Jan Haaken talks with film director, Caryn Waechter, about Sisterhood of Night---a feminist-inspired mystery drama where a group of girls form a secret society. From the film's website: "When a teenage girl says she's the victim of a secret network called The Sisterhood of Night, a quiet suburban town becomes the backdrop for a modern-day Salem witch trial." It is the opening film of the 2015 Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (Thursday March 12th at the Hollywood Theater). 10:43 minutes (9.82 MB)
An overzealous security guard has allegedly been harassing music festivalgoers in Oregon from as far back 2012.
Several people have accused Joseph Hernandez of impersonating a sheriff, unlawful detainment, death threats and intimidation, theft, and harassment that borders on assault.
Their story is told to greater length, along with official documents, at beloved-festival-nightmare.blogspot.com.
KBOO reporters Niko Kwiatkowski and Sam Bouman filed this report about Hernandez and the little-known world of event security.
15:26 minutes (14.13 MB)
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.
We also hear a discussion of KBOO's mission of providing a way beyond the sadness and guilt provoked by atrocities carried out by our government. This webpage enables you to listen to the show without interruption by pleas for membership. You can show your appreciation for this fact, and for everything KBOO does, by making your contribution in the tip jar at the top right of this page.
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)