Circle A Radio

Circle A covers local, national and international issues, focusing on the voices of communities who, for political reasons, are not allowed a voice in the mainstream media.

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Circle A Radio is also currently broadcast on KRFP, 92.5 fm in Moscow, Idaho at 11:30 am Saturdays (, and also on WPRR 1680 AM a Pacifica affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We broadcast Saturdays at noon, 8pm and over night Sunday at 4am.  (

Episode Archive

Circle A Radio on 10/21/09

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Wed, 10/21/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Holocaust Deniers in Portland

We talk with members of Rose City Antifa, a Portland group fighting white supremicy and Holocaust Deniers, about the recent upswing in Holocaust Deniers coming to Portland, and their ties to the 9-11 Truth movement.

Circle A Radio on 08/05/09

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Richard Brown and Maisha Quint talk about the SF8 case and victory

Charges were recently dropped against 4 of the San Francisco 8, leaving only one defendent left. We talk with Richard Brown of the SF8 and Miasha Quint from the Committee to defend the SF 8 about the recent developments, the sucess of the organizing, the cointelpro targeting of the Black Panther Party, and more.

Circle A Radio on 07/15/09

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Wed, 07/15/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

David Irving is a British Author, and a revisionist historian who denies the Holocaust ever happened. Irving's reputation as a historian was widely discredited after he brought an unsuccessful libel case against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books in 1996. During the trial, an English court found that Irving was an "active Holocaust denier",as well as an anti-semite and racist, and that he associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism. David Irving has a speaking engagement planned for Portland on July 19th. There is a call by Rose City Antifa to shut the event down. Tonight on Circle a Radio, we talk to Eric Ward, of the Center for New Community, who gave a witness statement in the Irving v. Penguin trial.

Circle A Radio on 05/06/09

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Wed, 05/06/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Howard Zinn compares the economic crisis of today with the Great Depression

In our current economic meltdown, pundents rush to compare our present-day situation to the Great Depression.  We talk with historian, author, playwright, and social activist, Howard Zinn, to explore the truth in the comparisons, and where they fall short.

We also feature Oral Histories from the Library of Congress.


Circle A Radio on 04/15/09

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Wed, 04/15/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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We speak with Reese Erlich about his new book Dateline Havana, and more.

Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who has won numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious Peabody. His new book is called Dateline Havana: The Real Story of US Policy and the Future of Cuba.

He will be speaking in Portland April 21st.

Circle A Radio

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Wed, 02/18/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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We spend the hour with Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist

Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist talks about her life as an Activist/Organizer, the nearly 20 years she spent in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy, her presidential pardon, and her advice to the younger generation.

Circle A Radio on 02/04/09

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Wed, 02/04/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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An interview with the Dicentra Collective

The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Tonight on Circle A Radio we talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, their ideas for radical caregiving, and more. Stay Tuned.

Circle A Radio

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Wed, 01/07/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, conven

Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety,  with the help of the U.S. Marines.
On January 17, 1893, Queen Liliuokalani yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

Circle A Radio

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Wed, 12/17/2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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We listen to the work of dearly departed Studs Terkel

Tonight we explore the wide archives of interviews that Studs Terkel conducted during his prolific life as a  author, historian, actor, and broadcaster. 

Circle A Radio

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Wed, 12/03/2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Local Reaction and Resistance against Prop 8

We speak to Thomas Wheatly from Basic Rights Oregon and, from Love Makes a Family, Bonnie Tinker and Cecil Prescod about the fight in California and Oregon for Marriage Equality, the role of People of Color in the GLBT Movement, and the importance of cross-coalition organizing for equal rights.


Human Rights Violations in Zimbabwe

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Wed, 03/02/2011

Last week, 45 people were arrested in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, for watching a video on the uprising in Egypt. They were charged with treason and were tortured by government personnel. One of the detainees was pushed out of a second floor window resulting in a broken leg. Some of the detainees are HIV positive and in need of their life-saving medicine. All have been denied access to medical treatment, lawyers and proper meals.

