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Wednesday Talk Radio

Episode Archive

Don Merrill's State Constitution Website a Platform for Education, Activism

Air date: 
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
How does your state Constitution impact your life? And how can you use it for social change?

Many people have no idea how our lives are affected by the decisions of state governments and the language enshrined in state Constitutions. Don Merrill wants to change that. With his new website,, you can not only read and compare state Constitutions but you can also download audio files of each one like an e-book; plus you can learn about the most recent news relating to Constitutional challenges around the country. And Merrill hopes you will use this tool to make your state the best that it can be. Join us for Wednesday Talk Radio and find out more about Merrill's fascinating project.

David Walker on Media and Culture

Air date: 
Wed, 11/27/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Interview with David Walker, local journalist, filmmaker and comic book writer

Host Lisa Loving speaks with local journalist, filmmaker, and comic book writer David Walker. He has a new book about the importance of independent media.

Rob Smith of Cascade AIDS Project on what Obamacare might mean for those with HIV-AIDS

Air date: 
Wed, 11/20/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Rob Smith of Cascade AIDS Project on what Obamacare might mean for those with HIV-AIDS

If all goes according to plan, January 1, 2014 stands as the first day in US history that everyone with an HIV-AIDS diagnosis can start receiving healthcare. The Obamacare rollout has been a disaster -- but it could also be a lifeline. Our guest is Rob Smith of the Cascade AIDS Project which has done more than almost any other group in the state to make sure its community gets covered. Will it work out? Call in to 503 213-8187 with your questions or comments.

Music and Politics with Justin Bridges and Simon Tam

Air date: 
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Music and Politics with Justin Bridges and Simon Tam

On the second anniversary of the City of Portland's destruction of Occupy, Lisa Loving's guest is folk music artist Justin Bridges, who filed a lawsuit against the city for police brutality over the Occupy riots. He's bringing his guitar.

Also Simon Tam of The Slants stops by. The Slants are the Asian band fighting the feds over the right to copyright their band name which the US copyright office says is racist -- BUT THEY'RE ASIAN. 

How Global Warming Is Affecting Oregonians

Air date: 
Wed, 10/30/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Discussion of the impact of climate change on our lives

Global warming is already here in the Pacific Northwest. What are you doing to change your habits and how are you adapting your home for the worse changes to come? 

We do not have a guest today because the guests are -- YOU. We'll look at  current research and new suggestions out of the Multnomah County Health Department. 
How has your life been impacted by climate change so far? And what do you think should be done on the policy level? Call in and testify, 503-231-8187.

Bill Power on his book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth."

Air date: 
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Looking at why shale gas is not the 'game-changer' touted in Wall Street's propaganda mills
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Bill Powers about his book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth." Does shale gas change everything? Will its development lead to U.S. energy independence and decades of cheap energy for America? The significance of shale gas as an important energy source has been vastly overstated. Unlike many of the energy pundits who put forward wildly optimistic and completely unsupported estimates of future shale gas recoveries, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark," looks at the facts of America's supply of natural gas.

Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

Air date: 
Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Author Timothy Mitchell talks about the history of oil-based forms of modern democratic politics
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Timothy Mitchell about his new book "Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil." How does oil undermine democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis? In "Carbon Democracy" Timothy Mitchell argues that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy. In the twenty-first century, the oil-based forms of modern democratic politics have become unsustainable.

Mental Health First Aid with Leah Hunter

Air date: 
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Lisa Loving's guest is Leah Hunter with the Mental Health First Aid project. They hold their first training this Friday.
Open Minds Open Doors and Folk Time are premiering the Mental Health First Aid Documentary at the Bing Lounge this Friday October 11th 5pm -- 7pm. The documentary participants will talk about how the training has impacted their lives. Also at the event Dave Mowry of Stand Up for Mental Health shows how he uses comedy as a tool for living with Bipolar disorder.


Stephanie Coontz and "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique at the Dawn of the '60's"

program date: 
Wed, 05/11/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving


Royal wedding got you down? Are Barbie-style women still stuck on their pedestals? And what about the rest of us? Are you a woman -- or a man -- who lately feels like everything's 'back to the 60s?' Tune in for Wednesday Morning Talk Radio when our guest is Stephanie Coontz, author of 'A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique at the Dawn of the 60s.'

'..A Strange Stirring reveals how a generation of women came to realize their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect a personal inadequacy but rather a social and political injustice. Coontz examines women's changing status from the 1920s through the 1950s, compares the dilemmas of working-class and middle-class women, white and black, in the early 1960s, and illuminates the new mystiques and new possibilities facing men and women today'



David Barsamian, Live, to discuss the Issues of the Day

program date: 
Wed, 05/04/2011

 Alternative Radio's David Barsamian joins Host Lisa Loving to discuss the Issues of the Day.

