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Breaking Up Big Banks and Challenging Immigrant Deportations

Air date: 
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:00am - 10:15am
Short Description: 
Between the Lines Radio

Air Cascadia is off today. 

Instead we'll hear Between the Lines featuring stories on how breaking up America's big banks is the key to averting future financial crises and how advocacy groups are challenging the latest ICE immigrant deportations.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. December 7, 1964 London

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Mon, 01/18/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. December 7, 1964 London
More Talk Radio is off today.

As the world is celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we present this special program from the Pacifica Radio Archives, the newly discovered public address by Dr. King, delivered on December 7th, 1964 in London, just 1 day before he left for Oslo to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. 

A group called Christian Action invited Dr. King to address a London audience on the topic of South Africa in early 1964. When Dr. King was notified that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he decided to combine these two events on the same trip.

Pacifica European Correspondent Saul Bernstein was there to record what we think is the only recording in existence of the entire speech.

Two Novels About War & Family: The Blue Between Sky And Water & The Center Of The World

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Thu, 01/14/2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Two Novels About War & Family: The Blue Between Sky And Water & The Center Of The World

Both Between the Covers and Words and Pictures are off today. Words and Pictures will air next Thursday, 1/21, at 11:40am, with Boxtrolls directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi.

Today we'll hear a program from the series Writer's Voice with host FRANCESCA RHEANNON.

Two novels reveal the devastating impact of war on families and those families' resilience in the face of tragedy. First, The Blue Between Sky And Water by Susan Abulhawa and then, The Center Of The World by Jacqueline Sheehan. 

Zapatista rebellion - 21 years later

Air date: 
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with John Holloway
From 5 - 5:30 will be a special year-end edition of Making Contact!

Then, from 5:30 - 6, we honor the anniversary of the 1994 Zapatista rebellion:

Tim Flannery - Atmosphere of Hope

Air date: 
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tim Flannery - Atmosphere of Hope

Australian scientist & author of "The Weather Makers" on new book "Atmosphere of Hope". Despite what he knows, Tim Flannery explains new "natural" based tech that may prevent climate catastrophe.

Tim Flannery speech recorded at the Town Hall in Seattle November 12, 2015 by Mike McCormick of talkingsticktv and Media Matters. 

From the series Radio Ecoshock. http://www.ecoshock.org/

Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Consequences, and Options

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Consequences, and Options

From the series Global Voices for Justice we hear an overview of Syrian history from independence until the quagmire war, ISIS, and involvement of Russia, US, and Western Europe with Professor Stephen Zunes.

Global Voices for Justice organization; can be reached at globalvoicesforjustice.org 

Life Hacks

Air date: 
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
How to "Adult" Tips and Hacks for a Happy New Year
Kristin Yount will be here to talk about life hacks:how to adult in 2016.
There will be some uplifting music to ring in the new year. If you want to share your favorite life hack go on and call in and share.

Paul Street: The Vicious Cycle of Racism

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Thu, 12/31/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Special program on Racism in the US
Paul Street speaks based on his years at the Chicago Urban League and resident of Chicago. He is the former Vice President for Research and Planning and Director of Research at The Chicago Urban League (from 2000 through 2005), where he published numerous grant-funded studies including The Vicious Circle: Race, Prison, Jobs and Community in Chicago, Illinois, and the Nation (October 2002) and Still Separate, Unequal: Race, Place, Policy and the State of Black Chicago (2005).

In Memory of John Trudell

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Thu, 12/31/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
What it means to be a human being
When John Trudell died on December 8, 2015, many were at a loss how to explain in a few words what he meant to them: Santee Sioux poet, philosopher, musician and warrior came to mind and the commercial media added his roles in films and the films made about him.

TUC: Trudell grew up on and around the Santee Sioux

Feminist current: What will a liberal government mean for Indigenous Canadians

Air date: 
Thu, 12/31/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Featuring Pamela Palmater
On October 19 the Liberal Party of Canada won a majority government, beating out the much maligned Harper Conservatives. Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau, has made a number of commitments to minority groups, including women and Indigenous communities.


