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.

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


Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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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.


Old Mole Variety Hour for November 10O, 2008

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Sun, 11/09/2008

This week the Moles pay tribute to the momentous  election of last Tuesday and assess what  it might and might not mean.   We also remember the late Studs Terkel.   To  hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  For  separate  pieces, follow the links below:

1.   Bill Resnick and Malik Miah discuss responses to the  Obama victory and what it might mean.

2.   Obama's Dual Mandate, by Solidarity.

3.   Euphoria, Sobriety, and Skepticism: The Well-read Reds on what  the left is saying.

4.   Remembering Studs Terkel

Building a Community for Care

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Mon, 11/03/2008

Dicentra is a Portland, OR area collective actively engaged in creating radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building.  Two of its members, Amelia Cates and Claire Berrera, talk with Denise Morris about the project.  Berrera is editor of the zine When Language Runs Dry, dealing with the experience of chronic pain.  

Unions and Ballot Measures

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Sun, 11/02/2008

Two ballot measures in Oregon would have major impact on unions.  Denise Morris and Wesley Buchholz explain.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 3, 2008

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Sun, 11/02/2008

Hosted by Denise Morris, this election-eve show discusses the prospects  for  an Obama presidency, a couple of Oregon ballot measures impacting unions, and a new program to enhance caring for people in chronic pain and suffering with mental illness.  Hear the whole show by clicking the arrow button above, or separate pieces by following their links below:

1.   Ezra Klein of the American Prospect talks with Bill Resnick about what's ahead for the next President.

2.  Denise talks with activist  Wesley Bucholz about two important Oregon ballot measures.

3.  Two members of the collective  Dicentra talk with Denise about promoting caring. 

4.  Bill Resnick reads from David  Sirota about what Obama's mandate, if any, might be.

An Obama Presidency

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Sun, 11/02/2008

What can we expect / hope for from an Obama presidency?  What should we not expect?  Bill Resnick reads a piece by David Sirota and  adds his own comments.  Sirota's piece is "Mandate 08". 

Challenges for the Next President

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Sun, 11/02/2008

What are the challenges the new President will face?  How much can a president do to put the nation on a different course?  Ezra Klein, a policy analyst who writes for The American Prospect and many other publications, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

Bailing Towards Socialism?

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Sun, 10/26/2008

Philosopher David Schweickart is the author of  After Capitalism, a book which puts forward a practical vision of a kind of economic democracy, a form of market socialism, that seems  ideally suited for the current economic crisis.  Clayton Morgareidge reads edited exerpts from his essay "Bailout! A Case for Economic Democracy And Clearing the Path to Socialism."

Nationalizing Banks

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Sun, 10/26/2008

Teacher and writer Dan La Botz writes on economic topics in the Monthly Review.   He talks with Bill Resnick about the close  relationship between banking and government, about when and where banks have been nationalized before, and the prospects for state ownership of banks in the future.  Two of his articles on the current economic crisis are here and here.  

Book Mole: Three Novels

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Sun, 10/26/2008

Larry Bowlden reviews three novels: Alice Sebold's Almost Moon; Debra Dean's The Madonnas of Leningrad; and Elizabeth Berg's Open House.  (He does not like all of them.)

Student Anti-war Activism

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Sun, 10/26/2008

Two students from Macalester College in Minnesota, Sophie Smith and Hadley Pope, who locked themselves down in front of a weapons manufacturer talk with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about their experiences and the significance of their actions.  You can find extensive  coverage of the event 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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