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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.

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Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour for 14 July 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
left perspectives on worker co-ops; benefits of banning abortion clinic speech buffer zones; more!

Old Mole Variety Hour

Frann Michel hosts this Bastille day episode, and we hear these segments:
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left.  Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants?  Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?

Old Mole Variety Hour July 7 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
$15 Wage, Media & Iraq War, private surplus & public austerity

Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
  • Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage and what it may signal about an organized working-class taking on capitalism.
  • Laurie Mercier has a critical discussion with Peter Hart about the mainstream media's coverage of the Iraq War.
  • Clayton Morgareidge comments further on "stagnant capital" and reads a Jacobin article by Richard Seymour about public austerity in an economy dedicated to obscene private surpluses.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/14

Air date: 
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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour 9 June 2014

Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Class Action for Solitary Prisoners; Against Gentrification; Capitalism has run its course, & more!
Old Mole Variety Hour

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

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

Old Mole Variety Hour for 5/19/14

Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
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--


Tenants Union: Fight Your Landlord And Win!

program date: 
Mon, 07/20/2015
Joe Clement reads a pamphlet produced by Buffalo Class Action (a Buffalo, New York area anarchist political organization) about the political situation of the for-profit housing system and the power that tenants have to challenge and ultimately transform it, if and when they act collectively. You can find a written version that you can print out and distribute as a 4-page pamphlet by going HERE. At the end, Joe also sings an original banjo song about worker and tenant power. [Image credit:]
  • Length: 9:35 minutes (8.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Psychology, Torture, and the Military

program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
In Part Two of their Psychology and Politics segment, Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan talk about the report this past week on the involvement of the American Psychological Association in CIA administered torture practices of the Bush era. They also take up the history of psychology's involvement in the military, and challenges from progressive mental health practitioners that are part of this same history. They refer back to Part One in which they remembered psychologist Hugo Du Coudray (also known as Hugo Maynard), who died this past week.

Ralph Nader on the Tax Code

program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Tom Becker reads "Stop Corporate Welfare Kings: Strip Mining America" by Ralph Nader. Nader argues, quoting Jimmy Carter, that our loophole ridden tax laws are "a disgrace to the human race." 

The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 13, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Tom Becker is our host for this edition of the Old Mole, and we learn why education and job training are not the solution to unemployment, how US tax law benefits corporate tax evasion, and how and why the American Psychological Association condoned torture during the G.W. Bush presidency. We also learn about the work of the late Hugo Du Coudray.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. Or you can listen to individual pieces by following these links.

1. Political economist Gordon Lafer talks with Bill Resnick about the myth that unemployment is caused by lack of education.

2. Tom Becker reads Ralph Nader's article on corporate tax dodging aided by tax laws.

3. Jan Haaken talks with Tod Sloan about her late colleague and community activist Hugo Du Coudray (aka Hugo Maynard).

4. Psychology and Politics: Jan and Tod look at the larger context behind the recent report on the APA's collusion with the military on torture.

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Education: No Cure for Poverty

program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Gordon Lafer talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about why education and training programs will not put a dent in the unemployment rate.  Lafer is a political economist at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center and the author of The Job Training Charade.

Psychology and Politics: Remembering Hugo Du Coudray

program date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015
Today’s Psychology and Politics segment, with psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, begins with a tribute to Jan’s colleague Hugo Du Coudray (also known as Hugo Maynard), professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State, who died this past week. Hugo started the community psychology program at PSU and was a long time social justice activist. He also was a remarkable character who had a distinct vision of what psychology was all about, and its role in understanding social problems. Here is a video of a talk by Hugo on the 1964 Free Speech Movement in Berkeley.
  • Title: Euology
  • Album: July 13, 2015
  • Length: 8:18 minutes (5.7 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Community Syndicalism and Tenants Unions

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015

Joe Clement talks with Shane, a local housing justice activist, about how unionism as a political strategy for a more direct kind of democracy can be applied to other areas of social life. He and others call this "community syndicalism" or "community unionism". To that end, they discuss tenants unions as an already existing example of this idea.

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2015

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015

Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:

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  • Title: OMVH07062015
  • Length: 57:08 minutes (78.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 192Kbps (VBR)

Low Tide Drifters: underdog folk music

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015
Norm Diamond talks with the Low Tide Drifters, whose "music for the rest of us" draws on growing up in coastal oregon, wobbly didacticism, environmental as well as socially conscious themes, and phenomenal performances all around. They talk about their backgrounds and the importance of music as a conveyer of history and popular understandings.

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 29, 2015

program date: 
Tue, 06/30/2015
Denise Morris hosts this show dealing with issues of imprisonment, injustice, oil terminals and Native Americans, and the "freedom to marry" as a way of domesticating the LGBT movement.

To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links. 

1.  Bill Resnick talks with Victoria Law about solitary confinement and other outrages of law enforcement.

2.  Denise Morris comments on "Orange is the New Black".

3.  Desiree Hellegers talks with Junior Goodell about the threat to the Quinault people from proposed oil terminals.

4. Denise Morris critiques the mainstream LGBT movement for its focus on marriage.

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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!


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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