Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 06/24/2024 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, 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, Joe Clement, Norm Diamond, Kevin Foster, Jan Haaken, Desiree Hellegers, Patricia Kullberg, Luisa Martinez, Laurie Mercier, Denise Morris, Bill Resnick, Victoria Saucedo, Sophie Smith, 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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Old Mole Variety Hour for June 17, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 06/17/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Patricia Kullberg hosts this episode of the Old Mole, in celebration of Juneteenth and Pride Month. Our show includes the following segments: Dam Removal on the Klamath: Over the past decade, Tribal Nations have led a global movement for dam removal as a vital part of re... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 10, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 06/10/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Frann Michel hosts this rebroadcast of Queer Communists: Hansberry and Hay, from Against the Grain. C.S. Soong interviews Bettina Aptheker about her book  Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s-1990s.  To be queer and communist at a time when the Communist Pa... Read more

The Labor of Reproduction

Airs at: Mon, 06/03/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jan Haaken talks with Premilla Nadasen about her new book, Care: The Highest State of Capitalism. Premilla Nadasen is professor of history at Barnard College and Columbia University. She has published extensively on the intersection of race, class and gender in reproductive... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 3, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 06/03/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Jon Nelson hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments: The San Onofre Syndrome: The Nuclear Free Team of the Sierra Club Grassroots Network is offering a series of three films to watch online without charge, with the second of the films av... Read more

The San Onofre Syndrome

Airs at: Mon, 06/03/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Nuclear Free Team of the Sierra Club Grassroots Network is offering a series of three films to watch online without charge, with the second of the films available from today--June 3rd—through June 10th.  Titled SOS: The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy, the f... Read more

The New McCarthyism

Airs at: Mon, 06/03/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Laurie Mercier speaks with Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, about the new McCarthyism on college campuses and the extraordinary crackdown not only on student protests of the war on Gaza but against professors... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 27, 2024

Airs at: Mon, 05/27/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole  From Against the Grain, The Nation, Reconsidered hosted by C.S Soong "Is a world of nation-states desirable? If ultranationalism is pernicious, are some forms of nationalism beneficial? Should struggles framed in terms o... Read more

The Palestine Exception to Academic Freedom

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  On May 1st the U.S. House passed legislation adopting a highly contested and broad definition of antisemitism that defines criticism of Israel or Zionism as antisemitic--legislation that holds important implications for what can be taught and what forms of speech or scho... Read more

Left and the Law: Update on taking Big Oil to Court

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  In their Left & the Law segments on the Old Mole, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker regularly report on lawsuits against oil companies. Many of  these cases are based on evidence of lies and deceit on the part of oil executives. They have known for decades that their products... Read more

Growth is not Sustainable

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2024 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Joe Clement brings us some history of Green movement, with a review of debates over how to address the contradiction between environmental survivability and capitalist economic growth.  In this archive segment,  he reads from  Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Ra... Read more