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.
 

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The Old Mole Variety Hour for August 2, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 08/02/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear: Bill Resnick talks with Kaitlyn Dey, a community organizer challenging the city's policies of sweeping, harassing and criminalizing the homeless, including the current campaign "End Clean and Save" that would replace them with ... Read more

Doughnut Workers United Picket Reportback

Airs at: Mon, 08/02/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Samantha Bryce returns to KBOO to talk with Joe Clement about the 7/29 picket at Voodoo Doughnuts they attended, organized under the banner of Doughnut Workers United. They both report back a good turnout, the sense of solidarity they had, and how receptive people were to t... Read more

Dispatch from Venezuela

Airs at: Mon, 07/26/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Luisa Martinez reports on her recent stay in Venezuela. In particular, she takes up the consequences of the US blockade of resources and its implications for how we understand and relate to the Venezuelan socialist project. In the midst of hard living conditions, she found ... Read more

Worker Cooperatives

Airs at: Mon, 07/26/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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What role might they play in the transition away from capitalism? Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond don’t necessarily agree in this 2014 discussion from the Old Mole archives. They look at worker co-ops past and present, in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, and assess their ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 26, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 07/26/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Portland Police on the 100th Night of BLM Protest: Photo by Bette Lee (see below) Norm Diamond hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes the following segments: The Abuse of Outer Space: Bill Resnick interviews Bruce Gagnon, co-founder and coordinator of the Gl... Read more

The Abuse of Outer Space

Airs at: Mon, 07/26/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews Bruce Gagnon, co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, that seeks to protect space from the predators and militaries. They discuss the many abuses of outer space now taking place or planned: Abuse ... Read more

Union-busting at Voodoo Doughnuts

Airs at: Mon, 07/26/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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When the fatal heatwave hit Portland a month ago, workers at Voodoo Doughnuts walked off the job when indoor temperatures soared into the 90s with no effective air conditioning. Several were fired. Joe Clement talks with a Doughnut Workers United rank-and-file organizer abo... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour July 19th, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 07/19/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Denise Moriis Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole which includes   Commercial-Free Childhood. Bill Resnick talks to Susan Linn, about the corporate effort not just to sell to children, says Linn, but to takeover childhood and make them habitual consumers. Too in fact i... Read more

Commercial-Free Childhood

Airs at: Mon, 07/19/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Commercial-Free Childhood. Bill Resnick talks to Susan Linn, about the corporate effort not just to sell to children, says Linn, but to takeover childhood and make them habitual consumers. Too in fact instill in them a fundamental deeply held impulse to gain pleasure and... Read more

Voices from the Red Road to D.C

Airs at: Mon, 07/19/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Voices from the Red Road to D.C.: Desiree Hellegers brings audio excerpts from events along the Red Road to D.C. In a journey and campaign to call attention to the need to protect Indigenous Sacred Spaces under threat from fossil fuel exploitation and dams that endang... Read more