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Episode Archive

May Day topic: Let's talk about police unions!

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Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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KBOO listeners are invited to call in on this critical issue
Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue. 

"Why the Mountain": a struggle for autonomy, dignity and tradition on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

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Wed, 04/22/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Anne Keala Kelly from Hawaii on the re-occupation by protestors of their sacred mountain
Native Hawaiian protestors have halted construction of a massive 18-story telescope on their sacred, life-giving Mauna Kea. While the protest is about stopping the continued desecration and damage to a mountain central to their culture, beliefs and traditions, it is also about an ongoing movement for independence and decolonization. Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has been documenting and involved in this struggle for many years. She joins host Paul Roland by phone to counter misleading and superficial news reporting of the issue on mainstream media and to give us the latest news from the front lines. 

 From her  her nohohewa website (below): 

WATER WARS: Local communities fight back against Nestle water bottling plants

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Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Matthew Bristow, Canvas Director of BARK, local forest watchdog group
A six-year battle to keep Nestle out of Cascadia and the Columbia Gorge is heating up again as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to trade its water rights at Oxbow Springs, which could pave the way for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, just west of Hood River. Concerned citizens in the Gorge, environmental groups, labor unions and others are renewing efforts to prevent that from happening.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 04/08/15

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Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Catastrophism and climate change: the politics of (how to talk about) possible climate catastrophe

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Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Sorry, this isn't an April Fools' show!! (oh do we all wish that it was!)
Guest Robert Hunziker reports on the front lines of global climate change. He's back with host Paul Roland to talk about his latest article, "Apocalyptic Meltdown: The Nightmare is Underway," recently out on Counterpunch They'll be talking about the latest sobering (frightening?

Wednesday Talk Radio on 03/25/15

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Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Monitoring oil trains in Oregon and Washington

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Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Matt Landon with Vancouver Action Network

Host Paul Roland talks with Matt Landon of Vancounver Action Network on continuing efforts to halt the transport of dangerously flammable Bakken oil by train through the Pacific NW and to prevent the approval of the Tesoro-Savage oil export terminal on the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, as well as the more recently proposed New Star Terminal.

Thinking about Fukushima on the fourth anniversary of the disaster

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Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest is Mimi German of No Nukes NW
Host Paul Roland talks with Mimi German of No Nukes NW about the continuing Fukushima disaster. She is organizing an event on Wednesday, March 11, "A Requiem for the Ocean-- Fukushima x4 And Beyond" noon at Pioneer Square in Portland. 
Facebook event:

"Green Crony Capitialism: Oregon’s Governor and the Grifter(s)"

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland talks with long-time Salem activist Michael Donnelly

Join in the conversation at 503-231-8187!

It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

— Frank Herbert

Occupation, Environmental Destruction, and the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions Movement

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Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace

Today's guest is Cecilie Surasky  of Jewish Voice for Peace), who spoke panelists at last night's event at Portland State University: "Occupation, Environmental Destruction, and the 


Fighting for cultural dignity and historical truth in the face of stubborn bigotry and ignorance

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Wed, 10/21/2015
Today's guest, Jacqueline Keeler, is a writer and activist of Dineh and Yankton Dakota heritage. She has written extensively on the racist appropriation of Native culture in costumes and sports mascotry, among many other topics. Through her writings and social media, she has helped re-ignite a national debate on cultural mis-appropriation. Her alma mater, Dartmouth, has recently been embroiled in controversies surrounding a woman picked to head the Native American Studies department, who it turns out has no Native ancestry, and a vicious "prank" by conservative students ridiculing Indigenous Peoples' Day with a fake line of products with a Native caricature logo. Join us for a wide-ranging and informative discussion. The number to call in, as always, is 503-231-8187.
[from her Wikipedia entry]

Keeler's articles have been widely quoted and published.

Much of her writing has coincided with her activism. Keeler is one of many of the founding members of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, which seeks to end the use of racial groups as mascots, as well as other stereotypical representations in popular culture, and cultural appropriation.Keeler wrote "'Native Mascotry' is a term I appropriated to describe the practices that surround a Native mascot. It’s not just about the static image of the mascot, be it somewhat noble and prosaic or an ugly caricature with a feather on top. It’s the creative license such mascots gives fans to reenact outdated stereotypes, to 'play Indian.' These practices include: the wearing of Redface, the misuse of Native regalia and the chanting of fake, hokey war chants and tomahawk chops." Keeler has been interviewed by various media outlets about the topics of racial stereotypes.

Her activism also extends to issues of abortion, traditional native values and Indigenous rights.

Indigenous struggle on the Columbia (N'chee-wana) River

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Wed, 10/14/2015
Host Paul Roland interviews longtime Native treaty/cultural rights and economic development activist Wilbur Slockish, Jr. Slockish was imprisoned for three years for selling fish from his ancestral river in the infamous "Salmon Scam" undercover operation in the 1980's. After serving his time, he took over the Columbia River Defense Project, formed to defend the Native fishing people targetted by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The organization later changed to Columbia River Education Economic Development, which Slockish still heads. 

