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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 on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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 on 04/01/13

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Mon, 04/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Labor Law for the Rank and filer, high-stakes testing, "The End of San Francisco" author-interview

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Capitalism, democracy and the internet; hunger; and music.

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Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Federal Budget, drone commentary, Noam Chomsky

Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks about the dueling federal budget proposals.
  • Clayton Morgareidge offers a commentary about drones and the government targetting of its own citizens
  • Tom Becker reads an essay by Noam Chomsky.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What's next for Venezuelans, republican critique of wage-slavery, Movie Review: Snitch, left press

Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 02/18/13

Air date: 
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Soccer and Israeli bigotry, Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Big Pharma, and rethinking psychiatry films


Iven Hale hosts this episode and we hear:


Old Mole Variety Hour for December 10, 2007

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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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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

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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 ( 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 (, and; 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

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Sun, 10/28/2007

Stephen Zunes who writes for Foreign Policy in Focus ( 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

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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)



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