Benjamin Parzybok's novel, Sherwood Nation, is a futuristic story of Portland, post-drought. It explores the possibility of creating fairly small city-states that are self-governing and dependent on neighborhood volunteers for protection and services. The novel raises a number of important questions about what political action means for regular folks who seem to have little control over their lives in contemporary, allegedly democratic, societies. 6:40 minutes (6.1 MB)
Kaia Sand joins Norm to talk about the Watcher Files Project, an artistic collaboration exhibit and performance based on police surveillance files of Portland activists in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. 10:54 minutes (9.98 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Margaret Jordan of the Richmond Progressive Alliance [Due to technical issues, this interview will not be immediately available as a shareable segment, but is in the longer show file below].
The Portland Mercury, along with the Willamette Week and the Oregonian, took a position against Measure 92, the ballot measure which would require labeling of genetically modified foods. On Monday, Oct. 27, KBOO's Paul Roland spoke with Dennis Theriault, News Editor of the Portland Mercury about his paper's position, as well as Julia Degraw, of Oregon Right to Know and Food and Water Watch. These are longer, lightly edited versions of the interviews which aired on the KBOO Evening News. First is Theriault, then Degraw. 12:53 minutes (11.8 MB)
In this extended cut of The Film Show we hear more from filmmaker Toby Froud — best known as the enchanted infant from the 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinth — about his puppet-creating family and his scuptural work at Laika Studios. 36:11 minutes (14.5 MB)
Jeff Reardon is a Democrat seeking reelection in Oregon's 48th House District. He talked with Don Merrill about why he voted for the Grand Bargain which proposed changes to PERS, why he feels Career Technical Education is the key to solving Oregon's workforce development needs and how, because he has four daughters, he gives his full support to Oregon's Equal Rights Ballot initiative. 29:12 minutes (26.73 MB)
Martin Bisi is the subject of the new film Sound and Chaos: The story of BC Studio.
The film screens Thursday October 23rd at the Hollywood Theater.
I spoke with Martin about his life, the history of his studio, and the threat he faces as a new wave of gentrification hits the neighborhood where we has lived and worked for 30+ years. 26:20 minutes (36.16 MB)
Full interview with Emily Asher, trombonist and band leader currently touring the West Coast with her two bands full of New York-based musicians, Emily Asher's Garden Party and Endangered Species. They arrive in Portland on October 29th and play that very evening at the Bossanova Ballroom, one block west of the KBOO studios! Details of all venues, dates, and times, together with news on the latest CD 'Meet Me In The Morning'.. www.emilyasher.com 22:22 minutes (51.18 MB)