More information on these issues:

Exorcise Monsanto with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

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Wed, 10/07/2015
Listen to the glorious birdsong of The Stop Shopping Choir. Join the citizen weed pulling brigade. Exorcise the devil Monsanto from Portland's public parks. Invite your friends to hear our sultry-singing-activists.

Watch what happened when we exorcised Monsanto from Chicago.

Roundup is the most popular herbicide in the world, it's active ingredient is a "probable" carcinogen known as glyphosate. Roundup is routinely sprayed in Portland's public parks. The single most effective alternative to glyposates is NO glyphosates. The Earth Wants YOU!

Reverend Billy is an activist, radio show host, stage performer and author who has been arrested more than 50 times. He has released three CDs, three documentary films, and published three books. He won an OBIE Award, Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award for his work. He has appeared in press ranging from the CBS Evening News in New York to The BBC World Service, BBC 1 and numerous international print outlets.

The Stop Shopping Choir represents a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; among them are scientists, teachers, artists, therapists, welders, cyclists, builders, developers, hairdressers, dog walkers, actors, truck drivers, tech geeks, scholars and executives. The Choir has toured in Europe, Africa, South America and throughout North America.

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir are directed by Savitri D. Their music director is Nehemiah Luckett. Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir are the subject of Morgan Spurlock’s second feature film, “What Would Jesus Buy?”

We need to reckon with our past to live together in the present (and survive into the future...)

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Wed, 09/30/2015
Today's opening song is "Custer Died for your Sins" by Floyd Westerman, from the 1969 album of the same name (liner notes by Vine Deloria, Jr, who wrote the book with the same title).

The program includes a talk by Wanapum elder and Klickitat chief Johnny Jackson at the 'Nchee Wana Fishing People Against Nestle Rally in Salem September 16. The talk can be found here:
The complete audio from the rally can be found here:

Books and authors mentioned on the show:,_Jr.
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Taking on a corporate behemoth

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Sun, 09/27/2015
Guest Aurora del Val of Local Water Alliance announces new ballot measure to ban commercial water bottling facilities in Hood River County, which was launched Wednesday, September 23 in Hood River.

Nestle is one of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world, and the largest bottled water company in North America. They have aggressively expanded across the continent, making enemies in every community they've set up operations. For that and a host of other reasons, they are one of the most hated corporations in the world.

Perhaps they've met their match here in Oregon. We've been covering this issue a lot because we see it as a critical case of grassroots anti-corporate organizing. Recent events have given renewed energy to the anti-Nestle movement, and activists around the world have their eyes on Cascade Locks. The Warm Springs tribe has come forward to assert their treaty rights to protect Oxbox Springs, in the traditional territory of the Wasco band, who were removed to the Warm Springs Reservation in the 1800's. Now, Hood River County residents have stepped up to file a precedent-setting ballot initiativeprecedent-setting ballot measure to ban bottled water operations in drought-strickenCounty in the face of Nestlé’s plan to export water from the Columbia River Gorge. Local Water Alliance  ( member Aurora del Val will explain the ballot initiative.

Relevant links and articles:
Theme song for this show: "Dancing on the Ruins of Multinational Corporations" by Casey Neill, from "Riffraff," 1995. Hear the song on a cool video done by Undercurrents News Service here:
Casey was one of the Earth First! troubadours during the Forest Wars of the 90's. "Dancing on the Ruins" became one of our "anthems," and is still sung in protest communities around the world. Check out his Wikipedia entry and the Facebook page for his current band, who still perform around the region:

New website for Local Water Alliance:

Excellent, comprehensive article on Nestles's corporate crimes and malfeasance:

KBOO News-in-depth 9/17/15, featuring two speakers from the 'Nchee Wana Fishing People Against Nestle Rally" in Salem:

Complete audio from Salem Rally in two parts (highly recommended!):

Great video on the history of the bottled water industry, from "The Story of Stuff":

And look for previous KBOO shows on this issue, by typing key words "Nestle in Cascade Locks" in search box at upper right of our website.

Contrasting visions for Cascade Locks and the Mid-Columbia Gorge

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Wed, 09/02/2015
In this live, on-air debate between the City Administrator of Cascade Locks, which has pushed for the Nestle faciltiy, and two members of the Local Water Alliance, which is opposed to it, we will explore the environmental and economic issues involved. What would a Nestles plant bring to the local economy? What other kinds of economic activity could it impede from being developed, or which might flourish if given the kind of attention that the bottling plant is getting?

What are the potential environmental impacts of the proposed water rights switch that is part of the Nestles plan? What is Nestles' record in their other other bottling facilities around the country? How is this issue impacting the community of Cascade Locks? As an economically struggling rural town, how is Cascade Locks representative of other such communities facing similar decisions?

