Treasures From The KBOO Archives

On this monthly program we feature Treasures from the KBOO Public Affairs Archive

Please help us preserve these audio gems!

Every first Monday of the month from 6 - 7 pm, we present programs from KBOO's Public Affairs Archive. They are examples from an unmatched collection, and we have a plan to make the whole library available to anyone with a computer in the future (with your support!).

Revox PR99 Reel-to-Reel, courtesy of carrierdetect, aka Andrew Back

KBOO's Public Affairs Archive Digitization Project

KBOO has an archive of over 7000 recordings of speeches, interviews and documentaries from our 44 years on the air. Unfortunately, we rarely have time to play them on the air, even though many retain their value. Some that are on old-fashioned recording tape are deteriorating. We will soon apply for grants to pay for the digital re-recording of these programs. This will save the sound that otherwise might be lost, and will also enable us to make these unique programs available to you via our website. The foundations that will underwrite this project want to make sure that you, our KBOO audience, care about these recordings. In other words, they want to see us raise some seed money for the project.

If you can help, please donate via our membership form & on the comments form, type ARCHIVE PROJECT.

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Episode Archive

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 07/03/13

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Wed, 07/03/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Lynne Stewart, from 2003, and Robert Pete Williams, from 1970.

tune in for a mix of archived music and public affairs! We start tonights show with an archive recording of Lynne Stewart from 2003, and an archive recording of Robert Pete Williams, from 1970.

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 06/05/13

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Wed, 06/05/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Queer History from KBOO's Archives

In honor of June being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month month, Treasures from the KBOO Vault will be listening to 2 pieces of queer public affairs aired on KBOO in the 1990's.

The first piece we will hear was recorded on National Coming Out Day, October 11th, 1991, for the Old Mole Variety Hour by Andy Simon.

Our second piece we will hear on tonights program is a panel discussion recorded in 1998 at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference. This panel of activists will be discussing the issue of globalisation, and how it fits into the queer agenda, and how too often, it does not fit into the queer agenda.

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 05/01/13

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Wed, 05/01/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Treasures From The KBOO Public Affairs Archives are audio gems

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 04/03/13

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Wed, 04/03/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Ben Linder

Tonights Treasures from the Archive is about Ben Linder. We've put together 2 tapes, one called Target: Ben Linder, and the other from an event recorded by KBOO Volunteers in April 1989, called Remembering Ben.

We also have an interview with Aaron Liss, the technical program manager for Green Empowerment, an organization that was set up to continue the work of Ben Linder in Nicaragua, and worldwide.

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 03/06/13

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Wed, 03/06/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Treasures From The KBOO Public Affairs Archives are audio gems

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 02/06/13

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Wed, 02/06/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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George Page, and Dick Gregory

For African American History Month, Treasures from the KBOO Archive will play a half hour program produced by George Page in 1977. The second half of the show we'll hear a speech recorded in 1992 by Dick Gregory. The speech was recorded at Reed College.

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 01/02/13

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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Treasures From The KBOO Public Affairs Archives are audio gems

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 10/19/12

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Fri, 10/19/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, populist, political commentator, humorist and author.

Her biographer wrote "She was groomed for a gilded life in moneyed Houston, but Molly Ivins left the country club behind to become one of the most provocative, courageous, and influential journalists in American history. Presidents and senators called her for advice; her column ran in 400 newspapers; her books, starting with Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?, were bestsellers."

Classic Molly Ivins' quotes (from Wikipedia):

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 10/18/12

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Thu, 10/18/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.

Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 10/17/12

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Wed, 10/17/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey - writer, counter-cultural icon (1935 - 2001)

This KBOO exclusive recording is from a talk by writer Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, given in Portland and recorded by KBOO volunteers in 1976.

Kesey attended the University of Oregon with a degree in Speech and Communications. He also received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to enroll in the Creative Writing program at Stanford. His classmates in the program included Robert Stone, Larry McMurty, Ken Babbs, and Wendell Berry, all of whom would go on to be noted writers and lifelong friends of Kesey.


"Gaia Rising: Earth Day Special, 1989," produced by Paul Roland

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Wed, 11/05/2014

In this recently-rediscovered "Treasure from the KBOO Archives" from 25 years ago, a much younger Paul Roland offers a glimpse into the ecological consciousness and resistance movement, which emerged particularly strong in the Pacific Northwest, also known as Cascadia. Most of the interviews were done at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, which had become one of the epicenters for cross-fertilization in this movement.

Interviews with:
-Bill Koethke (Kotke), originally from Prineville, Oregon; labor activist and participant in Bay area counterculture in the late 1960's, joined the back-to-the-land movement in the 70's; came to Portland in the mid-80's to finish his book "The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future." Also author of "Garden Planet: The Present Phase Change of the Human Species." Currently lives in an alternative community in southern Oregon. More info: 
WEB SITE: (All contact info at this site)   E-BOOKS FOR SALE AT NEW MOVIE ! see trailer at: Inventory of all recent essays at: VIDEO: Real Food and Resistance Conference

-Starhawk, writer, activist and major figure in Neopaganism. Her book "The Spiral Dance," one of the main inspirations behind the Goddess movement, has been widely influential, as have her many other works. She remains active in Reclaiming, a modern witchcraft tradition that she co-founded.  She has also been a trainer in nonviolence and direct action for many years. For more information, see her Wikipedia entry, or

-Mike Roselle, co-founder in 1980 of Earth First!, also co-founded the Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society.  Mike participated in innumerable campaigns and actions and by his own account has been arrested over 50 times. He was involved early on in the NW forest protection movement and lived in Portland for a while in the mid-80's. He is the author of "Tree Spiker!" and has lived for several years in Rock Creek, West Virginia, where he is active in the struggle against Mountaintop Removal coalmining with Climate Ground Zero ( You can also find him on Facebook.

Brian Willson, Vietnam veteran, peace activist and attorney.  Willson helped create Veterans Education Project (VEP) in Massachusetts; Vietnam Veterans Peace Education Network (VVPEN) in New England; National Federation of Veterans For Peace (NFVFP) in 1986 in Washington, DC;  Veterans Peace Action Teams (VPAT) in 1987, training and sending observation and work teams into Nicaragua and El Salvador, a project that lasted 3 years; Institute For the Practice of Nonviolence in 1988 in San Francisco. Willson was an early member of Veterans for Peace.[6]
On September 1, 1987, while engaged in a protest against the shipping of U.S. weapons to Central America in the context of the Contra wars,[2] Willson and other members of a Veterans Peace Action Team blocked railroad tracks at the Concord, CA Naval Weapons Station.  An approaching train did not stop, and struck the veterans. Willson was hit, ultimately losing both legs below the knee.
He has remained active and has been living for several years in Portland, where he was involved with Occupy among other things. For more information, see his wikipedia entry or:

Liz May, an American-born Canadian environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and politician currently serving as leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands. She was the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006. She started out as a grassroots activist in the 1970's and early 80's working against pesticide and herbicide spraying and uranium mining. After graduation from law school in 1983, she helped found the Canadian Environmental Defence Fund. See her Wikipedia page or her homepage


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