Wednesday Talk Radio

Episode Archive

Forests and climate; upcoming West Coast mayors' meeting; more on Paris Climate Talks

Air date: 
Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guests John Talberth and Daphne Wysham of Center for Sustainable Economy
John Talberth, founder and President of the Center for Sustainable Economy, recently wrote an article for Counterpunch on the timber industry's massive contribution to global warming and how they shield it from public scrutiny.

Ideology and illusion in the face of climate catastrophe

Air date: 
Wed, 11/18/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Social Ecological Economist Clive Spash on the upcoming Paris Climate Talks

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Guest Clive Spash is an economist who writes, researches and teaches on public politcy with an emphasis on economic and environmental interactions.He is currently Chair of Public Policy and Governance in the 
Department of Socio-Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. His main interests are interdisciplinary research on human behavior, environmental valuses and the transformation of the world political economy to a more socially and environmentally just system.

The false "victory" of the KXL pipeline and other green illusions

Air date: 
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Cory Morningstar, activist and writer (Wrong Kind of Green blog)
“It is time to stop celebrating the individual battles when we are losing the war by any unbiased opinion. And for those who are concerned with the truth, it is time to start talking about winning the war and not be satisfied with useless, facile individual battles and their interpretative victories.”
                                                                  --Forrest Palmer, "Keystone XL: The Specter of Truth," on "Wrong Kind of Green" blog

Guest Harsha Walia on "Imperialism, Climate Crisis and Struggle"

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Wed, 11/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Vancouver, B.C. activist and writer will be speaking in Portland this Sunday
Today's guest, Harsha Walia, from the occupied Coastal Salish Territory of Vancouver, B.C, will be on a speaking tour of the west coast, including a stop in Portland Sunday, November 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave.  Walia is a social justice activist and writer. Her recent book is "Undoing Border Imperialism."

From the Facebook Event Page for her talk in Portland with Luz Rivera on "Imperialism, Climate Crisis and Struggle":

Wednesday Talk Radio on 10/28/15

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Wed, 10/28/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

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

Air date: 
Wed, 10/21/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Jacqueline Keeler on cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes, sports, academia and more

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 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.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 10/14/15

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Wed, 10/14/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Exorcise Monsanto with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

Air date: 
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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Taking on a corporate behemoth

Air date: 
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.


Are School Suspensions and Expulsions Driving the Achievement Gap and the Incarceration Rate?

program date: 
Wed, 03/21/2012

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

What drives the drop out rate, the achievement gap and the incarceration rate? A growing movement says too many kids are getting suspended and expelled from school as a form of punishment, and more black kids are suspended and expelled from school than any other group. We're live in Studio 2 with Sheila Warren of the Portland Parents Union, who is working right now on the School Push Out Campaign.

What is the "Push Out Campaign?"  It's a Campaign to bring awareness to the fact that our "Drop Out" problem is really more of a "Push Out" Problem, with Schools kicking more kids out, and with increasing frequency.

The Telephone Number for The Portland Parents Union is 971-279-2462.

The Journey to Freedom Project was mentioned during the show, as was Dignity In Schools.

A Caller recommended watching Charlotte Iserbyt's videos on YouTube.  There are LOTS of them...

Growing Up Black in 'Lake No Negro'

program date: 
Wed, 03/14/2012

 Hosted by Lisa Loving


'Lake Oswego High: Racist Tweets are Only Tip of the Iceberg.'

Our guest is journalist Bruce Poinsette, author of a personal essay about growing up Black in Lake Oswego published in The Skanner News and the Oregonian. That's Wednesday, 8-9am on KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland.

Click here for links, video, and more about racism in schools and local communities.



Fighting a Tar Sands Company's Claims to Private Land

program date: 
Fri, 03/09/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Julia Trigg Crawford, a Texas landowner and farmer who isn’t letting the foreign tar sands company claim eminent domain rights to her land without putting up a fight. Two weeks ago Ms. Crawford launched a petition to protect her land from tar sands money and tar sands risks.

With support from activists on both sides of the aisle, Ms. Crawford is hopeful that the Texas farmer can claim victory over the multi-billion dollar tar sands company which is trying to build a pipeline to transport a highly toxic hydrocarbon (called “tar sands”) from Alberta, Canada to Texas to refine and then export to foreign countries.

Independent studies show that the TransCanada Keystone XL “tar sands” pipeline would not create any lasting jobs and would subject tens of millions of people to hazardous risks when the pipeline leaks—as its sister pipeline has done more than a dozen times already. This includes the drinking water of one million Midwesterners people who rely on the Ogallala Aquifer and 60 counties in Texas who rely on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.

