On the Dec 4 Radiozine, Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews journalist and social chameleon Harmon Leon, who is known for infiltrating and exposing the weird and wonderful subcultures of America. His most recent book is The American Dream, based on his roadtrip to uncover the humorous and contradictory ways in which people from all walks of life define themselves in relation to their country. Leon's pursuit takes him from the pot fields of Northern California to reality T.V.
Proposition 8 was passed this November in California. It changed the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry .
We explore the issues of marriage equality, people of color and the LGBT movement. with THOMAS WHEATLEY, Organizing Director of Basic Rights Oregon, and Bonnie Tinker and The Rev. Cecil Charles Prescod from Love Makes a Family.
An interview with Professor Mansour Farhang on issues related to the Middle East, Iran and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.
Dr. Mansour Farhang holds a Ph.D in political science from Claremont graduate School in California, and served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations following the 1979 revolution. He later resigned in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran. Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he also served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions. During his ambassadorship, Dr. Farhang wrote and spoke about the threat of religious extremists who had come to dominate the course of the Iranian revolution.
An interview with Farideh Farhi on the US election results and President-elect Obama's window of opportunity to move toward an oppening with Iran. The benefits of such involvement and impacts that it might have on the Middle East in general and stability of the region and especially Iraq.
Farideh Farhi is an independent researcher and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
The November terrorist attack in Mumbai, India is only the latest eruption in potentially explosive South Asia. What will the new Obama administration do as the conflict in Afghanistan spreads to its nuclear-armed neighbors? Will he undo the damage to nuclear non-proliferation efforts that resulted from the recent U.S.-India nuclear deal - a deal that Obama, Clinton and Biden supported? Dave Mazza talks with Jacqueline Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation about these and other questions regarding this volatile and important aspect of U.S. foreign policy.
Oregon environmentalists can point to many hard-won victories to preserve ecological diversity. But they've been less successful promoting diversity within their own ranks. The result has been a cultural divide that leaves people of color not just outside the mainstream environmental movment but excluded from having a voice in how we meet the huge environmental challenges that face us. The question is "how do we bridge that divide?" Dave Mazza talks with Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for diversity and the Environment, and Tony DeFalco, Coordinator of the Young Environmental Professionals of Color group. Both men have recently been named fellows of the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program, a new conservation intiative of the National Audubon Society with support from Toyota that funds work on community-focused projects contributing to greater environmental health.
Hosts Theresa Mitchell and Ani talk with Dan Handelman of Peace and Justice Works and Leah Bolger of Veteren's For Peace, Chapter 132, Corvallis, about a petition campaign to stop national guard deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Next March, more than 3,000 guard troops from Oregon are scheduled to be sent to these war zones.
Host Ani Haines speaks with guests Amelia Cates and Lydia Ann Bartholow of the Dicentra Collective about harm reduction and building relationships within and between communities. The collective has organized a series of events to address many different issues related to harm reduction and building compassionate community.
How can communities work together to address issues of domestic and interpersonal violence, police brutality, substance abuse and mental illness?
Stage and Studio with Dmae Roberts features Tapestry Theatre's 1943 Christmas from Home with Actor Jodi Eichelberger, Director Judy Straalsund Playwright Pat Kruis Tellinghusen which features Big Band orchestra, the Golden Age of Radio and highlights Japanese American Internment. And in the latter part of the show David Berkson of Readers Repertory Theatre talks about two comic one-act plays for Tiny Tim in Hell.