Today was the first day of legal retail pot sales in Oregon, and spirits were high at dispensaries across the Portland area.
In this piece, KBOO reporter Jim Thompson speaks with customers lines up outside Shango's, a dispensary in Hillsboro, followed by KBOO reporter Doug McVay speaking with Mike Mullins of Stoney Girl Gardens, a dispensary in Clackamas County, to see how opening day went from a business owner's perspective. 6:00 minutes (5.5 MB)
After a mass shooting claimed ten lives this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, President Obama adressed the nation with visible frustration, saying, "[Thoughts and prayers do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America next week or a couple months from now."
His remarks touch on the now-routine nature of such killings, and the widespread frustration with the inevitable political stalemate over the issue of gun control that follows them.
KBOO's news director Jenka Soderberg spoke with Professor Eric Mankowski of Portland State University about the impact of these mass murders on our collective psyche.
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Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fic-tion. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These visionary tales span genres, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism, but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.
62:46 minutes (86.19 MB)
Host Paul Roland speaks again with cutting-edge climate journalist Robert Hunziker from Los Angeles. They will discuss the Children's Trust lawsuit and critical information that has come to light in the discovery process; Pope Francis' upcoming address to the U.S. 56:15 minutes (77.25 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about the controversy over Planned Parenthood clinics and the sale of fetal tissue and and what this controversy really is all about. Gentile is professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has written extensively on the new world of reproductive technologies. 11:12 minutes (4.49 MB)
KBOO's Sam Bouman speaks with Maxine Fookson of Jewish Voices for Peace-PDX about the Iran deal, the role of the Israeli lobby in Congressional opposition to the deal, and an upcoming rally at Pioneer Square in Portland this Saturday at noon.
The rally was organized by Jewish Voices for Peace-PDX, American Iranian Friendship Council-PDX, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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The town of Banks, Oregon, located in western Washington County northwest of Hillsboro, recently implemented water use restrictions on businesses, partly in response to drought conditions across the state.
For more on Oregon’s driest year in decades and government responses to it, KBOO’s Sam Bouman has this report.
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