Musician Simon Tam describes his ongoing legal action to trademark his band's name, "The Slants." The US Patent and Trademark Office denied his applications on the grounds that the word is offensive, though approved hundred of other trademarks containing the same word.
Interviewed by Anna Preble. Produced by Anna Preble and Andrew Yeh. Music is "Sour Love" by The Slants.
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KBOO's Jenn Chavez interviews Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid" about Nelson Mandela and his role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. 13:39 minutes (12.49 MB)
The Center for Economic and Policy Research released a report saying that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 18 Pacific Rim countries will likely lead to decreases in middle-class wages in the US. Genevieve McDaniel spoke to Mark Weisbrot of the Center today. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
TriMet is going to vote next Wednesday on whether to increase transfer times for one-way tickets to 2.5 hours, up from 2 hours, to better accomodate round trips. This would also clarify their official stance on one-way tickets, which is that round trips are not encouraged but rather an unintended benefit of making a shorter trip. Sam Bouman spoke with Vivian Satterfield of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon for more on the Rider's Union and the proposed transfer increase. 5:00 minutes (4.58 MB)
Portland residents participated in a national day of action today to call attention to the low wages paid to McDonald's workers. KBOO reporters were at the rally in downtown Portland. 1:32 minutes (715.51 KB)
In Klamath Falls, Oregon, the fight over water between farmers and native tribes may have come to a conclusion that will satisfy all parties.
Kristin Yount spoke to Don Gentry, the Commissioner of the Klamath Tribes, for more.
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Portland is experiencing record low temperatures which will continue for several days at least, intensifying the need for shelters for people living on the streets. Sam Bouman spoke with Jaymee Cuti, Public Information Officer with the Portland Housing Bureau. 2:23 minutes (2.18 MB)
Tar Sands Megaload Blockade at Port of Umatilla, Oregon on 12-02-2013 from KBOO PM News
Climate activists blocked a controversial shipment last night, forcing contractors to reschedule the Megaload’s departure from the Port of Umatilla in Oregon.
The equipment, a nine-hundred thousand pound water purifier twenty-two feet wide, eighteen feet tall and three-hundred and seventy-six feet in length was met by a diverse group of regional activists.
This week’s protest was larger than a similar protest last week as news of the shipment has spread throughout the region.
Similar loads sparked major protests moving through Idaho and Montana including a blockade by the Nez Pierce tribe in August. 11:21 minutes (10.4 MB)