Unfortunately, this is only one example out of thousands of human rights violations, which are happening daily in Zimbabwe. Tonight on Circle A Radio, we'll hear from Dumi Tutani, one of the coordinators of Zimbabwe Vigil, a UK based organization that has supported human rights in Zimbabwe, with weekly protests for more than 8 years.  Later in the show, we will bring you audio from Jenni Williams, national coordinator with WOZA - Women of Zimbabwe Arise.  We’ll also bring you music and poetry from Zimbabwean artists.

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Bus Riders Unite!

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Wed, 02/16/2011

On this show, you'll hear interviews with organizers and community members who are working to make public transit affordable and equitable.  They are part of an inspiring movement for social and environmental justice.
First, we bring you an interview with Esperanza Martinez of LA's Bus Riders Union.  A little later in the show, we'll take a trip on Trimet with a dozen dynamic organizers from OPAL, Organizing People Activating Leaders, OPAL, and Bus Riders Unite

Bus Riders Unite is kicking off their Campaign for a Fair Transfer this Monday, February 21st . TriMet riders who depend on the bus and MAX are facing greater hardships. Many transit riders rely on single-trip fares to meet basic needs and can’t afford to invest in transit passes. TriMet has cut bus service by over 170,000 hours leading to longer wait times between buses, overcrowded buses that pass us by, and missed transfers. Service cuts have decimated evening and weekend service. TriMet’s transfer policy is unequal and insufficient to give bus riders the time required to take care of our daily needs.

OPAL Bus Riders Unite! has a Solution:



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Bo Brown

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Wed, 02/02/2011

On this episode, we feature excerpts of a 2-hour interview we did with Rita “Bo” Brown.

Bo Brown is most well known to us as a member of The George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle based revolutionary group. To learn more about the George Jackson Brigade in general, we recommend the recently published books by Daniel Burton-rose, Guerilla USA, and Creating a Movement with Teeth.

Rita "Bo" Brown, was originally from Klamath, Oregon, and moved to Seattle in the 60’s to find community she’d lacked in Klamath. She soon found lesbian bars, and political activists. She became radicalized while in prison for a “social crime”, and was reading the George Jackson book “Soledad Brother” when he was murdered in California, in 1971.

She was part of the George Jackson Brigade that robbed banks to help fund their work, and the work of anti-war and civil rights action groups, like the Black Panthers. Their activities placed them almost immediately on the FBI's Most Wanted list.  Brown was dubbed "The Gentleman Bank Robber" for creatively blending her butch cross-dressing style with polite gun-pointing prattle, and was praised by bank tellers for her congeniality while committing her outlaw activities. Brown successfully eluded capture for some time because authorities were searching for a well-dressed man, but was eventually caught and convicted of robbing a Portland bank. She served 8 years in federal prison.

After her release in 1987, Brown formed Out of Control: Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners, which remains active today. Bo Brown also remains active, doing prison support work, and more. We did this interview when she was in Portland for the Raze the Walls mini conference sponsored by The Ad Hoc Committee to Connect the Dots. The goal of the conference was to nurture a greater understanding of the connections between policing, prisons and political prisoners.

Outside In Youth Radio Project: Sexual Health

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Wed, 01/19/2011

This week KBOO and Outside In worked together on a youth media project about sexual health. We have an interview with Nili Yosha about the project, and then work from William Madden, Rogelio Evangelista, and Eric Garcia about Violence Against Sex Workers, C, Mouse, Thor & Travis with a piece on Suicide Prevention, D.J. Derp & Titus talking about HIV Stigma, Aisling & Juliette on Bondage Discipline Sado –Masochistic, BDSM, Juicy, Jigglez & Elighe Martinez on Teen Pregnancy, and Jammin’ Joey, Mr. E Madhatter, and Jess Coshatt with a piece on Commitment. The program was narrated by Kayla Stone. The poem within the Suicide Prevention piece was read and written by Mouse. Special thanks to Toni Tabora-Roberts.


