Oregon Cartoon Institute founders Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback are working with cultural organizations around the state to spotlight the historical importance of locally-grown animators and cartoonists. They're joined in the studio by musician Heather Perkins, OCI's artist-in-residence, who is composing an original concert piece inspired by Bugs Bunny and (Portland-bred) voice artist Mel Blanc.
Special guest Bill McKibben talks with Bill Resnick about how we are going to have to live on this rapidly changing planet. Tom Becker, host for today's show, reads an op-ed urging an end to the war on marijuana. And our Movie Moles take on the controversial Swedish film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb discuss the sexual politics of the new Swedish film Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film deals with sexual violence, revenge, and the decadence of upper-class Swedish society.
Victor Maldonado has a beautiful exhibition up at Froelick, all green paintings. This installation is comprised of panels in size of all the TV screens he has ever lived with. Maldonado addresses cross cultural identity and traffic via the monochrome.
Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley, a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley, of a young woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon. In 1920 she published a childhood diary about her time in the woods and her love of nature. It became wildly popular and then was later condemned as a hoax. This diary created an international controversy that led to her eventual decline in mental health.
Be sure to check out Palestinian hip hop group DAM opening up with Mic Crenshaw for Dead Prez this Thursday at Berbati's Pan- part of Soul'd out Music Festival
I will be interviewing DAM and airing pieces of the interview on my April 29th Show. Check them out again on Friday at Reed College as they help introduce Sling Shot Hip Hop- a documentary about hip hop in Palestine. Stay tuned and stay active!