Special Programming: Public Affairs

Episode Archive

Edward E. Baptist: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:15am - 11:30am
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Edward E. Baptist on his recent book The Half Has Never Been Told
Edward. E. Baptist talks about his 2014 book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.  The book elucidates the origins of capitalism in the US and its inextricable links to the exploitation and torture of millions of slaves in the American South.  Forcing readers to come face to face with the violence and abuse at the heart of American power, Baptist offers us a story that confronts head on mainstream narratives of our nation's economic history. 

A forum on police unions and their role in the culture of police violence in the United States

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Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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An in-depth look at the history, role and political influence of police unions
A KBOO Special Forum on Police Unions and their role in perpetuating a culture of police violence. This will be an in-depth look into the history, role and politics of police unions in the light of the post-Ferguson nation-wide uprising against police killings, abuse and impunity.

Michael Slate show

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Thu, 01/01/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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On Medical Complicity with Torture, and the Danger of Climate Change
Today we present a special program – the Michael Slate show.
We'll hear about Medical Complicity with Torture, and the Danger Facing Humanity and the Planet Due to Climate Change 

Voices of Grief and Struggle:Mothers Come to Washington DC to Demand Police Accountability

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Wed, 12/31/2014 - 9:00am - 11:30am
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Mothers of men of color killed by police speak out and demand police accountability

Voices of Grief and Struggle:Mothers Come to Washington DC to Demand Police Accountability

On December 10th WPFW, Pacifica Radio in Washington DC, aired a live broadcast of a 
Congressional briefing featuring the mothers of young men of color who were killed by police. The briefing was co-sponsored by House of Representative members Conyers, Ellison, Johnson, Jackson Lee, and Rangel.

The speakers are 

In Context War Report

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Thu, 12/25/2014 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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Cuba, Ukraine, ISIS and the Christmas truce
In this edition of the In Context War Report, we analyze the U.S. restoration of relations with Cuba in terms of the global conflict with Russia. Also, we present an update on the war in the Ukraine and on ISIS and we remember the Christmas Truce of World War I. Marchand MacDermotRoe, military affairs commentator
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The In Context War Report, a monthly one hour analysis of global warfare, is produced by MDR Productions, Inc. and originates at Pacifica affiliate WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT.

Christmas with the Enemy

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Wed, 12/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How some soldiers in WWI laid down their guns and celebrated Christmas with each other
Humanity at its best amidst the brutality of war.

The hundredth anniversary telling of the hectic rush into WWI, and the horrors unleashed. The men thought they'd be home by Christmas to tell of the excitement over a glass by the fireside. German High Command promised a "fresh and cheerful war." But by Christmas a million soldiers lay dead, with no end it sight. In defiance of commanding officers, and at risk of their lives, the soldiers lay down their guns and climbed out of their trenches armed with wine, food and cigarettes, to greet the others, exchange gifts, and agree to a ceasefire.

They ate, they sang, their played together. They brought in the wounded and buried the dead, often with men of both armies working as one.

Overcriminalized

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Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes?
In this special segement, we'll explore the film series 'Overcriminalized', which looks at Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes? Why are we letting these serious social problems be handled by the criminal justice system?

In addition, we'll speak with long time homeless activist Paul Boden, co-author of the new book 'House Keys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond.' The book reflects on 30-years of community organizing, the role of artwork and the effects on SF city homelessness policy and programs.

Theresa Mitchell interviews Mickey Huff about Censored 2015

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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:00am - 9:30am
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Theresa Mitchell interviews Mickey Huff about Censored 2015
Theresa Mitchell hosts a Membership Drive Talk Radio and Presswatch special. From 8-9AM she'll speak with Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored/Media Freedom foundation, about Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People, featuring the top 25 most censored stories of 2013-2014. 

Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth: from the International Forum On Globalization

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Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth: from the International Forum On Globalization
A Teach- In on Why Technology Will Not Save the World. 45 Scholars, Authors & Activists over two days provide an analysis on why immediate change is required in our thinking, behavior, values and economies, before Nature and human society are terminated. 

We hear moderator Ralph White, NY Open Center, and four speakers: Jerry Mander, IFG: Questions We Should Have Asked About Technology (pictured above); Richard Heinberg, (below left) Post Carbon Institute: "The Party's Over,'
Anuradha Mittal(India), (below center) Oakland Institute: "Stealing Nature" 
Andrew Kimbrell, ICTA (below right): "The End of Market Capitalism"

Reaction to Ferguson Grand Jury's Failure to Indict, Part 2

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Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Reaction to Ferguson Grand Jury's Failure to Indict, Part 2

Continuation of Reaction to Ferguson Grand Jury's Failure to Indict Officer Darren Wilson.

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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

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.

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!

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.
  • Length: 26:08 minutes (23.92 MB)
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Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge, A Coaliton forms to oppose bottling in Cascade Locks

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Thu, 04/22/2010

Oxbow Springs in Cascade Locks is the target of Nestle Corporation's plans for bottling millions of gallons of water from the springs and from city well water. Listen, to find out about Nestle, their plans and the coalition to oppose them. Coming to you from the studio, guest, Julia Degraw, northwest organizer for Food and Water Watch, a non profit consumer organization discusses the potential environmental impacts of the bottling plant proposal and the steps that will  be gone through before decisions are final.

Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge is a Coalition of 15 organizations and churches, including the Mt Hood environmental organization Bark, that have come together to oppose the move to privatize water that helps support endangered salmon.

Food and Climate Change: Step Up to the Plate, Part 1

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Thu, 04/22/2010

A climate discussion in regards to food with author Anna Lappe, IACP President Scott Givot, Chris Schreiner from Oregon Tilth, the Oregon Environmental Council's Allison Hensey, CleanMetrics President Kumar Venkat, and moderator Steve Cohen from Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

 

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