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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 Mole Variety Hour March 25, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 03/25/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Frann Michel hosts. Bill Resnick talks with John Talberth of the Center for Sustainable Economy about saving forests, reclaiming forests, and stopping cataclysmic global warming.  Desiree Hellegers talks with activists Mackenzie G. Hilmes and Anya Moklyak, who perform ... Read more

The Students Climate Strike

Airs at: Mon, 03/18/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick talks with local students who helped organize last Friday’s (March 15) Student Climate Strike here in Portland. In Part One, we hear from Solomon Duke, senior at Franklin High.  He is a founder of the Portland Youth Climate Council and one of the organizers of ... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour For March 18th, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 03/18/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Denise Morris Hosts this Episode of the Old Mole which includes Bill Resnick talks with Portland students who helped organize last Friday’s (March 15) Student Climate Strike. In Part One, we hear from Solomon Duke, senior at Franklin High.  He is a founder of the Portl... Read more

Movie Moles: What is Democracy?

Airs at: Mon, 03/18/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  For the Old Mole 3/18/19 Jan: What is Democracy? directed by philosopher filmmaker and activist Astra Taylor answers the question in the film's title through an expository style,  an approach to documentary that uses interviews and images to build an argument. The argum... Read more

Earth Strike

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  (Frann Michel for the Old Mole Variety Hour March 11, 2019; School Strike image by Leonhard Lenz [CC0])   Young climate activists have called for a one-day school strike on March 15th. Earth Strike, as it’s also called, is expected to be the largest yet of these events... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for March 11, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Thom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and we hear: 1. Bill Resnick talks with John T. James about the extent and the causes of fatal medical errors. 2. Frann Michel discusses Earth Strike. 3. How and why the capital-labor struggle disappeared from political c... Read more

Medical Care for Profit Makes Fatal Mistakes

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews John T. James who discusses the tragic toll and how to avoid medical errors.areas. James is the author of A Sea of Broken Hearts: Patient Rights in a Dangerous, Profit-Driven Health Care System.  Read more

Gender, Class, and Capitalism

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In the 1950s and 60s, political and economic commentary was about the struggle between labor and capital. Not now. Why? Thom Becker reads from Rob Urie’s article in CounterPunch arguing that that capitalism has attempted and largely succeeded in co-opting and compromising a... Read more

"The Girl With Seven Names"

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Larry Bowlden reviews Hyeonseo Lee’s The Girl With Seven Names, a memoir about the author's young life in North Korea, which she was taught to regard as the best and most prosperous country in the world. Almost by accident, she found herself in China and then began a lon... Read more

Oregon's DEQ and the Oregonian's Limited Critique

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick congratulates the Oregonian for its expose of the Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Legislature, and the companies who successfully demand the right to bathe us in dangerous pollution. He disputes that this happens mostly as a product of campaign... Read more