Special Programming: Public Affairs

Episode Archive

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 02/11/10

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Thu, 02/11/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Bruce Silverman hosts a special look at this year's Portland International Film Festival, which begins today.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 01/29/10

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Fri, 01/29/2010 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

John Perkins: How to remake the global economy

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 01/29/10

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Fri, 01/29/2010 - 7:00am - 8:30pm

Membership Drive Special: One Year Later – Where Do We Go From Here?
It’s been one year since the inauguration of President Barack Obama. How have progressive goals and proposals fared under his administration? Where do progressives go from here? What’s the future of activism on issues such as ending the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq? What about healthcare, saving the economy, the environment, trade policy, corporate domination, and education?
As Bill Moyers has said about the U.S., ”We are a very crippled giant suffering from self inflicted wounds that if we do not treat and heal, will in fact bring us to our knees and ultimately to our doom. We are close to losing the moral, financial, economic muscle and wisdom that makes a big nation a great nation.”

7 am - Democracy Now!
8 am – Positively Revolting Talk Radio with host Ani Haines
9 am – Robert McChesney and John Nichols
10 am – Power and Change: Speakers of the Illahee Lecture Series

          The Power to Change Our Minds - Jonah Lehrer
          Power, Change and Energy - Richard Heinberg

10:45 – Obama and Change: Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Public Accuracy

11:00 – Amy Goodman: Take Back the Airwaves
12:00 – Noam Chomsky in Portland
1:30 – Barbara Ehrenreich: on her new book, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Read more: Barbara Ehrenreich Takes on a Plague of Positive Thinking in 'Bright-Sided' 

2:00 - Obama and Change: David Swanson – afterdowningstreet.org
2:30 - Dolores Huerta: Farmworker organizer and rabble rouser for over 50 years
3:00 - Tribute to Howard Zinn, who died on January 27th, 2010 (including a live tribute by radio legend David Barsamian)

Listen to Bill Bigelow interviewing Howard Zinn on January 19th
4:00 - Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
5:00 - KBOO Evening News
6:00 - Bread and Roses: Beekeeping!
7:00 - John Perkins: How to remake the global economy

 

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 01/22/10

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Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

A special program featuring anarchist activist Margaret Killjoy and writer Ursula K. Le Guin talking about anarchism, fiction and the new book "Mythmakers and Lawbreakers," a collection of interviews with a wide variety of anarchist fiction writers–some of whom who are tangentially involved in anarchism, or fiction, or both, but all of whom have really fascinating takes on the subject.

Published by AK Press and edited by Margaret Killjoy, "Mythmakers and Lawbreatkers" includes conversations with sci-fi powerhouses Ursula K. Le Guin, Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock, and Lewis Shiner as well as young and emerging writers in a series of interviews that explore fiction's deeply political roots.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 01/13/10

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Wed, 01/13/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Tune in this coming Wednesday, January 13th from 6 to 7 pm, for a special on the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the coalition of indigenous, environmental and housing activists that have come together to oppose the theft of indigenous land for the Olympic games. 

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/30/09

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Wed, 12/30/2009 - 9:00am - 8:00pm
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Israel's Gaza Invasion - one year later

Israel's Gaza Invasion: One year later

After a devastating Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip from Dec. 27, 2008 - Jan. 20, 2009 which resulted in over 1400 Palestinians killed by Israelis and 5 Israelis killed by Palestinians, the population of Gaza has been unable to rebuild the 20,000 destroyed homes and buildings due to an ongoing Israeli-imposed siege.  A year after the attack, we look at what role the US has played in the ongoing assault on Gaza, the solidarity marches which will be arriving at the Gaza border as we speak, and examine the history of the refugee population of the Gaza Strip.  Tune in from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, December 30th, for our all day special on Gaza.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/29/09

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Tue, 12/29/2009 - 10:00am - 10:15am

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg interviews members of the Gaza Freedom March, who are scheduled to cross into Gaza on December 30th with over 1400 marchers from around the world.

