Waterfront Blues Festival, 2008. This is an interview with old time blues player, Robert "Wofman" Belfour. Listen for his music bedded underneath the interview and following immediately after (hastily ended, the batteries died before I could wrap up the questions). Belfour goes in to growing up on a southern Mississippi Crop Share farm, his performance technique, and his first major success in the business.
Investigative journalist, Jeremy Scahill, author of BLACKWATER: THE RISE OF THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL MERCENARY ARMY, spoke at Powell's City of Books in Portland on June 15th. In Part 2 he answers questions from the audience. Recorded by Will Seaman
Jeremy Scahill, investigative reporter and author of BLACKWATER: THE RISE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL MERCENARY ARMY spoke in Portland on June15th at Powell's City of Books. His talk was recorded by Will Seaman.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of several significant, entertaining, and well-received books, including “Nickel and Dimed: on Not Getting by in America”, “Bait and Switch: the Futile Pursuit of the American Dream”, and “For Hetr Own Good: 150 Years of Expert’s Advice to Women”.
She returned to Portland on July 16 to speak at Powell’s City of Books on her latest book: “This Land Is Their Land: Reports form a Divided Nation”. Here are excerpts recorded by KBOO’s Ethan Scarl.
Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program plays and discusses music demonstrating the influence of chicana and latina music on popular music. We also hear about the very expensive "drill and kill" corporate-developed reading program pushed by the Bush Administration and purchased by Portland; and a review of Wall-E.
Laurie Mercier talks with Michelle Habell-Pallan about how Latina and Chicana music has influenced Rock 'n Roll and other popular music, not only in the US but in Europe. Habell-Pallan is the author of "Loca Motion: The Travels of Latina Popular Culture." We hear a segment on "Women with Attitude", part of American Sabor, a series produced by KEXP in Seattle and narrated by Michelle.
To comply with the "No Child Left Behind" program, Portland Schools have adopted a corporate produced one-size-fits-all, lockstep reading program called "Reading Street." Education professor Maika Yeigh talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what's wrong with it and what kids need to make them life-long readers.
Working for Peace, Paying for War? Host Martha Odom brings together people who are refusing to give tax dollars to fund killing. Hear local resisters from Oregon Community for War Tax Resistance and Metanoia Peace Community: and Steev Hise, a film maker whose documentary of war tax resisters will be released this fall discussing their reasons for resistance, the many methods to resist and the growing movement for non-participation in funding war.
Host Barbara Bernstein leads a discussion with our listeners on two topics, one National, one Local: The Columbia River Crossing and the recent New Yorker cover, featuring a cartoon of Barack Obama and his wife dressed as terrorists.