Frann Michel reports on Portland Public School and Portland Association of Teachers contract talks. Teachers are not fighting for wages, so much as work and ultimately learning conditions -- including class size, standardized testing, and prep-time during the day. She shares stories from teachers, students, and parents, exposing the District's false narrative of greedy teachers and austerity. She points out that the K-12 public school system, while not perfect, is not fundamentally broken as such and its problems cannot be traced to organized/unionized teachers, or else wealthier school districts and places like Finland would have comparably bad rates of success. 8:23 minutes (7.68 MB)
Larry Bowlden reviews Portland-area author Whitney Otto's "Eight Girls Taking Pictures", a collection of short-stories about real life women photographers. Their lives span the 20th Century and repeat a motif of challenging sexism in the world of photography. 7:54 minutes (4.52 MB)
Well-read Red Clayton Morgaredige contrasts the boardgame monopoly and the game of really existing American capitalism. There are a couple of ways Monopology is not like capitalism: everyone starts out with the same resources and success is largely determined by strategy. Moreover, there is no labor to speak of and therein lies the rub. Clayton considers how the game Monopoloy is a pretty good approximation of the neoliberal fantasy of property-driven capitalism..