Larrry Bowlden reviews Fay Weldon's 2010 novel, Chalcot Crescent,; it describes adystopian possible future of capitalism. The books is partly prophetic, partly cynical satire, and partly a kind of memoir. Although still obviously a feminist author, she pokes fun at many of her own past views as well as her own writing career.
More of Larry's book reviews are here. 5:51 minutes (4.01 MB)
Dave Finkel and Bill Resnick discuss the latest phase of the battle for control of the middle east. Have Israel and Saudi Arabia formed an Alliance to help Sunni Jihadists, seeing a victory of Al Qaeda and the ISIS as the lesser evil as compared to a victory of Iran and its allies in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon?
Finkel is editor of Against the Current and co-author of the editorial “Middle East Imperial Meltdown” in the latest issue.
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Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.
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As reported on Friday’s newscast, last Thursday the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees voted to rescind its previous support for a hotly contested new telescope project on Mauna Kea, which is of central and sacred importance to the Hawaiian people.
The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, would be by far the largest of an already crowded 13-telescope complex near the summit of the mountain.
Native Hawaiians and environmentalists had opposed the other telescopes, but only the TMT has aroused a mobilization powerful enough to prevent construction from going forward. 13:20 minutes (12.2 MB)
This week: Saturday May 2 was the Global Marijuana March. We attended the Portland GMM, and spoke with Russ Belville of Portland NORML and 420radio.org, Lindsey Rinehart of Parents 4 Pot and the UnderGreen Railroad, Bettie Retro of the International Women's Cannabis Association and Parents 4 Pot, Kaliko Castille of Portland NORML and The Weed Blog, and Urb Thrasher, stage MC and event organizer. We also hear from Erin Purchase and her daughter Mykala about cannabis oil and Mykala's battle against cancer. Plus, we talk with Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition about Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Lloyd Geering is a Presbyterian minister and scholar from New Zealand. He has written over a dozen books. His latest book is a collection of essays that chronicle his intellectual and spiritual journey, Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of A Modern Heretic. He was tried for heresy in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 1967 for an article he wrote about Resurrection.
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians doesn’t expect the casino to become a destination attraction, unlike other major Indian casinos in Oregon.
The tribal group already operates one of nine Indian casinos in Oregon, the Three Rivers Casino and Hotel in Florence. 27:31 minutes (18.9 MB)
In the nation of India, deaf activists are organizing to challenge the discrimination they face. In March, a deaf teenager was raped and killed, and just this week, a deaf child was badly beaten by a teacher in India for failing to understand an assignment. KBOO’s Sarika Mehta produced this report about the situation in India for deaf people:
The full version of this story aired on KBOO’s Political Perspectives last week. You can find it here.
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A whistleblower who came forward in 2006 to report what he believed to be illegal activity of his coworkers is now fighting to save his home from the very financial institution that acquired his former employer. Robert Kraus worked as a controller for North Carolina based Wachovia Bank before it got acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008. KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan spoke with professor Fred Alford at the university of Maryland about the consequences whistleblowers face and the power of organizations to discourage ethical behavior.
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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)
A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue.
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