A petition this week on rootsaction.org calling on the Washington Post to sever its ties with the Central Intelligence Agency has already garnered over 15,000 signatures. For more, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Robert McChesney, a communications professor at the University of Illinois who has extensively studied the influence of money on politics and the media. 4:33 minutes (2.08 MB)
KBOO's Sam Bouman interviews Constantin Severe, Director of the Independent Police Review Division of the City Auditor's Office about the role of the IPR in police disciplinary procedures and the reforms to the IPR. The City Council was set to vote on the reforms yesterday, but after a threat by Daryl Turner, president of the police union, to file an unfair labor practices complaint if the council approved the measures, the vote was postponed until January 8. 5:52 minutes (5.38 MB)
Record-breaking cold weather descended on the Northwest late last week and intensified over the weekend.
Many cities across Oregon set record lows by Sunday night and temperatures aren’t expected to rise above forty degrees until Wednesday, according to current forecasts.
KBOO Reporter Ross Freeman Levin spoke with Steve Pierce, the owner of Northwest Weather Consultants and member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, for more details on the region's current cold weather patterns. http://www.weather.gov/
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)