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 January 10 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Democracy in Everyday Life, Steve Early and the labor movement, The Onion as Marixist newspaper

Joe Clement hosts this membership-drive special and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 3rd 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Education, Neoliberalism, Sports, Minimum Wage, Feminism, Teen Novel, Pete Seeger

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the old mole variety hour featuring the music of Pete Seeger
  • Bill Resnick interviews Feminist blogger and writer Soraya Chemaly on football and the Super Bowl
  • Larry Bowlden reviews the teen novel Divergent by author Veronica Roth
  • Frann Michel discusses Education and Neoliberalism
  • Joe Clements interviews GEOFFREY MacDONALD about his his article 'Who Needs the Minimum Wage?' available on Counter Punch

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 27

Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Elections, comedy, class war and the national security state

Clayton Morgareidge hosts the show and we hear radical takes on how to run elections, a venue for leftist comedy at the Red & Black Cafe, the neoliberal soul, Richard Sherman's post-game rant, and class war and the security state.

Old Mole Variety Hour January 20th

Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Movie Moles: Her, revolutionary reforms, Chinese Environmentalism, Public Utilities in Portland

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 13

Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Detroit, Occupy, Strikes in Portland, and death row.

Clayton Morgareidge will host this episode of the Mole, and it will be about
  • What happened to Detroit and what could save it 
  • Socialist gains and Capitalist panic 
  • A review of a soon-to-be-published novel by a Portland writer about working with men on death row
  • Legalism and the fight against the national security state

Old Mole Variety Hour on 12/30/13

Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 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 December 23, 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
South Africa, Apartheid, Racism, poverty, Social Change, Religion


Old Mole Variety Hour for February 2, 2009

program date: 
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

Mandate for Change

program date: 
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!"

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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.

John Nichols from the Inauguration

program date: 
Sun, 01/18/2009

From the streets of Washington, D.C. on the eve of the Inauguration, John Nichols, a correspondent for The Nation Magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about Barack Obama and how history may drive him into more progressive action than he has foreseen.  


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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