Prostitution is flourishing in the Rose City. Some Portlanders blame it on city hall's decision to let the prostitution exclusion zones lapse. They want the zones back and more efforts made to put prostitutes in jail. Other city residents say that rehabilitation, not more police, is the answer. In the meantime, Mayor Tom Potter has announed a new initiative to fight prostitution on 82nd Ave. through enhanced enforcement and prosecution combined with treatment options. How should we deal with prostitution in our city? Do we really understand the problem of prostitution?
On the Thursday Radioazine for September 18, Stephanie Potter spoke with Thor Hanson, author of The Impenetrable Forest, My Gorilla Years in Uganda. Hanson lived in a remote village at the Edge of Bwindi Impenetrable forest , working with local trackers to create an eco-tourist program and save some of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas and their ancient forest home. With humor and affection he has written not only about the gorillas, but also the people of Uganda and the rich hospitality of their culture.
On the September 18 Art Focus Julie Bernard interviews representatives of City Repair who generate community by setting up the giant winged T-Horse sculpture in parks around the city and serve tea to any and all.
On the Sept 18 Presswatch, Theresa Mitchell explores the news you're not supposed to know and takes a look at how the government is handling the worst crisis facing the financial markets since the 1920's.
Our Backyard, KBOO's locally produced environmental series. This edition: The US House passes an energy bill allowing off-shore drilling .... sorta. Republicans and Democrats do kabuki politics with energy policy.
This week, a task force created by the Oregon Legislature presents its findings about the state’s critical need for school nurses, documenting an increase in the need for school-based health services. It says about twenty-one thousand Oregon students in fifty four districts don’t have access to a nurse, leaving other (someimes untrained) adults to handle health-related issues. KBOO’s Michael Pursell has more from the Oregon News Service.
General Motors announced today that they have again developed an electric car - the Chevy Volt. The company first developed an electric car - the EV-1 - in 1996, and leased a number of prototypes to Hollywood stars. The EV-1 was made after California legislators mandated the production of zero-emissions vehicles. But at the same time that the company was producing the world's first electric car, it was also engaged in litigation to force California to lift its mandate. When the litigation succeeded, and California lifted the requirement for zero-emissions vehicles, General Motors immediately ceased production and had all of the prototypes of the world's first electric car shredded.
With high school students headed back to school, military recruiters are not far behind. Parents must 'opt-out' by September 30th, or their child may be subjected to multiple phone calls, text messages, home visits and even stalking by military recruiters trying to convince them to sign up for the armed forces. Pablo Paredes is a conscientious objector who refused to deploy to iraq. He's been on a speaking tour all summer, and began this school year with a conference call today titled 'Truth-in Recruitment'. Here's a clip: