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Bring on the World Cup

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World Cup qualifying is back!

For soccer nerds, this is the time you begin to salivate in advance of the World Cup -- which this time around will be played in South Africa next summer. It's the first time the tournament will have ever been staged in Africa, incidentally.

I should mention that next year's World Cup is the men's tournament. And as a matter of fact, a caveat: all the soccer optimism displayed below is for the men's team, because the U.S. Women's team is the best in the world, the defending Olympic champion, and two-time winners of the World Cup. The U.S. men play in a looooong shadow.

Anyway, we've reached the final round of qualifying, dubbed the "Hexagonal" because there are six teams left -- Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Trindad & Tobago, and the United States. Our regional federation is called CONCACAF, and comprises North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Each nation plays each other nation twice, home and away, for a total of ten games per team. At the end, the top three teams advance to the World Cup. Standings are kept by awarding three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. After one game, a 2-0 home win over Mexico, the United States is tied for first place with three points. The U.S. plays its second match against El Salvador on Saturday. The game will be broadcast at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

The thing is, we are easily the class of the region, and have been for some time. Mexico was a colossus for years and years, but they haven't managed a win on American soil in 10 matches. Mexico's recent past has been full of painful losses to the Americans, including a memorable 2-0 elimination from the 2002 World Cup. We should easily finish in the top three, and will likely finish first.

It's really a relatively new, and strange, feeling as a fan of the U.S. national team. We're actually a respectable side now, and elite soccer nations no longer consider a game against us to be an easy win. It's a product, I think, of several generations growing up with the game. We still have a culture that draws our best athletes into basketball and American football, but the pool of talented young soccer players has grown to the point that we can field some pretty good footballers.

And just as importantly, as you can tell from the roster for Saturday's game, there are lots of Americans playing professionally in Europe, and some are even holding down starting positions in top leagues in England and Germany. Constant competition against world-class opposition will only make them better, and there are talented youngsters coming up all the time.

It's a good time to be an American soccer fan.

-A

Theater and healing: An conversation with the production company of "A Sunbeam"

The play's the thing. Theater offers reflections of reality but can it serve as a specific tool in tackling problems? Jo Ann and Dave talk with members of PassinArt: A Theater Company about their production of "A Sunbeam" by award-winning playwright John Henry. This unique production of a play about a family torn apart by problems includes "talk back" sessions with cast members and professionals from the Avel Gordley Center for Healing.

Voices from the Edge on 03/26/09

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Thu, 03/26/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Theater and healing: A conversation with the production company of "A Sunbeam."

The play's the thing. Theater offers reflections of reality but can it serve as a specific tool in tackling problems? Jo Ann and Dave talk with members of PassinArt: A Theater Company about their production of "A Sunbeam" by award-winning playwright John Henry. This unique production of a play about a family torn apart by problems includes "talk back" sessions with cast members and professionals from the Avel Gordley Center for Healing.

Stage and Studio on 03/24/09

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 03/24/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Dmae Roberts hosts. Her guests from Northwest Children's Theatre's production of "Goodnight Moon," by Margaret Wise Brown, are director Sarah Jane Hardy and actors Aiden Jung and Lea Zawada. Also producer Frank Reynolds talks to people around Portland about funding for the arts and the importance of culture in tough economic times.

Un-Herd on 03/23/09

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Mon, 03/23/2009 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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Live on Un-Herd, David Rafn and JP Jenkins

This week we have David Rafn and JP Jenkins.

David has recently released a CD under the title Sustentacula. http://www.rasbliutto.net/releases/sustentacula.html. He has contributed to Wooly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, CEXFUCX, and much more. He is also about to graduate from the Art Institute with a degree in design. Songwriter-improviser-designer-dancer, Rafn will be splitting the show with Jean-Paul Jenkins.

Jenkins is a sort of cloaked wizard of sound and creation. Rather than put himself publicly behind a veil of myspace, he would rather have you over for a tea and noise. http://www.rasbliutto.net/artists/jpjenkins.html. J.P. has performed from the CBGB in New York to various Portland art galleries more than 15 years of performing, 10 of which in Portland.

music featured in Che

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Music featured in Che and played on the Old Mole March 23, 2009

"Conga Jam"; performed by Candido a Graciela; written by Candido Camero (Manhattan Productions Music, Inc.)

Movin' On playlist for 03/20/2009

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Movin' On
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03/20/2009

PLAYLIST: Movin' On
, Friday, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
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Host: Don Jacobson

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(VA) = Various Artists.  All media are CDs unless otherwise stated.

Artist: "Selection" ALBUM TITLE [Label]

(VA) Will Geer: Excerpt from This Land Is Your Land "I Hate A Song That ..." A TRIBUTE TO WOODY GUTHRIE [Warner Bros.]
((Intro))

Woody Guthrie: "Ain't Gonna Be Treated This A'Way" THE EARLY YEARS [Legacy International]
((Opening Theme))

Movie Talk 03/20/2009

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Thu, 03/19/2009

Hosted by: Dawn Taylor, Doug Holm, Ed Goldberg

27:30 minutes (18.89 MB)

guess who's coming to radio??!! playlist for 03/19/2009

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03/19/2009

in this show, we honored the joy of the soundtrack, and we spoke with izzy berlin and mr. adam of the LEP charter school, about the actions taken by the students to keep the school open.  AUDIO AND MORE INFORMATION UP SOON!!!

Movin' On

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Movin' On
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Fri, 04/03/2009 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Tracy Grammer On Movin' On

Tracy Grammer will perform in person on Movin' On. Friday April 3rd, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. The program host is Don Jacobson

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