A group of neighbors in north Portland are mobilizing a last-ditch effort to save an oak savannah and heritage tree on a spot of land they call ‘Overlook Bluff’.
The savannah is located in the neighborhood north of Overlook Park, west of Interstate Avenue, overlooking the Willamette River.
Friends of Overlook Bluff was organized about 3 years ago to work to save the meadow and tree.
The group has raised over four hundred thousand dollars to try to buy the property to protect it from development, but they need twice that amount to purchase the land.
And now, the owner has announced that he’s ready to sell the land to the highest bidder. 3:58 minutes (3.63 MB)
Cal Scott is a singer-songwriter and composer from Portland Oregon who has recently released a new CD called Carved Wood Box. He was awarded First Place in the Great American Song Contest in the Singer/Songwriter category for the song, Paid Too Much for the Diamond from the CD.
In Saint John’s today, around fifty people gathered for a memorial service for a houseless man who was burned to death in April. Bruce McAdie was apparently trying to warm himself at a McMenamin’s outdoor fire pit late at night on April first when he fell in to the fire.
His family and friends came together with houseless activists to remember Bruce and to call on the city of Saint John’s to take action to address the lack of shelter for houseless men. 5:24 minutes (4.94 MB)
From seminarian to New York Times journalist to one of the leading social critics on the left to (just last year) ordained Presbyterian minister, Chris Hedges remains as provocative and insightful as ever with his twefth book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," due out next week.
Enjoy the conversation with membership "pitches" edited out!
From the blurb for his new book: 45:01 minutes (41.22 MB)
Author Alice Eve Cohen has told two stories of personal upheaval that have visited her family in the last six years; "What I Thought I Knew" in 2009, and her most recent memoir, "The Year My Mother Came Back". She talks with Don Merrill about what those two different stories have in common, how she balances cynicism and optimism and how writing for children early in her career brought her storytelling to where it is today.
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