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 01/14/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Anarchism and Marxism, Movie Moles: Zero Dark Thirty, book review of "Sasha and Emma"

 Denise Morris hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 01/07/13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Neoliberal assault on schools, top eco-stories of 2012, feminist analysis of Newtown Shooting

Laurie Mercier hosts this first Old Mole of the year and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/31/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against Thrift, movie reviews on GasLand and Promised Land, reading from the left press


Iven Hale hosts the last Old Mole of 2012! We hear:

  • Bill talks with James Livingston, a historian who's latest book "Against Thift" argues why consumer culture is good for America.
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken, review two films about fracking. One a 2009 documentary called GasLand (available on NetFlix streaming) and a just released Gus Van Sant film starring Matt Damon called Promised Land.
  • Iven Hale reads something from the LeftPress. 

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/17/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/10/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate Talks, Anti-Oppression and Privilege Workshop, Book Review, Remembering Studs Turkel

 Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/03/12

Air date: 
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Obama's neoliberal education policies, the problem with work, future of palestine, left press readin

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

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Wal-Mart Strikes, Movie Review: Argo

Iven Hale hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talk with Nelson Lichtenstein about the Black Friday strikes and growing resistance to Wal-Mart.
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, review Argo.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Israel's attack on Palestine, book review "10 Girls to Watch", rethinking Thanksgiving, strike-wave

Alan Wieder hosts this episode of the Old Mole and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick will analyze Israel's attack on the Gaza strip.
  • Larry Bowlden is going to review Charity Shumway's Ten Girls to Watch.
  • Alan will explore rethinking Thanksgiving.
  • Updates on the strike-wave in Europe. 


Old Mole Variety Hour on 11/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Post-Election strategy, Left and the Law: solitary confinement, Movie Moles: Detropia, Well-read red

On this episode of the Old Mole, Bill Resnick hosts and we hear:


South of the Border

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Frann Michel, discuss Olver Stone's new movie about South American politics. They consider the up-beat tenor of the film and criticisms that this trivializes the seriousness of South American projects.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 12:43 minutes (5.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour August 9th (incomplete)

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

The theme of today's show - hosted by Bill Resnick (on the left) -  could aptly be called "South of the Border." Virtually all of the show turns its eyes to South American politics, but also the harsh realities of humanitarian aid.  It features South American rebel-music by Intli-illimani, which Bill discusses in the end. Below are links to the other portions of the show.

1. Jan Haaken and Fran Michel review Oliver Stone's new movie about the South American political landscape, "South of the Border."

2. Bill interviews Mark Weisbrot, co-author of South of the Border, about the rise and status of South American popular governments.

3. Jan interviews Sophie Smith about No More Deaths, a humanitarian group delivering aid to undocumented immigrants.

4. Well Read Red, Bill Resnick, reflects on the over-turning of the gay-marriage ban in California.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because we were given an extra 15 minutes on short notice, the CD on which we record the show for editing and posting on the web ran up. There is a KBOO technician working on extracting the missing portion from a master-log we keep, but it will probably take through the weekend. You can still listen to the listed segments from the show. The whole show is below, but cuts off about ten minutes prior to the end.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 66:18 minutes (30.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

No More Deaths!

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith. Sophie works with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization that tries to make sure no one dies in the deserts of the Mexican-American border, and stands by the motto: humanitarian aid is never a crime. She recounts her own experience in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, and argues from her experience that nothing less than powerful desperation is compelling people to risk their lives crossing the border.

Visit the No More Deaths website to learn more about their projects, of which desert aid is just one.

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 14:03 minutes (6.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Rise of South American Left Governments

program date: 
Mon, 08/09/2010

Bill talks with Mark Weisbrot about radical South American politics and the new film he co-wrote with Oliver Stone, South of the Border. Mark has us look to South American populism, the empowerment of working-people over the claims of Capital and strengthening of the State as relevant to thinking about political transformation in the US.


Mark Weisbrot is the co-director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research; author of many articles through the Guardian; and co-author with Dean Baker of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis." He is also president of the group, "Just Foreign Policy."

  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 19:01 minutes (8.71 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Bad Policy or Class Policy?

program date: 
Wed, 08/04/2010

Governments around the world are promoting austerity and "fiscal responsibility" as a solution to the global financial crisis.   Liberal critics say this is short-sighted, but in fact it's the way governments serve "their corporate/financial masters."  The Old Mole's Tom Becker reads from a piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh from Counterpunch.

Policing Domestic Violence

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

Tanya Brannan, founder of  the Purple Berets, describes how and why police responses to domestic violence are often useless or worse than useless.  She talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

Kapitalism 101: Marx on the Market

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

 Joe Clement introduces a selection from Brendan Cooney's video blog Kapitalism 101.  Cooney explains how the workings of the "free" market inevitably produce class inquality.  You can watch the video version here.  

Book Mole: "Love and Summer"

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

August 2 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

Joe Clement (pictured here) is our host on this program about policing domestic violence, "The Kids Are All Right," Marxian economics, Love in Ireland, and going beyond the liberal critique of government austerity.

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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.   Why the police are so bad at responding to domestic violence and what needs to be done about it -- a conversation between Tanya Brannan of Purple Berets and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.

2.   Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb review "The Kids Are  All Right," a movie about a lesbian family and a surrogate father.

3.   An excerpt from a talk about how the workings of the "free  market"  generate class inequality.

4.  Larry Bowlden reviews  William Trevor's  novel Love and Summer.

5.  What's wrong with the liberal critique of austerity policies:  A reading by Tom Becker of a  piece by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh  

From Greed to Green

program date: 
Tue, 07/27/2010

Bill Resnick talks with Charles Derber about his book "From Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy." Derber says, if the relatively mainstream, working-class Boston suburb where he lives can get excited about implamenting green technology and policies, so can the rest of the country. Derber's message is fundamentally optimistic, and he explains why.

Charles Derber teaches at Boston College. From his website: "His recent books focus on climate change, capitalism, globalization, terrorism, the culture of hegemony, and the power of multinational corporations. He has also written extensively on the American Dream and the crisis of individualism that defines American life, showing how our problems of community are organically tied to economic and political forces."

  • Title: Bill_and_Derber
  • Genre: Talk
  • Length: 21:46 minutes (19.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)


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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