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).

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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 December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5

Air date: 
Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
National Security, unions on Star Trek, "Hope Springs", and prison hunger strikes
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Joe Clement hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include:
  • The Left and the Law with Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken follow up on the hunger strikes in California prisons;
  • Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a couple in marriage counseling;
  • Joe Clement will talk with a local sci-fi buff and radical activist about the "union episode" on Star Trek Deep Nine;
  • Bill Resnick interviews a scholar/activist about the national security State.

Old Mole Special on Climate Change and Other Crucial Environmental Issues

Air date: 
Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
How to support movements to stop climate change and win other environmental struggles
Celebrate Membership Drive by tuning in to an Old Mole climate change special: Mark Herstsgaard on the threat of climate change and also the many reasons for hope including the growth of our movements; Mark Jacobson on how, if we mobilize our resources, we can eliminate fossil fuel burning for energy within 15 years; John Ferrell on the great superiority of local democratically run decentralized sun and wind power production; and also an Old Mole Roundtable on strategy for winning, on climate change and other critical environmental struggles." Image from Wikipedia: This time series, based on satellite data, shows the annual Arctic sea ice minimum since 1979. The September 2010 extent was the third lowest in the satellite record.


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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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.

February 1, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 02/01/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program features an on-the-ground report from Haiti.  In addition, we hear from Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse about public, locally generated power; from PC Peri of Flying Focus Video about the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films; from Chris Hedges (read by Tom Becker) about our fictional democracy; and from the late Howard Zinn (read by Bill Resnick) about why we should still be optimistic in uncertain times.  

Thanks to those of you who contributed during last week's membership drive!  If you didn't, it's never too late -- click on the tip jar at the top of this page.

Special note:   If you see the world from the Mole's underground point of view and would be interested in working with the Old Mole collective, email us with some information about yourself and the kinds of issues that interest you.  For more about the Mole's outlook, check out the links on our main page.  Write to OldMoleVarietyHour@gmail.com


For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us on Facebook.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Journalist and activist Kevin Pina reports from Haiti in this conversation with Laurie Mercier.

2.  Howie Hawkins and Bill Resnick on electical  power -- locally owned, locally produced.  

3.  The African Film Festival, Feb.  5 - Mar. 6:  PC Peri and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

4.  Chris Hedges on the Supreme Court stripping bare the illusion of democracy.

5.  Howard Zinn on why we should be optimistic in hard times.



January 25, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program reviews recent documentaries on Haiti that throw light on Haiti's current situation after this month's earthquake.   We also hear about why the Democrats lost the Senate race in Massachussetts and what it means for the Obama administration.  Plus a discussion of last  week's Supreme Court decision granting corporations the right to "free speech" in political campaigns.  This show is  also part of KBOO's winter  membeship drive, and we appreciate your support.  Many thanks if you have contributed.  If not, the "tip jar" is available at the top of this page! 

For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to our main page. You can also follow us on Facebook.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual pieces and find more information, follow these links:

1.  Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken review two documentaries about Haiti.

2.  Bill Resnick talks with John Berg about the Democrats' debacle in Massachussetts.   

3.  Clayton Morgareidge (today's Well-read Red) surveys left press  comments on the Supreme Court's  grant of free speech rights to corporations.  

Obama After Massachussetts

program date: 
Mon, 01/25/2010

 Why did Ted Kennedy's Senate seat go to a Republican?  What does this mean for Obama and his agenda?  Massachussetts political scientist John Berg talks with our Bill Resnick about it all.


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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