Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 04/29/2024 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, Joe Clement, Norm Diamond, Kevin Foster, Jan Haaken, Desiree Hellegers, Patricia Kullberg, Luisa Martinez, Laurie Mercier, Denise Morris, Bill Resnick, Victoria Saucedo, Sophie Smith, 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 April 22, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Defending forests, obliterating dams, replanting watershed, and organizing against genocide (that is also ecocide): Frann Michel hosts this Earth Day episode, which includes these segments: Forest Defense In this Earth Day segment of "Field Notes,” Sophie Smith speaks w... Read more

Forest Defense

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  In this Earth Day segment of "Field Notes,” Sophie Smith speaks with Karen Coulter, director and co-founder of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (BMBP). The discussion explores the critical ecological role of the mature and old growth forests on public lands to the... Read more

CMarie Fuhrman: Hope in Your Hands

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Selections from CMarie Fuhrman's April 5, 2023 talk at the Washington State University Visiting Writers Series, about the hopefulness of obliterating dams and replanting forest on the South Fork of the Salmon River.  CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is roo... Read more

Organizing with JVP-PDX

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  As the genocide in Gaza continues into its sixth month, activists and groups in solidarity with Palestinian freedom continue to organize for a cease-fire and an end to US military support for Israel. Journalist Kevin Foster talks with Zia Laboff, an organizer with Jewish... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 15, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 04/15/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Denise Morris hosts this re-broadcast of “Lessons in Self-Managed Abortion” from the podcast Against the Grain. While the Supreme Court considers restricting abortion pills, feminists in the Global South have shown the way forward for safe abortions outside of the law. Sas... Read more

International Uranium Film Festival

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In its 13th year, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF), which is based in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, comes to Portland as part of its multi-city US tour.  From Hiroshima, the Manhattan Project, Fukushima and everything in between, where Oppenheimer dared not go, these... Read more

Libraries as Grammar Schools of the Commons

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement shares commentary and news on the political significance of libraries, examining the material context of social attacks on them and the utopian potential of their sharing ethos.  We hear audio from Mariame Kabe on the podcast Death Panel speaking to how librarie... Read more

At the Intersections of Extraction, Militarism and Climate Collapse

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Desiree Hellegers and Julian Ankney, Nimiipuu director of Native Programs at Washington State University Vancouver talk about WSU’s 5th annual SJCon social justice conference coming up on April 19 and 20, which is virtual, free, and open to the public. This year is focused ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 8, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Patricia Kullberg hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: Libraries – Grammar Schools for the Commons: Joe Clement shares commentary and news on the political significance of libraries, examining the material context of social attacks ... Read more

Don't be Fooled: Covid, the CDC, and Our Health

Airs at: Mon, 04/01/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Four years into the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19/SARS-Cov-2,  Long Covid continues disabling millions and the CDC continues to favor business interests over public health.   Frann Michel encourages supporting each other in reducing infection.    See also: Too Many Dea... Read more