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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, Sarah Chivers, Norm Diamond, Sharon Grant, Desiree Hellegers, Luisa Martinez, Chelsea Ratzlaff, Victoria Saucedo, Mike Snedecker, Roben White

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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 November 1, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 11/01/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Patricia Kullberg hosts this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour which includes the following segments: Don’t Quit, Organize! In Part Two of a two-part interview, Joe Clement talks with labor activist Eric Dirnbach about Strike-tober, the mass quittings and staff short... Read more

Local and Global Stakes in the Vancouver Port Commissioner Election

Airs at: Mon, 10/25/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Desiree Hellegers talks with Cager Clabaugh, President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4 in Vancouver, WASHINGTON, about the local and global stakes in the Vancouver Port Commissioner race, where the incumbent, Eric LaBrant, who has a long-time reco... Read more

Organizing Against Authoritarianism and Climate Chaos

Airs at: Mon, 10/25/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews Max Elbaum on the two existential threats facing humanity -- authoritarianism and global roasting. They discuss how to defeat both, building the broadest of lefts, including segments of the Democratic Party that today might support the sweeping mobil... Read more

Don't Quit, Organize!

Airs at: Mon, 10/25/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement talks with labor activist Eric Dirnbach about Strike-tober, the mass quittings and staff shortages affecting the American economy, and whether we're seeing what former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has called "a disorganized general strike". His writing on som... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for October 25, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 10/25/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear: Authoritarianism and Global Roasting: Bill Resnick interviews Max Elbaum on the two existential threats facing humanity. They discuss how to defeat both, building the broadest of lefts, including segments of the Democratic Party ... Read more

Line 3—History and Hope

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Line 3—History and Hope: Last Monday, on Indigenous Peoples Day, the five-year frontline resistance to Enbridge's Line 3 suffered a defeat. Having finished construction on the pipeline, Enbridge prepared to start pumping the highly toxic tar sands oil from Alberta Canada th... Read more

Surplus Women

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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At the end of World War I there were so many young widows and unmarried woman that they were dubbed “surplus women.”  Violet Speedwell is one of these women, and she joins a group of women called borderers, women who embroider kneelers for grand cathedrals. She crafts a lif... Read more

Rural Organizing Project Oregon

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews Monica Pearson, an organizer for Oregon’s Rural Organizing Project, serving 82 member groups in small towns and villages across the state who are organizing around a broad range of progressive issues. Pearson, who has lived her life in small towns, p... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 18, 2021

Airs at: Mon, 10/18/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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To thank the generous supporters of community radio in Portland, the Old Mole Variety Hour is sponsoring gift prints of one of Bette Lee’s photos to 10 lucky listeners who contribute during KBOO’s 2021 fall membership drive, which ends on October 16. To view Bette’s photos ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for October 11, 2021: Indigenous Peoples Day

Airs at: Mon, 10/11/2021 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Lakota-Cheyenne Mole Roben White hosts.   MMIPs and Land Acknowledgments: Roben speaks with Nimiipuu/Nez Perce Mole member Julian Ankney, creative writer and faculty at Washington State University Vancouver and Pullman, teaching Native Literature, Creative writing fict... Read more