Special Programming: Public Affairs

Episode Archive

Anniversary of Oso mudslide

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Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
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KBOO investigates unanswered questions about Oso mudslide
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of a catastrophic mudslide in Oso Washington that killed forty three people.  A year later, many questions about the mudslide and what led up to it have still not been answered.
This Friday March 20th, KBOO Radio will have a special program from 8 am to noon to look into the geology and human activities that led up to the slide, and the lessons that can be learned from the disaster.  

The 17th Homelessness Marathon

Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:00pm - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:00am
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America's only national broadcast focusing on homelessness and poverty
 The 17th Homelessness Marathon
America's only national broadcast focusing on homelessness and poverty will broadcast live from Sarasota, FL, starting at 5p.m., on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 and ending 13  hours later, at 6a.m.on Wednesday, February 18th.

Call in numbers for the broadcast will be-

If you're housed or homeless: 877-NOBODY-8 (877-662-6398)

If you're homeless, formerly homeless, or afraid you're about to be homeless, you can also call: 866-LEFT-OUT (866-533-8688)

DeGentrify Portland

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Fighting Back against the economic and racial forces of displacement
DeGentrify Portland  Project Coordinator Sharita Towne joins KBOO's Mic Crenshaw to talk about the changing face of north Portland, the cost to the community of gentrification, and how people are organizing to resist it.  We'll also hear excerpts from the films produced by the participants in DeGentrify Portland  that address the topic of gentrification and changing neighborhoods in Portland.

Winona LaDuke: Grassroots Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change

Air date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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Winona LaDuke on the preservation of tribal lands

Recording of a talk by Winona LaDuke for Portland State of Mind: Campus Sustainability Day at Portland State University. In this keynote address, Winona LaDuke discusses sustainable food growing practices as well as indigenous perspectives and grassroots strategies for mitigating climate change.

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.

Chris Hedges: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Short Description: 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges on US imperialism and capitalism
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, activist, and historian.  He is the best-selling author of a number of books including the 2012 Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, in collaboration with Joe Sacco.  He has spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent, reporting from more than fifty countries, and was in 2002 awarded the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.  He has been a vocal critic of Israeli foreign policy and recent US wars in the Middle East, and is a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

Eric McDavid - victim of FBI entrapment

Air date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Short Description: 
Environmental activist who served 9 years in prison for 'thought crime'
KBOO presents an exclusive interview with newly-released 'Green Scare' prisoner Eric McDavid.

After serving 10 years for a wrongful conviction of “conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and an explosive”, Eric was set free due to the government’s withholding of key evidence about how he may have been entrapped by an FBI agent.


KBOO's Artists in Residence present their work

Air date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
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Works produced by artists-in-residence at KBOO
Listen to the pieces produced through KBOO's Artist in Residence program.

The goals of the KBOO Artist Support Program are to support and invest in individuals who are pushing themselves artistically using sound, whose work will impact the cultural landscape of Portland, and to bring those artists into the dynamic KBOO community of local, national, and international artists and activists.

From 11:30 - Noon, we'll hear from Tessie Word, the 2014 KBOO Artist in Residence. She created the sound piece "Convergence"  during her residency.

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

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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

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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
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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 


David Graeber, professor and activist and author of "Debt: The First 5,000 Years"

program date: 
Wed, 10/19/2011

The Greed Special

Hosted by Per Fagereng and Joe Clement

Per and Joe interview David Graeber, professor, activist, and author of "Debt: The First 5,000 Years"

  • Title: Talk Radio 20111019
  • Length: 44:20 minutes (40.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Project Censored celebrates 35 years as media watchdog

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Thu, 10/06/2011

Theresa Mitchell of Presswatch and Per Fagereng of Fight the Empire co-host a special program with Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips of Project Censored to talk about the release of Censored 2012, which Celebrates 35 Years of Project Censored.

In the last 35 years, the so-called mainstream media have been co-opted into a propaganda machine for the transnational corporate power structure, which serves a US/NATO Military Industrial Media Empire instead of We the People.

Project Censored resists the goals of global empire at the expense of human rights, we resist top down managed news in favor of a truly free press, and we resist censorship in all its guises. 

Susan Lindauer: The Real Road to Ruins or 'How to Succeed in Terror Without Really Trying'

program date: 
Wed, 09/14/2011

The Road to Ruins

Former CIA Asset,  political prisoner and author Susan Lindauer, knows where all the bodies are buried - she worked for The Company that made the shovels...Lindauer joins us by phone from her place in DC for a KBOO Community radio 9/11Special.  All the things you want to know about the terrorist attacks but were afraid to ask.  Starting with, 'Who's a terrorist now, eh? Ten years after the fact, that is the question, is it not:  Who really is perpetrating terror around the world - from villagers in Waziristan hit by a firey ball of gawd-knows-what from who-knows-where to the hallowed hall of the United Nations?  Lindauer not only looks into the abyss,she went camping there. 

