Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 07/20/2020 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 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. 

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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, or Blind Boy Paxton  

Our graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.
 

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Defunding War & Cops

Airs at: Mon, 06/29/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Brenes, Lecturer in History at Yale University and author of the forthcoming For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy, on what we can learn from the long history of efforts to defund the post-... Read more

"Every Cook Can Govern"

Airs at: Mon, 06/29/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Bill Resnick and Sharon Grant present a dramatic reading of C L R James’ essay  "Every Cook Can Govern"that discusses the lessons for today of Athenian radical democracy, its glorious record according to James. To be sure it had problems, as James acknowledges, but this ... Read more

The Left & the Law: Prison Abolition

Airs at: Mon, 06/29/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  As protests against policing gain momentum, calls for change range from police reforms, defunding police departments, to the entire abolition of police departments and prisons. In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker take up philosophical and poli... Read more

Uprising

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 10:00am
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Jan Haaken talks with Lauren Regan, Attorney and Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene. Regan reflects on the recent Black Lives Matter protests and police responses, as well as tactics of resistance in the movement against policing.  Photo cou... Read more

Brave Girl, Quiet Girl

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Catherine Ryan Hyde’s 2020 novel, Brave Girl, Quiet Girl, a novel about friendship, motherhood, and the journey toward finding a place to call home. During a violent carjacking, the thief unknowingly drives off with a two year old girl in the... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of The Old Mole which includes, Trump and the Military: Bill Resnick interviews Garett Reppenhagen, National Director of Veteran's for Peace. They discuss how to stop Trump's efforts to stay in power and do it in part by enlisting the for... Read more

Trump and the Military

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews Garett Reppenhagen, National Director of Veterans for Peace. They discuss how to stop Trump's efforts to stay in power and do it in part by enlisting the force of the U.S Military to suppress its own citizens. Listen to Pat Scanlon sing about Extremi... Read more

End of Policing

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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From the Archive, Bill Resnick talks with Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing, about how popular police reforms fail to address the problems of--let alone the reasons for--over-policing. Alex Vitale spoke in Portland Last October 2019. For more see Vitale’s May 31 a... Read more

Hyung Nam on Police Budgets

Airs at: Mon, 06/15/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Desiree Hellegers talks with activist Hyung Nam, who served on the city-appointed citizens Police Budget Advisory Committee, and who organizes with the Portland Metro People’s Coalition, which has been working with Unite Oregon, Portland African American Leadership Forum... Read more

Black Panthers and Public Health

Airs at: Mon, 06/15/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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As part of their ongoing discussing about public health, Jan Haaken and Patricia Kullberg take up the Black Panther’s vision and practice of community-based health care, which the Panthers formulated in the wake of the urban uprisings of the mid-1960’s. By organizing in Afr... Read more