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Episode Archive

Exorcise Monsanto with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

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Wed, 10/07/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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In town for an exorcism at Waterfront Park, Wednesday 12:30 p.m.
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.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 09/30/15

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Wed, 09/30/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Taking on a corporate behemoth

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Wed, 09/23/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Columbia Gorge residents file ballot initiative to stop Nestle bottling plant
Guest Aurora Del Val of Local Water Alliance announces new ballot measure, which will be 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.

Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability

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Wed, 09/16/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Thomas Linzey on his new publication

Guest Thomas Linzey talks with host Paul Roland about his new primer on the Community Rights Movement in the face of global catastrophe.

From publisher PM Press' website:

Humanity stands at the brink of global environmental and economic collapse. We have pinned our future to an economic system that centralizes power in fewer and fewer hands, and whose benefits increasingly flow to smaller and smaller numbers of people. Our system of government is similarly medieval—relying on a 1780s constitutional form of government written to guarantee the exploitation of the natural environment and elevate “the endless production of more” over the rights of people, nature, and their communities.

Daydream Sunset: The 60's Counterculture in the 70's

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Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with author Ron Jacobs

“The ‘Sixties’ is mostly myth and symbol now, a commodity sold in the marketplace as both cautionary tale and unattainable romance, but Ron Jacobs isn’t buying it.

Contrasting visions for Cascade Locks and the Mid-Columbia Gorge

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Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A live debate on the proposed Nestle water bottling plant
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?

Journalist Robert Hunziker on the politics of climate change

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Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The children, the Pope and a Totem Pole Journey versus Ted Cruz and the Koch Brothers
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.


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Wed, 08/19/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Keep Nestle out of the Gorge!

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. 

Personal and social resiliency in the face of an uncertain future

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Wed, 08/12/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest John Daggett
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. 

Wednesday Talk Radio on 08/05/15

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Wed, 08/05/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187


Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace

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Wed, 02/25/2015
Hosted by Paul Roland.

CECILIE SURASKY is the Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national 60-plus chapter grassroots organization which advocates for a US foreign policy based on democracy, human rights and equality in Israel/Palestine. Cecilie is a videomaker and former newspaper columnist who has also worked in movements supporting the rights of migrant farmworkers, low-income residents in gentrifying communities, women, and LGBT people. Cecilie's analyses of Israel-Palestine politics have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world, and she has led various efforts to promote the inclusion of Palestinian and progressive Jewish narratives in the public discourse. 

Their website is: 
The local chapter is at:
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, the Portland State University group that brought her to Portland, is at:

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

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Wed, 02/18/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The conversation will range from her early involvement in the feminist movement in the mid-1960's, as shown in the the new documentary "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" through her participation in other radical movements of the 60's/70's to her powerful new book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The book reframes United States history from the perspective of the Indigenous peoples who were living here for millenia before the arrival of Europeans. For those who haven't yet made or attempted this perceptual and conceptual shift, her book  can serve as a valuable aid and guide. Now more than ever we need to radically re-examine the flawed and unjust foundations upon which this nation-state was built and continues to be maintained.

From the book's Introduction: "Writing US history from an Indigenous peoples' perspective requires rethinking the consensual national narrative. That narrative is wrong or deficient, not in its facts, dates, or details but rather in its essence. Inherent in the myth we've been taught is an embrace of settler colonialism and genocide. The myth persists, not for a lack of free speech or poverty of information but rather for an absence of motivation to ask questions that challenge the core of the scripted narrative of the origin story. How might acknowledging the reality of US history work to transform society? that is the central question this book pursues."

"This may well be the most important US history book you will read in your lifetime."--Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is a fiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual."--Simon Ortiz, Poet and Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for over four decades. From 1967 to 1974, she was a full-time activist living in various parts of the United States, traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. She is also a veteran of the women's liberation movement. Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years outlines this time of her life, chronicling the years 1960-1975. After receiving her PhD in history at UCLA, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at Cal State, Hayward, and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples at the United Nations in Geneva. She is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

See her website: and for her book:
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NW fossil fuel corridor & climate change: citizens fight back against proposed gas export terminals

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Wed, 02/04/2015
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:

Pembina Propane terminal in Portland:
Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Portland Rising Tide
Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Coos Bay & Pacific Connector Pipeline:
Francis Eatherington, Conservation Director, Cascadia Wildlands
Warrenton LNG terminal/ Oregon LNG:
Laurie Caplan, Co-chair, Columbia Pacific Common Sense

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission:
Oregon LNG (Warrenton Liquified Natural Gas project):
Jordan Cove project (Coos Bay):
Local press on Pembina propane project:
See also previous shows on the "Methane Time Bomb": and the Pembina Propane Terminal:

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

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Tue, 01/20/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunziker about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice. He has recently written about 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. 

