Wednesday Talk Radio

Episode Archive

Thinking about Fukushima on the fourth anniversary of the disaster

Air date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
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)"

Air date: 
Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
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 

A conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on five decades of activism and scholarship

Air date: 
Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
From radical feminism in the mid-60's to her new book on U.S. Indigenous People's History
Host Paul Roland talks with Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Port Westward, the Port of St. Helens, Oil Trains and Coal Barges

Air date: 
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
More citizen opposition to fossil fuel export facilities

Number to call in: 503-231-8187

Today's guest will be Paulette Lichatowich of Columbia City, north of Portland. She'll be talking about the Port Westward oil export facility in Clatskanie, citizens' concerns about oil trains through their community, the Port of St. Helens Commission and the proposed coal export faciltiy at the Port of St. Helens.

From Ms. Lichatowich:

NW fossil fuel corridor & climate change: citizens fight back against proposed gas export terminals

Air date: 
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Activists from around the region discuss their efforts to shut down controversial projects

Continuing our coverage of accelerating climate change and the Fossil Fuel industries' attempt to transform the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada into a massive export colony for the global economy. 

Guests will include:

Wednesday Talk Radio on 01/28/15

Air date: 
Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

It's much later than we think: the methane time-bomb is ticking

Air date: 
Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Guest Robert Hunziker talks about a much more than inconvenient truth
Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunzider about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice and the "Global Warming Bubble" that, when it bursts, will shatter our remaining illusions about how real and how urgent it is. This is our final wake up call. 

Arresting Power- Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon: Interview with the filmmakers

Air date: 
Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Host Paul Roland talks with Julie Perini, Jodi Darby and Erin Yanke about their new film

ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON uses archival materials,  documentary footage and interviews with community members, activists and organizers to uncover Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations, emphasizing its rich history of resistance from the late 1960s to the present.

Wednesday Talk Radio January 7th, 2015

Air date: 
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Wednesday Talk Radio with host Paul Roland.


DIY gang violence reduction

program date: 
Wed, 08/03/2011

Hosted by Lisa Loving

DIY meets gang violence reduction: Connected gathers at Holladay Park at the Lloyd Center Mall every Friday afternoon to make connections with youth in one of the hottest of Portland's 'hotspots'. Lisa Loving's guests are Sam Sachs and beloved youth violence prevention expert John Canda.


Cultural divides in 'new Portland' and bridges across them

program date: 
Wed, 07/27/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving


How, and how often, must local government provide info on citizen rights and responsibilities in a language every citizen can understand? Host Lisa Loving's guests this morning are City Office of Human Relations legal interns Meghan Barner and Ronault Catalani, looking at the recent Chicken Incident (Read the Willamette Week article, 'Urban Chickens: Not Just For White Yuppies').

Another Resource for connecting Neighbors in Portland is People, Places, Things.

Also...  The City's Diversity and Civic Leadership Program


Chicken photo by ChrisJo at



Bo Rinaldi on a Plant Based Lifestyle

program date: 
Fri, 07/22/2011

Host Robyn Shanti welcomes guest Bo Rinaldi, who calls himself a “bloodless revolutionary” and believes that the only way out of this matrix of Corporatocracy we find ourselves in, is by adopting a plant based lifestyle.

Bo is one of the pioneers of the organic movement in the US and has been a vegan since 1960, when at 12 years old, he cured himself of asthma and other allergies by following a vegan diet in just two weeks. What Bo proposes now is that a simple plant based diet can cure what ails us, saving us tons of money, support our local economies better than any other action and free us from the matrix of control known as 'food', which actually kills us, medicines that mask symptoms and businesses that pillage the lands and peoples.

  • Length: 57:05 minutes (26.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Foreclosures and a look at the top economic issues out of the Oregon legislative session

program date: 
Wed, 07/20/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Economic Fairness Oregon's Communication Director, Saadia McConville updating us on the struggle by Tim Collette, a local soldier whose parents' home is being foreclosed, and a look at the top economic issues out of the Oregon legislative session.

Here are some Helpful Resources mentioned in the show...

Good Grief, America!

Oregon Grange

Friends of Family Farmers

HUD-friendly Open Door Counseling Center

Native American Youth and Family Center (Will help Anyone, not just Indigenous Peoples)

The MERS Database that Banks use to try to Screw you out of your Mortgage and Home...

