Old Mole Variety Hour

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Airs at: Mon, 07/20/2020 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.

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, 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 July 13, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Norm Diamond hosts the Old Mole today, which includes the following segments: Racism in Heath Care: While the coronavirus pandemic has made more urgent the need for universal access to quality health care, Patricia Kullberg and Jan Haaken take up the problem of racist id... Read more

Racism in Heath Care

Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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While the coronavirus pandemic has made more urgent the need for universal access to quality health care, Patricia Kullberg and Jan Haaken take up the problem of racist ideas and practices within the health care setting. They take a closer look at myths about the bodies of ... Read more

To the Memory of Thich Quang Duc

Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Desiree Hellegers reads her recently published meditative poem, “Koan,” dedicated to the memory of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. Thich Quang Duc publicly burned himself to death in protest of religious and imperial oppression. Image from: picasaweb.google.com/squintboy/World... Read more

Another World Is Possible

Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Candy Luisa Herrera joins Norm Diamond, after Norm first talks about the relationship between racism and capitalism. Then the two of them discuss police unions, whose interest is served by racist policing, and the opportunities for revitalizing the labor movement. Creator:... Read more

Reform and Radical Change

Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Johanna Brenner and Bill Resnick address how to work in reform movements for radical ends. With the current great upsurge in reform struggle and ideas, cooptation is a danger. Many reforms are easy for our elites to live with and some even enhance corporate power. What migh... Read more

To Turn Anxiety Back into Anger

Airs at: Mon, 07/06/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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To Turn Anxiety Back into Anger: Norm Diamond reads and reflects on the poem “For Citizenship” by Irish poet John O’Donohue, which speaks of the urgency to turn our anxiety and distraction into anger and solidarity. Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for July 6, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 07/06/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Patricia Kullberg hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following features: Uprising 2020—Now What? Bill Resnick speaks with Michael Albert about the current insurgency triggered by the murder of George Floyd and how all the anger and hope could be orga... Read more

Economic Growth Not a Fix for Poverty

Airs at: Mon, 07/06/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tom becker reads excerpts from an article entitled, "We can’t grow our way out of poverty," by Jason Hinkel in New Internationalist. Hinkel argues there is another way out—redistribution—and he outlines ideas how this might be accomplished. Hinkel is an anthropologist, auth... Read more

Systemic Racism? Councilwoman Declares not in Vancouver

Airs at: Mon, 07/06/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Desiree Hellegers interviews Adam Aguilera, a 2019 candidate for the Vancouver City Council, board member of the Washington Education Association, high school English teacher for the Evergreen School District, and Chair of the Evergreen Equity Committee, about calls for the... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 29, 2020

Airs at: Mon, 06/29/2020 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Frann Michel hosts and we hear these pieces: Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Brenes, Lecturer in History at Yale University and author of the forthcoming For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy, on what we can learn from the ... Read more