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).

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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 for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion

Old Mole Variety Hour December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.


Can Higher Taxes Help the Economy?

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009

Oregon Voters will be asked in January to decide whether to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. The opposition claims that taxing the rich hurts the economy, undermines small business, and costs jobs. But does that contention hold water? In this interview, the Old Mole's Bill Resnick talks with economist and writer John Miller, a regular contributor to Dollars & Sense, about the impact of taxes on jobs and investment. 

Copenhagen and Beyond

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 What are the politics and the prospects for a serious approach to climate change at the Copenhagen Conference?  Brian Tokar, activist, organizer, and writer on environmental issues, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  His books are The  Green Alternative and Earth for Sale:  Reclaiming Ecology in the Age of Corporate Greeenwash.  His work can also be found at ZNet and (most recently)  Counterpunch.  

Move Moles: "Invictus"

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 Sports, politics and race combine in the new Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.   Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken analyze the deep politics of this film.

Children's Books for Progressive Families

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 Portland's  independent women's bookstore In Other Words is expanding its selection of books for children, selecting those that convey progressive values of  equality, diversity,  peace, and democracy.   Amber Roland from In Other Words talks with Bill Resnick about some of these  books.  In Other Words is located at 8B N.E. Killlingsworth.  

Book Mole: "Unaccustomed Earth"

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 "A writer who seems to paint pictures without leaving brush strokes."  That's how the Old Mole's Larry Bowlden describes the work of Jhumpa Lahiri in her collection of stories Unaccustomed Earth.  You can find an archive of Larry's past reviews here.   

Floyd Red Crow Westerman

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 Floyd Red Crow Westerman was a Native American singer, songwriter, actor, and activist who joined the causes of native peoples to contemporary folk music.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Red Crow's life, music and legacy.   

December 14 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2009

 Bill Resnick hosts this  program about the political climate in Copenhagen; children's books  for progressives; the life and music of Floyd Red Crow Westerman; Invictus (the Clint Eastwood movie about South Africa); and Jhumpa Lahiri's  book Unaccustomed Earth.  


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To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Environmental activist and writer Brian Tokar discusses news from the Copenhagen Conference (it's not all bad).

2.   Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris review Invictus,  a movie about sports and politics.

3.  Amber Roland from Portland's  Women's Bookstore describes their new selection of children's books for progressives.   

4.   Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.

5.  Musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about Native American singer and activist Floyd Red Crow Westerman.

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2009

 The Economic Policy Institute has a 5-point plan for making jobs part of the economic recovery, and a way to pay for it.  The EPI's Josh Bivins explains what it requires in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Bivins  is the author of Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and has published numerous articles in both academic and popular venues, including USA Today, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Challenge Magazine, and Worth. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues for a variety of media outlets, including NPR, CNN, CNBC, Reuters and the BBC.  

Ambush in Afghanistan

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2009

 What pushed Obama into Afghanistan?  What will it do to the Afghans?  What will it do to Obama's domestic programs and the Democrats?  Clayton Morgareidge reads from

Photo Credit: Afghan women beg outside a mosque in Kabul. (AP file photo)


Students Organizing Against Tuition Hikes in California

program date: 
Mon, 12/07/2009

 The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with Quinn Nguyen and Iris Bustos, student activists at UC Santa Barbara about the recent protests and one-day fast at UCSB.   They also discuss  the larger coalition-building among UC students with service workers and the larger community to protest the cuts in wages and education to support the military-prison complex.  You can learn more about what UC students are doing at the California Students Association website.


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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