Russell Hitchcock (R) and Graham Russell compose the 80s megagroup "Air Supply." The duo were recently here for a concert. KBOO's Don Merrill spoke with Mr. Hitchcock about the music, playing in the rain and what annoys him most about interviews.
Caroline Miller is an Oregon author who has worked in city and county government, as well as with union workers, students and now, with readers. She is a playwright and a goth fan with a LOT more on her mind than black lipstick, like love and the unified field theory. Don Merrill talked with Ms. Miller about her latest book and her lifelong way of seeing humanity and the world.
Irma McClaurin is a member of the black intelligensia in the world of academics, literature, philanthropy and anthropology. She gave the keynote address at an event hosted by the Skanner Foundation in honor of Martin Luther King's Birthday. KBOO's Don Merrill met her in the studio for a rich conversation about privilege, racism and science in the 21st century.
Charles Murray is no stranger to a unique point of view even among conservatives. And his latest offering, "Coming Apart; The State of White America, 1960-2010" is no exception. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Murray about his views on intelligence, limosine liberals and what he thinks is the solution to the schism between upper and lower class white people.
Hasan Salaam is a poet, musician and political activist. Thanks to a strong mom and grandmother, this emcee has a lot more on his mind than beats. Don Merrill talked with Hasan Salaam as he was touring through the Pacific Northwest, and in advance of a series of presentations by him to several Oregon colleges and universites.
Curtis Salgado loves music and he loves Portland, Oregon. He's a bluesman, an R&B artist and a soul singer all rolled up into one. He was never in the gutter with a wine bottle in a paper bag. But he's been through it nonetheless, you know? And when he needed them, Portland went through it with him. He's alive to talk about it and he talks about it with Don Merrill.
Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi. Since coming to the US in the 80s, Arun has been working to fulfil the legacy of his iconic grandfather. And whether it's helping people overcome violence against each other or violence against the Earth, he has been a tireless champion in the spirit of his grandfather. Don Merrill had the opportunity to speak with Arun Gandhi.
Drs. Helen Hunt and Harville Hendrix are marriage and family therapists who, in the late 80's, wrote the groundbreaking book, "Getting the Love You Want." They both talk with Don Merrill about their newest book, the idea that who we fight with might be the best person for us, and how they almost lost it all.
Melanie Davis is the owner of the media company Brilliant Media. Through it, she and her team of nearly 70 employees and staff nationwide operate Su Publico Ad Agency, El Hispanic News and Proud Queer Monthly. Despite her youth, the road to magnate has been a long one, beginning with an iconic grandmother in her childhood New Mexico. Don Merrill talks with lesbian latina Melanie Davis about what she loves about Portland, the publishing business and why she's OK crashing business meetings in her Harley gear.
Pascal Sauton is many things; chef, connoisseur, bon vivant, traditionalist, teacher. And now, sex symbol. Don Merrill talks with this French transplant about winning the title of America's Hottest Chef and Portland food culture as well as what diners should be able to expect and why casual dining may be killing fine dining.