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 on 07/23/12

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Mon, 07/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Just Banking, Queer Justice

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Just Banking, Queer Justice

Bill Resnick talks with attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute Ellen Brown about alternative public and community banking, radical banks devoted to investing in worker cooperatives, all to replace the predatory too big to fail financial system. Here's a recent essay by Ellen Brown: Cooperative Banking: The Exciting Wave of the Future.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/16/12

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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16 July MOLE: Green Germans, activist Bangladesh, military psychologists, coming-of-age-fiction

On Monday’s (July 16) Old Mole Variety Hour:

Bill Resnick speaks with Arne Jungjohan, a senior advisor for energy of the German Green Party and Director for the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Boell Foundation. They discuss the achievements of German community, green, and anti-nuke movements in reconstructing the energy system that has reduced greenhouse gases and created the possibilities of truly democratic local institutions with energy cooperatives in the lead. http://www.boell.org/web/138.html

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/02/12

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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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July 2 Mole on healthcare

At 9am Monday, July 2, 2012 The Old Mole Variety Hour focuses on health and healthcare and features

Bill Resnick and health-policy analyst Chris Lowe on the recent SCOTUS decision

Jan Haaken on Pink Ribbons, Ink

Denise Morris on The Healthcare Movie

Frann Michel hosting and discussing healthism.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/11/12

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Mon, 06/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tri-Met, Prometheus, and electoral politics


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old  Mole show which wil feature

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/04/12

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Libertarians at work, the obesity panic.

Our host on this episode of the Mole is Frann Michel, and the show will include

  • What do libertarians really think about work and liberty? Joe Clement reads a commentary provoked by the coming take over of the libertarian Cato Institute by the Koch Brothers;
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel brings us critical commentary on the HBO series on obesity;
  • Bill Resnick will interview an incisive activist-scholar on the attack on public education or the crisis in Greece from the workers' point of view;
  • And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/21/12

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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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City Repair, Crisis in Greece, Corporate Legislation


Clayton Morgareidge will host this show and the topics include--

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/14/12

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Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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What industry, especially agriculture, puts into our air and water.


Bill Resnick hosts this Membership Drive Special edition of the Old Mole in which he talks with a biologist about what industry, especially agriculture, puts into the air and water we breathe and drink, and what we can do about it. Also on the show,

  • Clayton Morgareidge raises questions about "Tax the Rich" as a political demand;
  • Joe Clement discusses the politics of the blockbuster movie The Avengers;
  • Also from Joe, commentary on "cooperative consumption" -- from tool libraries to listener-sponsored radio.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/30/12

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Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland



Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  


Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

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Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich


Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games


Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --


The Love to Save the World

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Mon, 09/21/2015
 W.H. Auden wrote "We must love one another or die." What kind of love could save the world? Not the love we sing of in love songs. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge explores the possibility of a world organized and moved by love instead of competition for money. 

Eric Laursen on Social Security

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Mon, 09/14/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Eric Laursen, author of The People’s Pension: The War Against Social Security, from Reagan to Obama, available from AK Press. They discuss how and why Social Security survived in the face of elite attacks since its inception. Laursen is part of the movement seeking to expand Social Security, not just raising benefits but involving recipients in the battle for a just economy.  You can find more of his recent work here.

[image via Wikimedia]

Girl in the River

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Mon, 09/14/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Patsy Kullberg (also an Old Mole), about her new novel, Girl in the River. The novel--a work of historical fiction--centers on the struggles of a fictional working class young woman, finding her way in the actual world of corruption, vice squads, and abortion politics in the mid-twentieth century in Portland. Jan talks with Patsy about what reproductive rights activists might learn from this period in Portland's history--and how novels contribute to our capacity to imagine that a better world is possible.

Decriminalizing Sex Work

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Mon, 09/14/2015

Jan Haaken talks with Red, an activist and representative with SWOP USA--Sex Workers Outreach Project. She is active with the Portland SWOP Chapter and also director of the new program in Portland, STROLL: Sex Traders Radical Outreach & Liberation Lobby.  They talk about the recent position taken by Amnesty International calling for the decriminalization of sex work, and some of the controversy around this position.

[photo by Pablo Flores 2006]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 14, 2015

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Mon, 09/14/2015
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Denise Morris hosts this membership drive episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, with segments on Social Security, historical fiction and reproductive justice, and rights of workers in sexual services.

Bill Resnick talks with Eric Laursen about Social Security. This version is longer than the interview that was broadcast.

Jan Haaken and Patricia Kuhlberg talk about Patsy's novel Girl in the River.

Jan talks with activist Red about Amnesty International's recent position in support of decriminalizing sex work

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To listen to the show as a single file, click below.  For individual segments, including the full-length version of Bill's interview with Eric Laursen, follow the links above.

  • Title: OMoleVH09142015.m4a
  • Length: 39:36 minutes (18.13 MB)
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Movie Moles: Amy

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Mon, 09/07/2015
In the first of two film reviews for this Labor Day Mole 2015, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss "Amy", directed by Asif Kapadia, about British singer and guitarist Amy Winehouse.  The film explores the exploitation and commodification of art and the artist, as well as the panoptic patriarchal and commercial gaze, through a wide range of musical and audiovisual records. 


Also on this 9/7/15 episode, the movie moles discuss another documentary about a woman musician: "What Happened, Miss Simone?" directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone.
  • Title: MovieAmy
  • Length: 12:26 minutes (11.38 MB)
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Labor Day's Radical Roots

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Mon, 09/07/2015
Joe Clement reflects on Labor Day's radical roots. All too often pitted against celebrations of International Workers Day, Labor Day was born of the same international-tending workers movement that also gave birth to May Day. To help tell this story, Joe reads from Eugene Ruyle's article on the subject for Popular Resistance.
  • Length: 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)
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Movie Moles: What Happened Miss Simone?

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Mon, 09/07/2015
In the second of two reviews this episode, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss What Happened Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone.  Like Amy, the film draws on a rich archive of materials, including Simone's diaries.  The film reveals pressures of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism on its subject, as well as her prodigious talents,  her political convictions, and her suffering and perpetration of violence.


Also on this 9/7/15 episode, the movie moles discuss another documentary about a woman musician:  Amy, directed by Asif Kapedia, about British singer Amy Winehouse

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 7, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below, or to individuals segments by clicking the links above. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out about up-coming and recently posted shows. You can also email us oldmolevarietyhour-at-gmail<dot>com to this end or to send us comments, suggestions or get involved with the show.
  • Length: 58:30 minutes (53.56 MB)
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Liberal Anxieties

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Mon, 08/31/2015
The modern bureaucratic state was built during the New Deal and World War II by liberals who had doubts about a big state with a big bureaucracy. Anne Kornhauser tells the story in her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970. Here she talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how efforts to reduce and control bureaucracy differed on the right and the left, and about how to democratize the state.


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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