The Doe Network is a volunteer organization that tries to identify John and Jane Does. Based in Tennessee, it has helped local, state and federal agencies solve crimes that involve the missing and the unidentified since the early 2000s. Don Merrill talked with spokesperson Todd Matthews about the Doe Network and how it tries to help families get resolution, even though Mr. Matthews admits that resolution isn't the same as justice. 29:57 minutes (27.43 MB)
Campaign Workers United are fighting for respect at Grassroots Campaign Incorporated. GCI, a national for-profit fundraiser in eighteen cities, contracts with progressive organizations to raise money on the street. All the canvassers at the Portland GCI branch have organized a union, with the assistance of the Industrial Workers of the World, and presented their demands to local management at the East Burnside GCI office Saturday morning. KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge was on the scene, with canvassers Andrew Lee and Liana Clark. 20:47 minutes (19.03 MB)
Marilyn Hayward, owner of Coventry Cycle Works in Portland, OR, triumphantly captured two bicycle world records at the age of 63. During her life, she also took powerful action to survive a terminal cancer diagnosis, twice save her limbs from amputation, and recover from severe brain damage. Marilyn urges, "Never give up!" and provides practical tips for moving forward with life's difficulties. 29:10 minutes (40.07 MB)
‘Protocols of Zionists’?
You may not have heard OF The "2009 Global Language Dictionary”, but you have definitely heard FROM this strange little lexicon. The dictionary is a handbook for assembling Zionist propaganda or ‘hasbara’ (Hebrew for propaganda) for Israel. Sort of a make-over for a monster. This the reason why Israeli news, proclamations and protestation all come in the same suspicious flavor designed to defend the indefensible.
14:28 minutes (13.24 MB)
Mohammed Omer from Gaza spoke with KBOO on Tuesday night 7/29 around midnight Gaza time. Planes were flying overhead, naval artillery was firing from the west and tanks firing from the east. Tens of thousands of Palestinians who followed Israeli orders to evacuate to Gaza City found themselves under fire there as well. As Mohammed reports, there seems to be a deliberate attempt to cut off all communication to and from Gaza - bombing of cell phone towers, the destruction of the power plant in last night's bombing, and the targeting of journalists. Mohammed told us that a busload of foreign journalists was seen leaving Gaza today - "always a bad sign", he said, as his phone crackled and cut. 8:06 minutes (7.42 MB)
THE VOZ WORKERS' RIGHTS EDUCATION PROJECT, OPERATOR OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CENTER FOR DAY LABORERS IN PORTLAND, HAD TO CHOOSE - DISOWN AN ALLY WHO SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY, OR LOSE A GRANT THAT FUNDS ABOUT A QUARTER OF THEIR BUDGET. THEY STUCK WITH THEIR ALLY. ROMEO SOSA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VOZ, JOINED US IN THE STUDIO TO DISCUSS THAT DECISON, ITS CONSEQUENCES, AND THE SUPPORT VOZ NEEDS NOW.
FOR MORE INFO, SEE http://portlandvoz.org/ 13:10 minutes (12.05 MB)
August 1st will mark 3 years of occupation in front of the US embassy in Bogotá for ASOTRECOL, the association of injured autoworkers illegally fired by General Motors in Colombia. Jorge Parra, president of ASOTRECOL, spoke with Labor Radio by phone from Bogotá.
For more background, see http://www.asotrecol.org/ 13:48 minutes (12.64 MB)
This episode of the Old Mole is hosted by Frann Michel, and features discussions of uses and misuses of media representations--of Gaza (including failures of the mainstream media and the power of visual images), of public education (including misleading stories about charter schools and what makes learning possible) , and of science-fictional futures. The episode includes musical clips from M1 All Stars, Barbara Dane, and Michael Franti & Spearhead:
Laurie Mercier talks with historian and Middle-East specialist Juan Cole about current events in Gaza. They discuss Israel's motives in launching its attack, and the history of Israel's occupation of Palestine, attacks on Hamas, and expansion of settlements in the West Bank. In addition, Laurie and Professor Cole discuss the role of the US: the failure of much of the US mainstream media to report adequately on events in Palestine; the US support for Israel; the impact of financial contributions on corrupt US legislators; and the possibility that the US could make all the difference by withholding its veto of UN security-council measures censuring Israel. 18:14 minutes (8.35 MB)
Movie Moles Joe Clement and Frann Michel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes(2014). They consider the film's representations of war and peace, human nature and technology, gender and race, and offer some contrasts with the earlier series of Planet of the Apes films. They also comment on Dr. Susan Block's critique of the film on counterpunch. The first part of this discussion was broadcast on the Old Mole Variety Hour on 7/28/14; the second part is web-only content.
22:08 minutes (10.14 MB)
Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.
17:47 minutes (8.14 MB)
This KBOO Evening News piece includes an interview by KBOO's Theo Burke with Denis Theriault, News Editor of Portland Mercury, who has been covering the story.
The Portland City Council is considering a plan in Old Town / Chinatown / River District area that might spur building in the underdeveloped area. The plan would waive up to $7 million of infrastructure fees to developers who build affordable housing.
Should developers build in Old Town, those waived fees would affect every department in the City.
4:30 minutes (1.81 MB)