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, FM90.7, 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.

Here are some of his recent articles:

The opening clip of Dr. Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics at the university of Cambridge was from December, 2013, replayed at a press conference by the Arctic Methane Emergency Group ( at the UN Conference on climate change in Lima, Peru in December, 2014. You can find the video of that press conference here:

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

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Wed, 01/14/2015
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.
The documentary  "provides a historical and political analysis of the role of the police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a context for the systemic racism in Portland, with its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, red-lining and currently active gentrification practices.

It also provides a historical outline of resistance movements that have been active throughout the past 50 years, from the Portland Black Berets and Black Panther Party to police observation organizations like Portland Copwatch and Portland Community Liberation Front.
Most importantly, the film explores alternatives to the current system of policing and considers strategies for keeping communities safe from harm without the threat of constant surveillance and ubiquitous violence."
 (from the filmmakers' Kickstarter site)

In the current context of a nation-wide uprising against police violence, and the local group Don't Shoot/Portland doing regular actions and gaining high visibility, this film will have particular relevance and resonance and should add an important historical dimension to the ongoing activism and discussion over the role of the police and the possibilities for real accountability and civilian oversight. 

The Portland Premiere of Arresting Power is this Thursday January 15th, 2015 7pm at the Northwest Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Avenue.

To contact the filmmakers about setting up a screening of the film in your community, write to

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Proposed Propane Terminal at the Port of Portland across from West Hayden Island

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Wed, 01/07/2015
Portland was recently awarded the title of "Climate Action Champions." At the same time, the city is trying to change environmental regulations along the Columbia River to allow a new export terminal to ship dangerous liquefied propane, and thus faciltate increased fossil fuel production and consumption, meaning more climate changing emissions.
The Pembina Corporation, a Canadian oil company with heavy investments in the Alberta tar sands,announced plans in the fall of 2014 to build a propane (LPG) export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Rivergate Terminal on the Columbia River opposite West Hayden Island. This export terminal would require that a pipeline be built crossing a fragile riparian area along the Columbia River which is zoned as a conservation area. In order for the proposal to move forward, the city's zoning code prohibiting hazardous materials from being transported through conservation zones would have to be modified. Once modified, this zoning change would set a precedent that could allow additional fossil fuel infrastructure to be constructed in many other sites in the region.  
In this program, host Paul Roland speaks with Daphne Wysham and John Talberth.
 John Talberth is the co-founder and President and Senior Economist of the Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE). John was the co-founder of Forest Conservation Council in the late 1980s, and has led several grassroots campaigns to secure permanent protection for native forests and wildlands in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, fight urban sprawl, and protect migratory birds.
Daphne Wysham is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs and is the founder and director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). She has worked on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies since 1996. She is concurrently a climate policy fellow at CSE.

There will be a hearing on this issue on Tuesday, January 13th at 2:30 p.m. A rally will start at 1:30.
Portland Bureau of Planning and Services, Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 2500A in downtown Portland. 
  • TESTIFY: To deliver testimony in person (2-3 min long), sign up to testify at 12:00 Noon, Jan. 13, at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A. Tips on effective testimony available here

"More Than a Score:The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing" with Jesse Hagopian from Seattle

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Wed, 12/31/2014
Host Paul Roland talks with Jesse Hagopian, who will be at Powell's Books on W. Burnside this Sunday, January 4 at 7:30 to talk about his new book and to participate in a panel discussion between teachers, students and parents of the new uprising against high-stakes testing.
He  teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School in Seattle, site of the boycott of the MAP test in 2013, which helped ignite a nationwide movement. He is editor of the newly published book, "More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing." He is also an associate editor of "Rethinking Schools," a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 "Secondary School Teacher of Year" award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Time Op-Ed page.
His website is:
Find out more about his book here:

