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Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Family Business (Pilot program)

My business is your business is everyone's business!  Tune in and call in to hear perspectives from two midwives on the impact of the epidural in childbirth.  Host Anna Keith interviews Carol Gray, local midwife and
craniosacral therapist and Cara Muhlhahn, New York City amazon midwife featured in Ricki Lake's recent movie, "The Business of Being Born." Cara also just wrote the book "Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir."

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 01/08/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Melinda Bernert hosts another pilot edition of Mediaocrity: Beyond the Spin, which looks at how local media covers or doesn't cover issues we care about. Her guest is Joanne Zuhl, managing editor of Street Roots.

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 10:30am - 2:30pm

The Zapatista Uprising and NAFTA - 15 Years Later

A special program on the anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising against so-called "free trade."

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Theresa Mitchell is off today. Instead we'll hear a program from KBOO's Circle A Radio on Marriage Equality and the movement against Proposition 8 in California. Guests include local activists Bonnie Tinker and Cecil Prescod.

Presswatch will return next week.

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Wed, 12/31/2008 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Ken Arnold and Connie Kirk, publishers and editors for the new Ken Arnold Books, join forces to read from "The Palin Prophecies." They also talk about their press and on-demand publishing. They say that "The Palin Prophecies was brought to them by an Alaskan Pentecostal sports reporter, Brent Mooseburger. He clamis that withe the cooperation of God Almighty, he channeled Sarah Palin in a daily blog in the weeks leading up to the election. Ken is a poet, non-fiction writer andprize-winning playwright. Connie is a poet, essayist and children's book author. Brent Mooseburger is a suspicious character.

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Fri, 12/26/2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Vincent Warren speaks on Guantanamo, Litigation and Where to Next. Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He discusses the Prison at Guantanamo, the detainees and how CCR got information.

Special Programming: Public Affairs

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Air date: 
Thu, 12/25/2008 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Special re-broadcast of today's program with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 12/25/2008 - 10:30am - 11:00am

Michael Parenti speaks on Diversity and Orthodoxy in the News Media. Parenti gave the keynote speech for the Modern Media Censorship lectures by Project Censored on August 28th of this year.

Michael Parenti has written and lectured on the mainstream media for decades. He is the author of numerous books including "Inventing Reality."

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 12/18/2008 - 9:30am - 10:30am
Short Description: 
The Digital Divide

This month, the Digital Divide looks at the environment and what technology is doing to help or harm it.  We'll speak with a pioneering nonprofit that is battling the growing amount of eWaste, and talk to a justice organization on just how green many of the next generation energy technologies really are.

How do the latest technologies affect our communities? How can we use science to benefit society and how do we keep it from harming us? KBOO's The Digital Divide attempts to answer these questions and ask a few of our own through interviews, recordings, and commentary. The show touches upon such issues as open source, privacy, transparency, intellectual property, free speech, accessibility, hacking, net neutrality, file sharing, piracy, social networking, pollution, bioethics and more.

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Wed, 12/17/2008 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Pink slips are filling up newsrooms across the country. Is this due to dire financial circumstances? Or unrelenting greed and Wall Street pressure? Craig Aaron from Free Press joins Melinda Bernert on Mediaocrity this week.

And.. Do you want to be part of the media? But don't want to leave your neighborhood? Bright Neighbor CEO Randy White shows us how.

All this coming up on Mediaocrity. 

 

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Cascadia Rising: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Rights of Nature Panel

program date: 
Tue, 05/06/2014

Indigenous Sovereignty and the Rights of Nature in Local Governance

a panel featuring Aurolyn Stwyer, Treothe Bullock, Paul Cienfuegos and Lucy Marie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis panel seeks to explore the positive and problematic intersections between Indigenous Sovereignty strategies and rights-based organizing in Cascadia, with the purpose of elaborating an appropriate practice of decolonization within a settler colonial context.

As the power of multinational corporations continues to grow and international trade agreements preempt environmental protection laws, can grassroots movements effectively confront the logic and power of colonial law by implementing proactive decolonial assertions of sovereignty from below? Can a bioregional vision be employed to reinterpret the mainstream narrative of the relationship between the State, corporate power, and civil society while dismantling settler colonialism?

Can complementary strategies be developed between these two movements, which both seek to contravene the State-centric sovereignty of “law-from-above” with grassroots assertions of “law-from-below?” What potential risks of re-colonization may exist in Community Rights strategies within a settler colonial context, and how can these risks be recognized, transformed, and deliberately rooted within and through Indigenous vision and struggle?

