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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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/04/12

Air date: 
Mon, 06/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Libertarians at work, the obesity panic.

Our host on this episode of the Mole is Frann Michel, and the show will include

  • What do libertarians really think about work and liberty? Joe Clement reads a commentary provoked by the coming take over of the libertarian Cato Institute by the Koch Brothers;
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel brings us critical commentary on the HBO series on obesity;
  • Bill Resnick will interview an incisive activist-scholar on the attack on public education or the crisis in Greece from the workers' point of view;
  • And more!

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/21/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
City Repair, Crisis in Greece, Corporate Legislation


Clayton Morgareidge will host this show and the topics include--

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/14/12

Air date: 
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
What industry, especially agriculture, puts into our air and water.


Bill Resnick hosts this Membership Drive Special edition of the Old Mole in which he talks with a biologist about what industry, especially agriculture, puts into the air and water we breathe and drink, and what we can do about it. Also on the show,

  • Clayton Morgareidge raises questions about "Tax the Rich" as a political demand;
  • Joe Clement discusses the politics of the blockbuster movie The Avengers;
  • Also from Joe, commentary on "cooperative consumption" -- from tool libraries to listener-sponsored radio.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/30/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
May Day in history and tomorrow in Portland



Norm Diamond hosts this Old Mole May Day Special program about working class struggles, then and now.  This is the 100 year anniversary of the big textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  We’ll report on the April 28 celebration in Lawrence and look ahead to May Day events here in Portland.  The show features and comments on music from the Lawrence strike and from contemporary labor protests.  


Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/23/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Against the War on Women; Bryant, Reed, and Russia 1917; and beyond Tax the Rich


Clayton Morgareidge will be our host on this edition of the Old Mole featuring --

  • A conversation with Portland activist Angela Zehava about the April 28 action by Unite Against the War On Women to oppose anti-women legislation coming out of Congress and State legislatures.
  • A Review of Warren Beatty's 1981 film about John Reed, Louise Bryant and the Russian Revolution.
  • A commentary on how to make "Tax the Rich" a radical demand.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/16/12

Air date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Inequality, Taxes, and Hunger Games


Tom Becker hosts this show which includes --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/26/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Students resist austerity in Greece, a satire about black revolution, and the bubble of ideology


Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and it will include:

  • A report on student resistance to austerity measures in Greece;
  • A look back at "The Spook Who Sat At the Door," a 1973 satirical film about black revolution;
  • Commentary on the bourgeois bubble of ideology; and
  • A Bill Resnick interview: Andrew Riley of the center for Intercultural Organizing discusses what's ahead for health care reform: Obama Care, the Oregon Health Plan, and single payer.


Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/19/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Military Psychology in Afghanistan; Oregon's new healthcare plan


Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which will include --

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/12/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The Lorax, "Stealing" an education, and the Occupy Movement

 Denise Morris will be your host and 

  • Movie Moles Joe Clement and Iven Hale review The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book.
  • Well-read Red Frann Michel comments on the "theft" of education by parents enrolling their kids in the wrong schools.
  • Clayton Morgareidge discusses what's ahead for the Occupy movement.
  • Bill Resnick interviews Mark Cooper about how financial speculation by the 1% drives up the price of gas.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 03/05/12

Air date: 
Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Splits in the GOP, Left and the Law, critique of business-unionism, movie-review: Tomboy


Joe Clement hosts the next Old Mole and we hear:


The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 14, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015
Old Mole Variety Hour
Denise Morris hosts this membership drive episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, with segments on Social Security, historical fiction and reproductive justice, and rights of workers in sexual services.

Bill Resnick talks with Eric Laursen about Social Security. This version is longer than the interview that was broadcast.

Jan Haaken and Patricia Kuhlberg talk about Patsy's novel Girl in the River.

Jan talks with activist Red about Amnesty International's recent position in support of decriminalizing sex work

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  • Title: OMoleVH09142015.m4a
  • Length: 39:36 minutes (18.13 MB)
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Movie Moles: Amy

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
In the first of two film reviews for this Labor Day Mole 2015, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss "Amy", directed by Asif Kapadia, about British singer and guitarist Amy Winehouse.  The film explores the exploitation and commodification of art and the artist, as well as the panoptic patriarchal and commercial gaze, through a wide range of musical and audiovisual records. 


Also on this 9/7/15 episode, the movie moles discuss another documentary about a woman musician: "What Happened, Miss Simone?" directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone.
  • Title: MovieAmy
  • Length: 12:26 minutes (11.38 MB)
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Labor Day's Radical Roots

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
Joe Clement reflects on Labor Day's radical roots. All too often pitted against celebrations of International Workers Day, Labor Day was born of the same international-tending workers movement that also gave birth to May Day. To help tell this story, Joe reads from Eugene Ruyle's article on the subject for Popular Resistance.
  • Length: 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)
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Movie Moles: What Happened Miss Simone?

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015
In the second of two reviews this episode, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss What Happened Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone.  Like Amy, the film draws on a rich archive of materials, including Simone's diaries.  The film reveals pressures of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism on its subject, as well as her prodigious talents,  her political convictions, and her suffering and perpetration of violence.


Also on this 9/7/15 episode, the movie moles discuss another documentary about a woman musician:  Amy, directed by Asif Kapedia, about British singer Amy Winehouse

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 7, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2015

Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear:

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  • Length: 58:30 minutes (53.56 MB)
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Liberal Anxieties

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
The modern bureaucratic state was built during the New Deal and World War II by liberals who had doubts about a big state with a big bureaucracy. Anne Kornhauser tells the story in her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970. Here she talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how efforts to reduce and control bureaucracy differed on the right and the left, and about how to democratize the state.

Does Too Much Choice Paralyze Us?

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan examine psychologist Barry Schwartz' thesis in The Paradox of Choice - that having so many choices in consumer society makes us miserable.  They offer more compelling angles on the psychology of choice and economic behavior drawing on Marx and Marcuse.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 31, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2015
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole, and we hear:

1. Bill Resnick talks with historian Anne Kornhauser about left and right takes on bureacracy at the time of the New Deal.

2.  Tom Becker reads from Colin Todhunter's piece in Counterpunch about capitalism and the addiction to consumer goods.

3.  Psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan offer a critique of Barry Schwartz's claim that too many choices make us miserable.

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 24, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015
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Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.

Bill talks with Jeremy Brecher about Climate Insurgency.

Tom reads from Pete Dolack on the cost of Low Wages

Denise and Joe discuss housing justice and upcoming actions

Clayton reads from Jacobin about Revolutionary labor after the US Civil War

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  • Title: OMVH24Aug2015
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 54:27 minutes (24.93 MB)
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Housing Justice in Portland

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2015

Denise Morris and Joe Clement discuss housing as a human right, the broad impact of rising housing costs, the Portland history of racism that has contributed to the current housing crunch, the struggle for sustainable solutions that go beyond isolated nuclear family homes, and the process of working together for a variety of remedies, including public housing, tenants unions, community land trusts, and more. In the end, Joe plays a "right to the city" rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".

They also discuss upcoming events including the next Portland Renters' Assembly at the Midland Library, 805 NE 122nd Ave Portland OR, August 26th @ 5:30pm, and the Rally and March for Housing Rights for All Starting at 6pm August 28th at City Hall on SW 4th Street, followed by a 6:30pm march across the Hawthorne bridge to the Multnomah County building.


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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