Sweet Crude is a new film about the struggle between the people of the Niger River Delta and the Shell oil-megacorporation, and its director Sandy Cioffi talks here with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about the film and the people's resistance to the ongoing desctruction of their land. Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle based film and video artist who has produced and/or directed several films including the critically acclaimed Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us.
Abe and Joe dive into the murky waters of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico horror show
Abe and Joe dive into the murky waters of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico horror show, and pay appropriate homage to the impeccable free market forces that first caused the disaster, and then failed to remedy it.
Also: President Obama continues his reluctance to seize the populist moment that history has handed him, as oil executives join the ranks of the elite power brokers to whom he has shown deference. Will the Gulf tragedy finally be enough to jolt him from his corporate doldrums?
Theresa Mitchell with "the news you're not supposed to know" takes a look at the differing media accounts of the Israeli assault on the Gaza relief convoy. More info at her blog: http://kboo.fm/node/21820
Jo Ann & Dave discuss police accountability, and the U.S. Supreme Court's June 1 decision regarding Miranda rights. Open lines.
About the program…
Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.
Coffee, Tea and VOE: A talk with Coffee Party PDX's Kristy Alberty and Common Cause Oregon's Nate Gulley
The Tea Party has captured the imagination of America's media industry if not the American people, lending it clout that far surpasses its numbers. Tea Party pressure has sent nervous Republican incumbents like Senator John McCain even more to the right. The Tea Party, however, remains a movement remains at heart a movement of negation: no taxes, no immigrants, no federal government. With their "Don't Tread on Me" flags and Obama-Hitler anologies, Tea Party activists have helped accelerate the decline of civil political discourse.
Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know." U.S. experiencing record budget deficits, pressures to increase on middle class? And consider this: the reason that BP is trying 'containment' or 'top kill' is that they want to be able to profit from the thousands of feet of hole that they've already produced. They know it has oil--we all do, now--so they want to "contain" it or plug it at the top ("top kill"), and that way they can save lots of money and still profit from the new "relief well." The new well will use imaging seismic technology and directed slant drilling to access the (considerable) remainder of the old hole.
Even as oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico from a deep water drilling accident, new drilling is being planned off Alaska's arctic coast this July. But neither ecological disasters, oil wars, nor tens of thousands of annual auto fatalities have so far dampened our enthusiasm for the car. Sociologist and author Michael Dawson explores the how this enthusiasm is rooted in a capitalist business model that's "intractably addicted to selling us cars in crazy-huge numbers, forever, no matter the ecological and social consequences," thus "the homicidal perpetuation of cars-first transportation." Speaking with host Stephanie Potter, Dawson discusses the need to take a clear-eyed look at the addiction to the U.S.
Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know:" There's trouble in the pipeline. New analysis of the BP gusher video shows that the Gulf of Mexico is being poisoned at the rate of four million gallons of sludge per day, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the crap will be circulating around Florida. Meanwhile the Afghan War and the occupation of Iraq are going south fast, and the patches on the economy that supposedly stopped the progress of the new Great Depression are pulling apart. To Washington planners, this can only mean one thing: it's time to start a new war. The War on Terror isn't doing the job of distracting people well enough, because