On this day commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Old Mole Bill Resnick is joined by Jesse Hagopianto talk about how King has been made into a harmless campaigner against racial injustices that are no longer with us. Hagopian teaches at Garfield High School in Seattle where he has developed lesson plans for teaching the radical MLK who stood firmly against the Vietnam war and against capitalism. He has also led the movement against high stakes testing in the schools. For more about him, see his website and blog. 14:06 minutes (9.69 MB)
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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)
Portland Mayor Hales rushed an unusual item on council agenda yesterday: Authorize the City Attorney to institute proceedings challenging the District Attorney’s Order in the petition of Mark Bartlett: 10 minutes requested
It turns out that Mr Bartlett had a request for information denied by the city; last week the Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill ordered the city to disclose the information; and yesterday city council voted 4-1 in favor of Hale’s proposal: to use tax payer money to fight the release of 25 year old public information.
According to documents received by KBOO, what is at stake is the legality of the on-going destruction of Portland’s open reservoirs at Washington Park and Mt Tabor.
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Cliff Thomason is a gubenatorial candidate from Oregon's Independent Party. He strongly believes in Oregon agriculture and agricultural based solutions for some of Oregon's financial problems. Among them, he thinks the hemp and marijuana industries need access to legitimate bank accounts which he believes, would best be served by a state bank. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Thomason about these and other issues facing Oregon, including the records of the current and past Governor, alternative energy and the minimum wage in the runup to the 2016 election. 27:34 minutes (25.24 MB)
On Monday, Oregon State released a list of over 250 pesticides allowed for use in growing cannabis. For insight on the implications of this development, KBOO’s Jared Dancler spoke with researcher Todd Dalotto. 5:31 minutes (5.06 MB)
A national nurses union called upon Oregon and California attorney generals to review a proposed merger between Providence and St. Joseph health systems.
KBOO’s Paul Reich has more on this story: 1:20 minutes (623.27 KB)
The proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in British Columbia would carry tar sands fuel from Edmonton, Alberta to the Vancouver, BC harbor.
The project was dealt a heavy blow yesterday when the Province of British Columbia officially voted to oppose it.
KBOO News’ Lisa Loving spoke with Sven Biggs of Forest Ethics Advocacy about the corporate roots of Texas-based Kinder Morgan and what’s next. 6:09 minutes (5.63 MB)
Today is the second day in the trial of the Delta Five, the five activists who in September 2014 blocked a mile-long train carrying volatile explosive Bakken crude through Washington State.
They held up the train for eight hours in the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, or BNSF Railway Company’s Delta Yard.
The five activists were arrested and taken to the Snohomish County jail for the night.
The Delta five are now on trial in Washington.
The legal defense team behind the Delta Five has gained national attention as they argue in court that the action was necessary to forgo imminent destruction to the environment.
A necessity defense means the team can call on expert witnesses such as a BNSF whistleblower. 6:09 minutes (5.63 MB)
The Supreme Court heard a case today that could have wide ranging implications for union members across the country.
Several conservative judges on the court have made statements indicating they would rule against the unions, but although arguments were heard today, a decision won’t be issued for several months.
Since 1977, the Court has said non-union employees can be required to pay a portion of union dues to cover the cost of collective bargaining and prevent "free riders" — workers who get the benefits of a union contract without paying for it.
Now, in a case brought by non-union teachers in California hoping to get the earlier decision overturned, the justices are asked to decide whether even that requirement violates free expression. 6:42 minutes (6.13 MB)