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.

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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 on 06/30/14

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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

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chinese education system, 2 Reviews: Orange Is The New Black & Obvious Child, Communist Party event

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

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Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
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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

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Mon, 06/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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US Foreign Policy, Community Mental Health , Columbia River Oil Depots, Gentrification As Class War.

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

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Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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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

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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

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Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Walmart Working Class, Well-read Red, Socialism From Below, remembering Paul Robeson Sr. & Jr.

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 28

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Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Women's prisons in Oregon, wrongful convictions, working class poets, and progressive politics in CA

Tom Becker hosts this show, and this is what we will hear:


Occupy Malheur Psychology

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Mon, 01/11/2016

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They consider the largely progressive history of occupation, often as a response to exhaustion of other attempts at redress, and usually entailing personal risk, as in occupations of segregated lunch counters, or the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee by American Indian Movement activists. They note the potential overlap in outlook or rhetoric between some left and right perspectives on the value of the local, but that the underlying issues in the Malheur case have to do with narrow material interests, often coming down to the desire to privatize public lands. Jan comments on the traditionally conservative perspectives of ranchers (as opposed to dairy farmers), who are more distant from their animals and land, and can seem to deny their actual dependence on government subsidies and regulations. Similar observations apply to the incident involving gold miners last year in southern Oregon. Todd notes the Malheur occupation raises and faces similar struggles to the Occupy (Wall St) movement--who will speak for the group, how will occupiers be fed. Jan notes that soliciting material aid is also a way of declaring dedication and locating political support. They conclude with the importance of how to name the Malheur occupation and the grounds on which to critique it.

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 11, 2016

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Mon, 01/11/2016
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Tom hosts this episode, with music by Bob Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and discussions of China, Malheur, and Portland. Like us on Facebook!  To listen to the whole show, use the play or download buttons below.  To hear individual segments and find out more, follow the links:

Bill Resnick talks with China scholar Richard Smith about China's economic and environmental problems
Desiree Hellegers interviews John Linder on the history of Portland anti-war activism since the first Gulf War.

Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Images: our host, Tom Becker, by Clayton Morgareidge, and A statue of Elephants in the North Park Blocks of Portland, Oregon. The placard reads: The young elephant standing peacefully on his father's back symbolizes safe and prosperous offspring. A replica of a wine pitcher from the late Shang Dynasty (circa 1200-1100 BC) this sculpture is about sixteen times larger than the original. The elaborate surface decoration features cloud-shaped curves and birds and animals from ancient Chinese mythology. Da Tung may be translated as "universal peace" or "large bronze". Xi'am Bao Bao means "baby elephant". A gift to the City of Portland from Mr. Hou Baozhu of Xi'an China as a gesture of goodwill and evidence of his belief in the importance of cultural exchanges.
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Movie Moles: "Carol"

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Wed, 01/06/2016
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris review Carol, the latest feature from director Todd Haynes (perhaps best known for the Douglas Sirk homage Far From Heaven); Carol is  currently playing in Portland at the Hollywood Theatre.
Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, is based on the 1952 novel originally titled The Price of Salt, written by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley  Like  Highsmith's Ripley novels, The Price of Salt was unusual for its day in allowing the protagonist to escape the typical fate of literary characters who violate the conventions and rules of bourgeois life.  This film has gotten almost universal praise from critics and viewers, and it's well worth seeing.

Portland's Climate Action Plan, Part 2

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Mon, 01/04/2016
This is Part 2 of Bill Resnick's interview with Mike Houck and Caitlin Lovell about the latest version of the Portland Climate Action Plan, approved earlier this year by the city council. The plan is very comprehensive, dealing with  the many sources of greenhouse gas pollution and what can be done to reduce each. 
The first half (available here), played last week, explored:
- Incenting local sun and wind installations and rid the planet of fossil fuel energy
- Encouraging energy efficiency in all buildings
- Integrating nature into the city to encourage walking and cool the city
- How saving the cities saves the countryside 
- Job creation
This second half covers….
- The need for local initiative and local competent planning
- The need for very large reconstruction of the productive apparatus and changes of ways of life that will require diverting resources from the military and other wasteful projects.

Ten Good Things in 2015

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Mon, 01/04/2016
Looking back at 2015, Medea Benjamin found ten good things to celebrate -- ten wins for the left. Tom Becker reads from her piece in Huffington Post

Rent Strike in Portland

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Mon, 01/04/2016
Joe Clement talks with Lew Church about an opinion piece he wrote for the December 23rd Portland Observer on whether Portland needs a city-wide rent strike. Lew describes tenant organizing he was part of at PSU, where they went on a rent-strike, and points out hidden history of tenant organizing both Martin Luther King and Gandhi share.

Lew is a part of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United Portland Tenants United has its meetings every Sunday from 5-7pm at KBOO.

Portland Rent Strike

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2016
Joe Clement talks with Lew Church about an opinion piece he wrote for the December 23rd Portland Observer on whether Portland needs a city-wide rent strike. Lew describes tenant organizing he was part of at PSU, where they went on a rent-strike, and points out hidden history of tenant organizing both Martin Luther King and Gandhi share.

Lew is a part of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United Portland Tenants United has its meetingsevery Sunday from 5-7pm at KBOO.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for January 4, 2016

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Mon, 01/04/2016
Joe Clement hosts this edition of the Old Mole. On it we hear 

1.  Part Two of Bill Resnick's interview with Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's Climate Action Plan;

2.  Medea Benjamin's list of ten really good things that happened in 2015 (read by Tom Becker);

3.  The Movie Moles' review of the movie "Carol"

4.  Joe's conversation with Lew Church about the Portland Tenants Union and a possible rent strike.

To hear individual segments, follow the links above. To hear the whole show, including an original song by Joe, "Pluck Old Landlord", use the play button below.

If you like the Mole on Facebook, you can see what's coming up on the Mole and find out when the shows have been posted. 

Resnick, Houck, and Lovell on Portland Climate Action Plan, Part One

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Mon, 12/28/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

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For an Economy of Generosity

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Mon, 12/28/2015

Clayton Morgareidge discusses moving from an economy of parsimony to an economy of generosity.

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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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