Special Programming: Public Affairs

Episode Archive

Edward E. Baptist: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Air date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:15am - 11:30am
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Edward E. Baptist on his recent book The Half Has Never Been Told
Edward. E. Baptist talks about his 2014 book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.  The book elucidates the origins of capitalism in the US and its inextricable links to the exploitation and torture of millions of slaves in the American South.  Forcing readers to come face to face with the violence and abuse at the heart of American power, Baptist offers us a story that confronts head on mainstream narratives of our nation's economic history. 

A forum on police unions and their role in the culture of police violence in the United States

Air date: 
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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An in-depth look at the history, role and political influence of police unions
A KBOO Special Forum on Police Unions and their role in perpetuating a culture of police violence. This will be an in-depth look into the history, role and politics of police unions in the light of the post-Ferguson nation-wide uprising against police killings, abuse and impunity.

Michael Slate show

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Short Description: 
On Medical Complicity with Torture, and the Danger of Climate Change
Today we present a special program – the Michael Slate show.
We'll hear about Medical Complicity with Torture, and the Danger Facing Humanity and the Planet Due to Climate Change 

Voices of Grief and Struggle:Mothers Come to Washington DC to Demand Police Accountability

Air date: 
Wed, 12/31/2014 - 9:00am - 11:30am
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Mothers of men of color killed by police speak out and demand police accountability

Voices of Grief and Struggle:Mothers Come to Washington DC to Demand Police Accountability

On December 10th WPFW, Pacifica Radio in Washington DC, aired a live broadcast of a 
Congressional briefing featuring the mothers of young men of color who were killed by police. The briefing was co-sponsored by House of Representative members Conyers, Ellison, Johnson, Jackson Lee, and Rangel.

The speakers are 

In Context War Report

Air date: 
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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Cuba, Ukraine, ISIS and the Christmas truce
In this edition of the In Context War Report, we analyze the U.S. restoration of relations with Cuba in terms of the global conflict with Russia. Also, we present an update on the war in the Ukraine and on ISIS and we remember the Christmas Truce of World War I. Marchand MacDermotRoe, military affairs commentator
Notes: Credits:

The In Context War Report, a monthly one hour analysis of global warfare, is produced by MDR Productions, Inc. and originates at Pacifica affiliate WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT.

Christmas with the Enemy

Air date: 
Wed, 12/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How some soldiers in WWI laid down their guns and celebrated Christmas with each other
Humanity at its best amidst the brutality of war.

The hundredth anniversary telling of the hectic rush into WWI, and the horrors unleashed. The men thought they'd be home by Christmas to tell of the excitement over a glass by the fireside. German High Command promised a "fresh and cheerful war." But by Christmas a million soldiers lay dead, with no end it sight. In defiance of commanding officers, and at risk of their lives, the soldiers lay down their guns and climbed out of their trenches armed with wine, food and cigarettes, to greet the others, exchange gifts, and agree to a ceasefire.

They ate, they sang, their played together. They brought in the wounded and buried the dead, often with men of both armies working as one.

Overcriminalized

Air date: 
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes?
In this special segement, we'll explore the film series 'Overcriminalized', which looks at Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes? Why are we letting these serious social problems be handled by the criminal justice system?

In addition, we'll speak with long time homeless activist Paul Boden, co-author of the new book 'House Keys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond.' The book reflects on 30-years of community organizing, the role of artwork and the effects on SF city homelessness policy and programs.

Theresa Mitchell interviews Mickey Huff about Censored 2015

Air date: 
Thu, 12/04/2014 - 8:00am - 9:30am
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Theresa Mitchell interviews Mickey Huff about Censored 2015
Theresa Mitchell hosts a Membership Drive Talk Radio and Presswatch special. From 8-9AM she'll speak with Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored/Media Freedom foundation, about Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People, featuring the top 25 most censored stories of 2013-2014. 

Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth: from the International Forum On Globalization

Air date: 
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth: from the International Forum On Globalization
A Teach- In on Why Technology Will Not Save the World. 45 Scholars, Authors & Activists over two days provide an analysis on why immediate change is required in our thinking, behavior, values and economies, before Nature and human society are terminated. 

