Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 07/11/2022 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

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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 for July 4, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 07/04/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Jon Nelson hosts this July 4 episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: Despair: Disappointed? Disgruntled? Depressed? Demoralized? Despairing? By the Supreme Court decisions? By Trump remaining a viable candidate in 2024? By the police regaining pu... Read more

What is Democracy?

Airs at: Mon, 07/04/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel review the Film "What Is Democracy," which played at the Portland International Film Festival in March of 2019. Director Astra Taylor uses interviews and an examination of the politics of immigration in the US and Europe to illuminate... Read more

Despair

Airs at: Mon, 07/04/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Despair: Disappointed? Disgruntled? Depressed? Demoralized? Despairing? By the Supreme Court decisions? By Trump remaining a viable candidate in 2024? By the police regaining public support by fearmongering? Bill Resnick and Jan Haaken discuss these and other grim developme... Read more

Breaking Clean

Airs at: Mon, 07/04/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Breaking Clean, a memoir by Judy Blunt. The book offers a set of stories as snapshots that form the life of a Montana ranch-woman and her struggles to get an education and to write while raising three children. Read more

War and Fireworks

Airs at: Mon, 07/04/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sharon Grant reads excerpts from the article "Rethinking the 4th of July" by Bill Bigelow, from the July 2, 2018 Zinn Education Project website. "Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about bl... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 27, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 06/27/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Joe Clement hosts this Hot Labor Summer episode of the Old Mole. Drug Decriminalization: Bill Resnick and Tera Hurst discuss the growing pains in Oregon's implementation of the first in the nation decriminalization of all illicit drugs including marijuana, methamphetamin... Read more

Class Struggle Unionism

Airs at: Mon, 06/27/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Class Struggle Unionism: Here is a clip from the Class Struggle Unionism panel at the Labor Notes conference in Chicago 6/17-19. Joe Burns describes the principles of Class Struggle Unionism and what distinguishes the class struggle perspective from the business unions and ... Read more

The Wobblies

Airs at: Mon, 06/27/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles Joe Clement and local wobbly Morgan Miller review the 1979 documentary "Wobblies". (Re-released earlier this year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ruK6IQLWc) and remastered by the Museum of Modern Art, Wobblies features interviews with members of the Industrial ... Read more

Drug Decriminalization

Airs at: Mon, 06/27/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick and Tera Hurst discuss the growing pains in Oregon's implementation of the first in the nation decriminalization of all illicit drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine and illicit painkillers and stimulants. Recently the Oregon Health Authority administering... Read more

Big Pharma and Covid Vaccines

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick discusses Big Pharma’s refusal to share the patents for successful Covid vaccines with drug makers across the world, indeed promise to enforce the patents and destroy any company that tries to use the patented production methods. This refusal will surely enhanc... Read more