This dialogue will bring together voices from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Spring, the People’s Water Trust, Friends of Celilo Falls, and Community Rights PDX.
 
BIOS:
Aurolyn Stwyer is a member of the Warm Springs and Wasco tribes. She is a traditional food gatherer for the longhouse. She has an MBA with the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in human and organizational systems with the Fielding Graduate University, her Ph.D studies has a focus on the Plateau heritage rites of passage ceremonies. Her board memberships include the Museum at Warm Springs, Friends of Celilo, and ONABEN. Aurolyn is the owner of Red Skye Trading Post and Pawn Store at Warm Springs, Oregon.
 
Treothe Bullock is an experienced glaciologist and ecologist who currently works as a science educator, writer and photographer. His blog, Tree Oathe, features writing and photography from a Bioregional Cascadian perspective. He sits on the boards of Friends of Celilo Falls and The Celilo Falls Restoration Fund – working toward restoration of Cascadia’s historic ecological/spiritual/cultural center – Celilo Falls.
 
Paul Cienfuegos is a regional leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people’s inherent right to self-government. He has been leading workshops, giving public talks, and organizing local communities since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Since 2011, he has lived in Portland, Oregon, where he co-founded CommunityRightsPDX.org, and is helping to establish the Oregon Community Rights Network which launched in 2013. His talks have been broadcast nationally on ‘Alternative Radio’.
More info can be found at PaulCienfuegos.com
 
Marie is a 4th Generation Portlander. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Environmental Studies, earned her Permaculture Design Certificate from Three Sisters Permaculture and the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, She returned to Portland in 2012 to attend the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, where she is now in her last year.
Marie is a co-author of The People’s Water Trust municipal ballot initiative, a first-of-its-kind policy innovation designed to keep our city’s water clean, affordable, accessible, and managed solely in the public’s interest. If enacted (when enacted), the Trust may well become a model of responsible conservation for the entire nation.

 
  • Length: 60:47 minutes (55.64 MB)
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Cascadia Rising: Climate Chaos panel

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program date: 
Wed, 04/30/2014

Climate Chaos and Cascadia: Place-Based Resistance to Global Catastrophe

A Panel featuring Scott Schroder + Friends

clearcutkidsAnthropogenic climate change and the resulting mass extinction, drought, fire, flooding, and skewed weather patterns threaten the Cascadian bioregion, and any of our plans for rehabilitation, restoration, or reinhabitation, more profoundly than any other single industrial act of eco-assualt. Yet because climate change is not an immediately tangible act of destruction restricted to a single place and time, because we can’t see or hear climate change in the same way we can see and hear a dam or clearcut; a visceral sense of the threat of climate change is elusive. This panel breaks from abstract discussion of atmospheric greenhouse gases, and roots the issue in palpable and living things: wolverines, salmon, forests and in rapidly approaching catastrophic effects on the bioregion we call home. We will discuss the effects climate change has already had on the region–increased temperature, rising seas, more precipitation, diminished snowpack–and the landscapes and species that are threatened with extinction or severe alteration by the fossil fuel economy. We will discuss strategies and possibilities for human adaptedness and survival in the face of fundamental ecological changes. We will argue that effective resistance requires reconceiving a nebulous and global catastrophe as an eminent threat to this place and to any living thing who calls Cascadia home.

BIO:Beginning in the late 1990s, Scott Schroder participated in campaigns against industrial logging throughout the western United States with various Earth First! groups, as well as organizing large-scale resistance to clearcutting in the Sierra Nevada with Yuba Nation. Simultaneously, he succeeded in stopping numerous National Forest timber sales with administrative appeals. In 2008, he was a founding member of the Doom School art collective in Portland and later curated music and performances at the Hall of the Woods outside of Olympia, Washington. More recently, he has organized direct action against fossil fuels in California and Oregon and written on the climate policies of both states. He creates a blog and zine, Spring Speaks Truth, and is on probation for blockading tar sands equipment en route through Oregon to Alberta, Canada.

 
  • Length: 70:03 minutes (64.14 MB)
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Cascadia Rising: Opening

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program date: 
Wed, 04/30/2014
Opening of Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence, with organizers Elona Trogub and Emmalyn Garrett; Alexander Baretich, designer of the Cascadian flag; and Brandon Letsinger of Cascadia Now!
  • Length: 18:38 minutes (17.06 MB)
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Cascadia Rising: Biocentric Resistance panel, Part 2

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014

Biocentric Resistance as Catalyst for Bioregional Resistance

A workshop led by Karen Coulter

mountainAs the global climate crisis and the spreading radiation from the Fukishima nuclear reactor melt-down demonstrate, the destruction that humans cause to the environment now transcends national boundaries and cannot be repaired with technological solutions or societal value systems that continue to prioritize human desires above ecological limits. For bioregionalism to work in creating a viable future, it is necessary to have a biocentric value system, in which the well-being and flourishing of non-human life has value in itself, independent of the usefulness of the non-human world for human purposes. The richness and diversity of life forms are valuable in themselves.

