A petition this week on rootsaction.org calling on the Washington Post to sever its ties with the Central Intelligence Agency has already garnered over 15,000 signatures. For more, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Robert McChesney, a communications professor at the University of Illinois who has extensively studied the influence of money on politics and the media. 4:33 minutes (2.08 MB)
Jenka Soderberg interviews Marco Mejia of Jobs for Justice about their picks for Scrooge of the Year--the individual, corporation, or entity that has harmed working families in our community the most this year. God bless us, everyone! 19:16 minutes (17.65 MB)
KBOO's Sam Bouman interviews Constantin Severe, Director of the Independent Police Review Division of the City Auditor's Office about the role of the IPR in police disciplinary procedures and the reforms to the IPR. The City Council was set to vote on the reforms yesterday, but after a threat by Daryl Turner, president of the police union, to file an unfair labor practices complaint if the council approved the measures, the vote was postponed until January 8. 5:52 minutes (5.38 MB)
Jo Rae Perkins is a conservative candidate for the US Senate in Oregon. Don Merrill talked with her about what she feels are some of the most relevant issues to Oregonians and Americans in general. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview can be found at http://www.dmassociates.biz/images/Jo_Rae_Perkins_Transcript.pdf
59:10 minutes (54.18 MB)
Ray McGovern , ex-CIA insider and the smartest, wittiest voice on the Left recently weighed in on the collusion ('like thieves'..actually, they are thieves) between Jeff Bezos and his behemoth Mother-of-all-Wads, Amazon, the Washington Post, Mother-of-all-Words, and the CIA Mother-of-all-Wars.
Or, 'Up the Amazon without a Paddle' by Josef onrad.
I could go on.
We have a vicious scandal here in Cascadia: money that was appropriated for jobs and training for the disabled was somehow, Well, appropriated period. 60:12 minutes (55.11 MB)
Around 30 protesters with Rising Tide and other groups took over the lobby at Omega Morgan headquarters, demanding to talk with the President, John McCalla, and for an end to their transport of "megaload" shipments of Tar Sands oil extraction equipment to Alberta, Canada. KBOO reporter was their and produced this report, which mistakenly was not aired on the evening news. 8:05 minutes (7.4 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this offering from the Old Mole with segments about the need to defend Social Security and public pensions, the life of Nelson Mandela, FBI sting operations, and a new novel by Alice McDermott.
To hear the whole show, including musical interludes, use the play button below. To hear particular segments, just follow the link of your choice (you may have to copy and paste, since the link machine is not available today):
1. Alan Wieder talks with Danny Schechter about his new bio of Nelson Mandela. http://kboo.fm/content/madibamandelaatoz
2. Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center explains the threats to our retirement from diminishing pensions and attacks on Social Security in this conversation with Bill Resnick. 54:21 minutes (31.1 MB)
Alice McDermott's new novel "Someone" is about the ordinary life of a woman who become extraordinary when seen through the lens of an great story teller. Larry Bowlden's review will lead you to it. 6:03 minutes (3.47 MB)
As a judge has put the sentencing on hold for accused Portland bomber Mohamed Mohamud due to concerns about entrapment, The Left and the Law (Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker) examine the case and the FBI's frequent use of sting operations that seem to create the crime which would not have happened without their help and encouragment. 11:46 minutes (6.73 MB)
The chances of retiring with enough to live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon. 18:04 minutes (10.34 MB)
The chances of retiring with enough to support live on are slim and getting slimmer, as pensions disappear, 401Ks fail to grow, and Social Security and Medicare are under attack from austerity hawks. Karen Friedman is with the Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C. and speaks around the country on these matters. She talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, arguing that a crisis for the elderly will soon be upon us if we don't organize and act soon. 18:04 minutes (10.34 MB)
Danny Schechter is an author, director, producer, and media expert Danny who traveled extensively with Nelson Mandela and has previously documented Mandela’s life in the film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." He is just out with a book about Mandela's life and work, "Mandiba From A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela" that gives us a fully rounded picture of the man. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Alan Wieder, author of "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid." 13:17 minutes (7.6 MB)
Oregonians and cinephiles who don't recognize the name Penny Allen could be forgiven. There's no Wikipedia page for her, and only partially accurate information on the Internet Movie Database. But Penny helped kickstart Portland's independent film scene in the 1970's, hiring budding talents Eric Edwards, Gus Van Sant, and Henk Pander to run camera, sound, and scenic design on iconic Portland-centric features such as Property and Paydirt.