Beyond Ferguson Panel

program date: 
Fri, 10/10/2014

Beyond Ferguson - Conversation and Action - A panel discussion recorded at Lewis Clark College on September 11, 2014 at Templeton Campus Center, Council Chambers. (It was broadcast on KBOO as part of News and Public Affairs Day on October 10th, 2014.)

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. This panel shares reactions and directions for the future.

The panel is moderated by Cathy Busha, Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement at Lewis and Clark College.

Lewis & Clark Professor Reiko Hillyer, S. Bobbin Singh, J.D., Executive Director Oregon Justice Resource Center, and community activists Giovanni Blair McKenzie and Lakeitha Elliott for “Beyond Ferguson - Conversation and Action.”  
Also participating in the Forum Michael Crenshaw, KBOO co-manager.

Craig Lewis: Punk Rock, Mental Illness and Recovery

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Sun, 10/05/2014
Craig Lewis is a punk rock mental health and recovery advocate, member of the Boston punk rock scene, Upheaval Fanzine editor, and the author of 'Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workbook". He has also recently edited 'You're Crazy' Volume One which featuresfirst-hand accounts of punks dealing with mental illness, addiction and trauma.

Craig came to KBOO on October 4, 2014 to talk about his work, and the talk he'll be making at the Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave, on Wednesday October 8th titled "PUNK ROCK, MENTAL ILLNESS and RECOVERY".

More information can be found at


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Arun Gupta: Compromises dampened impact of Climate March

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Thu, 10/02/2014
Arun Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal.  He's currently working on a book about the local food movement.

His two most recent articles:
How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign


To Fight the Unpredictable Effects of Climate Change, We Need an Unpredictable Movement

sparked controversy among the left, and an article by march organizers who, as Gupta put it, 'claim credit for the Flood Wall Street action after refusing to back it or promote it': What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March

Arun was at KBOO's studios as part of our All-Day Special on 'Turning the Tide on Climate Change', and spoke about these and other issues.
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Prisoner Support: Inside and Outside Incarceration (not yet aired)

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Thu, 06/05/2014
With Coyote Sheff and Petey- Former prisoners
Coyote Sheff was released from a Nevada state prison back in November of 2013. He never rested while in prison, starting an Anarchist Black Cross chapter at the prison he was in to actively sticking up for his comrades and taking part in prison rebellions to protest different policies or actions by the prison administration. Coyote Sheff and Petey will be talking about their own respective experiences, stressing the importance of prisoner support during incarceration and after, supporting prison struggles from providing reading material to an anarchist reading group inside the prison walls to the many ways those on the outside can support prison rebellions.
Coyote Sheff's writings can be found at various blogs and sites on the web. For more info on Eric McDavid, discussed in this panel: http://supporteric.org/ More info on radical eco-prisoners: http://www.ecoprisoners.org/
A new website to support prisoners and prison resistance, mentioned in the panel: http://supportprisonerresistance.net

For complete schedule of panels and more information about the Law and Disorder Conference, go to: https://lawandisorder.wordpress.com/
Other audio from the conference available at kboo.fm/audio:

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March Against Monsanto Portland 2014

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Tue, 05/27/2014
Complete (lightly edited) audio from March Against Monsanto rally at Shemanski Park In Portland, May 24, 2014. Includes some music.
  • Length: 90:52 minutes (83.2 MB)
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Thom Hartmann in Portland: The Crash of 2016

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Thu, 05/22/2014
Thom Hartmann speaking in Portland on May 2, 2014 at First Unitarian Church about his latest book: The Crash of 2016, The plot to Destroy America and what we can do to stop it. 

The book covers the currents of policy and economics that are converging on the year 2016 to possibly plunge us back into a depression deeper than the one we just survived. He also offers his prescription for the tools we need to employ to dull the effect of this eventuality. 

