An active nuclear power plant in Washington state is being refueled.
Washington’s Columbia Generating Station, or C.G.S will be refueled using raw radioactive material.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that radiation levels in the area will increase significantly, but that the equipment used to measure that radiation will be completely shut down during the refueling process.
KBOO’s Nathan Behensky spoke with Miriam German of No Nukes Northwest about the plant’s current problems and the future of nuclear power in Oregon and Washington. 15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)
Yesterday in Burundi, the government announced that presidential and parliamentary elections planned for this Friday will be indefinitely postponed.
The announcement follows more than a month of unrest as protesters and police have clashed in the capital of Bujumbura, leading to dozens of deaths and large scale imprisonment and an escalating refugee crisis.
The protests erupted after the current two-term president Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would seek an unconstitutional third term. 30:43 minutes (28.13 MB)
1, According to the DAT North American Freight Index, Portland has been caught in a spring surge in freight volume. Between February and March 2015, total truck freight moving in and out of Portland grew 34 percent over last year's volume. While increased freight usually means a healthy economy for major exporters such as Portland, the recent virtual closure of the city's port container terminal has brought a new set of challenges to local businesses.
The Port of Portland has been trapped in troubled waters due to a lengthy dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, a coalition of West Coast port operating companies.
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Coloradan Karin Lazarus had a brainstorm in 2009, start a bakery with pastries that are infused with marijuana. In 2013, NY Magazine called her, "the Queen of the Munchies" said she's "brought a pastry chef’s savvy to the world of pot brownies" Her new cookbook, called the "Sweet Mary Jane cookbook" has 75 pot infused recipies. Karin Lazarus talked with Don Merrill about why she started making marijuana pastries, her steep learning curve and why she hopes every state eventually allows medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
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Host Paul Roland talks about the "homeless sweeps" currently underway by the Portland Police in inner Southeast Portland, in the context of the endless social war. After the opening song by Leonard Cohen, he reads from The Invisible Committee's "To Our Friends" comunique of last year. http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/the-invisible-committe-to-our-friends
He then takes calls from the listeners....
The city of Denton, Texas passed a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) last November. 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.
However, the Texas state legislature effectively overturned the ban by passing House Bill 40. The law also limits the ability of all Texas municipalities from regulating fracking within their city limits.
Fracking has started back up in Denton. The Denton City Council meets Tuesday, June 2 to decide whether to repeal the ban.
To find out more, KBOO's Ken Jones spoke with Cathy McMullen, president of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group. 6:34 minutes (3 MB)
Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures who clashed at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists all centered on the nation's leading public university. 29:49 minutes (27.29 MB)
Paul Roland and Mic Crenshaw talk with Jared Ball from Baltimore, Md. and Rosa Clemente from Amherst, Massachusetts. The program offers a critical perspective on the commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Dr. Ball said recently, "neither King's false heirs nor the presidency of false hopes would exist at all without first the assassination of King and then the perennial abuse of his history and image. 57:37 minutes (52.74 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Cassie Thornton about her use of debt for the last 7 years as a subject for her art-work. She describes how she's sought to concretize debt, explore debt through hypnotherapeutic visualization exercises with others, and in the end how she's gotten involved with the national Strike Debt movement. 8:26 minutes (7.73 MB)
Tod Sloan talks with Lara Messersmith-Glavin of the Institute for Anarchist Studies about theory and practice. They consider how theory helps illuminate individually lived experiences as part of larger systems, while also stressing the priority of lived experience in generating our theories. She provides examples of how theory has helped make her everyday life as a working-class mother make more sense, bringing her a degree of control and context, and over all increasing her resilience as a person. She also describes how the experience of queer women of color informed several "correctives" to some of the one-demensional concerns of white feminists. [Image Credit: permanantculturenow.org] 12:59 minutes (11.89 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Al Bradbary about the monthly journal, Labor Notes. They discuss exciting developments Labor Notes covers, the kind of radical rank-and-file tendency that they support through both their magazine, but also books digesting examples of recent successful organizing and their organizer education workshops and conferences. We even hear Al perform a labor parody of Single Ladies. We hear a different version of that parody by Fellow Worker Hailey of the Industrial Workers of the World at the end too.
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