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 December 9th 2013

Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Nelson Mandela, Slavery in the US, poverty, South Africa, Apartheid

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes


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

Kathleen Gerson on the Unfinished Women's Movement

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson. Gerson teaches at NYU in the Department of Sociology, and is the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work and Family. They discuss the revolution in US life triggered by the women’s movement.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 21, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour

Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP,  the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA:

- Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership

- Joe Clement and his guest review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas

- Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson about changes in US family life and impact of the women's movement

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Making Local Progressive Reforms

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Laurie Mercier speaks with Shena Elrington, Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice at the Center for Popular Democracy.
They discuss how communities, cities and states can lead progressive reforms on immigrant rights and create alternative and humane environments for receiving  immigrants and refugees in light of reactionary opposition at the federal and state levels.
See her piece in Common Dreams.

What Was Achieved in Paris on Climate Change

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tom Athanasiou’s book Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor has been called "The single most accessible presentation of what is known as 'social ecology' that has yet been written” (The Nation). Here he talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about the achievements of negotiators at the just concluded climate talks in Paris. 

Organizing Collective Liberation

program date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015
Tod Sloan  shares key principles for movement organizing from Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, a book for activists engaging with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. Chris Crass’s collection of essays and interviews presents us with powerful lessons for transformative organizing through offering a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. Drawing on two decades of personal activist experience and case studies of anti-racist social justice organizations, Crass insightfully explores ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and movement building in the United States today.


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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