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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, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

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

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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

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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"Moving To the Beat"

Airs at: Sun, 02/10/2008 at 4:00pm
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 The Old Mole's Jan Haaken interviews Abdul Fofana about the documentary film about Hip Hop, "Moving to the Beat."  The film makes connections between Africans and African Americans as it shows the journey of an American Hip Hop group to Sierra Leone.  The film is showing a... Read more

Move Moles: "The Orphanage"

Airs at: Sun, 02/10/2008 at 4:00pm
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 Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review "The Orphanage, " the story of a woman, an orphan herself, who opens an orphanage.  The review compares this film with others from the same producer, "Pan's Labrynth" and "The Devil's Backbone."  Read more

Films About WWII Japanese Internment

Airs at: Sun, 02/10/2008 at 4:00pm
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 The director of two films about the interment of Japanese-Americans in the 1940s talks with Jan Haaken.  He is John Esaki, and the films are  "Stand Up For Justice", a drama  about a man who accompanies  his Japanese-American friends  to the camp; and "From 9066 to 9/11," ... Read more

Victory in the Writers' Strike

Airs at: Sun, 02/10/2008 at 4:00pm
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The TV and Movie Writers achieved a significant victory in their three-month strike.  Bill Resnick talks with writer and Writers Guild board member Nick Kazan about how they did it.    Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 11, 2008

Airs at: Sun, 02/10/2008 at 4:00pm
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This show is hosted by Bill Resnick and covers the Democratic primary campaign, the outcome  of the television and film writers' strike, and several movies worth knowing about.  You can hear the  whole  show by clicking the arrow above, or individual segments by going to th... Read more

Clinton or Obama?

Airs at: Sun, 02/03/2008 at 4:00pm
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 Christopher Hayes, Washington Editor of The Nation magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about similarities and differences between the two Democratic candidtates.  They also discuss their limitations.  Hayes recently wrote "The Choice" in which he declares his ... Read more

Cascade Festival of African Films

Airs at: Sun, 02/03/2008 at 4:00pm
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 Brooke Jacobson and Jan Haaken tell us what's going on at the African Film Festival now underway at the PCC Cascade Campus and at other Portland venues.  For the schedule, click here, or  phone (503) 244-6111 ext. 3630. Read more

Movie Moles: "Mad Money"

Airs at: Sun, 02/03/2008 at 4:00pm
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 Movie Mole Denise Morris and special guest Sahrah Sayyam review the female heist/caper  movie "Mad Money."   Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for February 4, 2008

Airs at: Sun, 02/03/2008 at 4:00pm
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 This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris and is about Africa, movies, and presidential politics.  The arrow above will get you the whole show.  You can hear the pieces, and get more information about them, by clicking on their titles below.1.  T... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for January 28, 2008

Airs at: Sun, 01/27/2008 at 4:00pm
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 Here is the January 28 show in its entirety.  Hosted by Tom Becker, it includes these segments, which can be heard individually by clicking on them.1.  Algernon Alston and Bill Resnick discuss race, poverty, and the sinking economy.  2.  The African Film Festival going on ... Read more