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Eric Laursen on Social Security

program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2015

Bill Resnick interviews Eric Laursen, author of The People’s Pension: The War Against Social Security, from Reagan to Obama, available from AK Press. They discuss how and why Social Security survived in the face of elite attacks since its inception. Laursen is part of the movement seeking to expand Social Security, not just raising benefits but involving recipients in the battle for a just economy.  You can find more of his recent work here.

[image via Wikimedia] 19:11 minutes (13.18 MB)

Taxpayers will pay KBR $30 million in legal fees after lawsuit from poisoned vets

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Fri, 09/04/2015
U.S. taxpayers will have to pay at least $30 million to cover attorney fees incurred by defense contractor K-B-R.  The company, a subcontractor of the infamous Halliburton corporation, was found guilty of wrongly exposing U.S. and British soldiers to toxic chemicals while serving in the Iraq War.

More than 30 Oregon Army National Guard soldiers who served at Qarmat Ali filed a 2009 fraud and negligence lawsuit against KBR in Portland.
The vets alleged that exposure to the toxic dust caused them to suffer health problems, including serious respiratory illnesses.
8:02 minutes (7.36 MB)

Alyssa Pagan on Fight for 15, #BlackLivesMatter, and Armed PSU Security

program: 
News In Depth
program date: 
Wed, 08/05/2015
KBOO's Mic Crenshaw speaks with Alyssa Pagan, an organizer with Don't Shoot Portland, 15 Now, and the PSU Student Union, about the fight for a $15 minimum wage, #BlackLivesMatter, the controversial arming of PSU's security guards, and this weekend's upcoming events to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, by a white police officer, among other topics.

Don't Shoot Portland: https://www.facebook.com/DontShootPDX?pnref=story

Killed by Police: http://killedbypolice.net/ 15:48 minutes (14.47 MB)

Madness Radio on 08/03/15

Program: 
Madness Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health

HRC Chair Criticizes Effectiveness of Police and Community Relations Committee

program: 
News In Depth
program date: 
Thu, 07/16/2015

Portland Human Rights Commission Chair Chabre Vickers sharply criticized the Police and Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at that group's meeting last night. She suggested a three-month hiatus to redevelop the group so that its meetings achieve more tangible results. The PCRC is a sub-group of the Human Rights Commission and is tasked with guiding the police department in following the guidelines of the US Department of Justice settlement, which had found that the PPB used excessive force against people with mental illness and engaged in racial profiling. The committee includes members of the public and the police department as well as city officials.

21:13 minutes (19.43 MB)

Madness Radio on 07/06/15

Program: 
Madness Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health
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