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Episode Archive

The Occupiers: A Making of the 99 Percent Movement

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Wed, 11/11/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Author/Historian Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky
Author, Michale Alexander Gould-Wartofsky stopped by KBOO to speak with Krisin Yount about the book he wrote as an observer participant in New York during the Occupy Wall Street campaign. Gould-Wartofsky, a PhD candidate at New York University, used his skills as a social scientist to carefully interview participants from around the world and collect primary sources for this work. He will be signing books and sharing stories along with Arun Gupta at the Q Center at 4115 N Mississippi Ave, on Wednesday November 11th at 7:00. People are encouraged to bring their stories and perspectives about being par tof the 99 percent. 

Whirlpool Corporation crushes dissent in Benton Harbor Michigan

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Wed, 11/11/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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An interview with Joe Peary about the case of Edward Pinckney
"Here, Whirlpool controls not only Benton Harbor and the residents, but also the court system itself. They will do anything to crush you if you stand up to them. That's why it's so important to fight this. I'm going to fight them until the end. This is not just an attack on Rev. Pinkney. It's an attack on every single person that lives in Benton Harbor, in the state and around the country."   - Rev. Edward Pinkney

Ray Raphael on "The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began"

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Fri, 11/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ray Raphael on "The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began"

Host Gene Bradley speaks with renowned historian Ray Raphael about the book, The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began, co-authored with his wife Marie Raphael. In the book the Raphael's shift the spotlight from such well-known historical moments as "one if by land, two if by sea,” to some lesser-known but equally consequential events that traditionally don’t make it into our history books. 

MDMA for PTSD

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Wed, 11/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Rick Dobin about the therapeutic uses of MDMA

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine is also known by its initials: MDMA, though it's better known to the public as Ecstasy. MDMA was first synthesized in the early 1900s in Germany, and began to be used in psychotherapy in the 1970s. In 1985 the Drug Enforcement Administration banned it, placing MDMA into Schedule One. A number of therapists and researchers feel that the DEA is wrong, and that the current schedule of drugs is based largely on misinformation, misunderstanding, and prejudice.

How Policies and Actions of the Global North Negatively Impact Communities in Central America

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Fri, 10/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How Policies and Actions of the Global North Negatively Impact Communities in Central America

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Grahame Russell of Rights Action, a U.S. and Canadian based human rights organization, (www.rightsaction.org), that provides direct funds to and does solidarity work with grassroots indigenous and non-indigenous community organizations in Central America and Mexico.

Drug Policy Expert Sanho Tree on the Drug Czar's Office

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Wed, 10/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drug Policy Expert Sanho Tree on the Drug Czar's Office
The Office of National Drug Control Policy, (the Drug Czar's office), is required by law to produce an annual national drug control strategy report. Their deadline is supposed to be February 1st each year. The last annual strategy report was released in July of 2014. The federal fiscal year ended on September 30th, so for the feds, 2015 is over.

U.S. Psychologists Face Lawsuit for Human Experimentation in CIA Torture Program

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Wed, 10/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inteview: Steven Watt ACLU Attorney on CIA Torture Lawsuit

U.S. Psychologists Face Lawsuit for Human Experimentation in CIA Torture Program,

Guest: ACLU Attorney Steven Watt

James Mitchell and John Jessen, psychologists who designed and ran the CIA's Torture operation, are being sued by the ACLU on behalf of three men who were tortured using the methods developed in the illegal program. These two psychologists devised and supervised an experiment to break Human Beings mind and body.

The Crisis in Greece

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Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Host Richard Wolff presents an update and analysis of the ongoing crisis in Greece with Professor Harry Konstantinides. 

An excerpt from the series Economic Update with Richard Wolff 

http://www.rdwolff.com/

B Corporations: Using Business as a Force for Good

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Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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News and views on current politics.

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Duncan Berry, CEO of Certified B Corp Fishpeople, about B Corporations, local, national and international, and about "People Using Business as a Force for Good."

Today there is a global community of over 1,400 companies from over 40 countries and 120 industries, all with one unifying goal: to redefine success in business so one day all businesses compete to better the world, not just increase profits. Oregon has the fourth largest concentration of B Corps within the U.S., and Portland has the second largest concentration of B Corps among U.S. cities. 

This week leaders of B Corporations from around the world are meeting in Oregon.

Richard Heinberg: "After the Burn"

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Wed, 10/07/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Richard Heinberg: "After the Burn"

From the series Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise interviews Richard Heinberg in a program called "After the Burn." 

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David Swanson

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Wed, 01/06/2010

 

David Swanson, author and activist talks about his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming A More Perfect Union." The host is Marianne Barisonek.

