Larry Bowlden reviewsLove and Terror on the Howling Road to Nowhere by Poe Ballantine, which mixes personal memoir with the mystery of his neighbor's violent death in small-town Nebraska. Read with other recent writing about the American West, Ballantine's book reveals how, in Larry's words, "conventional morality so often teams up with economic exploitation to subjugate people and to strip the land."
Bill Resnick talks with organizer Justin Norton-Kertson about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. They discuss the benefits of raising the floor for all workers and preserving social welfare spending for those unable to work, as well as the origins of the movement in Chicago, its victories in SeaTac and Seattle, and the relation between the national and local campaigns, both of which have excellent websites (https://www.15now.org/ and http://www.15nowpdx.org/). They discuss recent actions in Portland and the kinds of solidarity workers can show without risk to their jobs. 20:17 minutes (9.28 MB)
Gordon Challstrom is a Republican running for Oregon's Governor. He talked with Don Merrill about how if Oregonians chose to overturn the 2004 same-sex Constitutional amendment, he would follow their wishes as the chief executive, how a variety of political problems are dogging Governor Kitzhaber and how, a drone that flies too low might be on the receiving end of a shotgun shell. *These interviews are part of a project inviting all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 27:52 minutes (25.51 MB)