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
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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 30

Air date: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, ObamaCare, government shutdown, food stamps, and more

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This episode of the Old Mole will be hosted by Clayton Morgareidge and will give you incisive and critical commentary on Syria, Obamacare, the impending government shutdown, food stamps and class, and more.


Mobilizing for Community Health, Well-Being and Equity

program date: 
Mon, 03/22/2010

 An major conference at Washington State University in Vancouver on Saturday, March 27 will feature speakers and panels about inequities in health connected with class, race, imprisonment, and many other issues.  The title is Mobilizing for Community Health, Well-Being and Equity.   Here the Old Mole's Frann Michel talks with organizer Desiree Hellegers about the many issues under discussion, and how you can attend.  See their website for more info.

The Future of Energy

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

Is it really possible to meet our energy needs with renewable sources and conservation?  Economist John Blackburn says it is, and he gives us plenty of reasons why wind, solar, and other decentralized sources are up to the task of replacing our dependence on carbon fuels.  Blackburn is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Duke University and the author of The Renewable Energy Alternative: How the United States and the World Can Prosper Without Nuclear Energy or Coal.   He works to get the alternative sources recognized in North Carolina.  

"Undercover Boss": Reality TV?

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

 This is "Reality TV"? --  Corporate CEOs as heroes of the working class?  Mark Brenner of Labor Notes and the Old Mole's Denise Morris discuss the new TV series "Undercover Boss."  Brenner recently published "Reality TV Gives Corporate America a Big Wet Kiss" in Labor Notes.  

The Morass in Afghanistan

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

The Well-Read Red.

Mainstream news from Afghanistan tells of US Military plans and hopes for stabilizing the shattered nation, and rarely covers the enormous obstacles in their way.  In an article "Getting Out of Afghanistan" published last October in Dissent Magazine, Todd Gitlin shows what's wrong with all the reasons given for the US-NATO occupation.    Clayton Morgareidge  reads an edited version of the piece.  

March 15 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

 Hosted by Bill Resnick and featuring the powerful protest music of Mavis Staples, this show includes a discussion of the real feasibility of replacing coal and nuclear power with wind and solar; a conversation critical of the "reality" show "Undercover Bosses"; and an analysis of the quagmire in Afghanistan.  


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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.  Economist John Blackman explains how massive coal and nuclear plants can be replaced by locally controlled wind and solar production.

2.  Old Mole Denise Morris and Labor activist Mark Brenner discuss what's unreal about "Undercover Bossses."

3.  The Old Mole's Clayton Morgareidge reads from a piece by Todd Gitlin on what's wrong with the Afghanistan war.

4.  Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the career and music of Mavis Staples.  


Life and Music of Mavis Staples

program date: 
Mon, 03/15/2010

This segment includes of songs by Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, plus a discussion of her music and her career with radical musicologist Brad Duncan and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Their music was an integral part of the civil rights movement, and she's still at it.  

Movie Moles: "Fish Tank"

program date: 
Wed, 03/10/2010

For this International Women's Day show, Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken discuss the film "Fish Tank," written and directed by Andrea Arnold and  showing through Thursday at Cinema 21.   Frann and Jan also discuss "the male gaze" and other issues around the presence of women in film making.  

Gender, Sex and Science

program date: 
Wed, 03/10/2010

The 29th Annual Gender Studies Symposium is coming to Lewis & Clark College, March 10-12.  The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with the Symposium's Faculty Director Kimberly Brodkin about the many perspectives on this years topic -- "The Science of Gender and Sex" --    including the medicalization of sexuality (for more on this, go here) and political responses to the AIDS crisis.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the symposium's website.  

March 8 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Wed, 03/10/2010

 For International  Women's Day, the women of the Old Mole Collective, led by host Denise Morris, take up issues confronting women in the building trades and their creative ways of dealing with them; women in the movie industry and a current film written and directed by a woman; and "The Science of Gender and Sex," the topic of this year's Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College.  In addition, Denise features the music of Yoko Ono in the breaks between segments.  


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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.  Johanna Brenner talks with steam fitter Amy Sprengelmeyer and electrician Lisa Serrano about the  the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. and about making their union more militant and democratic.  

2.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the film "Fish Tank," and the presence of women in film-making.

3.  Laurie Mercier talks with the director of the Lewis & Clark Gender Studies  Symposium about this year's topic, "The Science of Gender and Sex," and give details about the symposium (which are also the page  at this link).  


Women in the Trades

program date: 
Mon, 03/08/2010

 What's it like to be a woman in the construction trades?   Johnanna Brenner talks with an electrician and a steam fitter about about the challenges facing women trying to break into and stay in the construction trades. They discuss how women support each other to meet those challenges,  about efforts to make unions more democratic, inclusive, and activist, and why that is important to women and people of color working in the trades. 

All three -- Amy Sprengelmeyer, Lisa Serrano and Johanna herself -- are members of Portland Cross Trade Solidarity which is holding a fund raiser this Saturday, March 13 at the Musician's Hall.   It's purpose  is to help send a delegation of building trades workers to the Labor Notes Conference in Detroit.  For more information, you can email  crosstradesolidaritypdx@gmail.com or phone 503-234-2306.  Portland Cross Trade Solidarity is also on Facebook.  


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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