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KBOO community radio has been bringing diverse communities together for forty years.  We offer over twenty hours per day of programs that are produced locally by volunteer community members.  This is critical for having local voices on the airwaves at a time when media ownership is consolidating and the remaining local entities turn to syndicated programs.  Furthermore we offer genuine diversity.  In a city that is over three-quarters white, we offer programming by and for Asian, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and those from many other backgrounds.  We put youth (with a part-time youth coordinator assisting), veterans, and the disabled on the air.  And we bring these communities together on and off the air!

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PSU Students Walk Out of Classes to Support AAUP Teachers Rally

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
          The teachers at Portland State University face a possible strike by early April, after declaring impasse in their negotiations with the university administration last week.
           Thursday Feb. 27, over 600 P.S.U. students walked out of their classes to support the Portland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors, who held a rally on the P.S.U. Park Blocks at noon. The teachers’ union has been bargaining with the P.S.U. administration for a new contract for 11 months.
        The A.A.U.P - PSU also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Oregon Employment Relations Board. 4:05 minutes (3.74 MB)

Survey Analyzes Possibilities for "Co-Existence" Between GMO and Non-GMO Crops

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 03/03/2014
 The USDA Committee on 21st Century Biotechnology has released policy recommendations for what they call the “co-existence” of genetically modified (GMO) and non-GMO crops. 
The policies were necessitated by a lack of data regarding GMO crop contamination and its effect on non-GMO farmers. 
To fill in these data gaps, Food and Water Watch and the Organic Farmer’s Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) conducted a survey to analyze how non-GMO farmer’s are being affected by crop contamination. 
KBOO's Raechel Bennett spoke with Patty Lovera, Assistant Director for Food and Water Watch, for more about the survey. 5:26 minutes (2.49 MB)

Tay "Firefly" Fisher Interview

Categories:
program: 
Between Us
program date: 
Sun, 03/02/2014
Tay "Firefly" Fisher has been with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for five years.  In this conversation with Don Merrill, he talks about how the team of basketball professionals is also a tight knit family, how they are standing on the shoulders of giants like Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon, and why they decided to let the fans decide how they'll play the game for the second year in a row.
14:56 minutes (13.67 MB)

Betsy Close Interview

program: 
Between Us
program date: 
Fri, 02/28/2014
Betsy Close is a Republican running for re-election in the Oregon Senate.  She talked with Don Merrill about equal pay for Oregon's women, funding for Oregon's schools and Cover Oregon among many topics.  *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views.  A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:22 minutes (26.88 MB)

PSU Student Union members interviewed about impending PSU teacher strike

program: 
The Underground
program date: 
Wed, 02/26/2014
PSU Student Union members interviewed about the possibility of the PSU professors strike, and the walkout to support faculty Thursday Feb 27th. 5:56 minutes (5.43 MB)

KBOO Youth Collective: Interview with Democracy Cup

program: 
The Underground
program date: 
Wed, 02/26/2014
S INCE 2008 Oregonians have had the opportunity to preregister to vote at age 17.
The sooner young people become engaged as voters, the more likely they are
to vote the rest of their lives, not to mention become active and engaged
members of their community.

Democracy Cup brings civics straight into junior and senior classrooms,
lunch-hours, and school wide assemblies in order to meet young Oregonians where they are and get them set on the course to being lifelong citizen leaders.

Interview by Laurel, KBOO Youth Collective. 6:24 minutes (5.85 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour February 24 2014

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014
 
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.
55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)

Elizabeth Thiel, PPS Teacher and Parent, on PAT/PPS contract struggle

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014

Bill Resnick talks with Elizabeth Thiel, a Portland Public School teacher and parent, about recent contract struggles. They talk about why they wanted to go on strike. She says teachers want to maintain and increase their ability to their job well. This means smaller classes, reduced workload, no more wasting money on consultants, more wrap-around services for creating education equity, challenging the standardized testing paradigm that subverts the teacher autonomy.

Elizabeth recently wrote an article for Labor Notes on this too.

 
18:04 minutes (12.4 MB)

Book Mole: the work of Anita Brookner

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014
Larry Bowlden surveys the many great works of English novelist, Anita Brookner (available at your public library). Most of her main characters are intellectual middle-class women who are isolated on account of failed love, but she eschews being called a feminist. He praises Brookner for her "total command of the language", verbose but "liquid and flowing". He describes her as sympathetic to French existentialism and unable to bring herself to believe in God - though she wants to believe in "hope for deliverance" from loneliness. This existentialist theme tends toward nihilism, at least in earlier novels, than affirmation of freedom and change. 9:01 minutes (6.2 MB)

Portland Student Union activist, Kate Barnes, on PPS/PAT struggle

program date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014
Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve.  7:26 minutes (5.1 MB)

 

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