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 06/11/12

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


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old  Mole show which wil feature

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/04/12

Air date: 
Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

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


Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.


Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan


Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.


The Left & The Law: Faith Healing & Incarceration

program date: 
Wed, 02/10/2010

 Another in the Old Mole's series The  Left and the Law, this conversation with appellate attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken takes up two recent issues.  First, the right-wing radio ad campaign against the early release of some inmates because of the state budget shortfall.  But does longer incarceration do any good? Why do we spend so much on prisons and so little on education?  Second, the recent conviction of a Church of Christ family for trusting to faith healing rather than  medical attention for their dying son: what right does the state have to regulate the way parents care for their children?   

Medicine in Haiti

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010

 Angele Theard is a Portland anesthesiologist and second generation Haitian just back from ten days in Haiti administering to the pain of injured people.  In this interview, she talks with Thabiti Lewis about her work and the problems of getting needed aid to the people.  Dr. Theard was part of a group working with Medical Teams International of Oregon.  

Poisons In Our Bodies

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010

 What toxic substances are we soaking up from the industrial products we use -- including "sippy"  bottles for babies?  Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis has been studying the body chemistry of Oregonians and she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about her findings.  Hackenmiller-Paradis is with the Oregon Environmental Council and wrote the Oregon "Pollution in People" report  (PDF) which found alarming amounts of mercury, endocrine disrupters, mercury, and other stuff in the tissues of Oregonians.  

February 8, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010

 Tom Becker hosts this show which covers several health-related issues: the medical challenges in Haiti after the earthquake, poisonous chemicals in our bodies from manufactured products, and how the law treats  people who rely on faith healing rather than medicine.  Plus, Tom memorializes the late Howard Zinn who practiced history from below -- making him one of history's Old Moles.  

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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.  Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis from the Oregon Environmental Council talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about research into the pollution in our bodies from the products we use.

2.  Dr. Angele Theard discusses her recent work in Haiti, interviewed by Thabiti Lewis.

3.   Remembering Howard Zinn and how he did history.

4.  The Left and the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken review the radio campaign for incarceration and faith healing and the law.

Remembering Howard Zinn

program date: 
Mon, 02/08/2010

Practicing history from below: that was the work of the late Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States. Here Tom Becker describes that approach to history, in contrast to traditional ways of telling stories from the perspective of ruling classes.  Tom quotes from Richard Greenwald's  brief memoir, published in In These Times.

Portland's African Film Festival

program date: 
Tue, 02/02/2010

 Celebrating Black History Month and  the 50th anniversary of 17 African countries that achieved their independence in 1960, the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films begins on February 5 and continues through March 6.   P.C. Peri is a member of the planning committee and of Flying Focus Video, and talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the festival and several of the films being shown.  

As the festival's website points out, "The feature and documentary films that we show, the majority of which were made by African directors, celebrate Africa’s achievements, expose Africa’s failures, and reveal the possibilities for a more hopeful future. They show us pictures of Africa through the eyes of Africans, rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. The films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social. This year’s films cover a wide range of themes and topics, including African identity, liberation, emigration, displacement, dictatorship, racism and war, issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation, peace, truth, justice, forgiveness, and the position of women."

Hope in Hard Times from Howard Zinn

program date: 
Tue, 02/02/2010

 Perhaps as an antidote to what might seem the pessimism of Chris Hedges in the preceding segment of today's Old Mole, Bill Resnick reads a message of reasoned optimism from the recently deceased  Howard Zinn.  It comes from a  2004 piece in The Nation, "The Optimism of Uncertainty."   




Reporting Live from Haiti

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2010

 Live from Haiti, Kevin Pina talks by cell phone with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about the recent history of Haiti and US role in suppressing Aristide and popular democratic movements, as well as about the US militarization of current aid efforts and its cost in human lives.   Pina  is a  journalist, activist and filmmaker, who knows Haiti intimately.  (The accompanying photo shows him in journalistic action in Haiti.)

You can see more from him in this video interview.  Pina recommends the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund as the best place to contribute directly to the Haitian people.  For more background, check out the Haiti Information Project; Pina's film We Must Kill the Bandits; his article in World Press; and Naomi Klein on disaster capitalism in Haiti.

Making Local Energy

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2010

 Howie Hawkins as the Green Party candidate took 41% of the vote for mayor of Syracuse, New York last November.  One of his main issues is public utilities and generating green energy locally, and he talks about the politics of that in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.   

Fictional Democracy

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2010

 The recent Supreme Court decision granting rights of free speech to corporations merely reveals what was already true: that democracy is merely a useful fiction and we are already ruled by corporations.  This is the argument Chris Hedges makes in a piece on Truthdig, read here by Tom Becker.


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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