Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 05/23/2022 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, 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, Larry Bowlden, Sarah Chivers, Joe Clement, Norm Diamond, Sharon Grant, Jan Haaken, Desiree Hellegers, Patricia Kullberg, Luisa Martinez, Laurie Mercier, Chelsea Ratzlaff, Bill Resnick, Victoria Saucedo, Mike Snedecker, Roben White, Matt Witt

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

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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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Old Mole Variety Hour May 16th 2022

Airs at: Mon, 05/16/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Sharon Grant hosts this episode of the Old Mole Russia’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine. Can the U.S. retain domination of the world economy, its trade structures, its financial system, its money flows, its politics, and what sustains all of it, military domination too... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 9, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 05/09/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes the following segments: Peace in Ukraine: Can peace be achieved in Ukraine? Both Russia and the U.S. bear responsibility for that war. Bill Resnick and John Feffer discuss the forces, here and international... Read more

Very Loud and Very Dumb

Airs at: Mon, 05/02/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sharon Grant reads excerpts from the article "John Oliver Addresses Debate Over Teaching Critical Race Theory in Schools: 'Very Loud and Very, Very Dumb'", from the Hollywood Reporter of February 20, 2022. "Unfortunately it is important to engage with it because if we don't... Read more

Participatory Budgeting Oregon

Airs at: Mon, 05/02/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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U.S. North Americans are mostly withdrawn from politics and seek their economic and social goals – for many just subsistence – through individual striving, like get a credential or suck up to the boss. Unfortunately most of humanity’s economic and social problems are the r... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 2, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 05/02/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  May Day 2000 in Portland (Photo by Bette Lee) Jon Nelson hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: Participatory Budgeting Oregon: U.S. North Americans are mostly withdrawn from politics and seek their economic and social goals – for man... Read more

The Battle for a Clean Portland Harbor

Airs at: Mon, 04/25/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Local struggles for climate justice are today probably the fastest growing and most dynamic parts of this country's environmental movement. Right here in River City the Portland Harbor Community Coalition is a great example of how these very low overhead volunteer powered o... Read more

El Golpe (The Hit)

Airs at: Mon, 04/25/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Divide-and-conquer – it’s a tactic used by big corporations all the time to keep working people from uniting for economic and social justice. But some union workers see through it. Writer and photographer Matt Witt reviews a new book called El Golpe by Rob McKenzie that tel... Read more

Smelter Wars

Airs at: Mon, 04/25/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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For our regular segment Another World Is Possible, Norm Diamond talks with Ron Verzuh, author of the just released book, Smelter Wars. The smelter in question is just across the Canadian border along the Columbia River, and the book covers the history of worker organizing t... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 25, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 04/25/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Norm Diamond hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: The Battle for a Clean Portland Harbor: Local struggles for climate justice are today probably the fastest growing and most dynamic parts of this country's environmental movement. Ri... Read more

The People’s CDC

Airs at: Mon, 04/25/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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After multiple retractions, garbled messages, bad advice, and politically-driven decisions from the CDC about how to respond to COVID 19, a group of public health professionals are fed up. In a manifesto published in the Guardian April 3, they announced the formation of the... Read more