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KBOO community radio has been bringing diverse communities together for forty years.  We offer over twenty hours per day of programs that are produced locally by volunteer community members.  This is critical for having local voices on the airwaves at a time when media ownership is consolidating and the remaining local entities turn to syndicated programs.  Furthermore we offer genuine diversity.  In a city that is over three-quarters white, we offer programming by and for Asian, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and those from many other backgrounds.  We put youth (with a part-time youth coordinator assisting), veterans, and the disabled on the air.  And we bring these communities together on and off the air!

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Today's guest is Seattle Pastor John Helmiere of the Valley and Mountain community

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Wed, 12/24/2014
John Helmiere is a United Methodist pastor (also known as "convenor") with the Valley and Mountain spiritual community in the hillman City neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Helmiere believes strongly in uniting inner spiritual growth with outer social engagement and action. He was severely beaten by Seattle police during a 2011 Occupy protest at the Port of Seattle in solidarity with the dockworkers. He has recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. He was also arrested last month along with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and two air0port workers at the headquarters of Alaska Airlines over their lawsuit attempting to block the $15 an hour minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac. 56:56 minutes (52.12 MB)

Prosecuting Torturers

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Mon, 12/22/2014

With the recent Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA and today's New York Times editorial calling for the prosecution of "anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," there is no longer any way to believe that the US uses torture only to protect Americans. Here our Left and the Law crew, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker, discuss the case for pursing criminal charges against the Bush administration under international human rights laws.

9:49 minutes (6.74 MB)

Inside Walmart

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Mon, 12/22/2014
Since 2003, Martha Sellers has worked at the Walmart store in Paramount, a working class suburb east of Los Angeles. She the lead Our Walmart organizer in her store, has been twice arrested in protests. Here she talks with Bill Resnick about Walmart’s responses to the protests and the company’s practice of hiring temps with false promises to make them full time.
18:03 minutes (12.39 MB)

Border Patrol North of the Border

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Mon, 12/22/2014
Early in December, residents of Arivaca, Arizona marked the one-year anniversary of their campaign calling for the removal of the inland Border Patrol immigration checkpoints that have come to circle their small rural community. Residents held a 24-hour candlelit vigil at the checkpoint to protest the thousands of deaths of migrants resulting from border security policy in the desert corridor.  Sophie Smith talks with Jan Haaken about the vigil, and the results of the community-based checkpoint monitoring effort.

Smith works with People Helping People,  formed in 2012 by a core group of Arivaca residents involved in providing humanitarian aid on the US/Mexico border.
12:07 minutes (8.32 MB)

Nelson Mandela Meets the Press

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Mon, 12/22/2014
In commemoration of Nelson Mandela, one year after his death, Alan Wieder presents his comments on a televised town meeting from his first trip to the United States after he was released from prison in 1990. In the meeting, he responded to reactionary comments from politicians and newsmen. 
6:51 minutes (4.7 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 22, 2014

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Mon, 12/22/2014
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation. 
To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:

1. Walmart worker and organizer Martha Sellers talks with Bill Resnick about living with Walmart labor policies.

2. Sophie Smith and Old Mole Jan Haaken discuss the impact of border control check points miles north of the border.

3.  Alan Wieder recalls Nelson Mandela's appearance at a town meeting in the US just after his release from prison.
50:08 minutes (34.43 MB)

IPR Report on Police Targeting of Hip Hop Shows Released

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Evening News
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Thu, 12/18/2014
The Independent Police Review Commission of Portland (IPR) has released the findings of its report on the alleged targeting of hip hop shows for code violations and police presence. 
The Commission said that there is an appearance of discrimination, but stopped short of accusing the city of actually discriminating against hip hop performers and venues.
One of the artists interviewed for the investigation was Glenn Waco, a rapper from Saint Johns, who has also been active in the recent protests in Portland against police brutality and the grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri and New York City.
KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Glenn Waco this afternoon about the IPR’s report. 9:38 minutes (8.82 MB)

Richard Deyo Interview

program: 
Between Us
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Tue, 12/16/2014
"Oh, my aching back." And many of the tools of modern medicine aren't very helpful solving or even explaining that pain to the tens of thousands of people who suffer from it each year. In his book, "Watch Your Back", primary care physician Dr. Richard Deyo talks about how treatment for back pain may be much more simple than what we've been led to believe or expect.  Don Merrill talks with Dr. Deyo about why we should give up the quick fix or the magic cure when confronting this age old problem of aging. 
29:40 minutes (27.16 MB)

Todd Sloan on Consumerism & Commodity Culture

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Mon, 12/15/2014
Bill Resnick and Tod Sloan consider what consumerism is and isn't, the political-economic project that drives consumerism, how consumerism tries to compensates us for alienation and exploitation, how consumerism infects our social relations, and how to think about anti-consumerism in a world of material and political inequalities.

Tod Sloan teaches at Lewis and Clark College, and is author of the book called "Damaged Life: the crisis of the modern psyche".
13:37 minutes (12.48 MB)

Bill Resnick & Tom Athanasiou on global action against climate change

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Mon, 12/15/2014
Bill Resnick interviews Tom Athanasiou following his recent trip to Lima for the United Nations climate change conference. They discuss the "global commons" and international cooperation around reducing emmission, but also creating equity. They consider the history of previous international agreements and the challenges of practically binding countries to them.
18:44 minutes (17.14 MB)

 

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