Happy New Year from the KBOO Evening News Team.2008 marks KBOO's 40th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, we've been digging through the KBOO archives, which are filled with recordings from KBOO's 40 years of radical radio.Throughout the coming year, you will have the opportunity to hear more recordings from the KBOO archives, as we attempt to restore some of the older pieces from delicate reel-to-reel tapes.
And tonight, for the next hour, we'd like to present some excerpts of a few of these recordings.
This is the Old Mole Variety Hour in its entirety. Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program focuses on some popular movements the mainstream media fail to cover. First, Phil Alden Robinson from the Writers Guild talks with Bill Resnick about the writers's strike and how the issues have been slanted by mainstream media. You can hear this segment separately here.
Press coverage of Iraq tells us that the US is trying to build a secular democracy there, when in fact democratic and secular groups are most under attack by the US and its Suni and Shia allies. Bill Weinberg, award-winning journalist, radioactivist, and producer at Pacifica's WBAI in New York, talks with Laurie Mercier about civil resistance to the US occupation. Weinberg maintains an on-line journal World War 4 Report with links to more news about the non-religious democratic labor movements in Iraq.
Laurie Mercier and Luz María Gordillo review Zapatista, the play by Dañel Malán about Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista insurgency in the Mexican state of Chiapas, discussing, among other things, whether the Zapatistas are post-modernists. Zapatista plays in a bi-lingual production through January 19 at Teatro Milagro here in Portland. Follow the link for more information.
Martha Odom presents the weekly activist report: news of last weeks actions and upcoming events for this week. You can also hear an interview with Will Seaman of Portland Peaceful Response Coalition talking about efforts to stop the Friday night rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Bolivia is recovering from a violent weekend of protests in Sucre . 4 people were killed and hundreds were injured as groups protested a constitutional assembly being held to reform Bolivia’s founding document.
KBOO's Eoin Bastable spoke earlier today with Evan Cuthbert who is living in Bolivia and reporting on the current political situation.
Today we air a new recurring feature of the KBOO evening news, Civil Liberties Watch, with KBOO reporter Linda Olson-Osterlund. Tonight's program is a review of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act
We produced Updates on some of the issues we covered last year. We talked with Claude Marks of the Freedom Archives about the San Francisco Eight case, with Lisa Moore, assistant dean for multicultural affairs at Reed collegeabout the Jena Six and Reed’s own noose incident , and to Eric Ward of the human rights organization Center for New Community about pending anti-immigration legislation, hate crimes, and the relationship between white nationalism and the anti-immigrant movement. We also produces a short update about the ICE Raids, and other immigration issues.