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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour July 21 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Unions Winning Better Schools, Portland Free Store, California's Death Penalty, We Are Brave camp

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity, same sex intimate partner violence

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 23 2014

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts the Old Mole on June 9 and we hear these segments:
Bill Resnick talks with Col. Ann Wright about Bowe Bergdahl and related issues: charges of desertion, treatment of soldiers and veterans, political spins.

Old Mole Variety Hour June 2 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

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 January 7, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 01/06/2008

 Today's show is hosted by Tom Becker.  It begins with a Bill Resnick interview with Anita Weiss about what's going on in Pakistan and why the US should not engage in military action there.  Larry Bowlden reviews Alice McDermott's novel At Weddings and Wakes--a "quiet novel."  Tom reads a satirical piece by Steve Early called "How the Presidential Candidates Made Me an Atheist: Put God Back in the Closet Where It Belongs."   And Bill Resnick alerts  us to an important meeting with the new superintendent of Portland's schools on Friday, January 11 and the issues that will be on the table there.  The meeting is at  4:30 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 16th and NE Broadway.

Some of the pieces on today's show can be heard separately by following these  links:

Anita Weiss on Pakistan 

Review of "At Weddings and Wakes"

Interview with Carolyn Jessop




Old Mole Variety Hour for December 31, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 12/30/2007

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program opens with some reflections on why the presidential campaign is treated as a horserace, not as a debate on the future of the nation.  Bill Resnick talks with local bicycling activists Tim Calvert and Elinor Blue about how bicycling can change our cities and our lives.  Luz María Gordillo reads her short story "Hot  Señorita", one of her  series on the Mexican immigrant experience.  Carolyn Jessop talks with Bill Resnick  about her  experience  in a polygamous, fundamentalist  Mormon community.  We hear part one of a two-part interview. And Laurie Mercier  summarizes what Ari Berman has  been writing in The Nation about the Iowa  Caucuses and which candidate seems to be getting the nod from big corporations and the military-industrial complex.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 24, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 12/23/2007

 Hosted by Denise Morris, this Christmas Eve  show begins with Bill Resnick interviewing Jocelyne Cesari, author of When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and the US.  They discuss similarities and differences between Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe and debunk notions that link Islam with terrorism.  Jay Thiemeyer reviews  The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, by Katherine Newman and Victor Tan Chen.   And  Denise Morris talks with fellow movie mole Frann Michel about Martin Scorcese's film The Last Temptation of Christ and the controversies that surrounded it when it was released in 1988.


Old Mole Variety Hour for December 17, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 12/16/2007

Today's show, hosted by Frann Michel, opens  with Bill Resnick talking with Portland attorney Steven Goldberg about the government's use of the "State Secrets" defense to prevent prisoners in the "war on terror" from getting a hearing.  Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel review the parody film "Romance and Cigarettes."  Thabiti Lewis comments on Heroes and Sports in light of the Mitchell report on steroids  in baseball.  And Karl Rohde of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) talks with Bill Resnick about promoting bicycling in Portland.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 10, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 12/09/2007

Bill Resnick hosts today's show and interviews Bill Black, former senior government financial regulator and author of the book "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One." They discuss the subprime mortgage crisis and other corporate malfeasance aided and abetted by the neo-cons now in power. Tom Becker critiques the undermining of the separation of church and state in Mitt Romney's speech about his religious beliefs. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Pat Barker's novel about the ravages of war in the souls of soldiers, "Regeneration." And Jan Haaken talks with Costa Rican activist Jimena Alvarado about the recent vote there in favor of a free trade pact.

  • Title: OMV 12_10_07
  • Length: 55:16 minutes (13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 32Kbps (VBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 3, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 12/02/2007

Bill Resnick talks with Prof. Ismael Hossein-Zadeh about the administration's charges against Iran. Frann Michel reflects on religion, sexuality and social control--and the movie "The Bible Tells Me So." Host Clayton Morgareidge comments on arguments that maternity leave is unfair to non-parents. "Iceberg Lettuce, Anyone," is Luz Maria Gordillo's latest short story about Mexican immigrants. Clayton comments on "Wishing for God." And local activist Jamie Partridge talks with Bill Resnick about challenging Congressman Earl Blumenhauer on his vote for the Peru Free Trade Pact.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 26, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 11/25/2007

Hosted by Denise Morris, today's show begins with two pieces about the Wages for Housework Campaign: Laurie Mercier interviews Selma James, the founder of the campaign and International Coordinator of Women's Global Strike; and Andaiye of Red Thread. They will be speaking at PSU, in the Native American Center, on Saturday from 1-3 pm about Tanzania's Arusha Declaration and African Socialism. Then Frann Michel and Denise review the documentary film "Talking of Power" produced by the Bolivian Circle of Women's Global Strike, available from globalwomensstrike.net.
In the second half of the show, Bill Resnick talks with Ali Shakiri from the Center for Citizen Peace Building about what's going on in Iran and how Iran would be affected by a US attack. Then Bill is joined by Dave Finkle, editor of Against the Current, to assess the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conference being hosted by President Bush.

  • Title: OMV 11_26_07 1
  • Length: 55:53 minutes (13.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 32Kbps (VBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 19, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 11/18/2007

Hosted by Tom Becker, today's Old Mole features a conversation between Bill Resnick and anthropologist Kamran Asdar Ali about the recent history and current situation in Pakistan. Jan Haaken interviews Portland State Psychology student David Hall about his work on Native American concepts of sustainability. Thabiti Lewis shows us how little we learn about American gangsters from the film "American Gangster." Tom Becker reads what Bob Dylan's retelling of the story of Joe Hill. And Bill Resnick interviews members of the Custodians and Food Service Workers Union who are fighting for a just wage and benefits with the Portland Schools.

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 12, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 11/11/2007

Bill Resnick talks with Mark Weisbrot about the state of the economy, especially the debt crisis; with local activist Deborah Schwartz about making the City of Portland sweat-free; and with Norman Solomon about the politics of progressivism and his new book "Made Love, Got War." Tom Becker recalls the 1919 Centralia massacred, and Larry Bowlden reviews Ian McEwan's latest novel "On Chesil Beach."

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 5, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 11/04/2007

Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this program discusses: (1) the culture of Afghanistan and how it plays out in the ongoing war there; (2) the program of short films about war put together by the Cinema Project (cinemaproject.org) and being shown on November 11 here in Portland; (3) Artist Harrell Fletcher's community and web-based projects designed to bring art into daily life and political awareness (learningtoloveyoumore.com, and harrellfletcher.com); and (4) the Pacific Northwest Labor Arts Festival happening this Saturday, November 10, at Portland State University.

  • Title: OMV 11_05_06
  • Length: 53:40 minutes (21.78 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (VBR)


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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