We hear moderator Ralph White, NY Open Center, and four speakers: Jerry Mander, IFG: Questions We Should Have Asked About Technology (pictured above); Richard Heinberg, (below left) Post Carbon Institute: "The Party's Over,'
Anuradha Mittal(India), (below center) Oakland Institute: "Stealing Nature" 
Andrew Kimbrell, ICTA (below right): "The End of Market Capitalism"

Reaction to Ferguson Grand Jury's Failure to Indict, Part 2

Air date: 
Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Short Description: 
Reaction to Ferguson Grand Jury's Failure to Indict, Part 2

Continuation of Reaction to Ferguson Grand Jury's Failure to Indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Audio

Mauna Kea protests continue

program date: 
Thu, 04/23/2015
A four-week long protest which has halted construction of  the proposed TMT or Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii continues with several new developments this week.
On Tuesday activists took to the streets of Honolulu to bring their message to the centers of state and commercial power in the archipelago.
The thirty-meter telescope would be housed in a massive eighteen-story high structure atop the highest mountain in Hawaii.
It’s a project of the TMT Observatory Corporation, a joint venture of Institutions  from the United States, Canada, China, India and Japan.
There are already thirteen other telescopes sited on the mountain, which have also drawn opposition  from Native Hawaiians and environmentalists.
But this new, massive telescope has drawn the largest opposition to date.
Some 200 people continue to camp out on Mauna Kea and are drawing increased attention in Hawaii, on the continental United States and internationally.
A moratorium put in place three weeks ago by the company in response to the opposition has been extended twice.
This afternoon, the Board of trustees of the Office of hawaiian affairs, which had signed off on the project in 2012, had an emotional meeting to discuss the controversy, with  trustees speaking out strongly on both sides of the issue.
they plan to meet again on april 30 to fully discuss the issue and apparently will revisit their earlier decision.
On Wednesday Talk Radio http://kboo.fm/whythemountainastruggleforautonomydignit0, Paul Roland talked with Native Hawaiian filmmaker, journalist and activist Keala Kelly about the evolving situation.
Earlier  today he spoke with one of the Mauna Kea protestors, Kahookahi  Kanuha, who had come down from the encampment on Mauna Kea and travelled to Oahu for the protest on Tuesday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tries to keep rising sea at bay by not letting state employees talk about it

program date: 
Thu, 03/19/2015
As south Florida begins to sink below rising sea levels, the Governor Scott administration appears to be building a wall to protect itself from damaging information about the role that climate change is actually having.  His offices in Tallahassee, located somewhat inland, appear to be safe for now from harsh reality. 
Florida appears to be on the dangerous cutting edge of  denialism and the suppression of inconvenient truth. A climate of fear, insecurity and stasis seems to pervade agencies charged with environmental protection and regulation.
In this complete version of an interview done by Paul Roland for the KBOO News on March 18, we hear about the case of a Florida state employee who was reprimanded and put on unpaid leave for two days for speaking publicly about climate change. Roland interviews Jerry Phillips, Director of the Florida office of Public Employees for Environmental responsibility (PEER).
Barton Bibler is a long-time Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employee who serves as Land Management Plan Coordinator in the Division of State Lands.
When attending a public hearing, Bibler was directed by his superiors to remove any hot button issues, especially references to climate change.
He was then given a letter of reprimand for supposedly misrepresenting that the “official meeting agenda included climate change.”
The employee was suspended for two days and then given a “Medical Release Form” requiring that his doctor supply his boss with an evaluation of unspecified “medical condition and behavior” issues before being allowed to return to work.
On March 18, PEER sent a letter asking the Florida state government to open an investigation into how Bibler was handled.

