Host Joe Uris opens the lines for some political topics, starting with the police actions at the Republican National Convention, and a live interview with Will from Rising Tide, who is on the streets in Minneapolis. We get an update on the Liquid Natural Gas debacle from Susan in Mollala.
Hosts Patricia Welch, Emma Jackson Ford and O.B. Hill speak with Felicia Pride, an author and speaker. They discuss her book The Message: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs, (Running Press, 2007).
Host Dmae Roberts talks with Artistic Director Allen Nause of Artists Repertory Theatre. He's appearing in a production of "Blackbird" by David Harrower. With him are the director of the production, Jo Ann Johnson and Actress Amaya Villazan. The play is about a woman who confronts the man who seduced her when she was 12 years old...15 years later. This very powerful drama opens ART's new season.
Old Mole Frann Michel draws on Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale to focus on the exploitation and coercion of of women's reproductive labor. More specifically, she examines recent political battles over access to abortion, contraception, and sex education, and the need for women to be free to choose when and whether to bear and raise children. You can read her piece with many links to follow up on right here.
Controversy erupts in the bewildering aftermath of the airing of an extemely violent radio drama involving murderous Blackwater Contractors, scantily clad women and sanctimonious senators. Listen at your own risk to HOW I WROTE THE DEADLIEST PREY.
Bill Resnick talks with labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein about debates over building the labor movement, dealing especially with the SEIU (Service Workers International Union), the nation's largest union. He discusses these issues also in a recent op-ed column in the LA Times.
Attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken reflect on the place of sex work --especially prostitution-- in society. They discuss the controversy in Portland about "prostitution free zones" along SE 82d Avenue, and the different approaches to these matters in European countries like the Netherlands, emulated by Proposition K on the November ballot in San Francisco.