Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare. This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.
29:59 minutes (27.46 MB)
We interviewed Kim Howe from Dooda Fracking, an organization raising awareness about fracking on the Dine' (Navajo) reservation. She joined with the Journey for Existence walk around Dine'tah (People's land). They are now on the eastern side where most of the fracking is happening on the reservation. She'll share her experience with us on this show. 42:55 minutes (39.3 MB)
Author Caroline Miller has been known to the Portland writing community for many years. But her latest endeavor is a play, and her new play is called "Woman on the Scarlet Beast". She talks with Don Merrill about the joys and pains of being a playwright and how the Book of Revelations relates to and inspired her story of three Catholic women dealing with issues of feminism and dogma across the hall from her in the 60s'.
"Woman on the Scarlet Beast" 7p.m. most Thursdays-Fridays and 5 p.m. most Saturdays-Sundays through February 8.
For additional showtimes, see post5theater.org. 1666 SE Lambert St./971-258-8584/fertilegroundpdx.org
14:31 minutes (13.3 MB)
Breast cancer is the premier biomedical in the world and yet survival has not increased since 2000. The Digital Divide explores what science has discovered about why breast and other cancers are difficult to treat, and why a shift to greater emphasis on early detection and prevention is warranted. Host Robert Fortner interviewed Bob Eisenman and we'll listen to excerpts from that interview.
Also, statistics in sports might be distorting not only your view of the game, but of science and even lead to misjudgments in everyday life. Statistician Scott Berry brings this unexpected interplay to light. 58:37 minutes (53.67 MB)
Frann Michel hosts the first Mole of the new year, which looks back to past activism and forward to new movements and continued struggle. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:
Jan Haaken talks (again) with Mimi Schippers about feminism and football. This time, they discuss cheerleaders, the role of female cheerleaders as heterosexualizing the sport, and the labor suits professional cheerleaders have filed against teams and the NFL. Mimi is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. 8:41 minutes (3.98 MB)
Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, review the 1994 Charles Burnett film The Glass Shield. Jonny Johnson, played by Michael Boatman, is an idealistic rookie assigned to an all white LA County Sheriff's office as its first black officer. JJ, as he's called, befriends another officer who is like him at odds with the in-group: Deborah Fields played by Lori Petty. Together they investigate suspicions they have of a cover-up within the ranks of the station that pull them into a deeper network of corruption.
13:59 minutes (12.8 MB)