More information: http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2015/03/18/scott%E2%80%99s-climate-change-gag-order-claims-a-victim/

Pasco’s Consejo Latino Leader Calls for DOJ Investigation in #PascoShooting

program date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015

From Latino Rebels website http://www.latinorebels.com/2015/02/16/pascos-consejo-latino-leader-calls-for-doj-investigation-in-pascoshooting/:

Last night, Latino Rebels Radio discussed the shooting death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington, with leaders of Pasco’s Consejo Latino. Rick Rios, Gabriel Portugal and Felix Vargas joined the show to share the latest about a story that has gotten national and international attention. In addition, Eddie De La Cruz of Oregon added insights as to how his community had begun to change community relationships with law enforcement, a model being followed by Consejo Latino. A lot was discussed last night —including more about Zambrano-Montes, his family’s reaction, Saturday’s march and one the previous record of one of the Pasco officers involved in the shooting— so you can hear the entire show below.
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on KPFA's "Letters and Politics" program (not yet aired on KBOO)

program date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015
Radical Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talks about her powerful new book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The book reframes United States history from the perspective of the Indigenous peoples who were living here for millenia before the arrival of Europeans. For those who haven't yet made or attempted this perceptual and conceptual shift, her book  can serve as a valuable aid and guide. Now more than ever we need to radically re-examine the flawed and unjust foundations upon which this nation-state was built and continues to be maintained.

From the book's Introduction: "Writing US history from an Indigenous peoples' perspective requires rethinking the consensual national narrative. That narrative is wrong or deficient, not in its facts, dates, or details but rather in its essence. Inherent in the myth we've been taught is an embrace of settler colonialism and genocide. The myth persists, not for a lack of free speech or poverty of information but rather for an absence of motivation to ask questions that challenge the core of the scripted narrative of the origin story. How might acknowledging the reality of US history work to transform society? that is the central question this book pursues."

"This may well be the most important US history book you will read in your lifetime."--Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is a fiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual."--Simon Ortiz, Poet and Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for over four decades. From 1967 to 1974, she was a full-time activist living in various parts of the United States, traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. She is also a veteran of the women's liberation movement. Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years outlines this time of her life, chronicling the years 1960-1975. After receiving her PhD in history at UCLA, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at Cal State, Hayward, and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples at the United Nations in Geneva. She is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

See her website: http://www.reddirtsite.com/ and for her book: http://www.beacon.org/An-Indigenous-Peoples-History-of-the-United-States-P1041.aspx
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A forum on police unions and their role in the culture of police violence in the United States

program date: 
Wed, 02/04/2015

A KBOO Special Forum on Police Unions and their role in perpetuating a culture of police violence. This will be an in-depth look into the history, role and politics of police unions in the light of the post-Ferguson nation-wide uprising against police killings, abuse and impunity.

Three panel discussions hosted by Paul Roland will expore this issue from a variety of angles. First will be an overview of the history and role of police unions, going back to the early part of the 20th Century. Guests will include Joseph Slater, Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law (http://www.utoledo.edu/law/faculty/fulltime/slater.html) and Kristian Williams of Portland, author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America http://www.kristianwilliams.com/.
The second panel will discuss the status and role of police unions from a labor perspective. Guests will includeJonathan Tasini, long-time labor activist in New York (http://www.workinglife.org/); Jamie Partridge, local community activist with the Letter Carriers' Union and Jobs with Justice; Ahjamu Umi, local activist with the All African Peoples' Revolutionary Party and union organizer http://www.abetterworld.me/me.html.
The third panel will look at police accountability/reform/abolition, citzen review and oversight and alternatives to policing. Guests will include Flint Taylor, long-time people's attorney with the People's Law Office in Chicago (http://peopleslawoffice.com/about-civil-rights-lawyers/attorney-staff-bios/flint-taylor/Ashlee Albies, attorney with the National Lawyers' Guild and with the Albina Ministerial Alliance in their ongoing involvement with the Department of Justice Settlement Process stemming from their lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau http://www.civilrightspdx.com/?attorney=6;Teressa Raiford of Don't Shoot Portland https://www.facebook.com/DontShootPDXAhjamu Umi 

Further reading on these issues:

 
 
 
http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/organized-labor-ferguson#.wizej3r1YB

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/the-bad-kind-of-unionism/

http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/10/organized_labor_takes_on_race_and_michael_brown.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/12/how-police-unions-keep-abusive-cops-on-the-street/383258/

http://www.thenation.com/blog/194537/police-unions-dont-serve-people-can-labor-movement-force-them

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/22/police-unions-havealwaysbeenalabormovementapart.html

http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/organized-labor-ferguson#.pvWYyq8Yy

http://lawcha.org/wordpress/2014/12/29/stop-kidding-police-created-control-working-class-poor-people/

http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14591

http://socialistworker.org/2014/12/16/armed-occupation-inside-the-empire

http://newpol.org/content/teachers-unions-police-and-real-new-civil-rights-movement

