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New Generation of Black Leaders Demands Bold Action

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More Talk Radio
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Mon, 08/31/2009

Join Cecil Prescod in speaking with Charles McGee, President and CEO of the Black Parents Initiative, and Johnell Bell, former staff aide to Mayor Potter and Multnomah Chair Tom Wheeler, about the  "The Joshua Generation: A New Generation Heeding the Call to Leadership".

54:03 minutes (24.75 MB)

Alison Weir speaks on history of Israeli organ trafficking

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Evening News
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Tue, 09/01/2009

The Israeli government has accused a Swedish newspaper of anti-Semitism for publishing an article documenting possible cases of organ trafficking by the Israeli military.

Israeli offi cials said that the article was quote “hate porn” meant to demonize both the Israeli military and all Jewish people.
 
The authors of the article, however, said that their article was an attempt to document a practice that was recently exposed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation during a massive sting operation in New Jersey.

9:51 minutes (9.02 MB)

From the Archives: Nikki Giovanni

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Tue, 09/01/2009

Here at KBOO, we're slowing digging through our archives to bring hidden gems to light in the digital era.  While much of our archived audio is on reel-to-reel, we have some newer work on CD format that we're currently unearthing. 

Here's a great example: Nikki Giovanni's 2002 appearance at Clark College.  In addition to some great readings of her poems, she speaks candidly about slavery, Mars, aliens, black holes, and the Panama Canal.

50:51 minutes (34.92 MB)

RIP, Ted K

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Sept. 1, 2009

Unless you've been living on the moon, you've probably heard by now of the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Given the excoriation regularly -- and usually deservedly -- endured by members of Congress, on this show and elsewhere, it's helpful to pause and remember a legislator who has dedicated his career to advancing the cause of the less fortunate.

The fact that Kennedy was born a patrician doesn't abrogate the work he's done. On the contrary, it throws his career into sharper relief. Despite being born with every possible advantage, he nonetheless had a guiding hand in every significant piece of progressive legislation enacted since he entered the Senate, from civil rights to education to health care, the cornerstone of his career.

Here's Ted, speaking in Alaska on the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It's one of the most cogent articulations I've ever heard of what it means to be a modern progressive.

And here's Ted at the 1980 Democratic convention, after running a quixotic primary challenge -- from the left -- against an incumbent president.

Let us pledge that we will never misuse unemployment, high interest rates, and human misery as false weapons against inflation.

Let us pledge that employment will be the first priority of our economic policy.

Let us pledge that there will be security for all those who are now at work, and let us pledge that there will be jobs for all who are out of work; and we will not compromise on the issues of jobs.

These are not simplistic pledges. Simply put, they are the heart of our tradition, and they have been the soul of our Party across the generations. It is the glory and the greatness of our tradition to speak for those who have no voice, to remember those who are forgotten, to respond to the frustrations and fulfill the aspirations of all Americans seeking a better life in a better land.

We dare not forsake that tradition.

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The commitment I seek is not to outworn views but to old values that will never wear out. Programs may sometimes become obsolete, but the ideal of fairness always endures. Circumstances may change, but the work of compassion must continue. It is surely correct that we cannot solve problems by throwing money at them, but it is also correct that we dare not throw out our national problems onto a scrap heap of inattention and indifference. The poor may be out of political fashion, but they are not without human needs. The middle class may be angry, but they have not lost the dream that all Americans can advance together.

It takes me back to a time when, well, Democrats were Democrats.

And finally, we can't ignore the mythic proportions of Ted and his brothers. They were the American Gracchi.

-A

The Slave Next Door; Part 2 : An Oregon Report

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A Deeper Look
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Thu, 08/27/2009

Learn about Human Trafficking and Slavery in Oregon from the voices of those who's jobs have them confront this modern day horror every day. Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviewed Deputy Kieth Bickford chair of the Oregon Human Trafficking Taskforce, the organization tapped to help bring together the myriad number of federal, state and local agencies involved in combating trafficking. Oregon is a West Coast destination city and trafficking hub for sex trafficking of underage minors.

27:53 minutes (25.54 MB)

A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void

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Thu, 08/27/2009

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.

55:40 minutes (44.6 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 08/27/09

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Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void: An Interview with Chrles McGee and Johnell Bell

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

More Talk Radio on 08/24/09

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More Talk Radio
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Mon, 08/24/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with eco-food activist Bryant Terry

This Monday, August 24, More Talk Radio hosts a conversation with Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009).

Bryant Terry has spent the last decade advocating for and building a more just and sustainable food system, and uses his talents as a chef to examine the intersections of race, poverty, and food insecurity.  Mr. Terry is coming to the Portland Farmer's Market and the King Farmer's Market, August 29 and 30 for events for youth and adults.

Clearing the air in Portland schools

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Wed, 08/19/2009

Portland may be a green city, but some of its school children are breathing air more like the polluted skies of Cleveland. A  USA Today study found six of our city's schools in northwest and north/northeast Portland among the worst in the nation for exposing children to airborn toxins. Benzine, a carcinogen found in gasoline, exceeds DEQ safety standards by 26 percent. Frustrated with lack of action by state regulators, parents of children in some of the mot impacted schools are organizing the community.

56:58 minutes (45.64 MB)

Sam Fulwood III on the Gates Incident and "The Real Teachable Moment"

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More Talk Radio
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Sun, 08/16/2009

The Real "Teachable Moment"             Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, recalibrates the racial debate revolving around the Gates incident. He joins Celeste and Cecil to offer just what the  real "teachable moment" is that arises from this collision of perspectives and perceptions.

53:47 minutes (24.63 MB)
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