Denise Morris hosts this episode dealing with the crushing debt owed by poor nations to wealthy financial institutions; a new novel about a Chinese-American girl; and how ideas of child rearing intersect with ideas about social welfare.
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36:08 minutes (24.81 MB)
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews a debut novel by Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You. A young Chinese-American girl is raised by a mother who wants for her daughter all the things she wanted for herself but sacrificed to her marriage and children, and a father who wants her to be normal, to fit in in ways that he feels he never did. Driven to achieve academically beyond her abilities, and by her father's intense desires that she be popular, she feels trapped. Only her love for her brother keeps her afloat, but he will soon leave for college. Themes of racism and feminism weave through this heartbreaking novel.
5:42 minutes (3.91 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)
Bill Resnick talks with Karen Connelly and Terra O'Neill about the progressive case for charter schools. They come on in response to a previous interview conducted by Bill where he's critical of charter schools as a movement. They draw from their experience with charter schools, as teachers and parents of students, in the Portland area. 20:59 minutes (12.01 MB)