The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering adding the McKenzie River, which supplies water to the city of Eugene, to a list of mercury-contaminated waters it will submit to the EPA. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is disputing the DEQ's methodology and standards. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Karla Urbanowicz of the DEQ's water quality assessment program for more on mercury standards and what they could mean for the future of the McKenzie--long considered one of the state's most pristine rivers--and those who rely on its water and wildlife. 5:05 minutes (4.66 MB)
Bill Resnick offers some brief comments about Pete Seeger, addressing his past involvement with the Communist Party, but also his break from it and other advocacy. He points in the direction of worthwhile reads that go into more detail. 3:17 minutes (1.51 MB)
Larry Bowlden reviews "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. The book is written for youth, but Larry recommends it for older readers too. It looks at a futuristic dystopia in which five rigidly defined social "factions" structure society like into personality type castes - kind of like Phillip K. Dick's "Clans of the Alphane Moon". People ritualistically chose a faction in their teens, but are guided by an aptitude test. The principal story is that of Beatrice, who leaves her faction of birth for another, while hiding the fact that her tests showed her to have "divergent" aptitudes. She eventually stumbles upon a nefarious plot being hatched within the ranks of another faction.
Joe Clement talks with Geoff McDonald and Peter Oxforn about the wage system. Geoff recently wrote an article for CounterPunch urging more critical questions about the wage system than exist in the minimum wage debate. This discussion builds on those arguments and takes issue with the "cynicism of public policy". Both he and Peter edit Ruthless Criticism, an English-language site that helps to disseminate articles and points of view from a German political journal, GeganStandpunkt. 14:42 minutes (6.73 MB)
Frann Michel offers a Well-read Red on education in the age of neoliberalism. She outlines the historical transfers of power and responsibility for public education that have deformed the public university into a crass commercial project. From there she interrogates how this situation has led to bloated administrative staff and obcene executive salaries, but also the proletarianization of faculties and the hollowing out of professional autonomy, as well student debt. In the end, she calls for a reinvigorated movement to assert the public mission of the university.
Read the written version with links HERE.
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Bill Resnick and Soraya Chemaly talk about football as an institution of popular US culture. They discuss how it perpetuates toxic masculinity and jingoism, socializes fans into power dynamics of centrality and marginality, and is not a very good platform for altheticism.
Attorney James Buchal is a Republican running for US House of Representatives for Oregon's 3rd District. He has strong views on education, free enterprise and the Federal Government's role in our day to day affairs. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Buchal about why, if he had his way, the three layers of government; municipal, state and federal, would be scaled back by one and how, exactly, he would do it. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 29:42 minutes (27.19 MB)
The position for city commissioner is open, and incumbent NICK FISH will be in the running for re-election.
Portland native SHARON MAXWELL is running against NICK FISH to serve the community and gave a press conference TUESDAY at Portland Community College-Cascade campus to announce her running for district 2. Ballots to vote on the canidates will be mailed out on April 30th and the ballot votes will be counted on May 20, 2014.
Below is the audio from the press conference: 4:54 minutes (4.48 MB)
Visegrad Group PDX is an independent association of Czech, Hungarian and Polish Saturday schools working together to promote central European cultures in Portland metro area.
With our project we acknowledge the mission of the European Visegrad Group founded in 1991 with the idea of mutual support of Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in the transition period from the totalitarian regime towards the democratic societies. Our diverse cultures coming together under one roof support an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding in our community. We higlight educational opportunities for youth and adults alike.
Visegrad Group PDX are:
Czech School of Portland
Polish Cultural Enrichment Program
Bobita Hungarian Language School 27:35 minutes (25.25 MB)