Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 02/24/2020 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, or Blind Boy Paxton  

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

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Such a Fun Age

Airs at: Mon, 02/17/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Kiley Reid's debut novel, Such a Fun Age, which very skillfully discloses issues of race and class. Especially impressive is how she lets her characters tell the story and raise the issues, rather than acting as an omniscient narrator. The no... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for February 17, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 02/17/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear: A dramatic reading of excerpts of Nikole Hannah-Jone's essay, "Our Democracy's Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written; Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True." Sharon Grant reads, Bill Resnick introduces. Boo... Read more

America's Founding Ideals Were Lies Until Blacks Made Them True

Airs at: Mon, 02/17/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick introduces Sharon Grant dramatically reading excerpts from Nikole Hannah-Jone's essay, "Our Democracy's Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written; Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True." Part of the New York Times 1619 Project, this is part one.... Read more

Book Mole: Such A Fun Age, by Kiley Reid

Airs at: Mon, 02/17/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Book Mole, Larry Bowlden, reviews Kiley Reid's debut novel: Such A Fun Age. Larry joins other critics in praising the book's fresh and engaging treatment of contemporary race and class issues. You can find it at the Multnomah County Library. Read more

The Afro-Atlantic Origins of the Banjo

Airs at: Mon, 02/17/2020 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 art h... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for February 10, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 02/10/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts and we hear: Bill Resnick talks with James Ofsink of the organization Portland Forward about local struggles over the Portland Police contract. Joe shares memories of and a commentary by late Old Mole, Clayton Morgareidge The Left and the Law, with spe... Read more

Community Campaign To Reform Police Contract

Airs at: Mon, 02/10/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick talks with James Ofsink of Portland Forward about their campaign and coalition to change the Portland Police Bureau contract. They consider the status of the contract battle, many non-contractual issues of police policy and conduct, but also proposals for reduc... Read more

Poetry of June Jordan

Airs at: Mon, 02/10/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Frann Michel presents an edited recording of June Jordan reading "A Poem About My Rights,"  followed by a flash mob performance in Los Angeles of the Chilean feminist anthem "El Violador es Tu."   Read more

Remembering Clayton: memories and archives

Airs at: Mon, 02/10/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement shares memories of how he met late Old Mole, Clayton Morgareidge, and introduces a commentary and reading Clayton produced in 2015 about abolishing slavery as an attack on unjust property relations that remains incomplete. Read more

Left and the Law: anti-protest laws

Airs at: Mon, 02/10/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In this Left & the Law segment, Jan Haaken talks with Laruen Regan, Executive Director and senior staff attorney with the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene. Regan is lead criminal defense attorney in recent and several upcoming trials of climate activists.  They talk... Read more