The boycott of a Spokane bar has gone national, after the owner, Jamie Pendleton, refused to rename a drink named "Date Grape Koolaid." KBOO's Erin J. Bernard spoke to Taylor Malone, a Spokane resident who organized the boycott. 4:31 minutes (4.13 MB)
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering adding the McKenzie River, which supplies water to the city of Eugene, to a list of mercury-contaminated waters it will submit to the EPA. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is disputing the DEQ's methodology and standards. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Karla Urbanowicz of the DEQ's water quality assessment program for more on mercury standards and what they could mean for the future of the McKenzie--long considered one of the state's most pristine rivers--and those who rely on its water and wildlife. 5:05 minutes (4.66 MB)
Bill Resnick offers some brief comments about Pete Seeger, addressing his past involvement with the Communist Party, but also his break from it and other advocacy. He points in the direction of worthwhile reads that go into more detail. 3:17 minutes (1.51 MB)
Larry Bowlden reviews "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. The book is written for youth, but Larry recommends it for older readers too. It looks at a futuristic dystopia in which five rigidly defined social "factions" structure society like into personality type castes - kind of like Phillip K. Dick's "Clans of the Alphane Moon". People ritualistically chose a faction in their teens, but are guided by an aptitude test. The principal story is that of Beatrice, who leaves her faction of birth for another, while hiding the fact that her tests showed her to have "divergent" aptitudes. She eventually stumbles upon a nefarious plot being hatched within the ranks of another faction.
Joe Clement talks with Geoff McDonald and Peter Oxforn about the wage system. Geoff recently wrote an article for CounterPunch urging more critical questions about the wage system than exist in the minimum wage debate. This discussion builds on those arguments and takes issue with the "cynicism of public policy". Both he and Peter edit Ruthless Criticism, an English-language site that helps to disseminate articles and points of view from a German political journal, GeganStandpunkt. 14:42 minutes (6.73 MB)
Frann Michel offers a Well-read Red on education in the age of neoliberalism. She outlines the historical transfers of power and responsibility for public education that have deformed the public university into a crass commercial project. From there she interrogates how this situation has led to bloated administrative staff and obcene executive salaries, but also the proletarianization of faculties and the hollowing out of professional autonomy, as well student debt. In the end, she calls for a reinvigorated movement to assert the public mission of the university.
Read the written version with links HERE.
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Bill Resnick and Soraya Chemaly talk about football as an institution of popular US culture. They discuss how it perpetuates toxic masculinity and jingoism, socializes fans into power dynamics of centrality and marginality, and is not a very good platform for altheticism.
Attorney James Buchal is a Republican running for US House of Representatives for Oregon's 3rd District. He has strong views on education, free enterprise and the Federal Government's role in our day to day affairs. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Buchal about why, if he had his way, the three layers of government; municipal, state and federal, would be scaled back by one and how, exactly, he would do it. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 29:42 minutes (27.19 MB)