This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave ask the question "Are the good guys ahead?" Local progressive may be feeling a bit down over the direction of local and state politics lately. City Hall seems more disconnected than ever from the world in which most Portlanders live. Earlier this week, city council voted 4-1 (Commissioner Fritz abstaining) to put a new bond measure before voters for a new communications system and other equipment for the Fire Bureau. With so many city services taking hits - and at least on other proposed bond measure being put on hold because of the economy - should there have been a community discussion about whether this measure could wait? Oregon's gubernatorial race - "Doc vs.
Portland City Councilvoted 3-2 this morning to let police unit commanders have a vote in certain cases before the new police review board. Does this make the new board "structurally flawed" or does it increase accountability as commissioners supporting the change claim? Voices from the Edge Hosts Dave Mazza and Jo Ann talk about this new development.
A dustup between the NAACP and the Tea Party movement throws the racist streak in modern conservatism into stark, ugly relief. It's the next chapter in a sordid tale that predates our Republic. But the good news? The Tea Party's visible virulence is proof that things are getting better.
FEATURED ARTIST ~ BLOCKHEAD: Interview, Live Mix, & More
Blockhead grew up in downtown New York City. The son of an artist, early on he found his passion was for music. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists. After a brief stint as a rapper, he realized his calling was behind the boards and not on the mic, and from there he began to produce beats.
Once again it's time to clarify what the word Capitalism means and what it does not mean. Capitalism is a system of oppression. When I say that, I am simply using words accurately; without oppression there is no profit, so anyone wishing to accumulate money under the system of Capitalism has to understand that point. But I will explain.
Village Building Convergence and Urban Sustainability Special 2010
All day on July 30th, from 9am to 3pm, KBOO presents a special on Urban Sustainability with audio from this year's Village Building Convergence in Portland. This year's special will include lectures by Starhawk and Paul Cienfuegos, as well as interviews with Native American youth in Portland and a special report on the first ever chicken palace!
Facts? Don't bother me with the facts. An article from the Boston Globe discusses the ramifications of a University of Michigan study which shows that reality has very little bearing on one's deeply held opinions, whether right or wrong. In fact (so to speak), the study suggests a perverse tendency to cling even more tightly to one's beliefs whenever reality proves to be inconvenient.
With Joe on vacation, Abe probes the murky waters where faith and fact overlap.
Tonight on Circle A Radio we have a summer reading program, with people who run bookstores, and bookgroups, printers, and of course, readers sharing what they’re reading.
We'll talk with Jordi and Shanti from Northstar Infoshop, Maile Speakman of the Portland Feminist Reading Group, author Yusef Shakur whose most recent book is entitled The Window to My Soul: My Transformation from a Zone 8 Thug to a Father and a Freedom Fighter, Charles from Eberhardt Press, and people from AK Press and Blackrose Infoshop.