"The Race Monologues" are the popular student production and a highlight of the Lewis and Clark Multicultural Symposium. We feature recordings of six of the performers: Camille Christie, Raymond Fenton, Jasmine Graze, David Jenkins, Guadalupe Triana, and Tony Zamora.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media. 26:17 minutes (24.06 MB)
Award winning author and journalist Andrew Lam tells us why he cofounded New American Media, which is a coalition of thousands of ethnic media outlets. His fiction and non-fiction writings, including "Birds of Paradise Lost", explore the interactions between the east and the west.
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media. 17:21 minutes (15.88 MB)
Gene Luen Yang writes and illustrates award winning graphic novels for adults and kids. He tells us about the controversy surrounding his most viewed "The Last Airbender" comic, and about the inspiration behind his latest companion novels, "Boxers" and "Saints".
APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media. 12:05 minutes (11.07 MB)
Conservative Casey Runyan, a candidate for Oregon's 9th House District, is multifacted. He served as a US Marine, he is the son of longtime Michigan school teachers and he has a passion for politics. As such, he is a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment. Don Merrill talked with Casey Runyan about statesmanship, the alienation of Oregon's Eastern region and why the central plank of his platform is at the center of the America he knows and loves. *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 will be posted shortly.
29:28 minutes (26.98 MB)
A coalition of Oregon environmental groups claimed victory after they reached a settlement with the state of Oregon, resulting in the cancellation of 28 timber sales in the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests. These lands include crucial habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet. KBOO's Evening News and Public Affairs director Jenka Soderberg spoke to Josh Laughlin of Cascadia Wildlands for more on the settlement. 8:47 minutes (8.04 MB)
The boycott of a Spokane bar has gone national, after the owner, Jamie Pendleton, refused to rename a drink named "Date Grape Koolaid." KBOO's Erin J. Bernard spoke to Taylor Malone, a Spokane resident who organized the boycott. 4:31 minutes (4.13 MB)
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering adding the McKenzie River, which supplies water to the city of Eugene, to a list of mercury-contaminated waters it will submit to the EPA. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is disputing the DEQ's methodology and standards. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Karla Urbanowicz of the DEQ's water quality assessment program for more on mercury standards and what they could mean for the future of the McKenzie--long considered one of the state's most pristine rivers--and those who rely on its water and wildlife. 5:05 minutes (4.66 MB)
Bill Resnick offers some brief comments about Pete Seeger, addressing his past involvement with the Communist Party, but also his break from it and other advocacy. He points in the direction of worthwhile reads that go into more detail. 3:17 minutes (1.51 MB)
Larry Bowlden reviews "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. The book is written for youth, but Larry recommends it for older readers too. It looks at a futuristic dystopia in which five rigidly defined social "factions" structure society like into personality type castes - kind of like Phillip K. Dick's "Clans of the Alphane Moon". People ritualistically chose a faction in their teens, but are guided by an aptitude test. The principal story is that of Beatrice, who leaves her faction of birth for another, while hiding the fact that her tests showed her to have "divergent" aptitudes. She eventually stumbles upon a nefarious plot being hatched within the ranks of another faction.
Joe Clement talks with Geoff McDonald and Peter Oxforn about the wage system. Geoff recently wrote an article for CounterPunch urging more critical questions about the wage system than exist in the minimum wage debate. This discussion builds on those arguments and takes issue with the "cynicism of public policy". Both he and Peter edit Ruthless Criticism, an English-language site that helps to disseminate articles and points of view from a German political journal, GeganStandpunkt. 14:42 minutes (6.73 MB)