How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years? Paul Gorman of Physicians for a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of Alcohol Prohibition in the U.S.
Some members of the law enforcement and legal communities are calling for the repeal of the current Prohibition on drugs.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg has more.
The next round of state budget cuts may be setting Oregon up for even more trouble, according to the social service groups whose clients will be seeing less money to pay for services.
From the AARP to Area Agencies on Aging, to the Service Employees International Union, they say the governor’s recommendation to cut human services by 15 percent will cost federal matching money and trim jobs, at a time when the state needs both.
KBOO’s Leah Yanoff reports, in collaboration with Oregon News Service.
Host Barbara Bernstein invites Heidi McIntosh, associate director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, discusses the impact that some of Bush's midnight regulations could have on pristine and remote areas in southeastern Utah (which are among Barbara Bernstein's favorite spots in the world).
A new 'national bank' plan by the Federal Reserve will allow the government to lend out up to 800 billion more dollars to banks and businesses.
This is just the latest attempt to bail out the failing financial system in the US.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research about the economic crisis, and Obama's planned response.
Governor Ted Kulongoski unveils his budget on Monday, December 1, and already, rumors suggest it will include across-the-board trim for state departments, reflecting the economic downturn.
But with unemployment and use of social services at record highs in Oregon, charitable organizations say it’s no time for cutbacks in the types of assistance that keep vulnerable families afloat, and could help the economy as well.
Crystal Leighty has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service:
In Portland, a protest was held Saturday as part of a national effort to mobilize for equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender couples.
KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with protest organizer Lindsey Asher.
The US Congress is considering a bailout of the top three car manufacturers in the U.S. - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
While some unions favor the bailout as a way to save their jobs, others have called for this crisis to be turned into a real opportunity for change in the transportation infrastructure of the country.
Mark Brenner is the head of the Detroit-based periodical 'Labor Notes'.
This morning US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced that some of the massive bailout package could be used to help consumers.
In his remarks, Paulson acknowledged that the bailout hasn’t delivered what he promised, when he asked Congress for the money last month.
He tried to make the case for the continuation of bank buyouts, but decided against the government buying devalued mortgages.
Dedrick Muhammed, with the Institute for Policy Studies, believes that what Paulson proposes is just more of the same.
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