After Thom's talk was a panel with several local activists, who discussed their take on the issues. 
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John Nichols: 28th Amendment Roadshow

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Wed, 05/14/2014
John Nichols speaking in Portland on May 4th 2014, during the 28th Amendment Roadshow.
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Mass Imprisonment is Prison Slavery

program date: 
Tue, 05/13/2014
Mass Imprisonment is Prison Slavery
JoNina Abron-Ervin & Lorenzo Ervin
Recorded and produced by Paul Roland, Public Affairs volunteer producer

More people are incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails than in any other country in the world. With just five percent of the world’s population, America has twenty-five percent of the world’s prison population. This workshop will examine how the “war” on drugs led to the current mass imprisonment of people of color, who comprise half of the over two million people incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails; how mass imprisonment has devastated poor and low income communities of color; why mass imprisonment is slavery; and proposals for how to organize people of color to fight to end mass imprisonment.

Contact info:

Memphis Black Autonomy Federation
P.O. Box 16382
Memphis, TN 38186-0382
(901) 674-8430

Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality, Kansas City
idabwellsinkc@gmail.com (505) 205-7909

"Prison Imperialism: How the US is Spreading a Repressive Incarceration Model Around the World"

program date: 
Tue, 05/13/2014

Presentation at the Law and Disorder Conference at Portland State University, May 11, 2014 by James Patrick Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice (http://www.afgj.org) (Recorded and produced by Paul Roland)
Alliance for Global Justice Headquarters

225 E. 26th St., Suite 1
Tucson, AZ 85713
afgj@afgj.org, james@afgj.org

The US Bureau of Prisons and USAID have been quietly investing in prison construction and helping restructure penal systems in a variety of countries around the world—usually countries with militaries that are heavily subsidized by the US government, that have been directly invaded by the US military, or that are linked to the US through Free Trade Agreements. These countries include Colombia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and elsewhere. These efforts are often referred to as the “New Penitentiary Culture”. This “prison imperialism” has its roots in the 2000 accord known as the Program for the Improvement of the Colombian Prison System. Since this accord was implemented, there has been a disproportionately large increase in the general prison population and even more so in the number of political prisoners. Reports of torture in the jails have sky-rocketed. The first Colombian prison constructed with US funding, La Tramacua, is notorious for its bad conditions. In fact, UN, Colombian government agencies and an international NGO have, on three different occasions found fecal contamination of prison food. At La Tramacua, prisoners only have access to fresh water for an average of 10 minutes a day. This workshop will not only shed light on US “prison imperialism”, but will focus as well on the domestic and international struggle against the US model of mass incarceration, neglect and abuse of those we call “Prisoners of Empire.”

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ALEC Investigative Report: On the influence of ALEC in Oregon

program date: 
Fri, 05/09/2014
During KBOO's all-day special program on KBOO titled Fighting the Neoliberal Agenda on Friday, May 9th, KBOO listeners heard the first report-back from KBOO’s investigative reporting team on the impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on legislation and legislators in the state of Oregon. Two of these reporters were asked to leave a conference hosted by ALEC at the Kansas City, Missouri Marriott hotel in the first week of May 2014.  The reporters, Mike Klepfer and Yana Maximova, traveled to Kansas City to shadow Oregon legislators with ties to ALEC and to try to identify those business interests that interact with legislators in an effort to update existing lists of businesses affiliated with ALEC.

KBOO recently received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to do an investigation on ALEC influence in Oregon.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 charitable organization that has existed since the 1960s. In recent years, it has become infamous in its efforts to influence members of state legislatures throughout the country to adopt model legislation ALEC creates through various industry "task forces" that focus on corporate interests. Although the most famous of these, the so called "Stand Your Ground" law, received much attention in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, many others quietly become law. Examples range from legislation that prevents farmers from protesting the nearby plantings of genetically modified seeds to requiring users of solar panels to pay a subsidy to utility companies. Other task forces highlight efforts to, among others, reduce the advocacy of labor, to increase the prevalence of private prisons and to inhibit the ability of states to dictate protocols for identifying railcar contents.

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