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.  


Episode Archive

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

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

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

Air date: 
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 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.


Economic Town Hall

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

Laurie King, one of the organizers of the recent Town Hall meeting on the economic crisis, talks with Bill Resnick about the follow-up scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at the SEIU Local 49 auditorium on SE 26th about a block south of Powell.  Bill and Laurie discuss actions and campaigns that would unify the many constituencies that came to the Town Hall around a "recovery" program adressing both the short run pain and long term threats.  Video highlights of the January 29 meeting here

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 16, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

Hosted by Jan Haaken, this show features a discussion of democracy and local energy production; the Mickey Rourke film The Wrestler, the 19th Annual  Cascade Festival  of African Films, and  a follow-up on the Economic Town Hall meeting held in Portland on January 29.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Democratic self-sufficient energy production, a conversation between David Morris and Bill Resnick.

2.  The Movie Moles take hold of The Wrestler.

3.   Following up on the Town Hall meeting about the economic crisis.

4.  Cascade Festival  of African Films

Democracy & Sustainable Energy

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The most sustainable energy is local energy.  David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why this is so, and how it would generate not only power but participatory democracy. 

You can read Morris's report Energy Self-Reliant States: Homegrown Renewable Power


African Film Festival

program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The 19th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films is underway at PCC's Cascade campus.  P.C. Peri of the festival  talks with Jan Haaken about the films and the festival, which runs through March 7.  

For more information, go to the Festival website here.  

Racism and the Economic Crisis

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2009

People of color and especially immigrants have faced attempts to blame them for the economic crisis and to shift even more of the suffering onto their backs. Well-read Red Frann Michel  exposes these attacks in this commentary.  You can read it and find many links to her sources here

Photo credit: "employment." Online Photograph.

Britannica Student Encyclopædia

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Urban Agriculture in Havana

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Cuba is now self-sufficient in vegetables and eating a healthier diet thanks to urban garden plots in all its cities.  Sinan Koont, who teaches economics at Dickenson College and has studied city agriculture in Cuba, talks with Bill Resnick.  Here is his article on the topic in Monthly Review

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 9, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work.  The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman.  Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis.  We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities.  To hear the whole show, use the arrow above.  To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.

1.  The understimulating economic stimulus.

2.  Well-read Red: Racism and the  Economic Crisis

3.  Growing Vegetables in Havana

4.  Fela Kuti: World musician and human rights activist.


The Music of Fela Kuti

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

The originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti was a musician, composer, and human rights activist from Nigeria whose music and political work were highly influential. 

Bill Resnick talks with musicologist Brad Duncan about Fela Kuti's life and music.

The Understimulating Stimulus Package

program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy.  Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

Perlman is the author of many books, most recently The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression.  In their conversation, they refer to a recent New York Times article on what happened to Japan in the 1990s; you can find it here.


Movie Moles: "Switch: A Community in Transition"

program date: 
Sun, 02/01/2009

What happens when someone goes through gender transition in their own community?  How do co-workers, family, and friends make the switch from seeing one of their own as a man instead of a woman, or vice-versa?  Movie Moles Denise Morris and Chris Land  discuss the Portland-made film "Switch: A Community in Transition"


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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