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Papers: The Movie - What happens when our Undocumented Youths turn 18?

program date: 
Wed, 09/23/2009

 Common Sense Talk Radio
 Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez

Today, Kayse and Grassia welcome some of the producers of the new film "Papers: The Movie" that deals with people's lives as they turn 18 without "Documentation."  In the Studio today were José Luis and Manuel Morales, student producers, and Eric Ward by phone from Chicago.

 The Dream Act

57:34 minutes (26.36 MB)

States Rights, The Federal Government, and the Obama Administration

program date: 
Tue, 09/22/2009

 The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show
 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

Today's topic is States' Rights, and how they relate to both the Federal Government and the Obama Administration.

 

56:16 minutes (25.76 MB)

Common Sense - Health Issues in the Immigrant - Refugee Community

program date: 
Wed, 09/16/2009

 Common Sense
 Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez

Today's show will cover Community Health and what organizations and community members who are trying to close the gap between health, gender, race and economic status.  Joining us for discussion are:

John Joo, from APANO The Asian Pacific Network of Oregon

Sade Oandeko, a community health analyst from Lutheran Community Services NW

Johnell Bell, from Multnomah County Health Services

57:41 minutes (26.41 MB)

EcoNvergence - Northwest Regional Gathering on the Economic and Ecological Crises

KBOO is a proud co-sponsor of EcoNvergence:

A Northwest Gathering on the Economic and Ecological Crises - October 2nd through 4th

Featuring world-renowned linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky

Hear what our nation’s leading thinkers have to say about the current environmental and economic crises … and learn how you can bring about positive change within your community.

Speakers include:

Derrick Jensen  Mark Weisbrot  Barbara Dudley
Eric Holt-Giménez  Barbara Garson  David Korten
Jo Ann Bowman  Danny Schechter  Veronica Dujon

Teabaggin' it old school

Hordes of Real Americans (TM) descended on Washington this weekend as the Teabaggers held their "Sept. 12" march and rally. You know, the kind of event where people are so patriotic they fly Confederate flags and call for the president to be sent to Kenya. It's all part of the continuing outbreak of Aggrieved White Man Syndrome, which is what happens when a privileged group begins to lose the prestige to which it feels entitled.

We need a fighter

Sept. 7, 2009

Again, Bill Moyers rides to our rescue.

Let's get on with it, Mr. President. We're up the proverbial creek with spaghetti as our paddle. This health care thing could have been the crossing of the Delaware, the turning point in the next American Revolution — the moment we put the mercenaries to rout, as General Washington did the Hessians at Trenton. We could have stamped our victory "Made in the USA." We could have said to the world, "Look what we did!" And we could have turned to each other and said, "thank you."

As it is, we're about to get health care reform that measures human beings only in corporate terms of a cost-benefit analysis. I mean this is topsy-turvy — we should be treating health as a condition, not a commodity.

Watch the video.

Lots about this on the next show.

-A

Moyers nails it

Once again, the inestimable Bill Moyers displays how a real journalist should act:

The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.

 

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 There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.

Watch the video.

As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.

-A

H/T Digby

August 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond (pictured here), and includes his special feature "Mystery Mole," as well as thoughtful introductions to all the other Moles' contributions.  Norm also plays and comments on a song by the Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco.

53:37 minutes (30.68 MB)

Cooperating Co-ops in Cleveland

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for  a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio.  Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement.  Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)

18:36 minutes (10.65 MB)

A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void

program date: 
Thu, 08/27/2009

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.

55:40 minutes (44.6 MB)
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