Old Mole Variety Hour

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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, anti-racist and anti-colonial 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, anti-colonial 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. 

Contributors include: Julian Ankney, Larry Bowlden, Sarah Chivers, Joe Clement, Norm Diamond, Sharon Grant, Jan Haaken, Desiree Hellegers, Patricia Kullberg, Luisa Martinez, Laurie Mercier, Chelsea Ratzlaff, Bill Resnick, Victoria Saucedo, Mike Snedecker, Roben White, Matt Witt

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Our theme song is the traditional "Mole in the Ground," sometimes performed by Clayton & Ernie, sometimes by Joe Clement,  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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The Old Mole Variety Hour for June 27, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 06/27/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this Hot Labor Summer episode of the Old Mole. Bill Resnick and Tera Hurst discuss drug decriminalization in Oregon and challenges to implementing the promises of Measure 110. June 27th is the 117th anniversary of the Industrial Workers of the World. Jo... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 20, 2022

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Juneteenth: Sarah Chivers brings audio from Vancouver's Juneteenth celebration, featuring emcee Karen Morrison, a community organizer with Free Hot Soup Vancouver and coordinator of Odyssey World International. Big Pharma and Covid Vaccines: Bill Resnick discusses Big Ph... Read more

Big Pharma and Covid Vaccines

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick discusses Big Pharma’s refusal to share the patents for successful Covid vaccines with drug makers across the world, indeed promise to enforce the patents and destroy any company that tries to use the patented production methods. This refusal will surely enhanc... Read more

The Janes

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Prior to the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, an underground network of women in Chicago provided services for women seeking an abortion and many were arrested and served jail time. Released this month on HBO, the documentary “The Janes” — co-directed by Tia Lessi... Read more

Jan 6

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick does a Well Red Read and commentary based on the Hearings on the Sept 6th “Insurrection.” It has been a riveting exposure of this country’s former peerless leader and it drew a large audience across the country. But will it amount to anything more than a powerf... Read more

In Memoriam, Delores Loann Winston

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Desiree Hellegers memorializes — and we hear excerpts of archival audio of—Delores Loann Winston, a formerly homeless activist with Seattle's WHEEL-Women in Black , and a teenage volunteer in the 1970s with Seattle's Black Panther Breakfast program, who died in May, and who... Read more

Conflict, Democracy and Global Warming, Part 2

Airs at: Mon, 06/13/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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The dangers of human extinction have greatly increased over the last year. For one the Ukrainian struggle has intensified, with both sides threatening to use “battlefield” nukes. Second tensions between the U.S. and China have intensified with China militantly insisting on ... Read more

Juneteenth

Airs at: Mon, 06/13/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sarah Chivers speaks with Karen Morrison, a Black leader and educator in Vancouver with the non-profit "Odyssey World International Education Services." She is coordinating with the City of Vancouver to host an event on Juneteenth (June 17th, 1-7pm at Esther Short Park in V... Read more

Pride and Education

Airs at: Mon, 06/13/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rightwing attacks on progressive educators have reached a fever pitch across the country, from banning books to censoring instructional materials that address injustices. Teachers have organized to defend critical inquiry in the classroom, however, including through the Tea... Read more

Smelter Wars, Part Three

Airs at: Mon, 06/13/2022 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Smelter Wars by Ron Verzuh is a deeply researched account of a militant union at one of the world’s largest smelter complexes, in Trail, British Columbia. The story Verzuh tells covers decades, from management’s efforts to prevent unionization, up to successful organizing, ... Read more