Musician Simon Tam describes his ongoing legal action to trademark his band's name, "The Slants." The US Patent and Trademark Office denied his applications on the grounds that the word is offensive, though approved hundred of other trademarks containing the same word.
Interviewed by Anna Preble. Produced by Anna Preble and Andrew Yeh. Music is "Sour Love" by The Slants.
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KBOO's Jenn Chavez interviews Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid" about Nelson Mandela and his role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. 13:39 minutes (12.49 MB)
The Center for Economic and Policy Research released a report saying that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 18 Pacific Rim countries will likely lead to decreases in middle-class wages in the US. Genevieve McDaniel spoke to Mark Weisbrot of the Center today. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
TriMet is going to vote next Wednesday on whether to increase transfer times for one-way tickets to 2.5 hours, up from 2 hours, to better accomodate round trips. This would also clarify their official stance on one-way tickets, which is that round trips are not encouraged but rather an unintended benefit of making a shorter trip. Sam Bouman spoke with Vivian Satterfield of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon for more on the Rider's Union and the proposed transfer increase. 5:00 minutes (4.58 MB)
Portland residents participated in a national day of action today to call attention to the low wages paid to McDonald's workers. KBOO reporters were at the rally in downtown Portland. 1:32 minutes (715.51 KB)
In Klamath Falls, Oregon, the fight over water between farmers and native tribes may have come to a conclusion that will satisfy all parties.
Kristin Yount spoke to Don Gentry, the Commissioner of the Klamath Tribes, for more.
4:47 minutes (4.38 MB)
Portland is experiencing record low temperatures which will continue for several days at least, intensifying the need for shelters for people living on the streets. Sam Bouman spoke with Jaymee Cuti, Public Information Officer with the Portland Housing Bureau. 2:23 minutes (2.18 MB)
Joe Clement hosts the show today featuring several takes on poverty in the US and an illuminating discussion of the prospects for war or peace in the Middle East. To hear individual segments, follow these links. To hear the whole show, use the play button below.
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Ross Freeman Levin interviews Seattle Hempfest Executive Director Vivian McPeak about Washington State's process of legalizing and regulating marijuana. They also discuss the history of Seattle Hempfest and what the impact of the world's largest marijuana advocacy event plays in the overall movement.
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