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Airs at: Mon, 04/30/2018 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.

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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).

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Our theme song "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

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

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Climate Activism and the Necessity Defense

Airs at: Mon, 04/02/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Almost all charges were dropped last week against the West Roxbury protesters, who were arrested for blockading construction on the West Roxbury fracked gas pipeline. It was anticipated the protesters would invoke the necessity defense. Jan Haaken speaks with Kelsey Skaggs,... Read more

Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss

Airs at: Mon, 04/02/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Today’s form of capitalism diminishes and harms us in ways we may not even notice, as discussed by Meagan Day in her piece “Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss.” Clayton Margareidge reads an edited version of her article, which is posted on the Jacobin ... Read more

Pacific NW Labor History Conference 2018

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Laurie Mercier speaks with Conor Casey, labor archivist at the University of Washington. They discuss the April 7 Pacific Northwest Labor History Association conference in Seattle, and how the Labor Archives attempts to preserve and share the region’s laboring and activist ... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for March 26, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Laurie Mercier hosts this episode of the Old Mole and presents these pieces: Bill Resnick interviews Phyllis Bennis about U.S. entanglements with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, and the proxy wars in the Middle East. Larry Bowlden reviews Rene Denfeld’s novel, The Child Fin... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 26, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Laurie Mercier hosts this episode of the Old Mole and presents these pieces: Bill Resnick interviews Phyllis Bennis about U.S. entanglements with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, and the proxy wars in the Middle East. Author of eleven books, including the recent Understan... Read more

Middle East Proxy Wars

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews Phyllis Bennis about U.S. entanglements with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, and the proxy wars in the Middle East. Author of eleven books, including the recent Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror, Bennis directs the New Internationalism ... Read more

Book Mole: The Child Finder

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Larry Bowlden reviews Rene Denfeld’s novel, The Child Finder. Denfold is famous for her nonfiction writing and her excellent debut novel, The Enchanted.  Read more

Stereotypes & Misconceptions About Sex Offenders

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jan Haaken talks with Tim Buckley, one of the authors of  The New Scarlet Letters: Sex Offenders, Their Treatment, and Our Challenge. They will discuss stereotypes and misconceptions of sex offenders, and how the punitive orientation of the criminal justice system affects p... Read more

What About Guns?

Airs at: Mon, 03/19/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Traven Leyshon is a longtime labor and socialist activist, has a radio show on Vermont commercial radio, Equal Time with Traven, and writes a lot. He grew up in rural gun culture.  Here he talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how the left can enter the current great... Read more

Spying on Employees

Airs at: Mon, 03/19/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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You’ve been fired. According to your employer’s data, your facial expressions showed you were insubordinate and not trustworthy. You also move your hands at a rate that is considered substandard. Other companies you may want to work for could receive this data, making it di... Read more