OU is genius. They take you on a Mediterranean joyride of vivacious original compositions with folk sensibility, jazz with fiercely funky rhythms, topped with gorgeously lush vocals, sung in Sardinian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Based in Rome, Italy, the three women are Sardinian, the three men pure Romans. Bass drums and piano form the lively rhythm section ~ then trumpet, sax, ukelele, glockenspiel and 6 glorious voices weave themselves over the contagious rhythms.
Raised among the ferns and the farmland of Northern Washington, lyric-driven songwriter Anna Tivel loved words long before they became the backbone of her music. “My sister, my mom and I would go to our little town library with a rolling suitcase and fill it to bursting,” she remembers, “we read in the car, in the bath, under the covers late at night, always piles of books, always music playing, from Paul Simon to Dylan, from The Kingston Trio to Itzaak Perlman.”
Yesterday afternoon CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling was convicted of all nine of the remaining counts he was facing.
ExposeFacts has stayed on this trial of the century - any century, really - right from the get-go up until the bitter end. and it was bitter indeed. But this is merely the theater that sets the stage for Republican's romp through the fields of freedom. It is going to get unbelievably worse.
Amy Pearl is the Executive Director of Springboard Innovation, rebranded as Hatch Innovation, a 10-year old non profit that is essentially in the business of building businesses. She was the driving force behind the Community Public Offering, an idea whose implementation by the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities leap-frogged over statute to become administrative law. As a surprise to everyone, this shortened its implementation from 18 months to three. Its purpose is to let Oregonians invest real money in real businesses. It's not crowdfunding. And although it is conceptually simple, the devil is in the details. Don Merrill talked with Ms. 28:05 minutes (25.71 MB)
Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare. This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.
29:59 minutes (27.46 MB)
We interviewed Kim Howe from Dooda Fracking, an organization raising awareness about fracking on the Dine' (Navajo) reservation. She joined with the Journey for Existence walk around Dine'tah (People's land). They are now on the eastern side where most of the fracking is happening on the reservation. She'll share her experience with us on this show. 42:55 minutes (39.3 MB)