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

Air date: 
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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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, http://www.stateconstitutions.us, 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
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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
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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
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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.

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Cultural divides in 'new Portland' and bridges across them

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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 freeimageslive.co.uk


 
 

 

Bo Rinaldi on a Plant Based Lifestyle

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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?

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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 TomDispatch.com. 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 imani@necoalition.org 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

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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)

Khalil Edwards from Basic Rights Oregon talks about the Gay Pride Festivities this weekend

program date: 
Wed, 06/08/2011

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Today's guest is Khalil Edwards from Basic Rights Oregon, in to talk about this weekends's start of the Black Pride Festivities as part of the Rose Festival.

FInd Portland PFLAG Black on Facebook!

Read what Just Out has to say about PFLAG Black in Portland...

 

 

 

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