The philosophy of Deep Ecology posits that humans have no right to reduce the richness and diversity of ecosystems except to satisfy vital human needs. Present human interference with the non-human world is excessive and is rapidly worsening. Policies that need to be changed affect basic economic, technological, and ideological structures. Deep ecologists believe that those who subscribe to these ideas have an obligation to try to implement the necessary changes.

This workshop on Biocentrism and Deep Ecology explains these concepts, explores what changes would need to be made, and examines activist struggles and movements within Cascadia that have pursued these goals.

BIO: Karen Coulter has been part of the Earth First! movement since 1984 and an activist since 1980. She is a naturalist who has spent the last 23 years as co-founder and director of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project getting to know the forest ecosystems and wildlife of eastern Oregon. She has spent most of every summer in the forests field-surveying thousands of acres of proposed timber sales to protect biodiversity and ecological integrity. She has also been a principal activist with the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy; a Board member of the Fund for Wild Nature; and a campaigner for Greenpeace International. She currently volunteers withPortland Rising Tide and works with Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project. She has given workshops on Biocentrism and Deep Ecology at an Earth First! Organizers Conference in Florida and at an Earth First! regional rendezvous in Oregon.

 

Cascadia Rising: Biocentric Resistance panel, Part 1

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
 

Biocentric Resistance as Catalyst for Bioregional Resistance

A workshop led by Karen Coulter

mountainAs the global climate crisis and the spreading radiation from the Fukishima nuclear reactor melt-down demonstrate, the destruction that humans cause to the environment now transcends national boundaries and cannot be repaired with technological solutions or societal value systems that continue to prioritize human desires above ecological limits. For bioregionalism to work in creating a viable future, it is necessary to have a biocentric value system, in which the well-being and flourishing of non-human life has value in itself, independent of the usefulness of the non-human world for human purposes. The richness and diversity of life forms are valuable in themselves.

The philosophy of Deep Ecology posits that humans have no right to reduce the richness and diversity of ecosystems except to satisfy vital human needs. Present human interference with the non-human world is excessive and is rapidly worsening. Policies that need to be changed affect basic economic, technological, and ideological structures. Deep ecologists believe that those who subscribe to these ideas have an obligation to try to implement the necessary changes.

This workshop on Biocentrism and Deep Ecology explains these concepts, explores what changes would need to be made, and examines activist struggles and movements within Cascadia that have pursued these goals.

BIO: Karen Coulter has been part of the Earth First! movement since 1984 and an activist since 1980. She is a naturalist who has spent the last 23 years as co-founder and director of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project getting to know the forest ecosystems and wildlife of eastern Oregon. She has spent most of every summer in the forests field-surveying thousands of acres of proposed timber sales to protect biodiversity and ecological integrity. She has also been a principal activist with the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy; a Board member of the Fund for Wild Nature; and a campaigner for Greenpeace International. She currently volunteers withPortland Rising Tide and works with Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project. She has given workshops on Biocentrism and Deep Ecology at an Earth First! Organizers Conference in Florida and at an Earth First! regional rendezvous in Oregon.

  • Length: 46:00 minutes (42.12 MB)
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Cascadia Rising: "Appropriate Appropriation" panel, Part 2

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014

Appropriate Appropriation and Ancestral Technology

A Panel with Peter Bauer and Eric Bernardo

glassknapping2-300x200There is growing interest in using ancestral technology as a mechanism for living more sustainably, connecting with ancestral heritage, and providing for yourself with things from nature, or the simple enjoyment of crafting with your hands. While all humans have used various forms of these technologies, there is often friction between Native Americans and non-natives in the United States. This friction stems from the misappropriation of these technologies by non-natives, the privileged position non-native people have of being able to do these things at all (i.e. financial access to schools and gatherings), and a general lack of knowledge of traditional “prehistoric” European traditions among both Native Americans and non-natives. There will never be one right way to practice ancestral technology in a way that appeases everyone’s sensibilities. However, we must spark this discussion on a larger scale to increase the number of people working together and to reach a deeper understanding between different cultures in order to have mutual respect. This panel discussion is a step in that direction.

