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News, Views and Interviews from a Socialist, Feminist Perspective
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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 May 27th 2019

Airs at: Mon, 05/27/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Densie Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes Bill Resnick interviews Mark Brenner on the manufactured PERS crisis and the larger real crisis of pensions, with most Americans having little more than Social Security when they retire.  Book Mole Larry ... Read more

War on Iran?

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Resnick interviews John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, about John Bolton’s dangerous aggression toward Iran and obsession with regime change around the world, and how to mobilize to prevent war. Feffer's latest article ... Read more

Rethinking the Housing Crisis

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dan Jaffee continues his discussion with Michael Mehaffy, Senior Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and co-host of the blog LiveablePortland.org about the housing crisis and alternatives to capital-friendly policies that would better address housin... Read more

Challenging the Mayor's Budget

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Laurie speaks with Alex Zielinski, News Editor of the Portland Mercury, about Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty’s amendment to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s proposed budget  that would fund parks and recreation by ending the controversial Gang Enforcement Team. The City Council will vote... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 20, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Laurie Mercier hosts this episode of the Mole, and we hear: Bill Resnick interviews John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, about John Bolton’s dangerous aggression toward Iran and obsession with regime change around the world. ... Read more

Old Mole Variety Hour May 13, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 05/13/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Frann Michel hosts. Bill Resnick interviews Bhaskar Sunkara about his Socialist Manifesto We hear excerpts from testimony at the May 9 Portland city budget forum. Dan Jaffee interviews Michael Mehaffy about Finance and the Housing Crisis.   Please also note the event T... Read more

Sunkara and Socialist Manifesto

Airs at: Mon, 05/13/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Bill Resnick interviews Bhaskar Sunkara, who founded and is now editor of Jacobin magazine, "a leading voice of the American left."  Sunkara will be speaking Tuesday at Powell's City of Books, introducing his just published book: Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical... Read more

Budget Forum Testimony Excerpts

Airs at: Mon, 05/13/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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[Scroll down for transcript] Selections from some of the public testimony at the May 9 hearing on the City of Portland Proposed Budget.  The City Council will take further testimony and vote on approving the budget on May 22, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, at Portland City Hall, ... Read more

Mehaffy on Financialization and the Housing Crisis, Part One

Airs at: Mon, 05/13/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Dan Jaffee talks with guest Michael Mehaffy, Senior Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Executive Director of the Sustasis Foundation, strategic development consultant and urban designer, and co-host of the blog livableportland.org.  They dis... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for May 6, 2019

Airs at: Mon, 05/06/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Thom Becker hosts this episode about political and budget priorities and the power of action in solidarity: Interview with Elizabeth Theil, vice-president of the Portland Association of Teachers, on the state-wide teachers strike this Wednesday, May 8th. Interview with ... Read more