More info on the Gaza Freedom March

CODEPINK recently put out a statement: “Citing escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed us on Dec. 20 that the Rafah border will be closed over the coming weeks, into January. We responded that there is always tension at the border because of the siege and that if there are any risks, they are risks we are willing to take. We also said that it was too late for over 1,360 delegates coming from over 42 countries to change their plans now.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/28/09

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Mon, 12/28/2009 - 10:00am - 10:15am

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg interviews members of the 'Artery of Life' aid caravan to the Gaza Strip, which is currently stuck on the Jordanian-Egyptian border.

The latest word from the caravan, which has travelled by land from England to bring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip:

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 11/30/09

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Mon, 11/30/2009 - 8:00am - 8:00pm
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WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS!!

WHOSE STREETS?  OUR STREETS!!

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Special Programming: Public Affairs on 11/26/09

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Thu, 11/26/2009 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm Thurs. Nov. 26th

Jenka Soderberg interviews Dhoruba bin Wahad, who is speaking from a hotel in Jordan after being detained and then denied entry into Palestine by Israeli authorities.  bin Wahad is a former political prisoner in the US who was charged in 1971 with the murder of two police officers, but was vindicated nineteen years later when a judge ruled that the FBI had fabricated evidence in order to frame bin Wahad of a crime he didn't commit.

As an African-American, on his way to a conference on political prisoners convened by the Palestinian Authority in the city of Jericho, bin Wahad feels that he was racially profiled, along with his travelling companion Naji Mujahid - the only two African Americans on a busload of white tourists.

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Village Building Convergence 2010 Chicken Palace

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Fri, 07/30/2010

Listen in on the sounds of the first ever chicken palace being constructed out of mud and straw in Sellwood. One of many building sights that took place during the 2010 Village Building Convergence.

Village Building Convergence 2010 DePave

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Fri, 07/30/2010

A record number of volunteers turned out help transform an ugly parking lot into a living school garden in SE Portland as part of the Village Building Convergence 2010.

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Die German Stunde

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Fri, 06/25/2010

How much do you really know about Germans?

Why is going naked on a beach or in a public park in Germany okay and why are there restrictions here? Is the going-naked-movement gaining strength in Oregon and could Germany serve as a model? How do Germans deal with nudity and is there a difference between baring it in the eastern part of Germany versus the west? Germany has fully developed single payer healthcare, so why does a German who worked in Portland and went back to Germany yearn to return here? And then there's the World Cup.

Want more of this? Email amnews@kboo.org or get in touch with host Miriam Widman at diegermanstunde@gmail.com

Danke fuer das Zuhoeren!


Peter Bergman and Phil Proctor on KBOO

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Wed, 06/09/2010

Ralph Coulson and Rich Lindsay talk with Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman - one half of The Firesign Theatre - who will be in town this weekend for live shows on Friday and Saturday at the Winningstad Theatre.

For more info on the upcoming shows, visit www.firesigntheatre.com

Ground Zero on the Gulf: the Politics of Loss, Fishing for Financial Responsibility

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Mon, 06/07/2010

George Barisch is the president of the United Commercial Fishermens Association representing Gulf fisherfolk from Louisiana and beyond.  He's been a fisherman for over 30years.  And he also has a law degree.  Barisch was the first up to sue BP.  Barisch has got more in store for the company and its cohorts, Transoceanic and Halliburton.  The disaster is clearly the evil seed of the private sector.  But it has its public face als:    the US Minerals Management Service.  The USMMS and the oil industry are virtually the same animal.  "Inspections"  are de facto handshakes and in the case of foreign-registered vessels and oil rigs, they barely touch down.  The Deepwater Horizon, for example, is registerd in the Marshall Islands.  Had the rig been US-registered, the inspection would have taken about three weeks.  But as an official foreigner, the inspection lasted a brisk 4 or five hours...and then it was back to business as usua.  Ironically, as we burn more and more oil, further contributing to the global climate crisis, the Marshall Islands themselves  will one day be submerged. 

 

Politico has published a report from the Inspector General of the Interior Department about the Minerals Management Service and their far-too-close relationship with the oil industry. All of the things discussed in the report took place prior to 2007, but it still provides an excellent picture of what goes on in regulatory agencies throughout the government.The report includes employees of MMS taking rides to sporting events on private jets owned by the oil companies, the routine giving of expensive gifts to regulators by oil companies, including hunting and fishing trips. And all of this was at the Lake Charles MMS office -- the one that handles the Gulf of Mexico directly.