Questions to be discussed:

  • Where is the line between reclaiming your own ancestral heritage and culturally appropriating from Natives?
  • Is there a way to appropriately appropriate? What technologies have been shared by all human cultures?
  • How does entitlement fit into this discussion?
  • How does privilege fit into this discussion?
  • How do we go about creating alliances and allies between Native Americans and non-natives in using ancestral technologies?

BIOS: Eric Bernardo is a member of the Watlala Band of Chinuk of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He received my Masters Degree in Education in 2009 from the University of Oregon and a Bachelors of Arts: History from PSU back in 2008. Go Blazers! He is currently teaching his tribe’s indigenous language at their office in Portland and at a community centre in Eugene.

Peter Bauer (formerly writing under the moniker “Urban Scout”) is a multi-disciplinary artist and environmental educator. During his time as urban scout he received local press in the The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, national press in ReadyMade Magazine and international press in Positive Living Magazine (UK) and Chain Reaction (AU) for his efforts to create and promote the culture of rewilding. He loves basketry, playing the banjo, and is a fluent speaker of Chinuk Wawa (Chinook Jargon), the Native trade language of the Pacific Northwest. During the summer of 2012 he attended Lynx Vilden’s Stone Age immersion program. Bauer has been an environmental educator for over a decade, working with local organizations like Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon Society, Portland Waldorf, Shining Star Waldorf, Cleveland High School, and is the executive director at Rewild Portland, a non-profit that he founded. Aside from running Rewild Portland, he currently works at Shining Star Waldorf School in Portland as an instructor for their Nature Immersion Program.



  • Length: 40:04 minutes (36.69 MB)
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Cascadia Rising:"Appropriate Appropriation" panel, Part 1

program date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014

Appropriate Appropriation and Ancestral Technology

A Panel with Peter Bauer and Eric Bernardo

glassknapping2-300x200There is growing interest in using ancestral technology as a mechanism for living more sustainably, connecting with ancestral heritage, and providing for yourself with things from nature, or the simple enjoyment of crafting with your hands. While all humans have used various forms of these technologies, there is often friction between Native Americans and non-natives in the United States. This friction stems from the misappropriation of these technologies by non-natives, the privileged position non-native people have of being able to do these things at all (i.e. financial access to schools and gatherings), and a general lack of knowledge of traditional “prehistoric” European traditions among both Native Americans and non-natives. There will never be one right way to practice ancestral technology in a way that appeases everyone’s sensibilities. However, we must spark this discussion on a larger scale to increase the number of people working together and to reach a deeper understanding between different cultures in order to have mutual respect. This panel discussion is a step in that direction.

Questions to be discussed:

  • Where is the line between reclaiming your own ancestral heritage and culturally appropriating from Natives?
  • Is there a way to appropriately appropriate? What technologies have been shared by all human cultures?
  • How does entitlement fit into this discussion?
  • How does privilege fit into this discussion?
  • How do we go about creating alliances and allies between Native Americans and non-natives in using ancestral technologies?

BIOS: Eric Bernardo is a member of the Watlala Band of Chinuk of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He received my Masters Degree in Education in 2009 from the University of Oregon and a Bachelors of Arts: History from PSU back in 2008. Go Blazers! He is currently teaching his tribe’s indigenous language at their office in Portland and at a community centre in Eugene.

Peter Bauer (formerly writing under the moniker “Urban Scout”) is a multi-disciplinary artist and environmental educator. During his time as urban scout he received local press in the The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, national press in ReadyMade Magazine and international press in Positive Living Magazine (UK) and Chain Reaction (AU) for his efforts to create and promote the culture of rewilding. He loves basketry, playing the banjo, and is a fluent speaker of Chinuk Wawa (Chinook Jargon), the Native trade language of the Pacific Northwest. During the summer of 2012 he attended Lynx Vilden’s Stone Age immersion program. Bauer has been an environmental educator for over a decade, working with local organizations like Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon Society, Portland Waldorf, Shining Star Waldorf, Cleveland High School, and is the executive director at Rewild Portland, a non-profit that he founded. Aside from running Rewild Portland, he currently works at Shining Star Waldorf School in Portland as an instructor for their Nature Immersion Program.



