The city of Denton Texas passed a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on November 4th. Despite being overspent 10 to 1 in campaign funding, the anti-fracking initiative passed by a wide margin of 18%, which included a majority of both Democratic and Republican voters.
The city is now being sued by big oil and gas industry interests. State regulators such as Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick are encouraging drillers to disobey the ban. And Texas State Representative Phil King, a self-proclaimed proponent of local control and limited government, is trying to pass a state law prohibiting municipalities from banning fracking.
6:15 minutes (5.72 MB)
In this recently-rediscovered "Treasure from the KBOO Archives" from 25 years ago, a much younger Paul Roland offers a glimpse into the ecological consciousness and resistance movement, which emerged particularly strong in the Pacific Northwest, also known as Cascadia. Most of the interviews were done at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, which had become one of the epicenters for cross-fertilization in this movement.
We speak with Lee Francis from the Indigenous narrative collective (also known as INC) about native representation in the comic world and how INC plans to change the way the comics world sees Native Americans. 37:36 minutes (34.43 MB)
We sit down with the Executive director of the Columbia river Intertribal Fish comission and discuss the threats our salmon and people face and the ways people are working to change that. 48:33 minutes (44.45 MB)
“How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving”, a presentation by Dr. Cornel Pewewardy recorded on location on November 24 at the PSU Native American Students Center.
Dr. Cornel Pewewardy, chair of the Indigenous Nations Studies Department, presents this thought-provoking workshop on the Native American perspective of Thanksgiving. He discusses the reasons society can no longer ignore the Native American voice in the context of this modern holiday.
*Audio quality is not optimal 54:08 minutes (49.57 MB)
This coming Monday is World AIDS day, which is a day meant to bring attention to the continuing crisis of HIV and AIDS.
In the Pacific Northwest and across the country, the disease continues to have a siproportionate impact on the African American and LGBT communities.
On Sunday November 30th at 6 pm, a group of poets living with HIV will share their experiences at the Ainsworth United Church of Christ at northeast 29th and Ainsworth in Portland.
14:03 minutes (9.65 MB)
The Keystone Pipeline would have to cross sovereign nations -- the Sioux -- and they are resolved to prevent it. Joe Clement reads from an article in the Christian Science Monitor, "Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Calls Approval of Keystone Pipeline ‘Act of War’". 3:15 minutes (2.23 MB)