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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/29/12

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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Zombies, capitalism, book-reviews, #n3

 On this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, Iven Hale hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Leo Panich
  • Iven Hale reviews a book
  • Joe Clemen reads a piece about Zombie Capitalism
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press
  • Joe Clement also interviews Gina from the Portland Action Lab about November 3rd.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/22/12

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
An hour of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist perspective.


Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interviews an activist or scholar working on the Left.
  • Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, review Maquilapolis, a 2006 film about multnationally-owned factories employing cheap labor in Mexico.
  • Alan Wieder remembers Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist who was assissinated 30 years ago.
  • Tom reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/15/12

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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Reducing prison time for low risk offenders; Have women won more clout in the world than men?


Jan Haaken hosts this edition of the Old Mole on which

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/08/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Membership-Drive Special on DRUGS


Bill Resnick or Jan Haaken hosts this membership-drive special on DRUGS

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/01/12

Air date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
NFL Lockout, Labor against War, Well Read Red

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
  • Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Leo Panitch, Searching for Sugar Man, against the work-ethic, reading from the left press


Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Working-class mobilization & resistance, Movie Moles on "American Dream", IWW & Paid Sick Days Now!


Laurie Mercier hosts this special Labor Day episode and we hear:


Social Worker Burn Out

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked?   Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work.  

Poverty and Life Choices

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Poor people are often blamed for causing their own poverty by making bad choices.  Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on writings by poor and formerly poor people to show that what look like poor decisions to those who are not poor often look very different to those who are.  And she reminds us that poverty is not caused by poor people, it is caused by capitalist exploitation of the working class.  To read her text with links to her sources, click here.  

More (Social) Security, Less War

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Mon, 12/02/2013
Although we hear a great deal about the supposed need to cut Social Security and Medicare, support is high among the people for increasing those essential supports.  Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's piece on Counterpunch, "Shifting from Defense to Offense"  reporting on the growing movement to improve, instead of cutting, those programs.  He explains how reducing military spending and eliminating the cap on Social Security taxes would more than pay for these incrases.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 2, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013

Joe Clement hosts the show today featuring several takes on poverty in the US and an illuminating discussion of the prospects for war or peace in the Middle East.  To hear individual segments, follow these links. To hear the whole show, use the play button below.  
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  1. Middle East scholar Saeed Rahnema talks with Bill Resnick about the US, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other players in the region.
  2. Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses differing perceptions of choices made by poor people.
  3. Iven Hale reflects on her experience as an underpaid, overworked social worker and what it shows about the conditions of such work.  
  4. Tom Becker reads from Dave Lindorff's article arguing for increasing Social Security and Medicare.

Update on PPS-PAT Contract Talks with PAT President, Gwen Sullivan

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Bill Resnick talks to Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers. They bring an update on the contract talks between the Portland Association of Teachers and the Portland Public School district board, the possibility of a strike, and the fight for quality public education in the age of neoliberalism.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 18:33 minutes (16.98 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Climate Summit Corruption at the COP-19

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Tom Becker reads from an article about the corrupt failure of the United Nations COP-19 Climate Summit, where industry interests controlled the conference and civil society groups hassled. It is titled "The Government Scandal That Shows The People Have to Take Radical Action to Prevent Climate Change: the corrupt failure of the COP-19 make revolt irresistable", by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:03 minutes (6.45 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Movie Moles: Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage"

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Denise Morris, review Ingmar Bergman's 1973 "Scenes from a Marriage", a film after which saw divorce rates jump when released in Bergman's native Sweden. Picking up somewhat on a theme opened up in their review of "Hope Springs", they interrogate the pitfalls and promises of modern relationships, particularly marriage, and their portrayal in film.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 13:15 minutes (12.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Mental Health, Disabilities and the Affordable Care Act

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Mon, 11/25/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Bob Joondepth, Director of Disabilities Rights Oregon, about the promises and pitfalls of the Affordable Care Act for those with mental health needs. They talk about the nuts and bolts of services people may receive, but also raise political questions about the definition of disability in civil society and mental health services.
  • Title: MentalHealthACA
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:12 minutes (11.17 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Green Strategies

program date: 
Mon, 11/18/2013
What is the best path towards climate justice?  Will market solutions work?  Can global warming be effectively halted as long as capital rules the world?  Author and environmental activist Brian Tokar talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about these issues.  
Brian Tokar is currently the director of the Institute for Social Ecology and an instructor in environmental studies at the University of Vermont. He has been a key coordinator of resistance against biotechnology and genetic engineering in New England, and he founded the ISE's Climate Justice Project in 2006.

Brian Tokar is the author of "The Green Alternative" and "Earth for Sale," editor of two books on the politics of biotechnology, "Redesigning Life?" and "Gene Traders," and lectures widely on a variety of environmental and political topics. His latest book is "Toward Climate Justice".

How To Be a Progressive Activist

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Mon, 11/18/2013
In his Playbook for Progressives, Eric Mann combines theory and action, with biography and autobiography, to bring alive, through real lives, what radical organizing means in the struggle against racism and class disparity in the United States and throughout the world. Here the Old Mole's Alan Wieder reviews this important and useful book.  

Eric Mann one of the founders the Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC) in 1989, has been the organization's Director since its inception.  His earlier political work included being a Field Secretary for The Congress of Racial Equality, an above ground member of Weatherman, and a radical, activist/organizer in automobile and airplane production plants throughout the country.


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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