Today was the first day of legal retail pot sales in Oregon, and spirits were high at dispensaries across the Portland area.
In this piece, KBOO reporter Jim Thompson speaks with customers lines up outside Shango's, a dispensary in Hillsboro, followed by KBOO reporter Doug McVay speaking with Mike Mullins of Stoney Girl Gardens, a dispensary in Clackamas County, to see how opening day went from a business owner's perspective. 6:00 minutes (5.5 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein about their new documentary: Gaining Ground tells the stories of two rural farms in Oregon and an urban farm in inner city Richmond, California, resisting the systems of agribusiness and changing their farming practices so they can feed their local communities healthy sustainably grown food. Bridging urban and rural, challenging the simplistic romance of the small family farm in favor of wider community solutions, the film explores both problems in our food system and inspiring stories. The filmmakers will be present at the 7pm Sept 1 screening at Cinema 21.
Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about the controversy over Planned Parenthood clinics and the sale of fetal tissue and and what this controversy really is all about. Gentile is professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has written extensively on the new world of reproductive technologies. 11:12 minutes (4.49 MB)
The town of Banks, Oregon, located in western Washington County northwest of Hillsboro, recently implemented water use restrictions on businesses, partly in response to drought conditions across the state.
For more on Oregon’s driest year in decades and government responses to it, KBOO’s Sam Bouman has this report.
4:51 minutes (4.44 MB)
Tom Becker hosts the show and we learn about how agroecology can help save the planet and feed the people; about the life of early Chinese immigrants to Canada; why socialism, far from being boring, will unleash human creativity; and about the history and politics of parole and parole boards.
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