Abe and Joe discuss the not inconsiderable accomplishments of the Obama administration.
It's no secret that for progressives, the Obama administration has been a mixed bag. A number of landmark accomplishments seem diminished in light of what they might have been, had the President and his Congressional majority had the backbone to challenge the prerogatives of the wealthy.
Joe, back from vacation, joins Abe to discuss the accomplishments of the Obama administration thus far -- and suggest how the President might chart a bolder tack in the future.
Another free trade agreement threatens jobs, labor standards, and consumer as well as environmental protections. Arthur Stamoulis of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition talks about the proposed deal with Korea.
Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs. Also on the program, Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.
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Host Jamie Partridge interviews Sheila Warren, president of the Portland Parent Union, and Fran Partridge, an instructional coach and long time member of the Seattle teachers union. Topics include teacher union bashing, charter schools, teacher evaluation and mentoring, the achievement gap, discipline, and systemic racism.
It's that time of year, when Jo Ann and Dave review which of our public figures deserve a gift in their stocking and which deserve a lump of coal, such as Senator John McCain for his blind opposition to "don't ask, don't tell"; Governor-elect John Kitzhaber for stonewalling single-payer health care advocates once again; and even closer to home, Portland Police Chief Reese and his public position on participatory democracy.
Listeners called in and shared their holiday list of candidates.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.