Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fic-tion. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These visionary tales span genres, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism, but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.
62:46 minutes (86.19 MB)
This is episode 18 of The Spirit of the Forest, an audio drama / dark comedy created by Oregon resident Dan Crall. This program reflects upon the sadness, the absurdity, and normalcy of modern life. It finds that delicate balance of light and darkness, blending fiction and reality.
On this edition, we open with some phone calls from various misdirected taxi seekers.
Musette Explosion plays French musette and original music with an emphasis on improvisation. Featuring Will Holshouser, Matt Munisteri, and Marcus Rojas. They will be playing Friday September 25th at 7pm with Courtney Von Drehle and Gideon Fruedmann at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland. This is an All Ages show,
KBOO's Erin Yanke spoke to Will Holshouser on Tuesday September 15th.
17:32 minutes (16.05 MB)
A Renters Emergency was declared by the Community Alliance of Tenants at a press conference and rally held Tuesday, September 15th at Penninsula Park in North Portland. Across the street from the rally, attended by about two hundred people, were two empty apartment complexes, the latest evidence of mass evictions sweeping the city this summer. Tenants and community leaders called for a one year moratorium on no-cause evictions and any rent increases over 5%. 35:46 minutes (32.74 MB)
Portland residents in two separate neighborhoods engaged in civil disobedience today to stop ancient trees from being cut down by developer Vic Remmers.
A neighborhood group in Southeast Portland has banded together to stop the cutting of two old-growth trees near 41st Avenue and Clinton Street. The trees are on a property owned by developer Vic Remmers.
Last month, Remmers’ company, Everett Custom Homes, demolished the single home on the lot, a structure that was built over 100 years ago. Remmers plans to build three new houses on the lot.
To make room for the new development, two of the four old-growth Douglas Firs on the lot, including the largest of the four, were cut down on Saturday.
20:36 minutes (9.43 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Patsy Kullberg (also an Old Mole), about her new novel, Girl in the River. The novel--a work of historical fiction--centers on the struggles of a fictional working class young woman, finding her way in the actual world of corruption, vice squads, and abortion politics in the mid-twentieth century in Portland. Jan talks with Patsy about what reproductive rights activists might learn from this period in Portland's history--and how novels contribute to our capacity to imagine that a better world is possible. 9:57 minutes (4.55 MB)