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.

For individual segments and information about episodes, click the "audio" tab.

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


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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Interviews and news

Today on the Old Mole
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson on the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Larry Bowlden reviews a memoir entitled "Love and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere" by Poe Ballantine.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile (gen TEAL ee), Director of Gender Studies Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice regarding sexual assault on college campuses. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
"Strike!" and today's mini-revolts; a corporate take-over of our water; "After the Revolution"

Bill Resnick hosts this show and we hear--

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites


May 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Wed, 05/19/2010

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this program features segments on the politics and science of energy policies and cleaning up after oil spills.  We also learn about the blowback from drone attacks and a comic documentary about grafitti and video.

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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.  Bill Snape of the Center for Biodiversity talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's lacking in the energy policy now being debated in the Senate, and what we really need in that department.

2.  Jan Haaken talks with an oil spill cleanup engineer about the Gulf spill and the technology and politics of it all. 

3.  Tom Becker  reads David Sirota's essay that puts us in the shoes of those with reason to set bombs among us.

4.  The Movie Moles discuss Exit Through the Gift Shop -- a movie about money and grafitti.


The Politics of Energy Reform

program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

Is the Kerry-Lieberman energy bill (aka "The American Energy Bill") a step in the right direction, or a give-away to the energy companies and nuclear power?   Bill Snape, Senior Counsel for the Center for Biodiversity, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what more is needed to prevent catastrophic global warming and what it will take to get it.  

The Politics and Science of Oil Spills

program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

An engineer specializing in cleaning up oil spills explains the science and technology of this work, as well as the politics behind its limitations.  Richard Heymann is the engineer, and he talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.  

Drones and their Blowback

program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

  Journalist David Sirota tries to put us inside the heads of people who might have reasons for planting bombs among us, in this essay read  here by the Old Mole's Tom Becker.

"Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- The Movie Moles

program date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010

Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the graffiti artist turn the camera back on its owner.  Movie Moles Wendy Webb and Jan Haaken  discuss who this comedic documentary is really spoofing.  

Living in Disastrous Times

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

Can the sense of solidarity and community that comes over us in response to a flood or an earthquake be mobilized to respond to less obvious disasters -- like climate change, for example?  Clayton Morgareidge looks for  help in Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.  

You can read this review here on Clayton's blog.

You can read what Solnit has to say about the Haiti earthquake here

The music on this piece is by the Salem group Dr. Atomic's Medicine Show, from their album Hot Topics.

Mothers and Others: Alloparents and Commoning

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

Remarking on Mother's Day,  our Well-read Red Frann Michel considers what mothers need from the commons -- from their fellow human beings with their evolved hypersociality according to the slogan "One for all and all for one."     

You can read Frann's remarks on her blog.

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 10, 2010

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this show about hope in hard times, about the opportunities given to us by the disastrous times we live in.  

This show is part of  KBOO's Spring Membership Drive, offering you the opportunity to support the station that sustains the Old Mole, along with all the other great public affairs programming available nowhere else on the air.   Please use the tip jar in the upper right corner to contribute -- and Thanks!

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Climate Crisis Solutions

program date: 
Mon, 05/10/2010

 Activist and author Ted Glick talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what can be done and what is being done to prevent our climate crisis from turning catastrophic.  There is some good news here.  Ted Glick is the policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and national coordinator for the U.S. Climate Energy Council.  He urges you to support The Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act.

Volcanos, Air Travel, and Climate

program date: 
Mon, 05/03/2010

 Frann Michel, The Well-read Red, explores some surprising connections among volcanic eruptions, air travel, climate change, and the capitalist mode of production.  You can read her remarks by clicking here.  


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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