Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 09/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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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 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, 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. 

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

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

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 9, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Norm Diamond is our host for this edition of the Old Mole and we hear-- 1. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier discuss the classic labor and feminist film "Salt of the Earth." 2. Historian Raymond Caballero talks with Norm Diamond about McCarthyism and union struggle... Read more

Movie Review: "Salt of the Earth"

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken discuss the classic 1954 film made against great odds because the film makers were black listed by the Hollywood establishment. According to Wikipedia,  The film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and polit... Read more

Movie Review: "Salt of the Earth"

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken discuss the classic 1954 film made against great odds because the film makers were black-listed by the Hollywood establishment. According to Wikipedia,  The film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and polit... Read more

McCarthyism vs Clinton Jencks

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Host Norm Diamond talks with historian Raymond Caballero about Caballero's new book McCarthyism vs Clinton Jencks, as well as more about "Salt of the Earth," the film reviewed in the previous segment of today's show. Clinton Jencks was a decorated war hero who adopted as hi... Read more

Support for County On-Call and Temp Workers

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole, library employee, and union member Joe Clement explains the ongoing struggle between  Multnomah County and temp and on-call workers who wish to join the union. You can support these workers by going to the County Board meeting at the Multnomah County Building, 501... Read more

Climate Strike

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick talks to Greg Smith, a radical teacher of teachers and curriculum writer, on teaching climate change and the current uprising of youth around the planet. They discuss how young people are being radicalized by their understanding of climate change and by their e... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour September 2, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 09/02/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Frann Michel hosts this Labor Day episode of the Old Mole,  in which Joe Clement talks with Marianne Garneau about strikes and politics of worker-power. Bill Resnick talks with Emma Lierley from Rainforest Action about forest destruction in Brazil, Indonesia, and elsewh... Read more

Strikes & the Politics of Worker Power

Airs at: Mon, 09/02/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Joe Clement talks with Marianne Garneau about strikes and the politics of worker-power. They consider how strikes have been tamed in the last 100 year by labor law and what that has meant for their usefulness in winning gains for workers. If strikes are still useful, wha... Read more

Rainforest Action: the Burning World

Airs at: Mon, 09/02/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick talks with Emma Rae Lierley of the Rainforest Action Network about the fires burning in the planet’s last remaining major rainforests in Brazil, Indonesia, and the Congo. Governments and agribusiness corporations like Cargill and financial interests like Blackr... Read more

Left & the Law: First Amendment Rights

Airs at: Mon, 09/02/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Climate activists preparing for direct action in September need to know their rights under the First Amendment. But what are those rights and how do the fascists also enlist the First Amendment in defense of their hate campaigns? Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken talk about f... Read more