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James Leuenberger Interview

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Thu, 08/14/2014
James Leuenberger is a third-party candidate for the Constitution party. He is running for the Oregon Senate. He talked with Don Merrill about his views on gun ownership, Oregon's Equal Rights ballot initiative and why he thinks running for office might be the only way to educate people about the state and federal constitutions.

Beatriz Williams Interview

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Tue, 08/05/2014
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams likes telling stories about rich people making mistakes as a way to show that money doesn't necessarily buy intellingence or couth. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Williams about her love of writing and the contrast between women of pre-World War Two New England and today in the context of her latest book, The Secret Life of Violet Grant.

Todd Matthews Interview

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Sun, 08/03/2014
The Doe Network is a volunteer organization that tries to identify John and Jane Does. Based in Tennessee, it has helped local, state and federal agencies solve crimes that involve the missing and the unidentified since the early 2000s. Don Merrill talked with spokesperson Todd Matthews about the Doe Network and how it tries to help families get resolution, even though Mr. Matthews admits that resolution isn't the same as justice.

Emilio Castillo Interview

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Fri, 07/18/2014
Emilio Castillo is the founder and leader of the 70s urban soul group, Tower of Power. He talked with Don Merrill about how he and his band have gotten their touring down to a science, why software like GarageBand is good for music and how God saved him from some poor youthful decisions that helped make possible a successful 50-year career.

  • Length: 29:51 minutes (27.32 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Bob Horenstein and Ned Rosch Interview

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Thu, 07/17/2014
Bob Horenstein is the spokesperson for the Jewish Federation of Portland, a strong supporter of the Israeli government. Ned Rosch is the co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace, and advocacy organization for Palestinian concerns in the West Bank and Gaza. Don Merrill talked with these men, both of whom are on opposite sides of the current turmoil in the Middle East. And each is unwavering in their conviction that the views of the other need to change.

Both guests were asked many of the same questions to make answer comparison possible. Time cues to questions mutually asked are provided below.

1. When was your organization established and what is its mission? BH - 00:30/NR - 29:16
2. How long have you held the job? BH - 01:47/NR - 30:16
3. Do you ever look at citizens here and think, may you never know the kind of violence in S. Israel and Gaza? BH - 02:51/NR - 31:20
4. Some of my questions my be naive, but does that mean they shouldn't be asked since casual listeners could never truly "feel" what is going on there? BH - 05:38/NR - 53:29
5. Do you have friends and family in the Middle East right now? BH - 08:05/NR - 36:56
6. Can you briefly explain the reason for the most recent fighting? BH - 10:09/NR - 44:12
7. What is your view of western news coverage? BH - 14:17/NR - 51:36
8. What is it about being Jewish/Palestinian that you think people in 2014 don't understand? BH - 17:52/NR - 40:44
9. What is your favorite religious quote? BH - 20:15/NR - 57:59
10. Do you feel Oregon State Gov't as well as US Gov't support of Israel/Palestinian concerns is adequate? BH - 22:38/NR - 48:30
11. Is a dialogue between you and those that oppose your views locally not possible? The fact that both Jewish and Arab groups have difficulty communicating even here where a good chance for communiction should exist seems ironic. BH - 25:53/NR - 55:51

Brooks Fahy and Rick Swart Interview

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Wed, 07/09/2014
Brooks Fahy is the Executive Director of Predator Defense, an animal advocacy organization based in Eugene, OR. Rick Swart is the spokesperson for the Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife. KBOO's Don Merrill talked with both of these experts about the recent euthanizing of a cougar in a Portland community, what they both think about why it happened and what needs to be done to keep it from happening in the future.

Jeff Kropf Interview

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Fri, 07/04/2014
Jeff Kropf is a conservative who served in the Oregon legislature between 1999 and 2007. While there, he helped pass the Charter Schools Act, a piece of legislation based on language from the free market, limited government advocating American Legislative Exchange Council. But Mr. Kropf, who is now a co-founder of Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school says many former democrats in the legislature helped pass that law. And he says Governor Kitzhaber's administration is experimenting with blended schooling that combines forms of public education and charter schooling. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Kropf about the positives and negatives of alternative education for Oregon's kids.
  • Length: 29:32 minutes (27.04 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Benjamin Chavis Interview

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Mon, 06/30/2014
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities.
  • Length: 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)
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Julie Wu Interview

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Mon, 06/16/2014
Julie Wu's parents emmigrated from Taiwan around the time of the 1949 Chinese revolution.  In her latest novel, called "The Third Son", Ms. Wu talks about how her book coincided with the birth of her first child and a determination to truly hear her father's story for the first time.    
  • Length: 28:37 minutes (26.2 MB)
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Jason Yates Interview

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Tue, 05/20/2014
Jason Yates is running for US Congress in the 1st District. He talked with Don Merrill about how he has basic faith in the media despite how media professionals may have their own biases, how the Second Amendment assumes the citizenry will have guns not allow them to have guns and why 39 years is long enough for Republicans to be in the minority in Oregon. *These conversations are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
  • Length: 28:22 minutes (25.97 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

 

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