Special Programming: Public Affairs

Episode Archive

Fighting the Neo-liberal Agenda

Air date: 
Fri, 05/09/2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Short Description: 
News and Public Affairs Day on KBOO
We'll get the first report-back from our investigative reporting team on the impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council on legislation and legislators in the state of Oregon.  Some of the team will provide reports from the Spring meeting of ALEC in Kansas City May 2 - 4.

The day will also include a talk by Seattle's socialist city council member Kshama Sawant, recorded in Portland on April 24th and a talk by Nomi Prins, author of "All the President's Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power," also recorded on April 24th.

Crypto-Country: The Wild Wild Works

Air date: 
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Crypto-Country, the Core Infrastructure Initiative and Crypto Parties

Crypto-Country: The Wild Wild Works

“Is Open Source underfunded and up for grabs? Here’s Stephen Vaughan-Nichols   for Linux and Open Source .
 
 “To help fix the cash flow problem, a dozen top technology companies, including Amazon, IBM, Intel, and VMware, joined forces with The Linux Foundation to form the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII)”. –
Richard Stallman the creator of GNU and the real author of the Free Software Movement has other ideas.
If Open Source software is central to encryption/decryption, why are we letting the wolves in the front door when they already hold the keys to the back door?

5/7 - A Way Forward for Israel-Palestine

Air date: 
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 8:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A special program on how we can achieve peace with justice
With the breakdown of peace talks, expansion of settlements, and harsh rhetoric currently passing for 'dialogue' in the Israel-Palestine conflict, it's sometimes hard to have hope that this entrenched conflict can come to a peaceful resolution.

On this special program, we'll show you that there is still reason to hope.  Max Blumenthal, Miko Peled, and Ali Abunimah are all deeply involved in this issue, and all have this in common: they believe that there will be peace with justice in Israel-Palestine in our lifetimes.

We'll bring you the voices of an Israeli, a Palestinian and an American who are on the frontlines in the struggle for a just peace in Israel-Palestine.

Mayday! Mayday! A report on the state of the working class

Air date: 
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Mayday report by KBOO reporters

Mayday! Mayday!  It's a special report on the state of the working class in the Portland area, and across the country -- featuring an exclusive interview and talk by John Nichols on 'Dollarocracy'.  Plus we'll have a special edition of the Evening News with live reports from the rallies in Portland and Salem, and reports from Mayday !!

more info:
28th Amendment National Roadshow - in Portland this Sunday May 4th

http://movetoamendpdx.org/

Live forum with candidates for U.S. Representative in Oregon

Air date: 
Wed, 04/30/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Short Description: 
Live candidate forum

Candidate forum with candidates for representative for US Congress:

Anita Brown Democrat Representative in Congress District 5
James Buchal Republican Representative in Congress District 3
Charles F Vulliet Democrat Representative in Congress District 2

Oregon governor candidate forum

Air date: 
Tue, 04/29/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Short Description: 
Oregon governor candidate forum

Live forum with candidates for Oregon governor, hosted by Don Merrill.
Participating candidates:

Darren Karr Republican
Mae Rafferty Republican

Oregon legislative candidate forum

Air date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Short Description: 
Live on-air forum with state legislative candidates

Live forum with candidates for the Oregon state legislature, hosted by KBOO's Don Merrill.
Tonight's forum will include the following candidates:
Dan Shaw Democrat State Representative District 42
Don Gavitte Democrat State Representative District 42
Joe Rowe Democrat State Representative District 44
John Sweeney Democrat State Representative District 42
Kathleen O'Brien Democrat State Representative District 42
Michael H Harrington Republican State Representative District 44
Natasha Bjornsen Democrat State Representative District 2
Scott A Mills Democrat State Representative District 18
Tom Sincic Democrat State Representative District 45

Ear To The Streets Of Portland

Air date: 
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Ear To The Streets Of Portland

‘Ear To The Streets Of Portland’ is a dynamic broadcast with a mix of music and conversations focusing on organizers and Black/African Portlanders around building community. Tune into the next installment of Ear To The Streets Of Portland with music and conversations featuring: Michael Hicks of ‘Black Rose Books’ and the creator of the upcoming Portland Natural Hair Expo in May. Next installment of Ear To The Streets Of Portland: Thursday April 17th starting at 7:00pm RIGHT HERE on your community radio station 90.7fm Portland or on-line at K-B-O-O.fm

 

a On The Ground production

Rose City Native Radio

Air date: 
Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Interview with Jackie Keeler on Native mascots and stereotypes, music, news and calendar

Host Jackie Malstrom interviews Jackie Keeler about the continuing controversy over the use of Native American caricatures as sports mascots and Native stereotyping in general.  Keeler is a Navajo/Yankton Dakota Sioux writer living in Portland,  finishing her first novel, “Leaving the Glittering World.” She helped start an organization called Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry. A recent article on the issue by Keeler can be found at: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/my_life_as_a_cleveland_indian_the_enduring_disgrace_of_racist_sports_mascots/

Rose City Native Radio

Air date: 
Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
New Native American program with host Jackie, focusing on Native hip-hop music.

This is the pilot program of what we hope will be a new weekly show focusing on Native culture, music, identity and politics. Today's show looks at Native hip-hop, featuring an interview with Dine (Navajo) artist Indigenize. A calendar of local and regional events of interest to the Native American and broader community will also be included.

Audio

Thom Hartmann in Portland: The Crash of 2016

program date: 
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

program date: 
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
https://lawandisorder.wordpress.com/
Mass Imprisonment is Prison Slavery
JoNina Abron-Ervin & Lorenzo Ervin
Recorded and produced by Paul Roland, Public Affairs volunteer producer

Summary
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
organize.the.hood@gmail.com

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)
http://www.lawanddisorder.wordpress.com
Alliance for Global Justice Headquarters

225 E. 26th St., Suite 1
Tucson, AZ 85713
202-540-8336
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.”


  • Length: 62:00 minutes (56.76 MB)
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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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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.

 
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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: "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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