Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 02/25/2019 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

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

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Movie Moles: "Road to Guantanamo"

Airs at: Mon, 06/30/2008 at 5:00pm
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Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review Road to Guantanamo, the British docudrama that follows the story of three British citizens swept up by the military while traveling in Afghanistan and sent to Guantamo prison where they were held without charges for three ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/30/08

Airs at: Mon, 06/30/2008 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Does  the political repression of the 1950s (McCarthyism) live on today in FISA and the Patriot Act?  Ellen Schrecker, who has written widely on the politics of the '50s, will talk with host  Laurie Mercier.   Can grassroots communities govern themselves?  What is “particip... Read more

McCarthyism Past & Present

Airs at: Sun, 06/29/2008 at 5:00pm
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Laurie Mercier interviews historian Ellen Schrecker.  They compare the chilling effects of political repression on academic freedom  in the 1950s and today, finding similarities and differences, both of which are disturbing.   Schrecker is the author of THE AGE OF MCCARTHYI... Read more

Participatory Economics

Airs at: Sun, 06/29/2008 at 5:00pm
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Robin Hahnel talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about new forms of democracy developing in Venezuela, including such radical arrangments as participatory budgeting.   He discusses some of this in a recent article in Monthly Review.   Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 30, 2008

Airs at: Sun, 06/29/2008 at 5:00pm
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Laurie Mercier hosts this program of interviews and reviews about civil rights, justice and injustice.   Laurie interviews Ellen Schrecker about the assaults  on academic freedom in the 1950s and how they compare with those of today.  Bill Resnick talks with radical  econom... Read more

PDX Labor History Bike Tour

Airs at: Tue, 06/24/2008 at 5:00pm
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Bill Resnick talks with Bryan Johnson, a labor historian, about the bike tour of Portland sites that are part of Portland's radical labor history.  It's part of  Pedalpalooza.  Read more

Feminist Science Fiction

Airs at: Mon, 06/23/2008 at 5:00pm
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The Old Mole's Frann Michel reviews The Marq’ssan Cycle -- five feminist science fiction novels by L. Timmel Duchamp, set in the late 21st century.  Their portraits of an American police state and the political use of torture are all too timely today.  You can read this pie... Read more

Remembering Utah Phillips

Airs at: Mon, 06/23/2008 at 5:00pm
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Host Tom Becker reviews the life of labor activist and folk singer Utah Phillips and plays some of his songs.    Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/23/08

Airs at: Mon, 06/23/2008 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Today’s show is hosted by Tom Becker and features the music of the late Utah Phillips.  How do people parent their children differently in the US and Europe?  Bill Resnick’s guest will explain.  Frann Michel will review a new collecton of feminist science fiction. Tom will ... Read more

Parenting in Europe and the US

Airs at: Sun, 06/22/2008 at 5:00pm
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Professor Marcia Meyers is with the West Coast Poverty Center and has studied the vast differences between raising children in the US with almost no public support and being a parent in Europe where that support is strong.  She shares her conclusions in this conversation wi... Read more