Whistleblowers -- how they impact your life, and what they sacrifice to create change.

program date: 
Wed, 04/27/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Marsha Coleman Adebayo has protested racism within the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Civil Rights -- can you believe it? -- and finally the agency says it's investigating. Have you ever tried to draw attention to a big, bad situation in your workplace? Whistleblowers--how they impact your life and what they risk in coming forward.  My guest this morning on Kboo 90.7 FM is Richard Renner, legal director of the National Whistleblowers Center. That's Wednesday morning at 8 am on, Portland

The Madness of Medicare

program date: 
Fri, 04/22/2011

Dan Johnson hosts "The Madness of Medicare." He lays out what Medicare covers now and what changes would occur under Representative Paul Ryan's plan for cutting the budget. He's joined by Lisa Stiller of Jobs with Justice

Remembering Keaton Otis and Police Accountability

program date: 
Wed, 04/20/2011

Hosted by Lisa Loving

My guests on Wednesday Morning Talk Radio this week are family and friends of Keaton Otis. Tune in at 8 am to 90.7 FM in Portland and find out how you can get involved in police accountability movements and help keep alive the memory of this young man.


Wednesday Morning Talk Radio Apr 13, 2011

program date: 
Wed, 04/13/2011

Wednesday Morning Talk Radio host Lisa Loving speaks with Patrik Angstrom Poore of a new company that puts Spanish speakers together with English speakers so both groups can learn the language they want.

  • Length: 56:12 minutes (51.45 MB)
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams: How do we advance the peace movement?

program date: 
Fri, 04/08/2011

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Jody Williams will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility anniversary dinner on April 15th. She also will speak at the World Peace Institute Lunch at noon on the 15th.

Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize. Like others who’ve seen the ravages of war, she’s an outspoken peace activist who struggles to reclaim the real meaning of peace—a concept which goes far beyond the absence of armed conflict and is defined by human security, not national security. Williams believes that working for peace is not for the faint of heart. It requires dogged persistence and a commitment to sustainable peace, built on sustainable development, environmental justice and security, and meeting the basic needs of the majority of people on our planet.

Williams continues to be recognized for her contributions to human rights and global security. She is the recipient of fifteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. 

Since January of 2006, Jody Williams has worked to achieve her peace work through the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which she chairs. Along with sister Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran, she took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and was joined by sister Laureates Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala) and Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland). Its mission is to use the prestige and access afforded by the Nobel Prize to spotlight and promote efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organizations working to advance peace, justice and equality for women. By helping to advance the cause of women, the Nobel Women’s Initiative advances all of humanity. 


Guidelines for investigating use of deadly force.

program date: 
Wed, 04/06/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

As per Senate Bill 111, law enforcement agencies around Oregon are drawing up guidelines for investigating incidents involving Police use of Deadly Force. What are the key policy pieces on the table? Lisa Loving speaks with Multnomah County Sheriff Lt. Harry Smith and Lt. Mary Lindstrand on public participation in creating the policy. Tune in and call in!

Read Lt. Smith's Press Release here...

Press Release

Multnomah County’s Police Agencies - SB 111 Community Outreach Presentation

Policing agencies in Multnomah County would like to invite the community to view a presentation on the county-wide plan for managing use of deadly physical force incidents. 

The purpose of this presentation is to promote public confidence and understanding of the comprehensive protocols in place and to share information regarding how this plan establishes a framework for a consistent response by police agencies in dealing with deadly force incidents. 

Senate Bill 111 requires that each county in the state develop, approve and submit to the Attorney General a plan relating to managing deadly physical force incidents.

Representatives from Fairview Police Department, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Port of Portland Police and Troutdale Police Department will be present during the presentation.

(Spanish interpreters will be in attendance)

SB 111 Community Outreach Presentation

Date:                       April 14, 2011
Time:                       6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
   Multnomah County East Building,
   Sharron Kelly Conference Room,
   600 NE  8th Street,
   Gresham, Oregon

Contact Info: Lt. Harry Smith

Acting Public Information Officer
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Pager #503-271-0226

Ofc. #503-988-4135


Chinatown Dance Rock band "The Slants" talk about difficulties trying to trademark their name.

program date: 
Wed, 03/30/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Should the US Patent Office get to decide your racial identity? Lisa's guests are Chinatown Dance Rock band TheSlants on their struggle to name their band any damn way they please.



The state of Medical Marijuana in Oregon

program date: 
Fri, 03/25/2011

Host Sue Supriano speaks with Anthony Johnson, the Clinical Director of Oregon Green Free and the political Director of Progressive Reform of Oregon, and Sara Duff, board member at the Institute for Cannabis Therapeutics and Human Resources Director at Oregon Green Free.

OGF, the largest Medicial Marijauna organization in Oregon, is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit staffed primarily by volunteers.

OGF provides a needed resource for those on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).


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