Environment

Movie Moles: "Avatar"

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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)

What's Happening with Portland's Water?

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 01/11/2010

What's going on with Portland's water? In light of the Thanksgiving weekend e coli outbreak in one of the Washington Park Reservoirs, we look at arguments for and against covering Portland's famously open-air reservoirs. We also talk about the underground water storage facility under construction on Powell Butte and the status of Portland's request for a variance from the EPA for its open reservoirs.

Our guests are David Shaff with the Portland Water Bureau and Friends of the Reservoirs representatives Floy Jones and Scott Fernandez.

53:08 minutes (48.64 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.

Political Perspectives on 01/13/10

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Wed, 01/13/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Allison Miliones speaks with Donna Matrazzo, a science, environmental and history writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and in national park visitor centers and museums around the country. She has lived on Sauvie Island for 20 years. Her book, "Wild Things: Adventures of a Grassroots Environmentalist," was a finalist for a Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.


 

More Talk Radio on 01/11/10

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More Talk Radio
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Mon, 01/11/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod look at the fate of China, the United States, the Global South, and planet with guest Michael T. Klare, whose recent article on TomDispatch is "The Second Decade, The World in 2020" http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175186/

Michael Klare, the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985 is the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy,

Klare contends that while the first decade of the twenty-first century still looked at least somewhat like the world of 1999, by 2020, this planet will have a genuinely different look to it. Momentous shifts in global power relations and a changing of the imperial guard, just now becoming apparent, will be far more pronounced by that year as new actors, new trends, new concerns, and new institutions dominate the global space.

James Kunstler: Predictions for 2010 and Beyond

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Fight the Empire
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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)

Locus Focus on 01/18/10

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 01/18/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am

MORE ON MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL MINING

Many Portlander's think that we get most of our electricity from the Bonneville hydro system, but in fact 40% comes from burning coal, much of it mined by blasting the top off a mountain in Kirk, West Virginia. This week on Locus Focus, guest Judy Bonds, co-director for Coal River Mountain Watch, talks about the impact of this devastating practice on the lives, economy and culture of her community. We'll also hear an update on what's happening at the federal and local level to end mountain top removal mining and put a stop to the wholesale burying of streams under mountains of mine tailings.

Voices from the Edge on 01/07/10

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Thu, 01/07/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67

 

On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake.

CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

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Ubu Hour
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Mon, 01/04/2010

CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE - The Ubu Hour brings in some newsy types and a couple scientists on opposing sides of the climate change debate. After all, isn't that what we need? More debates... Voices by
Alicia, Noah, Rambo, Rolf and Sweet-tooth.

10:16 minutes (9.4 MB)

What Happened in Copenhagen?

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 01/04/2010

Climate talks drew to a close in Copenhagen just before Christmas, with little concrete action to celebrate. Our guest Robert Engelman was there and he tells us what happened in Copenhagen, what didn't happen, what we can hope for and what we need to make sure happens soon.

45:34 minutes (41.72 MB)
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