenants United (PTU)  and tenant unionism as a response to the housing crisis. PTU is a tenant union that has grown out of a number of communities and have already helped stop one eviction, as Joe and Laurie discuss. They also talk about PTU's Open House on January 30th from 12:00 - 3:00PM at the SE Lucky Lab on Hawthorne between 9th and 10th.

Joe explains tenant unionism as a direct corollary to historically proven methods of labor unionism: strength of numbers, solidarity and collective action, and direct/material forms power in the landlord-tenant relationship. They also consider how a tight supply of housing doesn't adequately explain where rent increases come from. Joe argues that the provision of housing "as a business" or investment , and the overt or implicit class solidarity between landlords and other BIGGER profiteering interests (like banks, developers, and insurance agencies), is the elephant in the housing-crisis room, and is necessary to consider when assessing rising rents, expensive apartments, displacement, as well as discrimination and retaliation against tenants.

Water, Pesticides, and Flint, Michigan

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Dangerous water -- dangerous to our health -- has been in the news lately because of what happened in Flint, Michigan. Major polutants of water include pesticides from industrial agriculture. Jeremy Olsen is Assistant Director at the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, and he talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about ways of eliminating pesticides from our land, food, and bodies.  

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 25, 2016

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Denise Morris hosts this show and this is what it covers:

1.  Desiree Hellegers talks with Cowlitz Tribal members about the threat to their ancentral lands from a mining company.

2. Laurie Mercier and Joe Clement discuss the purpose, strategy and actions of the Portland Tenant Union.

3.  Jeremy Olsen discusses water and pesticides and pesticide alternatives with Old Mole Bill Resnick.

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Protecting Cowlitz Tribal Lands from Mining

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2016
Desiree Hellegers speaks with Cowlitz tribal leadership about the battle to stop the Canadian mining company Ascot Resources, Ltd., from developing a copper, gold, and molybdenum mine in the Green River Valley, northeast of Mount St. Helens. The proposed mine would be on ancestral Cowlitz land. Guests include Bill Iyall, Chairman of the Cowlitz tribe; Steve Kutz, Chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Council, and Director of Health and Human Services for the Cowlitz Tribe; Taylor Aalvik, Natural Resource Director and member of the Cowlitz Tribal Council; and Nathan Reynolds, Ethnoecologist and Habitat Program Manager for the Cowlitz Tribe.
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Teaching the Real Martin Luther King

program date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016
On this day commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Old Mole Bill Resnick is joined by Jesse Hagopian to talk about how King has been made into a harmless campaigner against racial injustices that are no longer with us. Hagopian teaches at Garfield High School in Seattle where he has developed lesson plans for teaching the radical MLK who stood firmly against the Vietnam war and against capitalism. He has also led the movement against high stakes testing in the schools. For more about him, see his website and blog


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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