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.

You can leave comments for the Moles at  oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com or by clicking on the comment section for any of our audio pieces.  


Coming Soon

4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/17/13

Air date: 
Mon, 06/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Consumerism, classified documents, the Weather Underground

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Old Mole which includes

  • Bill Resnick talking with sociologist Charles Derber about how and why young people are becoming more skeptical about consumerism;
  • A Left and the Law segment about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and classified information;
  • Alan Wieder's retrospective review of a book about the lives of people in the Weather Underground;
  • A commentary by Iven Hale.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

Air date: 
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change activism, the Rivonia Raid, beauty and politics

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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/29/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Consumerism, Labor History, Syria, Guns, and Freedom

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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this action packed show covering the situation in Syria, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference coming up in Portland, getting over and beyond consumerism as the basis for social life, and gun violence and gun legislation.  

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/22/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Green Syndicalism, Steady State Economics, A Practical Utopians Guide, Food-Stamps for All

Joe Clement hosts this special Earth Day Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/15/13

Air date: 
Mon, 04/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles: 42, WRR: Chris Hani, Left and the Law on punitive laws, attacks on social security

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Movie Moles review the new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. For those too young to remember, Robinson was a pioneering black baseball player for the Dogers, a member of the Republican Party, and collaborater with HUAC in the 1950s.
  • Well-read Red, Alan Wieder commerates the 20th Anniversiary of the assassination of South African freedom fighter and communist Chris Hani.
  • The Left and the Law discuss Oregon prisons and punitive laws in response to budget crises.
  • Bill Resnick talks about attacks on social security.


Portland Student Union activist, Kate Barnes, on PPS/PAT struggle

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014
Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve. 
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 7:26 minutes (5.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Radical Musicology: the politics and music of Pete Seeger

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014
Joe Clement talks with Brad Duncan about Pete Seeger's life growing up as a "red diaper baby", his own communist politics, and vision of a liberatory praxis driven by music. This online version of their conversation contains extra material not aired live because of time constraints. It turns to questions about Seeger's anti-war and pro-war stances earlier in his career, but also the politics of the banjo itself.

Old Mole Variety Hour February 24 2014

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.

You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.
  • Title: OMVH02242014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Well-read Red: Neoliberalism and Education, Portland State Edition

program date: 
Mon, 02/17/2014
Well-read Red Frann Michel reads from Henry Giroux about neoliberalism, connecting the more unsustainable than usual mode of capitalist ideology and worldmaking to the defunding and alround attack on universities. In the latter half, she focuses on class struggle at Portland State University, highlighting who is causing the problems and who's organizing the solution. You can read it HERE.http://kboo.fm/content/neoliberalhighereducationparttwo
  • Title: neoliberalUpart2
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 8:20 minutes (7.64 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour February 17 2014

program date: 
Mon, 02/17/2014
  Bill Resnick hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:
You can listen to the whole show by clicking the play button below. The individual segments have their own pages linked above so you can more easily share and listen to what peaks your interests. Please send comments, suggestions, or questions to the oldmolevarietyhour@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for more updates.


  • Title: OMVH02172014
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 40:03 minutes (36.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Unions and Class Struggle

program date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014
Steve Early is the author, most recently, of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, in addition to many other books and articles.  He has been active as a labor journalist, lawyer, organizer, or union representative since 1972. Here he talks with Old Mole Norm Diamond about the need for unions to grow by becoming more democratic and less corporate.  

Frances Moore Lappé and Democracy in Everyday Life

program date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014
Frances Moore Lappé, famously the author of Diet for a Small Planet, has been writing and speaking about ecology, democracy, and the way we live for many years.  Her most recent book is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, and she talks here with Old Mole Bill Resnick about the movement to expand our conception and practice of democracy.  

Marxism inside the Onion

program date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014
The satirical newspaper The Onion is the purveyor of insights from Marx in such articles as “Laid Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance”.   This is the claim of Emmett Rensin in a recent article in The New Republic, "The Onion Has Become America's Finest Marxist News Source".  "It's funny because it's true," concludes the essay, implying that Marx's criticism of capitalist society have become obvious to us all. 

The Old Mole's Joe Clement reads and comments on Rensin's piece.   

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 10, 2014

program date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014

Joe Clement is our host for this Membership Drive special for the Old Mole, playing music from the late Pete Seeger.  We hear 
  1. Norm Diamond and labor journalist Steve Early discuss the need to revitalize Union movement with democracy.
  2. Frances Moore Lappé talks with Bill Resnick about democracy in everyday life and her new book Eco-Mind.
  3. Is The Onion a Marxist propoganda tool?  Joe Clement reads a piece by Emmett Rensin from The New Republic. 
To hear any of these pieces, click on their links above.  To hear the whole show with Pete Seeger's songs, use the play button below. 

The Mole thanks those of you who contributed to KBOO's current pledge drive!  If you have not yet done so, the Tip Jar at the top of this page is waiting for you.  

Bill Resnick on the late Pete Seeger

program date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014
Bill Resnick offers some brief comments about Pete Seeger, addressing his past involvement with the Communist Party, but also his break from it and other advocacy. He points in the direction of worthwhile reads that go into more detail.
  • Genre: Other
  • Length: 3:17 minutes (1.51 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (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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