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/police-demilitarization-pits-police-union-against-top-labor#.vb54Zd04Z

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/29/1360927/-Jeff-Roorda-St-Louis-Police-Union-spokesman-wearing-Darren-Wilson-bracelet-assaults-cuts-woman

https://worxintheory.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/origins-of-the-police
 
To contact the host of this program, Paul Roland: paulakroland@gmail.com

 

Beyond Ferguson Panel

program date: 
Fri, 10/10/2014

Beyond Ferguson - Conversation and Action - A panel discussion recorded at Lewis Clark College on September 11, 2014 at Templeton Campus Center, Council Chambers. (It was broadcast on KBOO as part of News and Public Affairs Day on October 10th, 2014.)

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. This panel shares reactions and directions for the future.

The panel is moderated by Cathy Busha, Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement at Lewis and Clark College.

Speakers:
Lewis & Clark Professor Reiko Hillyer, S. Bobbin Singh, J.D., Executive Director Oregon Justice Resource Center, and community activists Giovanni Blair McKenzie and Lakeitha Elliott for “Beyond Ferguson - Conversation and Action.”  
Also participating in the Forum Michael Crenshaw, KBOO co-manager.

Craig Lewis: Punk Rock, Mental Illness and Recovery

program date: 
Sun, 10/05/2014
Craig Lewis is a punk rock mental health and recovery advocate, member of the Boston punk rock scene, Upheaval Fanzine editor, and the author of 'Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workbook". He has also recently edited 'You're Crazy' Volume One which featuresfirst-hand accounts of punks dealing with mental illness, addiction and trauma.

Craig came to KBOO on October 4, 2014 to talk about his work, and the talk he'll be making at the Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave, on Wednesday October 8th titled "PUNK ROCK, MENTAL ILLNESS and RECOVERY".

More information can be found at

http://www.redandblackcafe.com/event/punk-rock-mental-illness-and-recove...

Punksinrecovery.com
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Arun Gupta: Compromises dampened impact of Climate March

program date: 
Thu, 10/02/2014
Arun Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal.  He's currently working on a book about the local food movement.

His two most recent articles:
How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign

and

To Fight the Unpredictable Effects of Climate Change, We Need an Unpredictable Movement

sparked controversy among the left, and an article by march organizers who, as Gupta put it, 'claim credit for the Flood Wall Street action after refusing to back it or promote it': What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March

Arun was at KBOO's studios as part of our All-Day Special on 'Turning the Tide on Climate Change', and spoke about these and other issues.
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Prisoner Support: Inside and Outside Incarceration (not yet aired)

program date: 
Thu, 06/05/2014
With Coyote Sheff and Petey- Former prisoners
Coyote Sheff was released from a Nevada state prison back in November of 2013. He never rested while in prison, starting an Anarchist Black Cross chapter at the prison he was in to actively sticking up for his comrades and taking part in prison rebellions to protest different policies or actions by the prison administration. Coyote Sheff and Petey will be talking about their own respective experiences, stressing the importance of prisoner support during incarceration and after, supporting prison struggles from providing reading material to an anarchist reading group inside the prison walls to the many ways those on the outside can support prison rebellions.
Coyote Sheff's writings can be found at various blogs and sites on the web. For more info on Eric McDavid, discussed in this panel: http://supporteric.org/ More info on radical eco-prisoners: http://www.ecoprisoners.org/
A new website to support prisoners and prison resistance, mentioned in the panel: http://supportprisonerresistance.net

For complete schedule of panels and more information about the Law and Disorder Conference, go to: https://lawandisorder.wordpress.com/
Other audio from the conference available at kboo.fm/audio:
http://kboo.fm/content/prisonimperialismhowtheusisspreadingarepressiveincar
http://kboo.fm/content/massimprisonmentisprisonslavery


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March Against Monsanto Portland 2014

program date: 
Tue, 05/27/2014
Complete (lightly edited) audio from March Against Monsanto rally at Shemanski Park In Portland, May 24, 2014. Includes some music.
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