Here are all the resources mentioned in the program:

HIV testing sites:

CHAT (room)
Free rapid HIV testing – for youth age 24 and under
Every 2nd and 4th Monday
3pm-7pm @: 209 SW 4th Avenue

Free rapid HIV & STD screening -- for men who have sex with men only
Tuesdays 5:00-9pm; Doors Open @ 5pm
Wednesdays 11:00am - 2:00pm
Free rapid HIV testing only--for men who have sex with men only, Saturdays 5:00-9:00pm
First Come, First Served
209 SW Fourth Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Cascade AIDS Project
Rapid HIV testing -- open to all
Suggested donation of $25
Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm
208 SW 5th Ave., 8th floor
Walk-in or appointment

Multnomah County Health Clinics
HIV/STD/Hep C testing
426 SW Stark Street, 6th Floor

NE Community Test Site
5329 NE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., 1st Floor
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:15pm

Outside In
For those under 30, or homeless
1132 SW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Please call for clinic hours
Planned Parenthood
HIV/STI/pregnancy tests & pap smears.
Call for fees.
3531 NE 15th   503.288.8826
3231 SE 50th   503.775.0861

Oregon Partnership Crisis Line –
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433.) Toll free all hours all ages.

Oregon Partnership Youth Line: A peer-to-peer crisis line for teens.  Youth working under the supervision of an adult answer calls on diverse topics including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues, many of which have substance abuse as an underlying issue..Call 877-YOUTH-911
Linea de Ayuda: 1-877-515-7848

Trevor Project – A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth ages 13-24. 866-4-u-trevor (866-488-7386)

Violence against sex workers:
Sex-Worker Outreach Coalition – SWOC promotes the basic human rights and personal safety for all individuals working in the sex industry.
Portland Bad Date Line – The Portland Bad Date Line (PBDL) is meant for us to share and circulate descriptions of violent and/or abusive customers in the sex industry. Our hope is that someone would refer to the PBDL as an option to reduce risk for violence, abuse, rape, unwanted pregnancy, and hepatitis/STD and HIV transmission.
To report or receive a report email:
or leave a detailed message at 503-5353901 or call the
24 hour  Portland Women’s Crisis Line: 1888 235 5333

Teen Pregnancy Prevention:
Planned Parenthood – 1-800-230-PLAN
Pregnancy Resource Center: We exist to empower individuals to make life-affirming decisions through education, counseling and compassionate care based on the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Sexual Assault Resource Center – 24 hour crisis line: 503-640-5311
Toll free number: 1-888-640-5311

Backline –  Backline is dedicated to addressing the broad range of experiences and emotions surrounding pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion.

Multnomah County Health Department: Westside Health Center - Primary medical care for adults, communicable disease screening, women's reproductive health, family planning, pregnancy testing, Oregon Health Plan screening, mental health.
(503) 988-3816
426 SW Stark, 5th floor

Outside In – Medical clinic, case management and housing.
Outside In
1132 SW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97205



The Rural Organizing Project: Roots and Wings Celebration

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Wed, 01/05/2011

We put together a show based on interviews recorded during the Roots and Wings Celebration of the Rural
Organizing Project on December 4, 2010. We included about 2/3rds of people who participated in the interviews, talking about the beginnings of ROP, how different individuals came across ROP and how it has effected their organizing or their lives, and some anecdotal snippets about the marches, the caucuses,  the demonstrations, and other events that ROP has helped them with, across the state over the past 18 years.

  • Length: 59:10 minutes (23.7 MB)
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Anti Racist Action Conference

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Wed, 12/15/2010

Tonight on Circle A Radio we will bring you audio from the sixteenth annual anti racist action network conference. This year, the conference was in Portland, Oregon from July 22 to the 25, 2010.  We’ll focus on the Anti Racist Action History Panel, and the panel on Self-Defense, called Prepared, Not Paranoid: Conflict Resolution & Confrontation Management.


