Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The group is organizing with other secular and faith-based groups "Camp Hope: Countdown to Change" in Chicago, four blocks from Obama's residence there. The camp begins on New Year's Day and continues to Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Kelly says "Large lobbying groups, including some of the large corporations, are pushing Obama around the clock to preserve the status quo, wage war and provide for unbridled greed. What we're asking is that the money spent on the military be spent instead on soluble problems such as lack of healthcare."
Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Luke Walden, co-author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts. The book tells the story of The Narcotic Farm, a federal hospital/prison for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky that opened in 1935 and closed forty years later.
Luke Walden is a documentary film cameraman and editor whose most recent credits include a film about UN peacekeeping in war-torn countries.
Randy White, founder of Portland.BrightNeighbor.com , discusses how this new website encourages people to share their skills and their stuff with their neighbors. The idea is to encourage community, nonconsumerism and sustainability, and to help each other in economic hard times.
"In The Mix: Conversations with Artists...Between Races" by Dmae Roberts is a radio exploration of Mixed Race. Through the voices of artists who have dedicated their lives to building bridges and bringing to light interracial issues and themes, Roberts takes us on a journey to understanding what means to be of Mixed Race.
In Part One, hear Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actress Demetra Pittman, Painter Phyllis Fast, Performance Poet Robert Karimi and Musician Phillip Blanchett. For more info visit the Facebook page or go to MixedRaceWorld.org.
This is a special Stage and Studio preview before the documentary goes national Jan. 12th. Associate producer is Sara Caswell and mix engineer is Clark Salisbury. Funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.