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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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Old Moe Variety Hour for September 23, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 09/23/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Clayton Morgareidge will host this show about the power of the people: mass action to deal with climate change, and workers’ action for fair wages. Slow Motion Commotion will be happening this Friday, Sept. 28 at Portland’s City Hall to holding the City Accountable for it... Read more

Climate Strike!

Airs at: Mon, 09/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick talks to two students and one millennial who are organizing the Climate Strike coming to your city and neighborhood and every neighborhood around the world this Friday, Sept 20th. They discuss why the Climate Strike, its demands, what’s happening in Portland, a... Read more

Greta Thunberg at the UN

Airs at: Mon, 09/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage activist, whose example and eloquence has galvanized millions of students and made life very uncomfortable for rich elites, speaks at the 2018 UN Climate Summit in Poland, a shot heard round the world. She's at the UN speaking again this ... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 16, 2109

Airs at: Mon, 09/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick hosts today's show which includes the following segments: Teaching Climate Justice: Desiree Hellegers interviews teachers and authors Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart about teaching climate justice. Climate Strike! Bill Resnick speaks with organizers of the upcom... Read more

Teaching Climate Justice

Airs at: Mon, 09/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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As we move into the week-long youth climate strike, Desiree Hellegers speaks with Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart of Rethinking Schools about the impacts of Portland Public School's landmark climate justice resolution and its role in fueling fossil fuel resistance and empowe... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for September 9, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Norm Diamond is our host for this edition of the Old Mole and we hear-- 1. Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Laurie Mercier discuss the classic labor and feminist film "Salt of the Earth." 2. Historian Raymond Caballero talks with Norm Diamond about McCarthyism and union struggle... Read more

Movie Review: "Salt of the Earth"

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken discuss the classic 1954 film made against great odds because the film makers were black listed by the Hollywood establishment. According to Wikipedia,  The film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and polit... Read more

Movie Review: "Salt of the Earth"

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Movie Moles Laurie Mercier and Jan Haaken discuss the classic 1954 film made against great odds because the film makers were black-listed by the Hollywood establishment. According to Wikipedia,  The film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and polit... Read more

McCarthyism vs Clinton Jencks

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Host Norm Diamond talks with historian Raymond Caballero about Caballero's new book McCarthyism vs Clinton Jencks, as well as more about "Salt of the Earth," the film reviewed in the previous segment of today's show. Clinton Jencks was a decorated war hero who adopted as hi... Read more

Support for County On-Call and Temp Workers

Airs at: Mon, 09/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Old Mole, library employee, and union member Joe Clement explains the ongoing struggle between  Multnomah County and temp and on-call workers who wish to join the union. You can support these workers by going to the County Board meeting at the Multnomah County Building, 501... Read more