We also had this community announcement at the end of the show:
A few weeks ago  Willamette Week published a heart wrenching story aboutAntjuanece Brown‘s battle against felony charges which included sex abuse, and creating child pornography.
The incident that prompted Washington County to press these charges came only from a few suggestive cell phone pictures between Brown and her 16-year-old girlfriend Jolene Jenkins.
Both girls agree that the relationship was not only completely consensual, but that the 2 never even had sex.

In November, Brown, 20, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge but still faces about $3,000 in court fees. Money raised will help Brown pay off that debt. There is a facebook group where is is possible to donate to help cover those court fees.

Radical Peace

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Wed, 12/01/2010

Tonight we speak with Author and Activist William Hathaway about his new book Radical Peace. Hathaway joined the special forces to study and write about war. He has since become an accomplished writer and voice of the strong anti-war movement. His most recent book, Radical Peace, is a collection of personal stories from war resisters that encompasses a full spectrum of resistance, from property destruction and deserting to meditation.

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Floodlines Tour with Jordan Flaherty

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Wed, 11/17/2010

Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years before and after Katrina, by Jordan Flaherty. Instead of a traditional book tour, Jordan has helped organize The Community and Resistance Tour, which  seeks to communicate about current struggles for justice and liberation. The tour also seeks to connect communities of liberation, and to build relationships between grassroots activists and independent media.
On this show, we speak with Jordan Flaherty, we’ll listen to other audio supporting the The Community and Resistance tour, from Jesse Muhammad, Sunni Patterson, and Mic Crenshaw.

 For more information about Floodlines or the Community and Resistance tour, go to


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Netherlands Squat Ban in Effect

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Wed, 11/03/2010

As of October first, 2010, Squatting is now illegal in the Netherlands.
As an answer to the new eviction policy roughly a thousand squatters and sympathisers demonstrated on the first of October in Amsterdam. Out of the demo a house got squatted and the group remained for a while to support and celebrate this first so called "illegal squatting action". They hung many banners, one of which said "With hollow laws you cannot fill empty houses".

Tonight on Circle A Radio, we will talk with  Sonne, who has lived at her squat in Amsterdam for the past 7 years, and with Lisa Loving, Portland area journalist,  KBOO Volunteer and former squatter in Amsterdam.

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US involvement in Coups

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Wed, 10/20/2010

Tonight we talk to Stephan Kinzer about United States involvement with Coups in Latin America. We also talk wiht Local Portland Organizer Pedro Sosa about US involvement in Guatemala.

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Circle A Radio playlist for 04/02/2008

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 Radical Hip Hop
We speak with Gabriel Yaiva, Navajo and Hopi hip hop artist, owner of the independent label Fourth World Entertainment,, empowering people through community work, such as The Peace and Balance Project,

Circle A Radio playlist for 03/19/2008

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March 19: Cambodia and their Tribunals
In 2001 the Cambodian National Assembly passed a law to create the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia for the Prosecution of Crimes Committed during the Period of Democratic Kampuchea.  For regular citizens of Cambodia these proceedings are beyond their means, financially and emotionally.  After over 30 years of war and genocide the citizens of Cambodia are focused on their survival, not engaging in judicial proceedings. We talk with  Bhavia Wagner, Executive Director of Friends of Cambodia, and Activist Lawyer and Asian Reporter Columnist Polo, as well as share audio from the documentary Cambodian Culture: Death Of A Sideshow: Reclaiming The Shattered Past - produced by Barbara Bernstein in 1987.

Circle A Radio playlist for 03/05/2008

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The Africa House Refugee Center is a multilingual community-based center that works with immigrants from 32 of the 54 African Countries. We speak with Africa House Coordinator Jimmy Dogo , Daniel Amine, Mediation specialist of Africa House, and Ali Ibrahim, Africa House Community educator.   We also take a tour of the Africa House Facility.



