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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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 on 06/24/13

Air date: 
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Mondragon and economic democracy, the politics of community radio, Nietzsche and Neoliberalism

Iven Hale hosts the next episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/17/13

Air date: 
Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

Air date: 
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:


Sex Workers: what hurts, what helps?

program date: 
Tue, 02/09/2016
The Left and the Law with Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker examine sex work, and whether prosecuting sex workers and shutting down websites increases the dangers of sex work.

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  • Title: sexworkerleftlaw
  • Length: 10:34 minutes (14.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

The Old Mole Variety Hour for February 8, 2016

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2016
 Denise Morris hosts this episode and we hear:

You can listen to and share any segment of the show by clicking the links above. To listen to the whole show, click the play button below. You can also download the files to listen to on your mp3 player. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates about up-coming and recently archived shows. Email us at oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail<dot>com to leave comments, suggestions, leads, ask questions, or learn how you can produce short segments for the show.
  • Title: OMVH282016
  • Length: 57:01 minutes (78.29 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Re-Imagining the US-Mexico Border

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2016
Tod Sloan interviews Mary Watkins, liberation psychologist and co-author of Up Against the Wall: Re-imagining the US-Mexico Border.  


Mary Watkins teaches at Pacific Graduate Institute.


[Image Credit: www.wikipedia.org]

Michigan Is Sticking Flint Residents With Bill For Poisoned Water

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2016
Bill Resnick and Diane Feeley take you to Flint, Michigan, where the state is requiring residents to pay for the poisoned water they received.

[Image Credit: www.commondreams.org]
  • Title: flintwaterfeeley
  • Length: 9:11 minutes (12.61 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Democratic Socialists of America on Bernie Sanders' "socialism"

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2016
Bill Resnick talks to Maria Svart, national director of the Democratic Socialists of America, about why declaring socialism is no longer the kiss of death in elections. But how does Bernie Sanders describe Socialism. He gets that wrong but still you got to love him.

[Imagine Credit: www.dsaboston.org]
  • Title: DSAonBernie
  • Length: 18:21 minutes (25.2 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 48kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 48kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 48kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 48kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 48kHz 128Kbps (CBR)


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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