Larry Bolden reviews Tara Conklin's "The House Girl", a story split between the present day and the days of slavery. Larry commends it for not just being a cleverly constructed story, but deeply researched and informative about the realities of abolitionist struggle. 5:29 minutes (5.03 MB)
I MIGHT LIKE S.E.X. IF I KNEW WHAT IT STOOD FOR: In this 50s sitcom, secretary Doris plots how to woo her clueless boss, Rock, into marriage, and hilarity and hijinx ensue. Originally aired on The Ubu Hour on Feb 1, 2016, this radio play was written and produced by Martin Dodge. 19:03 minutes (26.17 MB)
Welcome to the year 2034, fifty years after 1984. Refugees flee religious extremists in white robes. People try to cope in the face of out of control climate change and world upheaval.. The Ubu Hour presents the futuristic radio theater drama: 2034: WELCOME TO THE HOLY LANDS, a frightening dystopia where a narcistic media figure becomes President of the United States. Written and produced by Rolf.
Also, included is the coda/prequal, SO MUCH HATE, a media cut-up peice, which follows 2034 at the 29 minute point.. Both peices aired on the UBU HOUR on Feb 1, 2016. 37:05 minutes (50.94 MB)
This week we look at human rights and the drug war with audio from Damon Barrett, Director and co-founder of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, and The Honorable Mark Golding, Minister of Justice for Jamaica. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
In this expanded version of the first Film Show episode of 2016, Jenn Chavez enjoys a longer conversation with local documentarian Kelly Kend about her new film Yeah Maybe No, an exploration of sexual consent and coercion.
39:09 minutes (15.68 MB)
The Tesoro project has been opposed from its earliest days by a growing coalition of groups and individuals from across Washington and Oregon, called Stand Up to Oil.
Dan Serres is the conservation director for Columbia Riverkeeper, a group that has spearheaded action by coalitions opposing other energy projects along the river, including liquefied natural gas terminals, coal and oil train proposals and activity at the Hanford nuclear site.
He told KBOO about the coalition’s early days and its ongoing strategy.
It isn’t just environmental groups who have taken up the coalition’s call to pack hearings and flood Inslee’s mailbox. 3:53 minutes (2.67 MB)
Here in the Northwest we know about the Delta Five—the five Washington activists who in September blocked a mile-long oil train calling attention to the danger extraction industries have on the environment.
They invoked the Necessity Defense, claiming their actions were justified and necessary due to the overwhelming threat of climate change.
Across the continent nine activists in New York State attempt the same defense for an action which took place in November to stop work on a Natural Gas Pipeline set to run through the state.
KBOO’s Jared Danceler brings us this in-depth story.
13:40 minutes (25.03 MB)
It’s the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
To mark the occasion, Public Citizen held a press conference with members of the Senate banking committee.
They called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to curb outside spending on elections.
Since Citizens United, the cash spent by Super PACs has grown from just under twenty million in 2008, to over a hundred and fifty million for the current election cycle thus far.
That’s according to data gathered from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Akeeny Freechild directs Democracy is For People. she spoke with KBOO reporter Robin Ryan about the strategy to tap the SEC as a potential remedy to the problem of money in politics.
5:21 minutes (4.9 MB)
A study issued by Tufts University shows the Trans Pacific Partnership could eliminate an estimated 750,000 jobs around the world, whether or not they’re in countries participanting in the agreement.
KBOO reporter Robin Ryan spoke with Mike Shannon, executive director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, about the why these findings differ from projections issued by the State Department.
5:14 minutes (4.8 MB)
The Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal by the state of North Dakota regarding that state’s extremely restrictive abortion law.
This leaves a lower court decision in place, which found that North Dakota’s abortion law was unconstitutional.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with David Brown from the Center for Reproductive Rights to learn more.
4:45 minutes (4.34 MB)