 Swanson talks about how the office of Presidency has acquired more and more power while Congress neglects its duties. He offers ideas on how we the people can rebalance the political structures.

Powers taken by George Bush will become cemented into place during the Obama administration unless Congress takes action. The aberrations of the Bush years will become norms and now is the time to undo the damage.

Many of the abuses committed by the Bush presidency were given legitimacy by the actions of his predecessor, Bill Clinton. 

Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change

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Wed, 12/16/2009

Focus on Palestine-Israel - Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change.   Host Will Seaman interviews Dan Fleshler, a media and public affairs strategist, who spends much of his free time trying to convince the American Jewish community to support Israel’s peace camp and an end to Israeli settlement expansion. He is the author of Transforming America's Israel Lobby --The Limits Of its Power and the Potential For Change. He is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now and is on the Advisory Council of J Street.

 

 

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Reacts to Obama's Plan for Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

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Wed, 12/02/2009

 Kathleen Stephenson interviews long time peace activist Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence who discusses her reactions to President Obama's December 1st speech on the future of the war in Afghanistan. Kelly is an author, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and one one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness. Earlier this year she traveled to Northern Pakistan to try and understand the effects of drone strikes on the people there.

Amy Goodman on Breaking the Sound Barrier

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Wed, 11/18/2009

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, speaks with KBOO's Kathleen Stephenson about the importance of independent media, the stories of grassroots activists included in her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier; and her upcoming benefit for KBOO at the Bagdad Theatre.

 

Liz Grover Visits Afghanistan to Bust Through Media Stereotypes

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Host Kayse Jama talks with local resident Liz Grover about her experiences living and working in Kabul, with the goal of busting through western media sterotypes about Afghanistan and its people.  " . . in the midst of war, I went to Afghanistan with one hundred dollars to my name, a one-way airplane ticket and no promise of a job."

 

James Hoggan: Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Climate Change Series, Part 2.        Kathleen Stephenson interviews James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.  He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project

Climate Crisis: Going Against Terrible Odds to Set Things Right

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Wed, 11/04/2009

Stephanie Potter interviews naturalist Richard Albertson, whose book The Sky is the Limit--A Brief and Easy Explanation of Climate Change for Present and Future Voters, speaks directly to citizens--he tells how climate change works and goes on to the "inescapable conclusion that we're well past the point where simply reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we generate can solve our problem." He also addresses how our economic and political systems have created this mess & the measures we must take NOW to save our necks.  thecircleworks.org will provide more info.  This is the first of a 3-part weekly series on the climate crisis. (Read Stephanie's review at http://kboo.fm/node/17584 )

Oregon's Use of Coal Devastating to Powder River Basin Rancher

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Wed, 10/21/2009

Kathleen Stephenson's guests include LJ Turner, a rancher whose livelihood, for more than 40 years, has been threatened by the water depletion and strip mining that result from coal extraction.    Also present,  Robin Everett, an organizer with the Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal Campaign. The campaign's website explains that despite our efforts to go "green," nearly 40% of Oregon’s power comes from coal, more than both Washington and California; and we use coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming where Turner has been a rancher.  Turner was in town to speak  at Pioneer Square at noon as part of a rally to help end the use of coal in Oregon.

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Karen Coulter: Logging in Deschutes Forest near Bend

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Wed, 10/21/2009

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg speaks with Karen Coulter of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, discussing a proposed logging plan in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest, southwest of Bend in Central Oregon.  The Forest Service says this land must be logged because of the pine bark beetle, despite there being no evidence of an infestation.  Karen talks about how the government applies a one-size fits all approach to managing pine bark beetle infestations – that is, once a forest reaches a certain density, the government requires thinning of that forest – regardless of whether there is actual evidence of a beetle infestation, and disregarding other factors that impact a forest’s health.

 

Forest Service page describing the logging project

 

Click here to send an email to give a public comment (until Nov. 7th)

or call Beth Peer of the Forest Service 541-383-4769


Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project

541-385-9167

 

The music at the beginning and end of the interview is by Marie Mason, who is serving a 23-year sentence for "eco-terrorism".  Her website is freemarie.org

From Terrai to Sellwood: A Story about Radishes

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Wed, 10/14/2009

 Melati Kaye reports on Nepali women refugees who are now gardening in the Portland neighborhood of Sellwood in a once abandoned lot.   The women were given aid  by Mercy Corps'  New American Agriculture Project which assists refugees and immigrants starting small scale farm enterprises in the greater Portland area. The program helps participants to market nutritious food in local outlets through the Pacific Northwest. 

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Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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