Jo Ann and Dave look at the latest findings on racial profiling released by the Portland Police Bureau. This latest report, which compiles data on stops and motorists, cyclists and pedestrians over the past year, shows that African Americans are still more likely to be stopped by the police than other city residents. The city says the raw data doesn't tell the whole story, but community activists are concerned that "driving, cycling and walking while black" remains a serious problem in the Rose City. Jo Ann and Dave and discuss voter concerns about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman talk with poet, translator and doctor, Fady Joudah, about the life and work of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish. Also on the program, live satellite phone conversations with Paul Larudee and Huwaida Arraf of the Free Gaza Movement as they sail, along with 43 other volunteers, from Cyprus to Gaza to break the Israeli blockade.
Dave Mazza speaks with Dr. James Yamazaki, professor emeritus in pediatrics. He was the lead physician of the 1949 U.S. Atomic Bomb Medical Team, studying the effects of nuclear bombing on children in Nagasaki. We also hear from Pamela Vergun, editor and translator of "A Dimly Burning Wick: Memoir from the Ruins of Hiroshima."
On the August 21, Art Focus, Host Julie Bernard speaks with local metal artists Greg Wilbur and Kristin Mitsu Shiga about their work and about the upcoming Art in Pearl Festival Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.
The residents of Jubilee Community's Redwoods housing unit allege they are being harrassed by the police, housing inspectors and members of the Bureau of Housing and Community Development. Jacob Anderson-Minshall reports on the story, and interviews residents, the property owner, a Portland Inspector, and a representative from the Bureau of Housing and Community Development.