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5/14 - Banning GMO's in Jackson County

Air date: 
Wed, 05/14/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Banning GMO's in Jackson County

Sam Bouman hosts a look at the attempt by a consortium of organic farmers to have GMO's banned in the county. The measure's opponents have amassed an unprecedented 900 thousand dollars in campaign contributions from mostly out-of-state interests including Monsanto, Dupont, and Syngenta.

May Day! May Day! Host: Paul Roland

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Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Tomas and Ash from the Portland IWW join Paul to talk about the history and meaning of May Day

May Day's ancient origin as a celebration of the earth's fecundity and the beginning of summer and its modern incarnation as an international worker's day may not seem to have much in common. But they are linked by the rise of industrial capitalism, which has on the one hand uprooted  masses of people from the land and its cycles and sustenance, and on the other forced most people to depend on an alienating system of wages, rents, interest and profits that benefits a relative few. Movements throughout history, from the Diggers in England to the early socialist comunes to the 60's counterculture to the radical environmental movement have in various degrees combined a return to direct connection to the land with a resistance to the alien system of Capital.

Cascadia Rising Bioregional Confluence follow-up and regional reports, hosted by Paul Roland

Air date: 
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Reflections on the event that happened Sunday in Portland, and call-ins from around the region

An enthusiastic and well-attended "Bioregional Confluence" in Portland this past Sunday brought together people from around Cascadia to meet and attend panels on a wide range of subjects. At lunch, the assembly brought back to life, after many years without a Bioregional gathering in this region, the tradition of regional or "watershed" reportbacks. Some of those attending will call in with the issues they are working on in their areas. Listeners who attended or who have issues of their own they are working on are encouraged to call in at 503-231-8032. We hope to make this at least a semi-regular feature of KBOO Public Affairs programming.

Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence, hosted by Paul Roland

Air date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Discussion of upcoming gathering at Portland State
Guests Judy Goldhaft and Emmalyn Garrett (aka Lumen) are on hand to talk about thefFirst annual Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence - A gathering dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity, alternative and horizontal governance tools, and community resilience in the Pacific Northwest. The event was held at Portland State University on April 20, 2014.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Air date: 
Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Host Per Fagereng speaks with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about a variety of issues related to U.S. foreign policy including: THE REAL DEAL ON SYRIA... Why Were We Inches Away From War Last Summer?; Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?: and Is Obama Afraid of the C.I.A.?
 
Ray McGovern leads the “Speaking Truth to Power” section of Tell the Word, an expression of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington.  A former co-director of the Servant Leadership School (1998-2004), he has been teaching there for 15 years.

Reform or Revolution? continued

Air date: 
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Hosted by Paul Roland.

Once a hot topic of passionate discussion, the question "Reform or Revolution?" seems to have lost its relevance and punch. Sounds kinda quaint and archaic. Does "Revolution" mean anything in the age of Portlandia? Can we imagine anything outside the box of constituted legal institutions? Can we yet shake ourselves from our mental conditionintg and feelings of powerlessness and detachment in the face of accelerating Disaster? Can we find common ground despite the hyper-individualization we've been socialized into? My God, doesn't anyone care??? Sorry, got carried away. Well, tune in and if you've got something to say, call in. 503-231-8187.

Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of "Censored 2014" on media, censorship and free speech

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of "Censored 2014" on media, censorship and free speech

Per Fagereng speaks with Andy Lee Roth, Project Censored member and co-editor of "Censored 2014," about media, censorship and free speech.

"Censored 2014" co-editors Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth and past director Peter Phillips and Censored 2014 authors and professors Susan Rahman and Nolan Higdon—will speak in Portland on "Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times" and present a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News." 

Special Guest David Rovics for an evening of “Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”

Reform or Revolution?

Air date: 
Wed, 03/19/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Host Paul Roland is joined by Portland IWW's Tomas Bernal.

Paul Roland and Tomas Bernal of Portland IWW tackle the ever-relevant but not often publicly discussed question of  "Reform or Revolution?" Want to join the fray? Call 503-231-8187!

Ukraine

Air date: 
Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Ukraine

Per Fagereng hosts a call-in discussion about Ukraine: oil and oligarchs, geopolitics and self-determination. Call in with your thoughts at 503 231-8187.

Inside the movement to curb climate change: a critique of No KXL organizing

Air date: 
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Ron of Tar Sands Blockade in Texas interviewed by Paul Roland

Paul Roland talks with  Ron Seifert of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. They discuss criticisms of the No KXL movement and different approaches to confronting fossil fuel expansion and the climate crisis.  They are also joined by Gregory Vickery of The Wrong Kind of Green.