Related Senate Bills worth watching:

SB 826 Charges Mortgage Loan Servicer with duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealings with Borrower.

SB 827 Makes Banks w/Mortgage Paperwork Shuffling Problems comply with Trade Practices Law...

SB 628 Makes Mediation *Mandatory* when a Bank tries to take your home away.









Willamette Riverkeeper and The Big Float

program date: 
Wed, 07/13/2011

Hosted by Lisa Loving

What do you know about the current state of the Willamette River? Want to know more? Tune in as host Lisa Loving welcomes Willamette Riverkeeper's Travis Williams, Executive Director and Riverkeeper, and Will Levenson, organizer of The Big Float as they discuss the Willamette River and a new project to raise funds for the Willamette Riverkeeper to provide physical water access to the Willamette in downtown Portland.

Levenson says the idea of THE BIG FLOAT is simple yet powerful. In a city that prides itself on being green and having a strong environmental conscience, it does not reconcile that the mighty Willamette has been proverbially locked in the closet underneath the staircase and brushed aside as a joke. Today, the Willamette River has a very bad and undeserved wrap for water quality.

THE BIG FLOAT’s aspiration is that within the next 5-10 years the Willamette River will be embraced and reclaimed as a recreational resource.


Why is the Black unemployment rate double that for whites?

program date: 
Wed, 07/06/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Why has the Black unemployment rate stayed double that for whites since the 1940s? Lisa Loving's guest today is investigative reporter Andy Kroll of Mother Jones and His recent article is,"What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Jobs: How Racism, Global Economics, and the New Jim Crow Fuel Black America's Crippling Jobs Crisis." He writes, "Nationwide, the unemployment rate for black workers at 16.2 percent is almost double the 9.1 percent rate for the rest of the population. And it's twice the 8 percent white jobless rate. ... Since the 1940s, the jobless rate for blacks in America has held remarkably, if grimly, steady at twice the rate for whites. The question of why has vexed and divided economists, historians, and sociologists for nearly as long." Read it here  

Gentrification in Northeast Portland

program date: 
Wed, 06/29/2011

 Host Lisa Loving’s guests are Imani Muhammad of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and The Oregonian's Nikole Hannah-Jones, talking about a special event: Just the Facts, featuring Oregonian reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones in a community conversation on her research about Northeast Portland gentrification. The reporter’s talk is Wednesday night at 6:30 in the Planned Parenthood conference room, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. RSVP to that event by contacting Imani at or 503-823-4264.


Alternative economics -- on the neighborhood level

program date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Ever needed to borrow money -- but been turned down by the bank? What if there was an alternative to payday lenders? This week on Wednesday Talk Radio host Lisa Loving speaks with Sarah Chenven of Innovative Changes, a Portland nonprofit that's turning capitalism on its head.

Another alternative might be a State Bank...


Mike Gravel on Government Secrecy and the Pentagon Papers

program date: 
Wed, 06/15/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Today's Guest is MIKE GRAVEL, former two-term senator from Alaska, speaking on the hypocrisy of the US government's move to make the complete Pentagon Papers collection available to the public. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times as well as Senator Gravel, who late in the evening of June 29 to June 30 entered them into the Congressional Record; he was conducting a filibuster against the draft.

"It's particularly ridiculous that the government is putting out a version of the Pentagon Papers now because the government approach to Ellsberg and myself is being echoed in their approach to Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the WikiLeaks revelations. Our oaths bind us to loyalty to the Constitution and not to government officials who lie us into wars."


Arjun Makhijani on “The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and Its Impact on Nuclear Power in the United States”

program date: 
Sun, 06/12/2011

 Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Arjun  Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, which has released a paper “The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and Its Impact on Nuclear Power in the United States.”

This week AP reported that, "Japan's government has doubled the estimate of how much radiation leaked from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant and says the damage to the reactors was greater than previously thought."

Arjun Makhijani responed that "The TEPCO release estimates are still far below independent estimates. The Austrian Meteorological organization estimated releases twice as large as the most recent TEPCO estimates just for the first week of the accident. That estimate was made two and half months ago! There have been substantial releases since then. Cesium releases, which matter the most for long-term radiation exposure and habitability of fallout areas, may be comparable to those of Chernobyl by now, though other radionuclides may still be lower than Chernobyl."


Japan Doubles Admission of Radiation, Admits Three Meltdowns

  • Length: 57:09 minutes (65.41 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 160Kbps (CBR)


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