Due to a report from city Auditor Gary Blackmer last week the city's program to spur affordable housing development has been called into question.
Tax breaks, or tax abatements, have been given to developers who are promising to build affordable housing. The audit, which looked at eleven of these abatements, shows that developers are not following through on the deal.
KBOO's Michael Ianello spoke with audit director Drummond Kahn about the audit and the city's plans for future over sight.
A Houston TV station presented the results of an investigation, on August 1stshowing military recruiters bullying schoolkids and threatening them with prison.
The recruiters lie to the high schoolers, telling them that the 'delayed entry' program is a binding contract.In fact, the delayed entry program is not a binding contract, but a program supposedly designed to let kids 'try out' the military before deciding for sure.
On the August 14, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Radiozine, Emily Young interviews Yvonne Simmons of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and a founder in Portland of the Clothesline Project, a visual display by women survivors of violence. Also discussed: Women's Equality Day, coming up on Tuesday, August 26th.
On the Aug 14, Thursday, 10 am Radiozine, Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Frank, the author of What's the Matter with Kansas. They discuss his new book,The Wrecking Crew, in which Frank examines the blundering and corrupt Washington created by politicians who reserve their favors for the rich.
Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews guest Andy Worthington, author of TheGuantanamo Files: The Stories of The 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.They discuss the trial of Salim Hamdan, a driver for Osama Bin Laden. What did we learn from this , the first United States war crimes trial since WWII. More from Andy Worthington can be found at www.andyworthington.co.uk/
When the Soviet Union collapsed in the late 1980’s, it took just about everybody by surprise. Pundits in the United States said it was proof of the superiority of the capitalist system but people in other parts of the world wondered whether the US could suffer the same fate. Dmitry Orlov believes that the American Dream is about to become a nightmare and he examines the similarities and differences between the US and Soviet Union in his book Reinventing Collapse. He is interviewed by Marianne Barisonek.