Links related to the topic discussed:

www.tarsandsblockade.org (also on facebook)
www.wrongkindofgreen.org (also on facebook)
www.gregoryvickrey.com
www.counterpunch.org

Audio

"We Are All Very Anxious": hosted by Paul Roland

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program date: 
Wed, 07/16/2014
In which Paul reads from "We Are All Very Anxious: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It," and engages in conversation with a number of callers. This zine, recently acquired by your host for a modest two dollars at the Portland Zine Symposium, is attributed to "The Institute for Precarious Consciousness," with an afterword from the CrimethInc. Workers' Collective. Despite the somewhat whimsical nature of the title and this description, Paul finds this a very stimulating and provacative piece, well worth reading and discussing further. You can find it online by googling the title. Also check out the http://www.crimethinc.com website. You can pick up a paper copy of the zine at the KBOO front desk, 20 SE 8th Ave. (tell the receptionist it's in the upper right drawer) for a mere $1 to cover copying costs  You can contact Paul at paulrkboo@gmail.com.

Also mentioned on program:

"Get Up, Stand Up:  Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated and Battling the Corporate Elite,"  a book by Bruce Levine (you can also find a talk show I did with him over a year ago here: http://kboo.fm/content/paulrolandtalkswithbrucelevineaboutrecoveringcollect)

"Scapegoat Theory: Shifting Blame and Displacing Aggression," an article by Sandra Enders. You can find it here: www.endersusa.net/app/download/627888504/EndersScapegoating.pdf

http://www.underminers.org. The website of Keith Farnish, author of "underminers: practical guide for radical change." I also interviewed him on KBOO several months ago: http://kboo.fm/content/paulrolandtalkswithkeithfarnishauthorofunderminersby

 

Are we living in a corporatist-fascist society? If so, what then?

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program date: 
Wed, 06/25/2014
Norman Pollack is the author of “The Populist Response to Industrial America” (Harvard) and “The Just Polity” (Illinois), Guggenheim Fellow, and professor of history emeritus, Michigan State University.  His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism. He is a frequent contributor to the Counterpunch website. Some of his articles on U.S. fascism include:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/20/reflections-on-fascism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/12/america-on-the-cusp-of-fascism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/03/techno-fascism-nsa-and-the-obama-administration/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/20/liberal-fascism-in-america/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/08/the-new-mccarthyism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/25/edward-j-snowden-and-the-exposure-of-voyeuristic-fascism/

 

"Infill" and Gentrification

program date: 
Wed, 06/11/2014
There's increasing discussion and controversy over urban "infill" in Portland: the construction of usually block-like apartment complexes in residential neighborhoods, sometimes replacing existing houses, which are torn down. This often displaces existing renters, increases neighborhood parking problems, and doesn't necessarily solve Portland's housing problems (certainly not for houseless people...). 
The local press has been increasingly looking at this issue:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/03/neighbors_balk_as_infill_sprea.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/02/se_portland_neighborhood_fears.html
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/222034-82068-new-infill-rule-riles-up-neighbors

Here's a comprehensive planning report on the subject:
http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/events/rethink2011/documents/MakeoverMontgomeryConference_3A_PortlandInfill_cunningham.pdf

For more information on Portland Collective Housing:
http://portlandcollectivehousing.org/
Other alternatives to profit-oriented housing and land ownership:
http://community-wealth.org/content/portland-community-land-trust
http://www.proudground.org/

Al Jazeera article on "Hipster Economics" mentioned on program:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/peril-hipster-economics-2014527105521158885.html
An earlier article on same subject:
http://jezebel.com/5991570/so-hipsters-arent-the-economic-boon-some-urbanists-thought-theyd-be
  • Length: 56:23 minutes (77.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Host Paul Roland with guest Jacqueline Keeler on racist stereotypes, sports mascots and more

program date: 
Wed, 05/21/2014
Native Americans have been calling for the end to the use of racist stereotypes and sports mascots for decades, with some slow and steady progress. Many schools have retired their Native mascots, and laws (as in Oregon) have been passed banning them. Yet powerful franchises like the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians have firmly resisted any change or recognition that anything is wrong with their team names and mascots.
When Eradicating Offensive Sports Mascotry kicked off their social media campaign against Nike's use of the Cleveland Indians' offensive "Chief Wahoo" image a few weeks ago, they had no idea it would snowball into a growing public conversation about the harmful impact these caricatured and stereotyped images have, not just on Native Americans, but on public consciousness and in enabling largely unconscious racist attitudes. Using new media like Facebook and Twitter to amplify their voices and impact, Keeler and many others have created new space for calling attention to offensive and racist stereotyping and behavior.