  • Length: 36:59 minutes (33.86 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Francis Moore Lappé: Shifting from "thought-traps" to EcoMind to re-create our world

program date: 
Wed, 09/14/2011

Environmentalist and best-selling author Frances Moore Lappé is interviewed by Michelle Schroeder Fletcher about her new book Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. Lappé, author of the best-selling Diet for a Small Planet, and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute deconstructs seven common "thought traps" about our ecological and social crises and offers a new mental framework - an "eco-mind" - brought to life in seven "thought leaps." In "EcoMind" she aims to dissolve feelings of powerlessness and stimulate imagination and ingenuity.

Labor Day Special: Participatory Economics

program date: 
Tue, 09/13/2011


Robin Hahnel, Professor of Economics at Portland State University and a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College, speaks on "Participatory Economics."

Hahnel is a radical economist and political activist. Politically he considers himself a proud product of the New Left and is sympathetic to libertarian socialism. He has been active in many social movements and organizations for forty years, notably as a participant in student movements opposed to the American invasion of South Vietnam, more recently with the Southern Maryland Greens, a local chapter of the Maryland Green Party, and the Green Party of the United States. Hahnel's work in economic theory and analysis is informed by the work of Marx, Keynes, Piero Sraffa, Michał Kalecki, and Joan Robinson, among others. He has served as a visiting professor or economist in Cuba, Peru, and England.

Produced by Jamie Partridge of Labor Radio. 


Human Rights and Civil Liberties; Ten years After 9/11

program date: 
Fri, 09/09/2011

   There is no one better to address these issues than  guest Michael Ratner. He is an author, an attorney and the President emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights , (CCR).  As president he helped lead the fight to demand due process for the prisoners locked in Guantanamo.  Over the past decade the CCR has used lawsuits, lobbying and public education to end the government's use of torture and extraordinary rendition. They've also played an important role in challenging the governments use of illegal and intrusive methods of  surveillance against American Citizens. In this interview he talks about the National Security State we now live in. The legacy of  9/11 we leave our children.

Board candidate forum - Part 2 - 8/30/2011

program date: 
Tue, 08/30/2011

KBOO Board Candidate Forum - part two

Get to know the candidates running for the KBOO Board in this on-air forum. This station belongs to its members, and you can participate in selecting the KBOO Board this September.

  • Length: 62:34 minutes (35.8 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 80Kbps (CBR)

Susan Lindauer, author of "Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq"

program date: 
Thu, 08/04/2011

Presswatch is on break this week. Instead Chris Andreae interviews Susan Lindauer, a former Congressional staffer who served as a U.S. Intelligence Asset covering Libya and Iraq at the United Nations, as a back channel on matters of anti-terrorism from 1993 to 2002. In the summer of 2001, her team warned about a major terrorist attack involving airplane hijackings and a strike on the World Trade Center. She is the author of Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq.

Susan Lindauer speaks in Portland:
8pm Thursday August 4th 2011 – Lucky Labrador Tavern – Community Meeting Room , 915 SE Hawthorne Street – Portland Oregon

Open Reservoirs and Governments

program date: 
Thu, 05/12/2011


Open Reservoirs and Governments 

This edition of Democracy Here explores the difference between engineered- and informed consent of the governed using the context of Portland’s current plans to take open reservoirs off-line and replacing them with new underground storage tanks.

The plan to bury the reservoirs is controversial: the city says they are forced to spend a half a billion dollars in order to comply with a federal regulation, while citizen groups say that the water bureau is fast tracking projects to the same cozy consultants who wrote the regulation and that the water bureau could work more earnestly on obtaining relief.   

This edition of DemocracyHere! features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;


Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     

Engineering techniques to look for in the interviews include:

Emotional appeal trumps reasoned argument;

Government is your daddy;


Hurry up, its an emergency;



The concluding to-do list contains:

Learn about the open reservior issue;

Call or write your city commissioner;


Attend the rate hearing at city hall on May 18th at 10:15 am.


TimmyG and Happy from StumpTown Kilts

program date: 
Wed, 05/11/2011

Did you know that Portland is a great place to be an entreprenuer- to start a small business even in a downturn economy?  TimmyG and Happy from Stumptown Kilts will provide you with the information you need to be a successful entreprenuer. 

  • Length: 31:20 minutes (28.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)


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