Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland author Peter Rock about his novel, "My Abandonment," which is based on the true story of a father and daughter living in Forest Park. Peter Rock is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Reed College in Portland. He has been with Reed College since 2001. He is the author of the novels The Unsettling, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.
The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn starting in most places in 1929 and ending in the 1930s or early 1940s depending on the country. It was the largest economic depression in the 20th century, and is used in the 21st century as an example of how far the world's economy can fall.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we listen to Oral Histories recorded in the 1930’s and 40’s, and we talk to historian Howard Zinn to help us understand the comparison between the present economic crisis, and the economic crisis of america’s past.
The U.S. Government has announced that it will drop all charges against two long-term lobbyists of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC (EH-pack), after a U.S. Congressmember was implicated in the case.
Portland’s City Council voted today to extend the so-called sit-lie ordinance. This measure makes it illegal to sit or lie down on a public sidewalk in downtown Portland.
It was set to expire in June, but the City Council has extended the ordinance until October.
Homeless activists and supporters gave passionate pleas during last week’s city council meeting, calling on the councilors to let the measure expire.
But the city council was not moved by their pleas.
Only Randy Leonard voted against the extension.
Devin Debernardo is with Sisters of the Road, a group which works with the homeless in downtown Portland
Getting started: Learn to leave your car or the bus behind and start riding your bike more. Knowing how to ride a bike isn't the same as knowing how to commute on city streets. We talk with newly minted cyclists.