As part of the KBOO special Saving Main Street from Wall Street host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviewed Neil Barofsky, author of "Bailout: How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street."
KBOO reporter Jennifer Kemp spoke to ACLU's Becky Strauss about ACT network members trying bring an end to ICE holds in Multnomah County jails on December 19th 2012. ICE holds, requests from federal immigration departments to hold immigrants in jail until they are deported, wreak havok on immigrant communities. With the threat of ICE holds always present, community members are much less likely to interact with police for any reason. Strauss discusses the affects of ICE holds on immigrant communities and the juridistiction of ICE holds.
In May, Portlanders will be voting on Ballot Measure 26-151, whether or not to add fluoride to the city’s drinking water. According to the Surgeon’s general Statement in 2004, fluoridinated water is enormously beneficial to communities, giving people an automatic source of fluoride that they do not need to seek out on their own.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts and talks with Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan about Black Power and Soul music; Bill Resnick talks with media analyst Robert McChesney about the dangers corporate internet monopolies pose for democracy; and movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review the documentary A Place at the Table about food insecurity in the USA.
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Clayton Morgareidge talks with radical musicologist Brad Duncan about Black Power as the radicalizing of what had been the more integrationist civil rights movement, and about the roots of soul music in gospel and R&B. They discuss the role of music in preserving cultural memory of the Black Power movement, the time it took for the mainstream corporate music industry to accept musicians performing politically radical music, and the courage and importance of Nina Simone.
Bill Resnick talks with Robert McChesney about his recent book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy and the issues it addresses. They discuss how media that began with great possibilities for democratization have been taken over by large corporations, and the ways that unregulated monopoly leads to worsening infrastructure. They consider the importance of net neutrality, the crisis in journalism, and the need for journalism to be treated as a public good. McChesney points to FreePress as one organization working on these issues.