Local Issues

Community Syndicalism and Tenants Unions

program date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015

Joe Clement talks with Shane, a local housing justice activist, about how unionism as a political strategy for a more direct kind of democracy can be applied to other areas of social life. He and others call this "community syndicalism" or "community unionism". To that end, they discuss tenants unions as an already existing example of this idea.

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11:10 minutes (5.11 MB)

Remembering Bloody Wednesday in Pier Park

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Mon, 07/06/2015
Joe Clement talks with Ryan Wisnor about Blood Wednesday, a labor battle fought during the auspicious year of 1934, when general strikes erupted in Portland and other West Coast port cities. In particular, striking longshoreworkers blocked the train that runs near Pier Park and were met with police, who fired on the workers and sent them running for cover in the Douglas Firs. Thought they suffered losses that day, the strikers ultimately prevailed through community support and helped galvanize workers up and down the West Coast. 11:40 minutes (5.34 MB)

Low Tide Drifters: underdog folk music

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Mon, 07/06/2015
Norm Diamond talks with the Low Tide Drifters, whose "music for the rest of us" draws on growing up in coastal oregon, wobbly didacticism, environmental as well as socially conscious themes, and phenomenal performances all around. They talk about their backgrounds and the importance of music as a conveyer of history and popular understandings. 32:19 minutes (14.8 MB)

Check Out These Three New AM Public Affairs Shows on KBOO


Three new monthly shows were recently added to the KBOO Morning News and Public Affairs Line up.

Voices for the Animals promotes an increased awareness and appreciation for the animals in our homes and our environment, informing listeners about the challenges facing both domesticated pets and free-roaming wildlife. Hosts Dab Steadman and Courtney Scott will explore resources and remedies. They hope to inspire positive action and be a catalyst connecting people to local programs. It airs on the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30AM. http://kboo.fm/takingabiteoutofanimalcrime

Nic Caleb on Portland's Climate Plan

program date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015

Bill Resnick talks with Nic Caleb about the Portland Climate Action Plan that is set for a  City Council hearing this coming Wednesday, June 24. Caleb is the Climate Law Fellow at Our Children's Trust and teaches at Concordia College. He's devoted much time to working with climate action groups in Eugene, Oregon on Eugene's Climate Action Plan. 20:15 minutes (9.27 MB)

solidarity: looking back with pride & forward with hope & vision

For the Old Mole Variety Hour 15 June 2015

This past weekend Portland Pride Northwest coordinated a series of events--including the trans and dyke marches, the pride parade, a festival at waterfront park, and more.

Glenn Waco on the Last Thursday Shooting and Gentrification

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Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015
The Last Thursday shooting on NE 20th and Alberta St. has led to a police response that may do more harm than good.
          After people were seen taking selfies near the crime scene, two black men were arrested while helping one of the three shooting victims.
         In the meantime, the Portland Police Bureau is adding six new officers to its Gang Enforcement team. The Chief of Police says it will help curb the rise in gun violence.          4:34 minutes (4.18 MB)

Refueling the Columbia Generating Station

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015
An active nuclear power plant in Washington state is being refueled.
Washington’s Columbia Generating Station, or C.G.S will be refueled using raw radioactive material.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that radiation levels in the area will increase significantly, but that the equipment used to measure that radiation will be completely shut down during the refueling process.
KBOO’s Nathan Behensky spoke with Miriam German of No Nukes Northwest about the plant’s current problems and the future of nuclear power in Oregon and Washington. 15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)
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