Other organizations/websites mentioned on the show:

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing:
Teachers of Conscience:
Decoding Dyslexia Oregon:
Providence Student union:

Today's guest is Seattle Pastor John Helmiere of the Valley and Mountain community

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Wed, 12/24/2014
John Helmiere is a United Methodist pastor (also known as "convenor") with the Valley and Mountain spiritual community in the hillman City neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Helmiere believes strongly in uniting inner spiritual growth with outer social engagement and action. He was severely beaten by Seattle police during a 2011 Occupy protest at the Port of Seattle in solidarity with the dockworkers. He has recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. He was also arrested last month along with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and two air0port workers at the headquarters of Alaska Airlines over their lawsuit attempting to block the $15 an hour minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac. He and his congregation are also very involved in an interesting experiment in social change organizing and community-building, the Hillman City Collaboratory: An Incubator for Social Change.

Links from this program:

Article about John's lawsuit:

His reflections on the police beating incident:
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Should we pipe fracked gas through Oregon to a terminal in Coos Bay and export it to Asia?

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Wed, 12/10/2014

Host Paul Roland talks with Ted Gleichman of the Sierra Club by phone from Roseburg, where he participated in a public hearing on the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas export facility and pipeline yesterday.. He is the editor of a new report called "Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science." You can find it here:

Another Sierra Club report on the LNG issue can be found here:

Groups working on this issue:    503-238-0442 Dan Serres 503-890-2441

Thomas Linzey on Community Rights, electoral politics and the legal structures that entrap us

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Wed, 11/05/2014
Thomas Linzey is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and serves as chief legal counsel. He and his group have been spearheading the Community Rights Movement, which is developing a radical new approach to challenging corporate domination based on their "constitutional rights" and helping communities build self-governance.  

He will be a speaker at the "Earth at Risk" conference coming up in San Francisco, November 22-23, along with Chris Hedges, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Stan Goff and many others.

His group's webiste:

You can also find  more local info about and get involved in the work that Linzey discusses at
And listen to the commentaries of local Community Rights activist and educator Paul Cienfuegos  every Tuesday on the KBOO Evening News.

From the CELDF website:
CELDF was formed in 1995 in Pennsylvania by  Thomas Linzey  and Stacey Schmader, Administrative Director, to provide free and affordable legal services to community groups.  Over the first several years, we assisted hundreds of communities in Pennsylvania facing unwanted corporate development projects such as incinerators and quarries.    

We assisted these communities to try to stop the projects by appealing corporate permit applications through the state’s environmental regulatory system.  We were very successful appealing permits, finding the holes and omissions that would render them incomplete.   As such, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Hearing Board would toss out the permits, and our communities would celebrate their “victory,” believing the system of law had worked.

However, the corporation could and would simply file another permit, this time filling in the holes and omissions we had cited.  Once the corporation filed an administratively complete permit application, the state was automatically required to approve it.  The communities would ask us to appeal the permit again, but there was nothing left for us to do.   We couldn’t help them.   The law in Pennsylvania, as in every other state, works the same way.  The state legalizes an activity – such as mining, or commercial water withdrawals, or factory farming – and communities are legally prohibited from saying “no” to it.  

After experiencing how the regulatory system operated over several years and seeing our communities lose time and time again, we determined that in order to help them, we would need to do our work differently.  This led to an evolution of our thinking and our work.  

Beginning in 1998, we began to assist communities to draft legally binding laws in which they asserted their right to self-govern.  Initially, our work focused on communities facing corporate factory farms and later the application of sewage sludge to farmland.  Communities across Pennsylvania adopted our anti-corporate farming and anti-corporate sludging laws.

To accommodate the growing interest in our work, with calls coming in from across the country, we launched the Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools in 2003, which have become a critical tool in our grassroots organizing.  Communities facing other corporate threats – such as uranium mining in Virginia and commercial water withdrawals in New England – began to take on this work.  

The Legal Defense Fund has now become the principal advisor to activists, community groups, and municipal governments struggling to transition from merely regulating corporate harms to stopping those harms by asserting local, democratic control directly over corporations. 

We've now taught nearly 200 Democracy Schools across the country and over 100 communities have adopted Legal Defense Fund-drafted ordinances.


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