Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 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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Old Mole Variety Hour for May 11, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 05/11/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Today’s Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond. Norm starts things off with a personal credo about what the Mole stands for. The show continues with the following segments:   Another World Is Possible: With this segment we inaugurate a new feature. In the first installment, N... Read more

The Left and the Law

Airs at: Mon, 05/04/2020 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker look at the picture that is emerging of the coronavirus spreading in jails and prisons in the US. They discuss the lawsuits and political actions taken by prisoners themselves to address the pandemic and the gr... Read more

May the Fourth: Octavia's Brood and the Politics of Sci-Fi

Airs at: Mon, 05/04/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In a two-part segment, we first hear political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal reflect on the popularity of Star Wars as a political myth of imperial innocence in post-Vietnam America.* This is followed by Joe Clement talking with science fiction scholar and activist Walidah Imari... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 4, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 05/04/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this special May the 4th Old Mole Variety Hour and we hear: Planet of the Humans: Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick critically review the new documentary, "Planet of the Humans" -- directed by Jeff Gibbs and executively produced/promoted by Michael Moore. Releas... Read more

Planet of the Humans

Airs at: Mon, 05/04/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jan Haaken and Bill Resnick critically review the new documentary, "Planet of the Humans", directed by Jeff Gibbs and excutively produced/promoted by Michael Moore. Released on Earth Day and still available to watch for free on Youtube, Planet of the Humans presents a scorc... Read more

Boundaries

Airs at: Mon, 05/04/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole Intern Sarah Summerhill reads an excerpt from her piece "Boundaries," recently published in Washington State University Vancouver's literary magazine, the Salmon Creek Journal. The essay was inspired by an experience in a Native American literature class last summe... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 27, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 04/27/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Laurie Mercier hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes these segments: Mutual Aid in Portland: In this time of viral epidemic and lockdown many Portland groups are appealing for help, including the workers in our medical care and hospital systems for personal pr... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 20, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 04/20/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Frann MIchel hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour, which features music by Alexandra Bradbury and the late John Prine, and these segments: Workers’ response to COVID19: Bill Resnick talks with Travis Watkins, fired from his auto parts plant in Michigan, with the ... Read more

Workers’ response to COVID-19

Airs at: Mon, 04/20/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Workers across the US —in healthcare, at Amazon, and in other workplaces— are being fired for raising concerns about their own and fellow workers’ health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic.  By last week, the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration had received ... Read more

Solidarity in Time of Pandemic

Airs at: Mon, 04/20/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement talks to Philosophy Professor Jason Read, about trends, hopes, and fears about neoliberalism in the time of the coronavirus. They consider the strange solidarity of social distancing, online education, the threat of emergency powers, but also the hopeful prospec... Read more