This week: Saturday May 2 was the Global Marijuana March. We attended the Portland GMM, and spoke with Russ Belville of Portland NORML and 420radio.org, Lindsey Rinehart of Parents 4 Pot and the UnderGreen Railroad, Bettie Retro of the International Women's Cannabis Association and Parents 4 Pot, Kaliko Castille of Portland NORML and The Weed Blog, and Urb Thrasher, stage MC and event organizer. We also hear from Erin Purchase and her daughter Mykala about cannabis oil and Mykala's battle against cancer. Plus, we talk with Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition about Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Lloyd Geering is a Presbyterian minister and scholar from New Zealand. He has written over a dozen books. His latest book is a collection of essays that chronicle his intellectual and spiritual journey, Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of A Modern Heretic. He was tried for heresy in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 1967 for an article he wrote about Resurrection.
In the nation of India, deaf activists are organizing to challenge the discrimination they face. In March, a deaf teenager was raped and killed, and just this week, a deaf child was badly beaten by a teacher in India for failing to understand an assignment. KBOO’s Sarika Mehta produced this report about the situation in India for deaf people:
The full version of this story aired on KBOO’s Political Perspectives last week. You can find it here.
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A whistleblower who came forward in 2006 to report what he believed to be illegal activity of his coworkers is now fighting to save his home from the very financial institution that acquired his former employer. Robert Kraus worked as a controller for North Carolina based Wachovia Bank before it got acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008. KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan spoke with professor Fred Alford at the university of Maryland about the consequences whistleblowers face and the power of organizations to discourage ethical behavior.
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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)
A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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This week: we talk with Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon about that state's efforts to implement its adult use program, and about how that will effect Oregon's medical marijuana program; plus Yesid Reyes Alvarado, Colombian Minister for Law & Justice, addresses the UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Top Congressional legislators reached a deal earlier today to introduce fast-track legislation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress.
As the ranking Democrat on the Finance Panel, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden was crucial in reaching an agreement between Republicans and Democrats drafting the legislation.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the world’s largest free trade agreement, involving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Japan, and seven other Pacific-rim countries.
It is heavily opposed by environmental groups, American labor unions such as the AFL-CIO, as well as human rights advocates.
The Oregon chapter of the AFL-CIO has staged multiple protests calling for lawmakers to reject the trade deal. 6:44 minutes (6.16 MB)
The former Chilean army officer who allegedly murdered folksinger Victor Jara in the aftermath of the 1973 military coup is the subject of a civil lawsuit in the United States.
Pedro Barrientes Nunez currently lives in Deltona, Florida, despite an extradition request made by the Chilean government when his name was revealed as the leader of the squad that tortured and killed Jara.
KBOO reporter Sam Bouman speaks with Almudena Bernabeu, the international attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability which is prosecuting the case.
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Check out this very FUN interview with the young fresh rock band The Bots ( Anaiah Lei - Drums / Vocals / Keys Mikaiah Lei - Guitar / Vocals / Keys / Bass ) just before their performance at Doug Fir on April 5th. 41:46 minutes (57.37 MB)