Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 12/12/2022 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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Grad Students on Strike

Airs at: Mon, 12/05/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Grad student teachers, researchers, teaching assistants, and more, 48,000 of them, are now on strike across the University of California system. It’s the largest strike in the History of American higher ed, and what happens at the University of California will set the stand... Read more

Confessions of the Fox

Airs at: Mon, 12/05/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Frann Michel recommends the novel Confessions of the Fox (2018) by Jordy Rosenberg, a genre-bending work of radical speculative history from below, telling the story of the real 18th-century thief,  jailbreaker, and folk hero Jack Sheppard, reimagined here as a trans man al... Read more

In Memoriam-Yvonne Simmons

Airs at: Mon, 12/05/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In the second half of the “Life and Legacy of Yvonne Simmons,” we hear more about the remarkable life of this London street kid, who became a folk singer, international peace activist, and a founding member of Portland Peace and Justice Works. Featuring reflections from Mar... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 5, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 12/05/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Jon Nelson hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: Grad Students on Strike: Grad student teachers, researchers, teaching assistants, and more, 48,000 of them, are now on strike across the University of California system. It’s the large... Read more

Prisoners’ Rights

Airs at: Mon, 11/28/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jan Haaken interviews Jacob Reisberg, ACLU attorney, on safety and health conditions in US jails. Reisberg spearheaded a federal lawsuit last year against the Orange County sheriff to force him and the county to reduce the jail's population to better implement social distan... Read more

Horse

Airs at: Mon, 11/28/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Horse, a 2022 novel by Geraldine Brooks about a great American racehorse and, more importantly, the turning tide of legalized slavery in 1850s America. Journalist turned novelist Brooks brings all of her prodigious talents to this superb hist... Read more

In Memoriam-Staughton Lynd

Airs at: Mon, 11/28/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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On November 17 of this year, left author, activist, labor lawyer and historian Staughton Lynd died at the age of 92. In this tribute, his friend and fellow activist, Andy Piascik summarizes Lynd’s legacy. The article, entitled “Forever Young: Staughton Lynd”, was published ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 28, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 11/28/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Patricia Kullberg hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: The Midterms are Over; Now what? We dodged a bullet in 2022 mid-year election, with the Democrats strengthening their control of the Senate and narrowly losing the House of Repr... Read more

The Midterms are over; now what?

Airs at: Mon, 11/28/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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We dodged a bullet in 2022 mid-year election, with the Democrats strengthening their control of the Senate and narrowly losing the House of Representatives. All pundits had predicted a Republican triumph, and their loss triggered a bloodletting in the Party and jubilation f... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for November 21, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 11/21/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes a re-broadcast from Against the Grain about the Labor of Veterans. Veterans are a prominent symbol in U.S. politics, evoking patriotism and military might. The right recruits them and they populate the police,... Read more