Each of the past two years, Lummi Nation tribal members have carved and transported totem poles thousands of miles to raise public awareness and strengthen opposition to the export of fossil fuels from the west coast of the United States and Canada.
Starting this Friday, the Lummi House of Tears Carvers, led by Master Carver Jewell James, will embark on their third journey with a new totem pole, which will be a gift to the Northern Cheyenne of Montana.
Working in close association with other tribal governments, environmental organizations and the faith-based community, these efforts have helped shape the public debate and understanding of what is at risk with the proposed fossil fuel export facilities and their transport by rail, ship and pipelines. 11:20 minutes (10.38 MB)
Cascade Locks resident and Native activist Anna Mae Leonard is on a five-day fast at Cascade Locks City Hall, asking the City Council to withdraw its joint request for a water rights swap allowing the Swiss-based multinational Nestle Corporation to build a water-bottling plant there. She joins host Paul Roland on the phone from Cascade Locks, along with Julia DeGraw of Food and Water Watch in the KBOO studio.
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Three Portland economists speak in favor of raising the minimum wage in Oregon to $15. Mary King, professor emerita at Portland State University; Martin Hart-Landsberg, professor at Lewis and Clark College; and Robin Hahnel, professor American University and Portland State University are among over 200 American economists who signed a letter in support of a $15 minimum wage on the federal level. 28:34 minutes (26.15 MB)
Larry Bowlden reviews a 1998 novel by Nancy Kincaid titled "Balls." The novel takes a look at college football, its excesses and corruption, as seen through the eyes of sixteen women, all of whom are either married to coaches or raising sons who are prospective football players.
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Jan Haaken talks with Katie Gentile about the controversy over Planned Parenthood clinics and the sale of fetal tissue and and what this controversy really is all about. Gentile is professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has written extensively on the new world of reproductive technologies. 11:12 minutes (4.49 MB)
Bill Resnick interviews Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart on their new book *A People's Curriculum for the Earth*—a project focused on teaching students about the environmental crisis and climate justice.
This edited volume features some of the best articles from *Rethinking Schools* magazine, alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better. 20:00 minutes (8.01 MB)
This week we talk with Cyd Maurer, the journalist who was recently fired from her job as a TV news anchor in Eugene, Oregon, for testing positive for marijuana; and with Kathleen Kane-Willis of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University about their new report on heroin in Illinois. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Kim Howe of Dooda Fracking, speaks about the recent water contamination of the San Juan River that flows through Dine' land. She recounts first seeing the yellow water and how her farm is coping. 45:15 minutes (41.43 MB)