Circle A Radio playlist for 02/06/2008

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February 6: Sierra Leone and Portland Filmmakers

We speak with local creators of two documentaries about Sierra Leone: Diamonds, Guns and Rice, and Moving to the Beat.  Jan Haaken talks about Diamonds, Guns and Rice, which focuses on women’s perspectives on war and the peace process in Sierra Leone. She also is one of the Producers of Moving to the Beat. We’ll talk with Abdul Fofana, Moving to the Beat director, local videographer PC Perry and members of the Portland hip hop group, Rebel Soulz about hip hop, war, identity and their experiences making this film. 


Circle A Radio playlist for 01/16/2008

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Margo Tamez, and Eminent Domain on the Border.

A coalition of Native Americans, border residents, and community groups continue the fight for their lands in the Rio Grande Valley.  The Department of Homeland Security says it will seize Apache and other private lands using eminent domain to build the border wall and militarize the zone.  

We hear from poet and scholar, Margo Tamez, about current and historical struggles along the US-Mexico International Boundary.  You’ll also hear excerpts from the documentary film “Border Crossings/ Cruzando Fronteras”, by Heather Lares of  Pan Left Productions.


Circle A Radio playlist for 01/02/2008

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We produced Updates on some of the issues we covered last year. We talked with Claude Marks of the Freedom Archives about the San Francisco Eight case,  with Lisa Moore, assistant dean for multicultural affairs at Reed college about the Jena Six and Reed’s own noose incident , and to Eric Ward of the human rights organization Center for New Community about pending anti-immigration legislation, hate crimes, and the relationship between white nationalism and the anti-immigrant movement.  We also produces a short update about the ICE Raids, and other immigration issues. 

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/19/2007

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Long-time gay rights activists, and current PFLAG members talk about the Portland Chapter of Parents Friends and Families of Lebians and Gays. The recordings were made by the Preserving Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History class at Portland State University.


Circle A Radio playlist for 12/05/2007

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Grace Paley


The acclaimed poet and short-story writer Grace Paley died on August 22nd 2007 at the age of 84, after a long battle with breast cancer.  A life-time political activist, she helped found the Greenwich Village Peace Center in 1961, traveled on a peace mission to Hanoi in 1969, and was one of the “White house eleven,” who were arrested in 1978 for unfurling an anti-nuclear banner on the White House lawn. She was active with the American Friends Service and the war resisters league. 

Grace Paley won numerous awards for her writing and served as Poet Laureate for both New York and Vermont.  She taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College and other universities.

December 11th would have been Grace Paley’s 85th birthday. Tonight on Circle A Radio, we bring you an interview with local author, Judith Arcana, who is Grace Paley’s  biographer . We’ll also hear archival recordings of Grace Paley reading her work and talking about her life.

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/05/2007

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Grace Paley

The acclaimed poet and short-story writer Grace Paley died on August 22nd 2007 at the age of 84, after a long battle with breast cancer.  A life-time political activist, she helped found the Greenwich Village Peace Center in 1961, traveled on a peace mission to Hanoi in 1969, and was one of the “White house eleven,” who were arrested in 1978 for unfurling an anti-nuclear banner on the White House lawn. She was active with the American Friends Service and the war resisters league. 

Grace Paley won numerous awards for her writing and served as Poet Laureate for both New York and Vermont.  She taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College and other universities.

December 11th would have been Grace Paley’s 85th birthday. Tonight on Circle A Radio, we bring you an interview with local author, Judith Arcana, who is Grace Paley’s  biographer . We’ll also hear archival recordings of Grace Paley reading her work and talking about her life.

Circle A Radio playlist for 11/21/2007

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The Native American Occupation of Alcatraz Island began on November 20, 1969. At about 2 a.m., nearly eighty American Indians from more than twenty tribes pulled up to the island's eastern shore in three boats, and the island of Alcatraz was occupied until June 11, 1971. We talk with Robert Free Galvin and Lenny Foster, veterans of the Alcatraz movement, and also hear audio from Indian Land Radio, and other recordings made during the occupation.


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