Guests are Gordon Zimmerman, City Adminstrator of Cascade Locks; Ed del Val, Cascade Locks resident and President of the Local Water Alliance; and Aurora del Val, Secretary-Treasure of the Local Water Alliance and citizen member of the Joint Work Group for Economic Development of Cascade Locks.

Journalist Robert Hunziker on the politics of climate change

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Wed, 08/26/2015
Host Paul Roland speaks again with cutting-edge climate journalist Robert Hunziker from Los Angeles. They will discuss the Children's Trust lawsuit and critical information that has come to light in the discovery process; Pope Francis' upcoming address to the U.S. Congress; the Totem Pole Journey en route to the Northern Cheyenne in Montana and the crucial role of indigenous people in the climate struggle; and Ted Cruz as a pivotal figure, with his Koch Brothers connections, holding the line against the rising movement to curtail climate disaster.

Robert Hunziker (MA, economic history, DePaul University) is a freelance writer and environmental journalist whose articles have been translated into foreign languages and appeared in over 50 journals, magazines, and sites worldwide, like Z magazine, European Project on Ocean Acidification, Ecosocialism Canada, Climate Himalaya, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Comite Valmy, and UK Progressive. He has been interviewed about climate change on Pacifica Radio, KPFK, KBOO, Indymedia On Air, and the World View Show/UK, as well as Thom Hartmann's Big Picture, and Norman B's Life Elsewhere, 88.5 WMNF. 
He can be reached at 
 He offered to provide the 31-page Discovery Report by Dr. James Hansen for the Children's Trust lawsuit mentioned on the show. The Report is also attached below.
Recent articles:

Other groups and projects mentioned on the show:
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Wed, 08/19/2015
Cascade Locks resident and Native activist Anna Mae Leonard is on a five-day fast at Cascade Locks City Hall, asking the City Council to withdraw its joint request for a water rights swap allowing the Swiss-based multinational Nestle Corporation to build a water-bottling plant there.  She joins host Paul Roland on the phone from Cascade Locks, along with Julia DeGraw of Food and Water Watch in the KBOO studio. 

The regionally unprecedented water swap request was made jointly with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in April to the Oregon Water Resources Department  If approved by the department, the city would transfer the rights to pure spring water from Oxbrow Spring, located near Oxbow Hatchery on the east side of Cascade Locks for its own muncipal ground water. The city would then sell up to 118 million gallons a year of the spring water to Nestle for bottling in its proposed 250,000-square-foot plant.

The local forest-protection group BARK and the NW branch of Food and Water Watch have been leading the fight to stop this project, which they say would effectively privatize a vital water resource and diminish the quality of water flowing into the Columbia River. 

In May, E. Austin Green, Jr., Chairmand of the Tribal Council of the Conferedated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, sent a letter to Governor Kate Brown requesting that she reconsider allowing the swap without a public interest review. An intervention from Warm Springs and/or the other Columbia River treaty tribes based on their treaty rights could prove a formidable obstacle to Nestle's privatization scheme. Because Oxbow Spring water is of higher quality and almost certainly colder than the well water proposed to substitute it, the swap would likely affect the health of the salmon and other fish that the tribes have treaty-guaranteed rights to. (See on this issue.)

Leonard is part of the Native fishing community on the river and has organized N'chi-wana Fishing People Against Nestle to bring the Native community into the issue along with local Cascade Locks residents (The Local Water Alliance) and the environmental groups opposed to the water-bottling plant.  

If you agree that Nestlé is a raw deal for Oregon contact the governor today:

Here is Governor Brown’s number: 503-378-4582, you can send her a message here:, or best yet a letter:

Office of the Governor
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Also , there's an on-line petition:

For more information:

Personal and social resiliency in the face of an uncertain future

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Wed, 08/12/2015
Host Paul Roland speaks with guest John Daggett about the theory and practice of Resiliency. In the face of climate chaos and economic breakdown, we need to become more resilient, both personally and socially. Daggett draws upon a long career in teaching, school administration and active participation in community and school resilience projects.  

Building on the seminal work on resilient chldren of Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith (Vulnerable but Invincilbe,Overcoming the Odds) and of Nan Henderson and Mile Milstein (Resiliency in the Schools), Daggett has both taught resiliency and assisted in the founding of BARC (Building a Resilient Community) in Ashland, OR. 

Links/resources mentioned on show:

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Against the Fossil-fueled Patriarchal Death Cult

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Wed, 08/05/2015

More conversation of the deranged fossil fuel machine that has us all in its death grip. Call-ins on the ShellNo action last week and relections on the "nature of the beast."

Opening and closing song: "The Oil Song 2010" by Steve Forbert:

To get involved and contribute to ongoing campaigns against the fossil fuel machine and global climate change:

Some of the articles mentioned on the program:



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