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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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 November 23rd 2015

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Mon, 11/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Middle East, Syria, ISIS, Barbarisms, Paris attacks, Xenophobia, islamophobia, Bernie Sanders, Socia

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 16, 2015

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Mon, 11/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole Variety Hou
On the Old Mole today at 9:00, it’s the hundredth centennial of the
great Wobbly, Joe Hill, his assassination by the state of Utah. Portland will
have several tributes to Joe Hill this Thursday and Friday.

Old Mole Variety Hour November 2nd 2015

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Mon, 11/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Syria, Saudi Arabia, Prison reform, Mass Incarceration, capitalism, socialism, Bernie Sanders

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which will include

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/26/15

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Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 10/19/15

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Mon, 10/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 5, 2015

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Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor and climate change; capital punishment; stopping gun violence

Bill Resnick will be our host and we will hear -- 

Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interviews, reviews and current events from left perspective

Bill Resnick interviews Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a middle-east expert.

Movie Moles review the new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Filmmakers Barbara Bernstein and  Elaine Velazquez discuss their documentary film, "Gaining Ground," about growing food in ways that support  their communities. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 21, 2015

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Mon, 09/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Republican presidential candidates, Seattle teachers' strike, love, and the US Postal Service
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and we hear, 
  • Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan reflect on the Republican debates and how GOP candidates push a world view their party has constructed and nourished over the years, pandering to fear and scapegoating Muslims and immigrants. Jan and Tod don’t let the Democrats off the hook either.
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about the recent teachers strike in Seattle and how it built on the precedent of the strikes by Chicago and Portland teachers to build a new unionism.
  • Clayton Morgareidge asks, What kind of love could save the world?

Old Mole Variety Hour September 14th 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Social Security, economy, capitalism, sex work, abortion, history,

Denise Morris hosts this Episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes

The Old Mole Variety Hour for Labor Day 2015

Air date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Scaling Up Renewables

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Mark Jacobson about scaling up renewable forms of energy production to meet existing demand.
  • A Movie Mole double-feature! Denise Morris and Frann Michel review two documentary films about women musicians: "Amy" (about Amy Winehouse) and "What Happened, Miss Simone?" about Nina Simone.
  • Joe offers a commentary on the use and abuse of labor.


Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2009

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Sun, 02/01/2009

Hosted by labor historians Laurie Mercier and  Norm  Diamond, this Old Mole show focuses on the great Seattle General  Strike of 1919.  Norm and Laurie discuss this model of workers power, not just to shut a city down, but to run it without bosses.  Bill Resnick talks with Rob Rosenthal about Rosenthal's rock opera Seattle 1919. Also on this program, we hear a review by Denise Morris and Chris Land of a locally made film about gender transition, Switch:  A Community in Transition.  To  hear the whole show, click on the arrow above.  To hear  the pieces  separately, and to learn more about the topics, follow the links below.

1.  Seattle's General Strike of 1919: music, history, and lessons for today.

2.  Movie Review: Switch:  A Community in Transition

Seattle's General Strike, 1919

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Sun, 02/01/2009


This is the 90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike in which workers closed down the city -- except for essential services which they ran themselves with no help from management.  Labor Historians (and Old Moles)Laurie Mercier and Norm Diamond discuss those events and what can be learned from them for today's struggles over labor and the economic crisis.  This segment also includes music from the Rock Opera Seattle 1919 and a conversation between its composer Rob Rosenthal and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

The double album rock opera can be purchased from Fuse Music, 14 Red Glen Road, Middletown, CT 06459 (email: Rob Rosenthal rrosenthal@mail.wesleyan.edu). CDs are $12; tapes $10, vinyl $7.50

For much more about the Seattle Strike, tune into KBOO Thursday evening, Feb. 5 from 7-8 pm when the Labor Arts Collective will devote a whole hour to it.

Mandate for Change

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Sun, 01/25/2009


Getting the best progressive ideas in front of the Obama team: that's the purpose of the book Mandate for Change, edited by Chester Hartman.  Hartman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about many of the book's proposals for changing and saving our nation. 

"This Land Is Your Land!"

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Sun, 01/25/2009


"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land!"

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this song, which included some rarely heard verses, in front of Obama and the nation at the Inauguration celebration, January 19.  Here is one of those verses as sung by its composer, Woody Guthrie himself, in 1944 together with some commentary by Clayton Morgareidge.

Auto Workers to Restructure Industry

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Sun, 01/25/2009

Diane Feeley is a retired auto worker who writes about the labor and the industry for Against the Current.  Here she talks with Clayton Morgareidge about how the industry could best be restructured to provide more and better jobs -- but fewer cars!  Feeley is also part the of Auto Worker Caravan, a project aimed at bringing these ideas to the attention of Congress and the public. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 26, 2009

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Sun, 01/25/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this is the first Old Mole show of the Obama administration, so the Mole talks about the progressive agenda the new team needs to hear.  There is also music in the New Deal spirit of overcoming economic crisis by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.  To hear the whole show, including the music, click on the arrow above.  Or you can hear individual pieces by following the links  below.  This is also Winter Pledge Drive, so please support the Moles' work by clicking on the JOIN NOW button at the top of this page!  Thank you!

1.  Chester Hartman talks with Bill Resnick about the book Mandate for Change -- an progressive agenda meant to land on the best desks in Washington.

2.  What "This Land is Your Land"  means today.

3.  How Auto Workers would restructure the industry -- Clayton talks with Diane Feeley in Detroit.

King's Vision for Obama

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Sun, 01/18/2009

"What Would King Tell Obama?"  In this article by Michael Honey, read here by Tom Becker, we are reminded that Dr. King's message of non-violence applies to the violence of poverty and economic inequality, and to military interventions.  Honey's piece appreared on the website of The Progressive.

Obama, Race, and Class

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Sun, 01/18/2009

What does the Obama presidency mean, symbolically and politically, for issues of race and class?  Malik Miah comments in this article from Against the Current.  The Old Mole's Jan Haaken reads it for us. 

MLK's Message of Non-Violence

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Sun, 01/18/2009

Will the US ramp up the war in Afghanistan?  If so, a major, but often overlooked, part of Martin Luther King's message will be scorned -- his rejection of militarism and hyper-nationalism.  This article by Robert Griffin appeared in Common Dreams, and is read here by Tom Becker. 

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 19, 2009

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Sun, 01/18/2009

On this program, the Moles look forward to the Obama presidency, back to the messages of Martin Luther King Jr., and to how the Nixon presidency is selectively remembered in the film Frost / Nixon.  Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following their links below where you can find more information  about each piece:

1.  John Nichols, correspondent for The Nation, talks with the Mole's Bill Resnick about where history might drive Obama.

2.  "What Would King Tell Obama?" -- an article by Michael Honey read by Tom Becker. 

3.  "Obama, Race, and Class" -- Malik Miah explains what Obama's victory means symbolically and politically in this article from Against the Current, read by Jan Haaken. 

4.  Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken compare history with film as they discuss Frost / Nixon.

5.  Forgotten parts of Martin Luther King's Message: Tom Becker reads a piece by Robert Griffin.


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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