Links and contact info from today's show:
 

Eradicating Offensive Sports Mascotry on Facebook and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/mascotry

https://twitter.com/EONMassoc

National Congress of American Indians:

http://www.ncai.org/policy-issues/community-and-culture/anti-defamation-mascots

Jacqueline Keeler's article for Salon.com:

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/my_life_as_a_cleveland_indian_the_enduring_disgrace_of_racist_sports_mascots/

  • Length: 55:17 minutes (50.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Jackson County GMO-Ban Initiative

program date: 
Wed, 05/14/2014
A measure on the ballot in southwest Oregon's Jackson County seeks to ban the cultivation and propagation of genetically modified crops in the county. KBOO's Sam Bouman speaks with Elise Higley of Our Family Farms Coalition, which is leading the initiative, for more information on the measure, the agricultural situation in Jackson County, and how residents are reacting to the vast amounts of money being poured into opposing this local measure by Monsanto and other big agribusinesses.
  • Length: 36:28 minutes (16.69 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

May Day! May Day! Host: Paul Roland

program date: 
Wed, 04/30/2014
May Day's ancient origin as a celebration of the earth's fecundity and the beginning of summer and its modern incarnation as an international worker's day may not seem to have much in common. But they are linked by the rise of industrial capitalism, which has on the one hand uprooted  masses of people from the land and its cycles and sustenance, and on the other forced most people to depend on an alienating system of wages, rents, interest and profits that benefits a relative few. Movements throughout history, from the Diggers in England to the early socialist comunes to the 60's counterculture to the radical environmental movement have in various degrees combined a return to direct connection to the land with a resistance to the alien system of Capital.
We'll talk about this and the origins of the worker's May Day, as well as the Portland May Day event. Call and join us at 503-231-8187.
  • Length: 53:31 minutes (49 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Cascadia Rising Bioregional Confluence follow-up and regional reports, hosted by Paul Roland

program date: 
Wed, 04/23/2014
An enthusiastic and well-attended "Bioregional Confluence" in Portland this past Sunday brought together people from around Cascadia to meet and attend panels on a wide range of subjects. At lunch, the assembly brought back to life, after many years without a Bioregional gathering in this region, the tradition of regional or "watershed" reportbacks. Some of those attending will call in with the issues they are working on in their areas. Listeners who attended or who have issues of their own they are working on are encouraged to call in at 503-231-8032. We hope to make this at least a semi-regular feature of KBOO Public Affairs programming.

For more information, go to: http://www.cascadiaconfluence.org

Guests on today's show: 
In studio--Trip Jennings, Portland Rising Tide (www.portlandrisingtide.org). Talked about upcoming Global Climate Convergence event in Portland, Monday April 28 at Terry Schrunk Park at SW 4th and Madison at noon.

On phone--Kayla Godowa Tufti (Warm Springs/Klamath) from Eugene (godowatufti27@gmail.com), talked about agreement signed regarding the takedown of four dams on the upper Klamath River, which would limit the Klamath Tribe's treaty rights if approved by Congress.

Janine Offutt from Oregon City, on the proposed development at the ex-Blue Heron Paper Company factory site at the Willamette Falls.  She recommends going to the City of Oregon City website (Planning Dept. and City Commissioners) for more information and to make comments on the project, http://www.orcity.org/
  • Length: 55:30 minutes (76.21 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence, hosted by Paul Roland

program date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014
Guests Judy Goldhaft and Emmalyn Garrett (aka Lumen) are on hand to talk about thefFirst annual Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence - "A gathering dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity, alternative and horizontal governance tools, and community resilience in the Pacific Northwest." The event was held at Portland State University on April 20, 2014.
Goldhaft is a dancer and long-time bioregional visionary. She was a member of both the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Diggers, two groups which played significant roles in the flowering of the.counterculture in the Bay Area and beyond in the mid-to-late 1960's. She was also involved in the early bioregional movement and with long-time partner Peter Berg (who died in 2011) co-founded the Planet Drum Foundation, which has served as a center for bioregional awareness and education since 1973. http://www.planetdrum.org/
Emmalyn is from southern Cascadia and is a co-organizer of the Confluence, and has been involved with Cascadia Now! and environmental activism in the region. http://cascadianow.org/
 
Most of the panels from the Confluence are available in the KBOO archives. See http://cascadiaconfluence.org/ for a complete schedule. 

Also, this is audio from the "Cascadia Against Empire: Bioregional Organizing from a Decolonizing Perspective" panel at this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference:
http://kboo.fm/content/cascadiaagainstempire
  • Length: 52:29 minutes (72.08 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Reform or Revolution? continued

program date: 
Wed, 04/02/2014
Once a hot topic of passionate discussion, the question "Reform or Revolution?" seems to have lost its relevance and punch. Sounds kinda quaint and archaic. Does "Revolution" mean anything in the age of Portlandia? Can we imagine anything outside the box of constituted legal institutions? Can we yet shake ourselves from our mental conditionintg and feelings of powerlessness and detachment in the face of accelerating Disaster? Can we find common ground despite the hyper-individualization we've been socialized into? My God, doesn't anyone care??? Sorry, got carried away. Well, tune in and if you've got something to say, call in. 503-231-8187.
  • Length: 54:07 minutes (74.32 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Reform or Revolution?

program date: 
Wed, 03/19/2014
Paul Roland and Tomas Bernal of Portland IWW tackle the ever-relevant but not often publicly discussed question of  "Reform or Revolution?" Want to join the fray? Call 503-231-8187!
 
 
 
  • Length: 55:20 minutes (76 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

 

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