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, 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

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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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Old Mole Variety Hour for March 4, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 03/04/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Jon Nelson hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: What Is the Main Challenge for Socialists Now? In this episode of Another World Is Possible, Norm Diamond takes off from the recent book, The Socialist Challenge Today, by Leo Panitch ... Read more

Palestinian Film Fest

Airs at: Mon, 02/26/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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As Israel's genocidal war on Gaza continues, so too does global resistance to the war and to Israeli occupation of Palestine. Jan Haaken talks with Shams Mahmoud, President of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) at Portland State University, about the upcom... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 26, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 02/26/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Patricia Kullberg hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: Palestinian Film Fest: As Israel's genocidal war on Gaza continues, so too does global resistance to the war and to Israeli occupation of Palestine. Jan Haaken talks with Shams ... Read more

Love Song

Airs at: Mon, 02/26/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In recognition of Black History Month, Larry Bowlden reviews Tia William’s historical novel, A Love Song For Ricki Wilde. Ricki Wilde comes from a wealthy southern family, the wealth due to her father’s owning a string of mortuaries. Her sisters, Rashida, Regina, and Rae, a... Read more

Black Workers Organize at Tesla

Airs at: Mon, 02/26/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Black Tesla workers recently sued their employer for an extremely well documented pattern of racial discrimination. Whereas lawsuits seldom even reimburse successful plaintiffs for their injuries, this suit could be the prelude to the United Auto Workers union and Bay Area ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 19, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 02/19/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  This episode is hosted by Frann Michel and includes these segments:   The Afro-Atlantic Origins of the Banjo Joe Clement presents a collection of traditional banjo music and documentaries shining light on the Afro-Atlantic origins of the banjo, and some of its enduring... Read more

The Afro-Atlantic Origins of the Banjo

Airs at: Mon, 02/19/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Joe Clement presents a collection of traditional banjo music and documentaries shining light on the Afro-Atlantic origins of the banjo, and some of its enduring significance for American history. Rhiannon Giddens performs: Julie and Better Get Yer Lernin' Marc Dewitt ar... Read more

John D'Emilio on Bayard Rustin

Airs at: Mon, 02/19/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Laurie Mercier speaks with John D'Emilio, Professor Emeritus of History and of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of the award-winning book, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin. They review George Wolfe’s film Rusti... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 12, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 02/12/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which is a re-broadcast from Against the Grain. What insights into Israel/Palestine, and what visions for the region, were articulated by Edward Said? Under what conditions did the Palestinian-American scholar, critic, and ... Read more

The Legal Case for Genocide

Airs at: Mon, 02/05/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In December 2023, residents of Gaza and two nongovernmental human rights organizations filed a lawsuit in a federal court in California arguing that the US federal government has violated the 1948 Genocide Convention by failing to intervene in Israel’s recent actions in Gaz... Read more