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Movie Moles: "Avatar"

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

 James Cameron's new blockbuster movie Avatar has been widely debated: what is it really saying about people with disabilities, the environment, racism, colonialism, and other important social questions?   Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris have a rousing good time taking down the pretensions of this huge  movie phenomenon.   Their blog has lots of quotes from and citations of the ongoing discussion of the film.   

13:14 minutes (7.57 MB)

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On the Old Mole Jan 11, 2010, Denise Morris & I discussed Avatar, the expensive and profitable 3-D blockbuster, written and directed by James Cameron.

The movie is set in 2154 on Pandora, the Earth-like moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri system, where the RDA Corporation is mining for the incredibly valuable mineral Unobtanium, and employs former marines as security. The local population includes the big blue Na'vi, who are in tune with all the life on their planet, venerate the mother goddess Eywa, and dress in a pastiche of scanty Native American and African tribal styles.

Pneumonia Warning

program: 
Presswatch
program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2010

 Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know."  She talks about her own recent experiences with swine flu and pneumonia, and the curious lack of corporate media interest in this mysterious killer.  Also, is there an Israeli connection to the Nigerian plane bomber?  And what about Israeli trafficking in Palestinian body parts?  Corporate personhood challenged in Humboldt County--can we do it here?  And more! Visit Theresa's blog at: http://kboo.fm/node/18638

20:32 minutes (9.4 MB)

James Kunstler: Predictions for 2010 and Beyond

program: 
Fight the Empire
program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Kunstler, author of numerous books including World Made By Hand, The Long Emergency, and The Geography of Nowhere. He discusses his predictions for 2010 and the future in general. 

 

27:04 minutes (12.39 MB)

Latest developments in the 2006 murder of journalist Brad Will

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Tue, 01/05/2010

A Mexican judge has once again called for the release of human rights activist Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno. Moreno was charged with the murder of Indymedia journalist Brad Will in 2006, despite the fact that there was no evidence against him. On Friday, a Mexican judge recognized this lack of evidence, and ordered Moreno’s release within fifteen days.

Supporters of Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno say that he was framed for the murder because he is an activist who has pointed out corruption in the Mexican government.  Several off-duty Mexican police who were caught on film shooting at Brad Will have not been charged with any crime.

13:17 minutes (12.17 MB)

Professor Zaher Wahab on what it's like in Afghanistan today.

program date: 
Wed, 01/06/2010

Hosted by Michelle Schroeder Fletcher 

Today's guest is Zaher Wahab, Professor of Education at Lewis & Clark College. He was born and schooled in Afghanistan. He currently teaches Foundations of Education, Race-Culture-Power, Paulo Freire, and the Middle East in Global Perspective. Dr. Wahab serves as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan, and has been spending about five months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from his most recent stay there and will talk about the current situation there.

 

 
55:21 minutes (25.34 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 12/31/09

Air date: 
Thu, 12/31/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A look at the best and worst of the year and decade in Portland

A look back at the best and the worst of the year and decade.

 

A 12-year-old girl shot by police with a beanbag, failed attempt to recall the mayor, new community journalism, solving Portland's gang problem, race and recession...these are just some of the issues Voices from the Edge covered during 2009. This week well be taking a look back the lows and highs in the Rose City the last 12 months as well as memorable moments earlier in the decade: remember Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mayor Katz's River Renaissance, or Columbia Villa?

Rick North from Oregon Physicians For Social Responsibility talks about Growth Hormones in cows and dairy products

program date: 
Wed, 12/30/2009

 Hosted by Will Newman II

FrankenFood or miracle for family dairies?

For over a decade, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) has been in the center of a controversy about genetic engineering, food safety, and animal health.  Join us in a discussion with Rick North, from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, as we examine the good and bad sides of rBGH.

 

 

55:04 minutes (25.21 MB)

The Decade In Review: Call in with your Best and Worst of the Decade

program date: 
Tue, 12/29/2009

 Hosted by Joe Uris

Today's show will be The Decade In Review...  Joe will seed the discussion with some of his own observations, then ask for yours.

57:40 minutes (26.41 MB)
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