Paul Cienfuegos on Taking back power from the corporatocracy

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Mon, 06/07/2010

Paul Ceinfuegos spoke June 3rd, 2010 at the Village Building Convergence in Portland.  The essence of his talk is that these times call for very bold thinking and action to implement massive change.  He says it is the citizens of a democracy, we the people, that have the right to a government where the people rule!  

He points out that the emerging scientific consensus is that US needs to cut its greenhouse gases by 70 - 90% within 10 - 20 years or the world faces catastrophic climate disruption.  Corporate power and profiteering stand in the way.  Cienfuegos reminds us that corporate power has not always been so entrenched, and he provides examples of how communities are re-writing their charters to take their power back.

As Cienfuegos says, we need to stretch ourselves, imagine ourselves as the sovereign people who govern ourselves with no power or authority higher than ourselves!

Impact of Oil Spills on Coastal and Wetland habitats

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Mon, 06/07/2010

Part of the day-long special programming on the Gulf oil disaster, this hour long forum examined the impact of oil spills on coastal and wetland habitats.  Hosted by Jacob Anderson-Minshall, the forum began with Tracy Chapman's Rape of the Earth and featured:

Dr Elise Graneck an Assistant Professor of  Environmental Sciences and Management at Portland State University with expertise on coastal and mangrove habitats. Graneck also participated in the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Measuring examining the ecological, economic and social values of coastal habitats, and was able to give us an example of what is being lost in terms of the ecological and economic function of the Louisana wetlands.

Marilyn Latta with the California Coastal Conservancy, Latta is also the Project Manager of the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project that is developing a proposal for restoration efforts following the 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill.

Dr. Richard Steiner  is a marine biologist and former University of Alaska fisheries extension agent who has witnessed the impact of oil on Alaska, and the Gulf--where he joined the conversation via phone and described devestating impacts on Gulf wetlands, ocean environments and wildlife.

Learn more about the Gulf Oil Disaster.

In the Pursuit of....

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Thu, 06/03/2010

Each year 11 Batswana students are given the chance to come to a private American or Swiss high school for their senior  year. These schools range from Deerfield Academy in Boston to Catlin Gabel in Portland. With no  family and no friends, these 18 year olds are thrust into a new country, a city and a new school. My name is Monkgogi Otlhogile and I have been an international student at Catlin Gabel for the past 9 months.  My biggest worry as my year at Catlin came to a close is that no one will have documented the diverse experiences we had at our various schools. I decided that I would try and get as many people's experiences recorded so that we could forever remember these 10 months.  In an attempt to capture their stories, I interviewed Tebo Molosiwa, Arsema Berhanu, Valentina Muraleedaharan as well as Mbakisi Gopolang about their year abroad. What  I found and heard from these students was funny, shocking and sometimes tear jerking.

Village Building Convergence

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Thu, 05/27/2010

The Village Building Convergence celebrates its 10 year anniversary in Portland, Oregon. The City Repair Project prepares to deliver a city wide campaign to renew and revitalize city intersections across Portland as a model for the nation.

Readings from Rachel Carson's book 'Silent Spring'

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Mon, 04/26/2010

Although their role will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots or stormy political campaigns, it is books that have at times most powerfully influenced social change in American life. Thomas Paine's Common Sense galvanized radical sentiment in the early days of the American revolution; Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe roused Northern antipathy to slavery in the decade leading up to the Civil War; and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which in 1962 exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, eloquently questioned humanity's faith in technological progress and helped set the stage for the environmental movement.
Carson, a renowned nature author and a former marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was uniquely equipped to create so startling and inflammatory a book. A native of rural Pennsylvania, she had grown up with an enthusiasm for nature matched only by her love of writing and poetry. The educational brochures she wrote for the Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as her published books and magazine articles, were characterized by meticulous research and a poetic evocation of her subject.
 
We go now to a reading of excerpts from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
 
Thank you to the KBOO volunteers who helped with this reading: Chris Andreae, Liam Delta, Beth Crawford, Kellyn Gross, and Ani Haines. A special thanks to the Natural Resources Defense Council for the introduction text.
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