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 06/17/13

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.


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. 

The Politics of PTSD (Part 3)

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2009

 Continuing their discussion of how the military uses the label  "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome," attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken discuss how it diverts attention from policies of militarism and  focuses instead on individuals.  

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)



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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