Bill Resnick talks with Barbara Miner about the neoliberalization of education generally and school-voucher programs in particular. Barbara argues against even talking about "school choice" and defends her abolition of the phrase becaue of the way it obfuscates the abandonment of schools. They consider how the voucher-program will accentuate class divisions.
Frann Michel and Joe Clement review the documentary "Shift Change", directed/produced by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young. The documentary surveys several cooperatively owned and managed businesses, mostly in the United States but also Spain's famous Mondragon. We hear from worker-owners, as well as activists who support the co-op movement in material and financial ways, about how working at co-ops is not just different, but better than regular wage jobs.
Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about NBA player Jason Collins coming out. They use the situation as an opportunity to relfect on what it means to come out and the particular expectations built into this process, about who can come out about what.
This interview, which was originally conducted by documentarian Bill Cody in 2012 is a re-edit with the permission of the Don Williams organization. Don Williams is fiercely protective of his privacy, and Don Merrill highlights Mr. Williams on his music, his family and his feeling that there is just too much talking in the world.
In this month's PopWatch segment, Kushlani takes on racism in a recent Chevy ad and discusses the latest news about Lela Lee's Angry Little Girls comic strip and Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin.
Writer and comedian Jenny Yang’s live performances draw from her experiences as an immigrant, Asian American and recovering overachiever. Jenny co-founded the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, which highlights the powerful and funny voices of diverse talent: a Japanese former import car model, a high-energy South Asian transgender boi, and an Egyptian-American female grouch. Interviewed by Luann Algoso, produced by Luann Algoso and Andrew Yeh.
Award-winning children's author, illustrator, and designer, Salina Yoon, chats with producer Andrew Yeh at the annual Wordstock Festival in Portland. Salina explains how she chooses the ethnicities of her characters and why her work is the antithesis of electronic books.
Grant High School, Portland, has proposed cuts to its well-regarded and well-loved Japanese immersion and language program for the upcoming academic year. Student Sara Onitsuka presents this APA Call to Action, and encourages everyone to show support for the program at https://www.facebook.com/SaveGrantJapanese. Produced by Andrew Yeh.
A new bill proposed in the Oregon House of Representatives would address accessibility of voting materials to citizens who speak primary languages other than English, such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Russian.
New information has come out this week that could have an impact on the upcoming May twenty-first vote on water fluoridation in Portland.
A lab test of the fluoridation compound proposed for Portland’s water supply found high levels of arsenic in the compound. The test was commissioned by the anti-fluoridation group ‘Clean water Portland’.
In addition, the Oregon Health Authority just released the latest figures on children’s dental health in Multnomah County, showing significant improvements in all categories, and bringing into question the county’s claim that fluoridation of water is necessary to improve dental health.