With the increase in instances of Islamophobia and certain presidential candidates calling for "a ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S.," it is long past time to get to know our neighbors. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Here in the Northwest we know about the Delta Five—the five Washington activists who in September blocked a mile-long oil train calling attention to the danger extraction industries have on the environment. They invoked the Necessity Defense claiming that their actions were justified and necessary due to the overwhelming threat of climate change.
Across the continent Nine activists in New York State attempt the same defense for an action which took place in November to stop work on a Natural Gas Pipeline set to run through the state. KBOO’s Jared Dancler brings us this in-depth story.
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They went into the wilderness to discover religion. What is it all about? Why are people religious? The adventure is recounted in Dr. Tom Boyd's, Lusting For Infinity: A Spiritual Odyssey. Dr. 29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
KBOO's Robin Ryan speaks with Common Cause's California Director Kathy Feng about her state's Proposition 49, which aims to send a message to Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling from 2010. Citizen's United opened the floodgates for the anonymous campaign cash that has transformed the electoral landscape of America.
Prop 49 was on the ballot in 2014 but was ruled ineligible after a right-wing legal campaign.
Two anti-regulatory bills were approved in House yesterday and today along strongly bipartisan lines.
The HB 1155, known as the SCRUB Act, and HB 712, known as the Sunshine for Deregulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, were approved by the Republican majority en-route to a likely death in the Senate and certain veto by President Obama.
However, both bills represent a strong deregulatory zeitgeist on the right, and have strong backing from industrial lobbyists.
For more, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group based in Washington, DC.
UPDATE: KBOO received word on 1/28/16 that Nathan has died. We offer our deepest condolences to all of his family and friends, and consider ourselves fortunate to have known Nathan during the time he volunteered at KBOO.
1/3/16 - A KBOO volunteer has been listed as a missing person with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s department.
Nathan Behensky is twenty-something, Caucasian with shorter brown hair and dark blue eyes, about six feet tall and very slim.
Family and friends describe him as approachable and noticeably polite.
This week: a conversation with Cyndee Clay, executive director of HIPS-DC (formerly Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), a "by-and-for" outreach and harm reduction organization based in Washington, DC. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)