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.  


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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 21

Air date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood

Clayton Morgareidge hosts this special EARTH DAY show, and we will hear

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 7

Air date: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Warnings on climate, Pikkety on Capital, and the illusion of a middle class

Clayton Morgareidge will host this show featuring 
  • Robin Hahnel and Bill Resnick on the IPCC's dire report on climate change and what can be done about it
  • Frann Michel on Thomas Piketty's new book on the contraditions and destructiveness of capitalism in the 21st Century.
  • Clayton Morgareidge on the ideology built into rhetoric about the "middle class".
  • And more! 

Old Mole Variety Hour March 31 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Teacher strikes, shorter work week, Adminstratium, Rethinking Psychiatry, Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 17

Air date: 
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Music of the South American left, carbon free energy, Google in San Francisco

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 10

Air date: 
Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Testing and Education; workers produce more and get less; Left and the Law and Science; the Ukraine

Old Mole Variety Hour March 3 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
US vs. French healthcare, Movie Mole: Orgasm Inc., Redefining Work, abortion rights performance art


Rent Strike in Portland

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 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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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.

[image via wikimedia]

For an Economy of Generosity

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015

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

[image via wikimedia]

Mass Shootings and Insanity Pleas

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015

Frann Michel talks with Jan Haaken, director of the documentary Guilty Except for Insanity,  about questions around competency and the insanity plea in the Robert Lewis Dear case, the shooting that left three dead at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs in November. Jan comments on the history of the political use of the insanity plea as well as the role of madness--both individual and collective--in prosecution of mass killings.

[image via Guilty Except for Insanity]

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 28, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts the last Old Mole episode of 2015, which features segments on climate, economy, housing, insanity, and music by Helly Luv, Nina Simone, and the Pretenders, as well as poetry by Marge Piercy. This week the theme song is performed by Jerron Blind Boy Paxton. In her introductory comments, Frann discusses calendars and the origins of the show's name.

For the whole show in one file, use the play/download button below; for individual segments, follow these links:

 Bill Resnick talks with Mike Houck & Kaitlin Lovell about the Portland Climate Plan

Clayton Morgareidge advocates an economy of generosity

Joe Clement reads about the need for a rent strike in Portland
Jan Haaken discusses the Planned Parenthood shooter and insanity pleas

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Portland Needs a Rent Strike

program date: 
Mon, 12/28/2015

Joe Clement reads an opinion piece from December 23rd's Portland Observer  by Lew Church of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United, that suggests a city-wide rent strike is worth considering.

[image from wikipedia]

Charlie Brown Xmas Politics

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Joe Clement and special guest Dennis Gravy review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas. They consider anti-commercialism, alienation, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and why the "workers revolution" that seems to promise an answer to Charlie Brown's problems falls flat. Dennis Gravy is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective.

Image from "Free clipart"

Climate Impacts of the TPP

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership, featuring Miya Reback, development and campaign coordinator for 350.org Portland, Kristen Sheeran, Oregon Director for Climate Solutions, and Michael Shannon, Executive Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.  They also recommend the work of Renew Oregon.

image via 350.org


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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