Host Per Fagereng interviews Conn Hallinan, columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus, about two of his recent articles. In "Death at a Distance: The U.S. Air War," Hallinan says "an enormous intensification of U.S. bombardments" in Iraq and Afghanistan entails an "increasing number of civilian casualties ... and the growing role of pilot-less killers in the conflict." His most recent piece is "The Surge: Illusion and Reality," which argues that a decrease in attacks on U.S. troops is more the result of political decisions by the U.S. government and Iraqi groups than the result of more U.S. troops in Iraq.
On the Jan. 3rd, Recovery Zone host Stephanie Potter speaks with Regna Merritt from Oregon Wild and Floy Jones from Friends of the Reservoirs who are working to protect Bull Run and Portland's water system. Recent federal rulings mandate hundreds of millions of dollars to be paid to corporations to "purify" our water. The activists counter that our present system is already so effective and "sweetly low-tech" that it could be coming from some very green future.
John Niekrasz (drums) and Seth Brown (electric piano) perform rigidly composed and yet very flowing, free music. This is from a show only hours before John flew to India to seek a drum master. This performance sums up four years of work as a duo, plus other projects such as Fly Fly Fly Fly Fly.
Today we air a new recurring feature of the KBOO evening news, Civil Liberties Watch, with KBOO reporter Linda Olson-Osterlund. Tonight's program is a review of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act