Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."
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Activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant in Eugene this morning to protest the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.
Several protestors locked themselves to equipment at the plant, effectively blocking the “truck dump” where biomass is loaded into the incinerator.
The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually.
There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca biomass facility.
For more information, KBOO’s Ken Jones spoke with Grace Warner of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
5:59 minutes (8.21 MB)
Laurie Mercier interviews Peter Hart about his recent writings on media coverage and revisionism surrounding the Iraq War. They consider the shifting of blame for instability in Iraq from the US occupation to "age-old ethnic conflicts"; the abscence of coverage of Iraqi suffering; and the way the Iraq War is portrayed as something that "happened to the US".
Jeff Kropf is a conservative who served in the Oregon legislature between 1999 and 2007. While there, he helped pass the Charter Schools Act, a piece of legislation based on language from the free market, limited government advocating American Legislative Exchange Council. But Mr. Kropf, who is now a co-founder of Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school says many former democrats in the legislature helped pass that law. And he says Governor Kitzhaber's administration is experimenting with blended schooling that combines forms of public education and charter schooling. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Kropf about the positives and negatives of alternative education for Oregon's kids. 29:32 minutes (27.04 MB)
A couple more scenes that were too good to broadcast the first time around. Includes "Political Mad-libbs" and "Bunny in the Bush". Also includes the intro to the listener-voted favorite clip of all time: Stoner Trek!
A quick-clip, out-of-context look at Kirsten Liden's Memoirs From the Psych Ward. [You can listen to the full versions of each Psych Ward episode using the following links: Day 0, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6]
Noah & Kirsten introduce Sub-Human Intellect Theater's 1st Anniversary Spectacular, then play some of their favorite Letters From Listeners. Included is the deleted song "There's No Business Like No Business".