  • Length: 44:49 minutes (41.03 MB)
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Cascadia Rising: Calling Ourselves Home, led by Rain Crowe

program date: 
Sun, 04/27/2014
 

Calling Ourselves Home: Feeling the Path of Right Relationship

A workshop led by Rain Crowe

callinourselveshomeFeeling for the Path of Right Relationship

To those of us of Indo-European descent, living here on unceded indigenous lands, I offer this inquiry and framing, that we might together find a courage to face, what we must, for the sake of the imperiled web of life.

What is “whiteness” and how do we accountably reckon with the privileges of settler colonialism as we endeavor to cultivate a sacred relationship to lands that are not our biological and cultural forebears’?

How do we recognize the patterns of conquest, slavery, entitlement, and estrangement in our lives and work to intervene in replicating them?

What are the relationships between grief, shame, vulnerability, and action, in the context of decolonizing ourselves?

How do we continue to simultaneously compost the culture of Empire and regenerate non-appropriated Earth cultures?

What are some approaches to collectively healing inter-generational trauma and cross-cultural trauma?

Note: in this forum, we’ll endeavor upon a meandering process of a journey, not a high speed arrival at a predetermined destination. I’ll be presenting some of my own explorations and beliefs (not answers) about these questions, and we’ll have space for arising reflections and inquiries amongst the group. This time is meant to demonstrate a template for discussion and to inspire the participants to carry on with these questions and more outside of this forum. We are working with a finite amount of time, and to the best of my ability I’ll ensure that we have a healthy closure to our time together.

BIO: rain crowe is the founder of Calling Ourselves Home, a body of work dedicated to cultivating the arts of interdependent relationships through group facilitation, mediation, and educational opportunities. She is a regenerative culture events organizer who works with spiritual, political, rewilding, and intentional communities all over the country. She teaches and writes about magic and ritual, the ancestral skills of council making and restorative conflict transformation, systems thinking in radical organizing, and ecstatic connection to the sacred. callingourselveshome.weebly.com

Cascadia Rising: Emergency Preparedness, Community Resilience and Sustainability

program date: 
Sun, 04/27/2014

Emergency Preparedness, Community Resilience & Sustainability: Same Idea, Different Timescales

A panel featuring Jeremy O’Leary, Charla Chamberlain and Leif Brecke, 11 AM, Room 236

tool-box-iconJeremy O’Leary will be speaking from his experience working with federal, state, and local programs that are meant to help communities prepare for disasters. As a permaculturalist, his methods for disaster preparedness integrate general community resilience and not solely emergency preparedness, or what he calls, “the long emergency”. Charla Chamberlain will speak to her experience having been a community organizer with City Repair in Portland for over a decade. She will discuss the successes and challenges she found in getting neighbors to work together towards common goals. Leif will be discussing how the formation of a Cascadia Resilience Network is taking place the direction he envisions it going.

BIOS: If there is an organization in Portland that has to do with livability and sustainability issues, chances are Jeremy O’Leary is involved with it to some degree. With prior experiences with the city’s Peak Oil Task Force, along withTransition PDX, overseeing TheDirt.orgPortland Permaculture Guild, participating with the City’s Local Energy Assurance Plan (LEAP), and also the FooDiversity group that looks at food and garden issues in East Portland. Jeremy is also an IT staffer for Multnomah County, for which he served on the steering committee for the Multnomah Food Initiative.

Charla Chamberlain grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington as a mixed race woman in a primarily white population in the 1970′s. She was a founding Board member, Co-Director, Intersection Repair Program, T-Horse, Volunteer, and Earth Day Celebration Coordinator with The City Repair Project from 1997-2004. She studied Community Development at Portland State University and is passionate about neighborhoods and cities building collaborative networks of relationship. She is currently the Development Co-Manager, Communications at Sisters Of The Road, a nonprofit cafe building authentic relationships to alleviate the hunger of isolation in Old Town/Chinatown. She enjoys making her own yogurt, kimchi, and shrub, singing in the sunshine of her backyard, and talking to strangers in restaurants.

Leif Brecke is a long time activist and fifth generation Cascadian forest worker. He is a veteran of the bioregion’s forest defense and anti-corporate globalization movements. Leif is the Program Coordinator of the Resilient Communities Project and the Social Systems Facilitator at the Cascadian Resilience Network. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology, his research interests are network theory, complex systems, community resilience, and community resistance.

 
  • Length: 70:39 minutes (80.85 MB)
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Cascadia Against Empire: Bioregional Organizing from a Decolonizing Perspective (Part 2)

program date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014
2014 Public Interest Environmetal Law Conference panel. Part 2, Q & A/discussion. For panelists, see Part !.
  • Length: 35:25 minutes (81.07 MB)
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