Old Mole Variety Hour

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Every Monday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist, anti-racist and anti-colonial point of view.

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, anti-capitalist, feminist, anti-colonial and anti-racist.  We count Karl Marx as a friend but are open to other voices from the left. The show includes analyses of global politics and economics, local grassroots activism, segments on the Left & the Law, and reviews of films, books, music, and theater. 

Contributors include: Julian Ankney, Sarah Chivers, Norm Diamond, Sharon Grant, Desiree Hellegers, Luisa Martinez, Chelsea Ratzlaff, Victoria Saucedo, Mike Snedecker, Roben White

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Our theme song is the traditional "Mole in the Ground," sometimes performed by Clayton & Ernie, sometimes by Joe Clement,  and sometimes blended with other versions, like the one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren on the album Special Gunpowder, or Blind Boy Paxton  

Our graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.
 

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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The Old Mole Variety Hour for October 25, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 10/25/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear: Bill Resnick talks with Max Elbaum, who wrote "Revolution in the Air: sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che", and helped found the website Organizing Upgrade, that promotes an Inside/Outside strategy to prevail over Trumpi... Read more

Line 3—History and Hope

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Line 3—History and Hope: Last Monday, on Indigenous Peoples Day, the five-year frontline resistance to Enbridge's Line 3 suffered a defeat. Having finished construction on the pipeline, Enbridge prepared to start pumping the highly toxic tar sands oil from Alberta Canada th... Read more

Surplus Women

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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At the end of World War I there were so many young widows and unmarried woman that they were dubbed “surplus women.”  Violet Speedwell is one of these women, and she joins a group of women called borderers, women who embroider kneelers for grand cathedrals. She crafts a lif... Read more

Rural Organizing Project Oregon

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews Monica Pearson, an organizer for Oregon’s Rural Organizing Project, serving 82 member groups in small towns and villages across the state who are organizing around a broad range of progressive issues. Pearson, who has lived her life in small towns, p... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 18, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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To thank the generous supporters of community radio in Portland, the Old Mole Variety Hour is sponsoring gift prints of one of Bette Lee’s photos to 10 lucky listeners who contribute during KBOO’s 2021 fall membership drive, which ends on October 16. To view Bette’s photos ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 11, 2021: Indigenous Peoples Day

Airs at: Mon, 10/11/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Lakota-Cheyenne Mole Roben White hosts.   MMIPs and Land Acknowledgments: Roben speaks with Nimiipuu/Nez Perce Mole member Julian Ankney, creative writer and faculty at Washington State University Vancouver and Pullman, teaching Native Literature, Creative writing fict... Read more

Another World is Possible

Airs at: Mon, 10/04/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Luisa Martinez joins Norm Diamond for a dramatic reading from Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2020 novel The Ministry For the Future, after which Norm discusses the novel’s approach to climate change and social change more broadly. It’s rare in fiction for an author to attempt a pla... Read more

Energy Crossroads

Airs at: Mon, 10/04/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In the conclusion of a two part interview Bill Resnick and Al Weinrub discuss the future of the energy grid. In part one they compared the two contesting plans for stopping climate cataclysm. They argued that the corporate plan, with its huge, remote nuclear plants and sun ... Read more

Cryptocurrencies and Democracy

Airs at: Mon, 10/04/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jan Haaken talks with Emaline Friedman about cryptocurrencies, how they function in the world of banking and finance, and critiques within the left on these digital technologies. Friedman is a psychologist and social theorist working at the intersection of subjectivity and ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 4, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 10/04/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  To thank the generous supporters of community radio in Portland, the Old Mole Variety Hour is sponsoring gift prints of one of Bette Lee’s photos to 10 lucky listeners who contribute during KBOO’s 2021 fall membership drive. To view Bette’s photos and learn details about... Read more