Old Mole Variety Hour

KBOO's Holiday Membership Drive has ended, but you can still join online.

$20,492 of $30,500 as of 7:30 pm on Dec. 15th, 2018

Coming Soon

Airs at: Mon, 12/24/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced by: 
KBOO
Subscribe to podcast
News, Views, Reviews, and Interviews

 

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. 

Here is why we call this show "The Old Mole"

For individual segments and more content: View more Old Mole content

Check out our Program Blog

Subscribe to our podcast (see above; search the show name on iTunes; also available on Googleplay)

Old Mole on Facebook

OldMole on Twitter

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

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.  

Streams: 
KBOO Stream 1
Program status: 
Current

Overproduction and Overdevelopment in China

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
In the second of a three part interview, Bill Resnick interviews China scholar Richard Smith on overproduction, overdevelopment and profligate resource consumption in China.  For more on China, see these articles by Richard Smith: China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apo... Read more

Necessary Lies

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
Larry Bowlden reviews the novel Necessary Lies, by Diane Chamberlain. Although the book centers around two families and is in many ways a love story, it’s underlying theme is the eugenics program that was employed in North Carolina from 1929–1975 and led to the sterilizatio... Read more

Ecopoetry

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
Frann Michel shares poetry about climate change, some of which can be found at the Multnomah County Library as well as on line.  She reads these poems: Jackie Kay, “Extinction” Craig Santos Perez, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Glacier (after Wallace Stevens)”  Matthew O... Read more

Seeking Asylum on the US-Mexico Border

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
In their Left & the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the current situation of asylum seekers on the US/Mexico border, and a set-back last week for the Trump administration in their attempts to block migrants at the Southern border and to defy US law on t... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 17, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
Joe Clement hosts and we hear: Bill Resnick and Richard Smith talk about China's over-productive economy Frann Michel comments on the political significance of poetry and shares some poetry about climate change Larry Bowlden reviews a book, Diane Chamberlain’s Necessary Li... Read more

Bad Beef With Burgerville

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
The Burgerville Workers Union has won another election. Joe shares a report about that victory and the long list of retaliation and union-busting workers have faced for asking for a union at BurgerVille. Hear why workers still say boycott Burgerville! [Image Credit: Albert... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 10, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 12/10/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
Tom Becker hosts this episode which includes: Is China Destined to Become the New World Hegemon? An interview with China Scholar Richard Smith on how China became a world economic and political power. Speaking Truth about the Dead: How to talk truthfully about the recently... Read more

Is China Destined to Become the New World Hegemon?

Airs at: Mon, 12/10/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
In the first of a three part interview Bill Resnick interviews China scholar Richard Smith on how China became a world economic and political power, able to challenge U.S. world supremacy, and thus fulfill its historical destiny as they see it--to lead the world.  For more,... Read more

Speaking the Truth About the Dead

Airs at: Mon, 12/10/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
Dismayed by the bipartisan praise for George HW Bush following his death on November 30th, Denise Morris weighs the moral imperative not to speak ill of the dead against the importance and responsibility to speak the truth about the deeds of powerful public figures. For mor... Read more

What Will the Election of Bolsonaro Mean for Democracy in Brazil?

Airs at: Mon, 12/10/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Old Mole Variety Hour
Download audio file
On October 28, the extreme right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro was elected as Brazil's next President.  Bolsonaro has praised Brazil's 20-year military dictatorship and threatened his political opponents with jail or exile.  Dan Jaffee speaks with Dr. Flavia Braga Vieira a... Read more