Host Michelle Shroeder Fletcher speaks with Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air, a book of world-changing ideas and a a story of genius and violence and friendship. It is the story of Joseph Priestley—scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin, friend of Thomas Jefferson—an eighteenth-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the discovery of oxygen, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the United States.
Eva Lake interviews Laura Fritz about her new installation called "Evident" which will open this week at the New American Art Union in SE Portland. Fritz is known for her non-narrative and provocative use of mysterious space and light. This exhibition is a part of the "Couture" series curated by Ruth Ann Brown. For more information, check
Paydirt, made in 1981, is a time capsule of the Northwest. Set in the lush hills of Newberg, PAYDIRT tells the story of Nancy (Lola Desmond), the great-granddaughter of an Oregon pioneer, who reclaims the family land to start a vineyard and winery. The dirty little secret is that her back-to-the-land fantasy is only possible if she grows a crop that actually generates cash: marijuana. The film features a cameo by David Lett, a pioneering Oregon winemaker. He died in October.
we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, conven
Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety, with the help of the U.S. Marines.
On January 17, 1893, Queen Liliuokalani yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.
Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Luke Walden, co-author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts. The book tells the story of The Narcotic Farm, a federal hospital/prison for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky that opened in 1935 and closed forty years later.
Luke Walden is a documentary film cameraman and editor whose most recent credits include a film about UN peacekeeping in war-torn countries.