Top Congressional legislators reached a deal earlier today to introduce fast-track legislation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress.
As the ranking Democrat on the Finance Panel, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was crucial in reaching an agreement between Republicans and Democrats drafting the legislation.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the world’s largest free trade agreement, involving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Japan, and seven other Pacific-rim countries.
It is heavily opposed by environmental groups, American labor unions such as the AFL-CIO, as well as human rights advocates.
The Oregon chapter of the AFL-CIO has staged multiple protests calling for lawmakers to reject the trade deal. 6:44 minutes (6.16 MB)
The former Chilean army officer who allegedly murdered folksinger Victor Jara in the aftermath of the 1973 military coup is the subject of a civil lawsuit in the United States.
Pedro Barrientes Nunez currently lives in Deltona, Florida, despite an extradition request made by the Chilean government when his name was revealed as the leader of the squad that tortured and killed Jara.
KBOO reporter Sam Bouman speaks with Almudena Bernabeu, the international attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability which is prosecuting the case.
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Check out this very FUN interview with the young fresh rock band The Bots ( Anaiah Lei - Drums / Vocals / Keys Mikaiah Lei - Guitar / Vocals / Keys / Bass ) just before their performance at Doug Fir on April 5th. 41:46 minutes (57.37 MB)
A conversation with Jewish Theatre Collaborative's Executive Director and founder, Sacha Reich, and composer/cellist Gideon Freudmann, who wrote the music for JTC's current production, The Ministry of Special Cases, based on the novel by Nathan Englander 42:58 minutes (39.34 MB)
This interview is with artist and performer Goapele who OnTheGround for EarToTheStreets interviewed on March 11th 2015. She spoke about her work as an artist and the business side of producing her own albums through her idependent record label SkyBlaze. Goapele is a native to Oakland California and started out in music with her first album Closer….and her newest album Strong As Glass features ‘Hey Boy’ with SNOOP DOG and ‘My Love’ with ERIC BENET was released in October 2014.
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In Salem today, Oregon legislators considered a bill that will regulate the use of aerial herbicides which are sprayed from planes and helicopters in the state.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke to Steve Peddery of Oregon Wild for more. 6:26 minutes (5.89 MB)
A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the port of Seattle Wednesday, challenging the commission’s move to enter an agreement with contractors for Shell Oil.
KBOO’s Robin Ryan spoke with a member of the Puget Sound-Keepers Alliance, one of the suit’s petitioners, about what prompted legal action and what concerns they have about the proposed lease. 5:13 minutes (2.39 MB)
Today, the Oregon Senate Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood held a public hearing on the Right to Rest bill, which would override local bans on camping, sleeping on sidewalks, and sleeping in cars by people experiencing homelessness.
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As a devotee of the music of Adam Franklin since my early 20s, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to interview him upon the release of Swervedriver's new album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You, their first in over 17 years. This interview also marks my return to radio after a protracted bout of illness with Lyme disease and electrohypersensitivity, combined with a complete lack of diagnosis, which left me to languish for most of a decade.
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An overzealous security guard has allegedly been harassing music festivalgoers in Oregon from as far back 2012.
Several people have accused Joseph Hernandez of impersonating a sheriff, unlawful detainment, death threats and intimidation, theft, and harassment that borders on assault.
Their story is told to greater length, along with official documents, at beloved-festival-nightmare.blogspot.com.
KBOO reporters Niko Kwiatkowski and Sam Bouman filed this report about Hernandez and the little-known world of event security.
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