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.

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 September 15 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Climate change & Public health, Culinary Capitalism, book/movie reviews: "Bleeding Kansas" & "Reds"

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/08/14

Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
4-Hour Work Day, Direct Action Gets The Goods, Utopianism, Political Commentary by Robin Williams

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/25/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour for August 18, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Honduras, film Omar, Sisters of the Road cafe, and more. Frann hosts
Old Mole Variety Hour
Frann Michel hosts this episode and we hear these segments:
Bill Resnick talks with historian Dana Frank about how the results of the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras are driving children to emigrate northwards.

Movie moles Joe Clement and Jan Haaken discuss the Palestinian film Omar.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/11/14

Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Fighting police informants, failures of liberalism, movie mole: snowpiercer, book talk: Player Piano

Joe Clement hosts on August 4th and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 28, 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Gaza, Portland teachers, movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Snowpiercer
Old Mole Variety Hour
For July 28, 2014

Host: Frann Michel


►Laurie Mercier talks with Juan Cole about Gaza. 

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 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)

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 29, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 10/28/2007

Stephen Zunes who writes for Foreign Policy in Focus (www.fpif.org) talks with Bill Resnick about the impact of US foreign policy in the Middle East and what lies ahead. The Well-read Red presents revisits the class structure of capitalist society. The Movie Moles comment on "Reel Bad Arabs", a documentary about the demeaning depiction of Arabs in movies. Larry Bowlden reviews "Making it Up" by Penelope Lively. And there are two light, satirical pieces about recent political actions.
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Old Mole Variety Hour for October 22, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 10/21/2007

The criminalization of political demonstrators is analyzed by Heidi Bagosian of the National Lawyers Guild, talking with Bill Resnick. Well-read Red Frann Michel satirizes the official cover story that anarchists in police custody leap out of high windows. Tom Becker reviews the medical uses of marijuana down through the ages and its latter-day criminalization. And Mike Snedeker talks with Bill Resnick about steroids and atheletes.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 15, 2007

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Sun, 10/14/2007

Bill Resnick talks with Laura Fingerson about her book "Girls in Power: Gender, Body, And Menstruation in Adolescence"--has the "curse" been lifted? Denise Morris and Jerry Tucker of the Conference for Labor Renewal discuss the loss to labor in the auto workers' contracts. Laurie King tells Bill Resnick why Earl Blumenhauer should not have supported the latest Latin American bilateral trade deals. And Clayton Morgareidge gives the Mole's Good News.

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 8, 2007

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Sun, 10/07/2007

James Loewen, author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong," talks with Laurie Mercier about Columbus Day. Bill Resnick and union president Christy Lovato discuss labor and community solidarity with the workers at Powells Books. Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with Jan Haaken about lethal injection and Erol Morris's film "Dr. Death." And we ask for your support--which you can give by clicking on the Join Now button at the top of this page!

  • Title: OMV 10_8_07
  • Length: 54:30 minutes (24.95 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 1, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/30/2007

Hosted by Luz Maria Gordillo. The Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Fran Michel analyze "Eastern Promises." Economist and global warming activist Eban Goodstein talkes with Bill Resnick about the prospects for action on reducing green house gases; and Larry Bowlden reviews Nancy Kincaid's novel "As Hot As It Was You Should Thank Me." And of course we ask for your support during our pledge drive.

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 24, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/23/2007

Stephanie Woolhandler talks with Bill Resnick about the advantages of single-payer health plans over other proposals for "universal" coverage. Tami Dean discusses the Elysian trumpet and its place in the life of New Orleans after Katrina. Clayton Morgareidge considers the saying "It's all about choice." And we ask you to participate in our Pledge Drive. Go to the "Join Now" button at the top of this page!

All About Choice

program date: 
Sun, 09/23/2007

People sometimes say "It's all about choice." What does this mean? And is it true?

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 17, 2007

program date: 
Sun, 09/16/2007

Phyllis Bennis talks with Bill Resnick about the Petraeus report and Iraq; Tom Becker reads a piece on Bush as jihadist; Frann Michel's Well-read Red revisits Jack London's "The Iron Heel"; Bill Resnick reads from the Guardian about Israel and Iran; and Jay Thiemeyer reviews "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia".


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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