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KBOO community radio has been bringing diverse communities together for forty years.  We offer over twenty hours per day of programs that are produced locally by volunteer community members.  This is critical for having local voices on the airwaves at a time when media ownership is consolidating and the remaining local entities turn to syndicated programs.  Furthermore we offer genuine diversity.  In a city that is over three-quarters white, we offer programming by and for Asian, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and those from many other backgrounds.  We put youth (with a part-time youth coordinator assisting), veterans, and the disabled on the air.  And we bring these communities together on and off the air!

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Lloyd Geering, Reimagining God

program: 
Religion For Life
program date: 
Sat, 05/02/2015

Lloyd Geering is a Presbyterian minister and scholar from New Zealand.  He has written over a dozen books. His latest book is a collection of essays that chronicle his intellectual and spiritual journey, Reimagining God:  The Faith Journey of A Modern Heretic.  He was tried for heresy in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 1967 for an article he wrote about Resurrection.

29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

Officials and Activists Weigh Options for O & C Lands

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 04/30/2015
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)

Prof. Fred Alford on Robert Kraus and the Consequences of Whistleblowing

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 04/30/2015
A whistleblower who came forward in 2006 to report what he believed to be illegal activity of his coworkers is now fighting to save his home from the very financial institution that acquired his former employer. Robert Kraus worked as a controller for North Carolina based Wachovia Bank before it got acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008. KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan spoke with professor Fred Alford at the university of Maryland about the consequences whistleblowers face and the power of organizations to discourage ethical behavior.
5:23 minutes (4.93 MB)

Deaf Activists Fight Government Interference in India

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 04/30/2015
In the nation of India, deaf activists are organizing to challenge the discrimination they face. In March, a deaf teenager was raped and killed, and just this week, a deaf child was badly beaten by a teacher in India for failing to understand an assignment. KBOO’s Sarika Mehta produced this report about the situation in India for deaf people:
 
The full version of this story aired on KBOO’s Political Perspectives last week. You can find it here.
7:55 minutes (7.24 MB)

Health Disparities for Pacific Islanders in Oregon

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 04/30/2015
A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today. 
5:15 minutes (4.8 MB)

May Day topic: Let's talk about police unions!

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Wed, 04/29/2015
Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue. 
54:55 minutes (75.41 MB)

Mount Polley copper/gold mine in B.C. set to reopen just 8 months after massive toxic spill

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
On August 4, 2014 a huge mine tailings pond breached, releasing an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of toxic solid and liquid mine wastes into the pristine waters of the Fraser River watershed in southeastern British Columbia. Imperial Metals, which runs the Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine, applied for a permit to reopen the mine after the disaster. On April 1 (cruel joke), the Province of B.C. accepted the application to reopen the mine, leaving just one month for the public to comment. 
42:23 minutes (58.2 MB)

Leftist Psychology: emotion, envy, and inequality

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Jan and Tod talk about the emotional work of social movements, and different ways of thinking about the psychology of class and envy. They start with a discussion of Snowpiercer*-- a 2013 South Korean science fiction film about the revolt of passengers on a continuously moving train as they discover the enormous luxuries enjoyed by front car passengers.

*A film that Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale have also reviewed.
11:49 minutes (10.83 MB)

PDX vs. Climate Change: Part 2

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability about City-wide action on climate change, making Portland more sustainable, and the importance of collective as well as individual initiative.

Image Credit: Portland State University
20:17 minutes (18.58 MB)

Abolish Slavery, Abolish Property, Abolish Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 04/27/2015
Drawing from Edward Baptist's book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (available as a book or ebook at the Multnomah County Library), Clayton Morgareidge argues that the Civil War and the 14th Amendment abolishing slavery constituted the second, and more radical, revolution than the one in the 1770s. There is a lesson here about the prospects for a new revolution that would put an end to the private ownership of capital.

You can read this piece HERE.

Picture Credit: Penn State University

8:34 minutes (7.84 MB)

 

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