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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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Old Mole Variety Hour for August 11, 2014

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Mon, 08/11/2014

Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work.  We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.  
To hear the whole show (including the music), use the play button below.  To hear individual pieces, follow these links. Please become our friend on Facebook, and feel free to comment on our work or suggest topics for us to cover.  
57:18 minutes (39.34 MB)

Musician's Union Goes Solar

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Mon, 08/11/2014
The Musicians' Union has installed solar panels on its building, and to celebrate, they are throwing a party with music, food, and drink this Sunday, August 17, 3-7 pm, 325 NE 20th Ave.  We hear Bill Resnick talking with Pat Oherron, a Portland surgeon and emergency room physician who did much of the organizing and planning to get the solar panels installed.  For more information, click here.   7:22 minutes (5.06 MB)

Six Thousand Years of Solar Energy

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Mon, 08/11/2014
Solar energy goes back a long ways.  In this conversation with physicist John Perlin and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, we learn just how far back -- to the ancient Chinese and the Romans.  With today's technology, solar power is ready to generate nearly all of our electricity.  John Perlin is the author, most recently, of Let It Shine: The Six-Thousand Year Story of Solar Energy. 17:36 minutes (12.08 MB)

Dying By Two Degrees

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Mon, 08/11/2014
Writing in News Junkie Post, Dady Chery lays out the consequences for the planet of continuing on the energy path we are now on.  Tom Becker reads.   5:53 minutes (4.04 MB)

Kurdish-Americans React to Situation in Iraq

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Evening News
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Thu, 08/07/2014
Kurdish separatists in the northeast of the country are fighting to maintain their de facto independence in the face of assaults from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. For analysis of the current situation in Iraqi Kurdistan and the reaction of Kurds in the United States, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Chinar Hussein, Program Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Watch office in San Diego.
5:53 minutes (5.39 MB)

Beatriz Williams Interview

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Between Us
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Tue, 08/05/2014
New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams likes telling stories about rich people making mistakes as a way to show that money doesn't necessarily buy intellingence or couth. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Williams about her love of writing and the contrast between women of pre-World War Two New England and today in the context of her latest book, The Secret Life of Violet Grant.

29:35 minutes (27.09 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014`

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Mon, 08/04/2014


Joe Clement hosts this episode. Musical selections were from: Dead Prez "Police State", Mischief Brew "Free Radical Radio Fever", Killing Capitalism with Kindness "Lost Train", and Beastie Boys "Sabotage". The following links are to the individual segments. The whole show can be accessed further down this page. 59:15 minutes (54.24 MB)

Book Talk: Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut

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Mon, 08/04/2014
Joe Clement and Peter Frase talk about Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, originally published in 1952. The story of Player Piano is set not too long after WWII, and is about social anxieties and alienation in class society in the shadow of the machines that replaced much human labor in the United States during the war. It focuses on a soul-searching engineer, Paul Proteus, and his clandestine recruitment into a revolution against the machines. Joe and Peter discuss the novel's economic vision, how it reflects anxieties of its time and how they might still resonate today, the crisis for patriarchy technology creates and the patriarchal bias Vonnegut still has beneath his satire, the politics of sabotage and direct action in the economy, and more.
25:19 minutes (23.19 MB)

Movie Moles: Snowpiercer

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Mon, 08/04/2014
Frann Michel and Iven Hale review the film, Snowpiercer, currently playing in Portland at the not-for profit Hollywood theater, and available as video-on-demand for home viewing.

Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.
12:11 minutes (11.16 MB)

Kristian Williams on police informants and security culture for organizers

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Mon, 08/04/2014
Bill Resnick talks with local police scholar Kristian Williams about the dangers of police infiltration of radical social movements, connecting this to State practices for manufacturing terrorists it takes the credit for exposing. Kristian describes the range of ways that police surveil, manipulate, or disrupt organizations. They consider what makes a person vulnerable for being targeted by police, and Kristian also talks about beating back paranoia by learning to trust in our reasonable precautions. They also talk about his recent work for DCSC, a group-blog devoted to "thinking critically about security, surveillance, and counterinsurgency".
20:56 minutes (19.17 MB)

 

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