The Portland Teachers Solidarity Campaign, with the Portland Parent Union and the Portland Student Union, held a press conference prior to the January 21st school board meeting, declaring that support for the Portland Association of Teachers demands for lower class sizes and wrap-around support services, less standardized testing, an end to racist school closures, and resources targeted to low-income schools, all would help create racial equity. The crowd of a dozen parents, teachers and students called for the board to quit stalling and settle a fair, equitable contract with the teachers. Recording (raw audio) by Jamie Partridge. 26:45 minutes (36.73 MB)
Denise Morris and Frann Michel review Spike Jonze new (quasi science fiction) romantic comedy "Her". Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an introverted man who goes through a divorce with his child-hood sweetheart, only to fall curiously in love with his new, hyperintelligent operating system, dubbed "Samantha", that is voiced by Scarlett Johansenn. Samantha isn't the only one of her kind either. The story moves beyond Theodore and Samantha to include other operating systems in love affairs with other people, and eventually goals of self-actualization on the part of the operating systems beyond these limited connections.
Joe Clement talks with Jesse Myerson about an article he wrote a couple weeks ago for Rollingstone that proposes five radical reforms that millenials should be organizing around. These include a job guarantee, basic income, land value taxes, public banks, and soveriegn wealth funds. He divides these reforms into labor, land, and capital reforms and describes them as "updates" to the current economy. They go back and forth over the merits and challenges of the different proposals.
Bill Resnick talks with Richard Smith about the havoc that Chinese development has wreaked on the people and environment within Chinese borders, and what that means in the context of global capitalism and increasingly global ecological crises.
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Chris Seigel of The Food Show rapped with Ren Green about the KBOO foodie collective.Tune in on the third Wednesdays of each month at 11am for more on the foods we grow and consume. "We all eat, it's something that's universal."
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John Lewis is a congressman, writer, activist and one of "Big Six" in the civil rights movement. He has just written, with two co-authors, a graphic novel called "March". It is the first in a trilogy that looks back at his career in an effort to present the past to young people as a way to preserve it. Don Merrill talked with US House of Representatives member John Lewis at the Hotel Deluxe in Portland while he was here on his book tour.
KBOO's Rachel Bennett spoke to Alisa Simmons, Field Director for Public Citizen's World Trade Watch, about President Obama's attempts to fast-track approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress, despite the dearth of even sure Democratic support for the procedure. The secrecy surrounding the drafting of the partnership agreement is such that lawmakers have turned to WikiLeaks for information about it. 4:49 minutes (4.41 MB)
The ACLU of Oregon has joined a suit brought before a federal judge by the state of Oregon in an attempt to prevent the DEA from accessing the data gathered by Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program without a warrant. The program holds millions of prescription records for individuals in Oregon. For more, KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with David Fidanque, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oregon. 10:46 minutes (9.86 MB)