President Obama is in Alaska today for a meeting with world leaders about climate change in the Arctic.
He was met by hundreds of protesters challenging his decision to allow Shell Oil to drill in the Arctic – a move they say will greatly increase climate change, and is likely to result in difficult-to-access oil spills.
In Portland, a rally and march was held mid-day today in solidarity with the Alaskan activists.
The group Shell No! organized the event, which included a funeral procession and die-in for the Arctic at the federal building in downtown Portland. 9:07 minutes (12.52 MB)
For six years, the Unist'ot'en clan has maintained a camp to guard their traditional territory in what the Canadian State claims as northern "British Columbia."
The camp is located in a valley where several proposed fracked gas and tar sands oil pipelines would pass, and the camp's presence has thus far impeded their construction.
The Unist'ot'en are part of the Wet'suwet'en people, who occupy a large swath of unceded territory, whose aboriginal title has never been extinguished, and has even been affirmed by colonial Canadian courts.
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This is episode 2 of The Spirit of the Forest, an audio drama / dark comedy created by Oregon resident Dan Crall, which reflects upon the sadness, absurdity, and normalcy of modern life. 42:19 minutes (38.75 MB)
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan examine psychologist Barry Schwartz' thesis in The Paradox of Choice - that having so many choices in consumer society makes us miserable. They offer more compelling angles on the psychology of choice and economic behavior drawing on Marx and Marcuse.
22:52 minutes (15.7 MB)
The modern bureaucratic state was built during the New Deal and World War II by liberals who had doubts about a big state with a big bureaucracy. Anne Kornhauser tells the story in her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970. Here she talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about how efforts to reduce and control bureaucracy differed on the right and the left, and about how to democratize the state. 21:31 minutes (14.78 MB)
This is episode 1 of The Spirit of the Forest, an audio drama/comedy created by Oregon resident Dan Crall, which reflects upon the sadness, absurdity, and normalcy of modern life. 49:16 minutes (45.1 MB)
Americana singer/songwriter Kelly Bosworth stopped by the KBOO studios to chat about how she became a musician, her collaborations with other local artists, as well as upcoming projects she's working on.