Ms. Crawford and her supporters are using the petition to implore Texas politicians to protect American land from foreign interests that threaten private property and the health and safety of landowners.

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Portlander Judith Gelin on Haiti Relief Efforts

program date: 
Wed, 03/07/2012

 Hosted by Lisa Loving


Two years after the devastating Haiti earthquake killed an estimated 300,000 people, activists including our guest, Judith Gelin of the Society for Haitian Arts and Culture, are still raising funds for the needy. But everyone asks: Where did all the relief money go?

Also mentioned on the show: Prosjekt Haiti in Norway...





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March and Rally against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - TODAY!!!

program date: 
Wed, 02/29/2012

 Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews local activist Kari about the March and Rally focused on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their role in the corporate corruption of our democracy. 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 29th, Rally at 11:30am, March at 1pm

WHERE: March begins at Waterfront Park at SW Naito and SW Ankeny

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is comprised of the world's largest corporations. ALEC operates in the shadows with a behind-the-scenes role crafting pro-corporate legislation, partnering with state legislators to pass these laws, and then profiting directly from those laws - a cycle that exemplifies the dominate role of corporations in our democracy. 

The goal of the protest is to see an end to ALEC and the role big corporations have in corrupting our democracy. The American Legislative Exchange Council is seen by protesters as the chosen tool of the 1% and the wealthiest corporations in the world to craft legislation that serves their interests. 

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and a 3 Year Anniversary Party

program date: 
Wed, 02/22/2012

 Hosted by Lisa Loving


Marriage Equality, Family, and Portland PFLAG's 3rd Anniversary celebration this weekend. Our guests are Khalil and Antoinette Edwards from Portland's chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Click here for videos, websites, stories and fun tweets on this issue.





Susan Herman on “Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy"

program date: 
Wed, 02/15/2012

 Host Lisa Loving speaks with Susan Herman about her new book “Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy” which takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. A decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics--such as the Patriot Act--are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our lives--and have already done just that to countless Americans. Herman gives a powerful account of how civil liberties have rapidly eroded in post-9/11 America, tells numerous stories of ordinary people caught in the government's surveillance dragnet, explains that the state of emergency has continued into the Obama administration, and shows why we must remain vigilant if we are to hold on to our age-old freedoms

Susan Herman is President of the American Civil Liberties Union. She holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses and seminars in Constitutional Law, Terrorism, and Civil Liberties. She is the author of “The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial: A Reference Guide to the The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution” and “Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy.”



What's wrong with anti-contraception conservatives?

program date: 
Wed, 02/01/2012

 Lisa Loving's guest is Robert Walker, Executive Vice President of the Population Institute.

If the current GOP presidential primary campaign is remembered for nothing else, it will be known for the meteoric rise of the "anti-contraception conservatives."

• Rick Santorum thinks states should have the power to ban family planning.

• Mitt Romney wants to eliminate funding for Title X, which helps to provides low-income women with access to family planning and reproductive health services.

• Rick Perry proudly trumpeted the fact that Texas had slashed state support for family planning clinics by two-thirds.

Taxpayers may instinctively applaud such cuts. But every dollar invested in helping women avoid unwanted pregnancies saves $4.02 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise will be needed for pregnancy-related care.

Furthermore, many fail to realize that eliminating publicly-supported family planning services would actually increase the number of abortions in the U.S. Title X-supported centers alone helped avert 406,200 abortions in 2008 by providing high quality contraception.

"That it has gotten as far as it has in the past 18 months is unnerving," says Robert Walker of the Population Institute. "The escalating assaults on contraception are not only short-sighted financially,” but according to Walker, "they are really a war on women and their reproductive health and rights."

Robert Walker is the Executive Vice President of the Population Institute, which works to promote voluntary family planning and reproductive health services, and to increase awareness of the social, economic, and environmental consequences of rapid population growth.



Joe Uris guest hosts Friday Morning Talk Radio

program date: 
Fri, 01/27/2012

Joe Uris guest hosts Friday Morning Talk Radio

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Literacy programs at Multnomah County Library

program date: 
Wed, 01/25/2012

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

It used to be that literacy was a question of: can you read or can't you? Today literacy experts look at the levels of reading ability -- reading a medicine bottle, a newspaper, or a ballot all require different levels of literacy. Our guests today, Melissa Madensky, and Joy Meyers, from the Multnomah County Library talks about their new literacy programs at the North Portland Library. Tune in and call 503-231-8187 with your stories about the issue, plus find out how you can help increase literacy in your community. Wednesday at 8am on 90.7 FM, KBOO.




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