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 December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.


School Militarization in Portland

program date: 
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.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 05/25/2015
Frann Michel this Memorial Day episode of the Old Mole much of which deals with issues of war and militarization. 
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1. Bill Resnick talks with Jesse Hagopian about the growing movement among teacher and parents to resist the corporate attack on public schools.

2. Frann Michel reads a piece by local teacher Sylvia McGauley the militarization of Reynolds High School through JROTC.

3.  Desiree Helleger reports on the ongoing damage from Agent Orange as seen on her recent visit to Viet Nam.

4.  Clayton Morgareidge reads a piece by Camillo Mac Bica about thanking soldiers and former soldiers for "their service."

Left & the Law on Video Cameras and Policing

program date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015

For their Left and the Law segment, Jan and Mike talk about the use of video cameras in policing, the impact of citizen video recording of police actions, and new policies requiring officers to wear bodycams. They take up the question of what the camera is able to capture and whether it makes a difference who is holding the camera.

Psychology and Politics: Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan focus their "Psychology and Politics" segment on the complex cognitive and emotional responses that arise as people come to terms with climate change and think about what to do about it individually and collectively. They discuss campus campaigns for divestment from fossil fuels as an example to explore motivational and ideological obstacles.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 18, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015
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Denise Morris hosts this episode, with segments on electoral politics vs political movements, videocameras and policing, warrior capitalism, and the psychology of responding to climate change.

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Bill Resnick with Brian Tokar on Bernie Sanders

Left & Law: Jan & Mike discuss video cameras and policing

Tom Becker reads: on the term "middle-class" disappearing

Psychoanalysis & Politics: Jan & Tod on responding to climate change

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Bill Resnick with Brian Tokar on Bernie Sanders

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Mon, 05/18/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Brian Tokar on the promise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Brain and Bernie built their political careers in the same town--Burlington, Vermont--starting in the late 1970s: Brian as a Green, Bernie as a Scandinavian-style socialist. Brian evaluates Bernie's politics, starting as a developer's friend and evolving into a defender of the environment as a Congressman and Senator. But Bernie has never attempted to build political movements nor identify with Vermont's progressive political parties.

Warrior Capitalism: Middle class? What middle class?

program date: 
Mon, 05/18/2015

Tom Becker shares Jack Smith's article from Counterpunch.  It's about the disappearance of class terms, i.e., ruling class, upper class, working class, in political discussion by both politicians and journalists and the political consequences of that. Now the author contends the lone remaining class term--the middle class--is also on its way out.

Fight For $15 NOW

program date: 
Mon, 05/11/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson-Norton about the Fight for $15 movement. They consider the progress they've made in the national and local conversation around the minimum wage, and Bill wonders whether a more radical vision of worker control on the job and in the economy might be seen in these developments.
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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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