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Wednesday Talk Radio

Episode Archive

Don Merrill's State Constitution Website a Platform for Education, Activism

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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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How does your state Constitution impact your life? And how can you use it for social change?

Many people have no idea how our lives are affected by the decisions of state governments and the language enshrined in state Constitutions. Don Merrill wants to change that. With his new website,, you can not only read and compare state Constitutions but you can also download audio files of each one like an e-book; plus you can learn about the most recent news relating to Constitutional challenges around the country. And Merrill hopes you will use this tool to make your state the best that it can be. Join us for Wednesday Talk Radio and find out more about Merrill's fascinating project.

David Walker on Media and Culture

Air date: 
Wed, 11/27/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with David Walker, local journalist, filmmaker and comic book writer

Host Lisa Loving speaks with local journalist, filmmaker, and comic book writer David Walker. He has a new book about the importance of independent media.

Rob Smith of Cascade AIDS Project on what Obamacare might mean for those with HIV-AIDS

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Wed, 11/20/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Rob Smith of Cascade AIDS Project on what Obamacare might mean for those with HIV-AIDS

If all goes according to plan, January 1, 2014 stands as the first day in US history that everyone with an HIV-AIDS diagnosis can start receiving healthcare. The Obamacare rollout has been a disaster -- but it could also be a lifeline. Our guest is Rob Smith of the Cascade AIDS Project which has done more than almost any other group in the state to make sure its community gets covered. Will it work out? Call in to 503 213-8187 with your questions or comments.

Music and Politics with Justin Bridges and Simon Tam

Air date: 
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Music and Politics with Justin Bridges and Simon Tam

On the second anniversary of the City of Portland's destruction of Occupy, Lisa Loving's guest is folk music artist Justin Bridges, who filed a lawsuit against the city for police brutality over the Occupy riots. He's bringing his guitar.

Also Simon Tam of The Slants stops by. The Slants are the Asian band fighting the feds over the right to copyright their band name which the US copyright office says is racist -- BUT THEY'RE ASIAN. 

How Global Warming Is Affecting Oregonians

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Discussion of the impact of climate change on our lives

Global warming is already here in the Pacific Northwest. What are you doing to change your habits and how are you adapting your home for the worse changes to come? 

We do not have a guest today because the guests are -- YOU. We'll look at  current research and new suggestions out of the Multnomah County Health Department. 
How has your life been impacted by climate change so far? And what do you think should be done on the policy level? Call in and testify, 503-231-8187.

Bill Power on his book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth."

Air date: 
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Looking at why shale gas is not the 'game-changer' touted in Wall Street's propaganda mills
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Bill Powers about his book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth." Does shale gas change everything? Will its development lead to U.S. energy independence and decades of cheap energy for America? The significance of shale gas as an important energy source has been vastly overstated. Unlike many of the energy pundits who put forward wildly optimistic and completely unsupported estimates of future shale gas recoveries, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark," looks at the facts of America's supply of natural gas.

Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

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Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Author Timothy Mitchell talks about the history of oil-based forms of modern democratic politics
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Timothy Mitchell about his new book "Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil." How does oil undermine democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis? In "Carbon Democracy" Timothy Mitchell argues that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy. In the twenty-first century, the oil-based forms of modern democratic politics have become unsustainable.

Mental Health First Aid with Leah Hunter

Air date: 
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Lisa Loving's guest is Leah Hunter with the Mental Health First Aid project. They hold their first training this Friday.
Open Minds Open Doors and Folk Time are premiering the Mental Health First Aid Documentary at the Bing Lounge this Friday October 11th 5pm -- 7pm. The documentary participants will talk about how the training has impacted their lives. Also at the event Dave Mowry of Stand Up for Mental Health shows how he uses comedy as a tool for living with Bipolar disorder.


Forests and climate; West Coast mayors and fossil fuel infrastructure, and more....

program date: 
Wed, 11/25/2015
Guests John Talberth (founder and Senior Economist) and Daphne Wysham (Director of Climate and Energy) of the Center for Sustainable Economy

Talberth has written a new report, "Clearcutting our Carbon Accounts," on the timber industry's massive contribution to climate change and how it shields its greenhouse gas emissions from public scrutiny. A synopsis can be found here: An article for Counterpunch on the report is here:

Wysham also discusses the Portland City Council Resolution against new fossil fuel infrastructure and the upcoming meeting of five West Coast mayors on December 11/12, where climate change and homelessness will be on the agenda. She is involved with the campaign for a "united front" against new fossil fuel infrastructure. There is a new website for the campaign:

Other articles mentioned on today's show:

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Ideology and illusion in the face of climate catastrophe

program date: 
Wed, 11/18/2015
Guest Clive Spash is an economist who writes, researches and teaches on public politcy with an emphasis on economic and environmental interactions.He is currently Chair of Public Policy and Governance in the 
Department of Socio-Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. His main interests are interdisciplinary research on human behavior, environmental valuses and the transformation of the world political economy to a more socially and environmentally just system.

Spash has written extensive critiques of the dominant "market-based" approaches to dealing with global climate change, including carbon trading. His article Better Growth, Helping the Paris COP-out? Fallacies and Omissions of the New climate Economy Report dissects the flawed thinking and approaches that will likely prevail at the upcoming climate talks in Paris.You can find it here: 
From his website :

This [interdisciplinary approach] has also involved moving away from mainstream environmental and resource economics, looking at links with natural sciences, understanding applied ethics, exploring models of democracy and public participation in political science, and linking with social psychology to develop models of human behaviour and motivation. In turn this has led me to question the foundations of accepted knowledge in both the natural and social sciences. As a result I have been been exploring a philosophy of science that combines and accepts realism, sociology of science, critical analysis and deconstructs the fact-value dichotomy.  For some time now, I have pursued this interdisciplinary and integrative work within the context of ecological economics and more recently through the evolving agenda of a politically aware and emancipatory “Social Ecological Economics“.
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Fighting for cultural dignity and historical truth in the face of stubborn bigotry and ignorance

program date: 
Wed, 10/21/2015
Today's guest, Jacqueline Keeler, is a writer and activist of Dineh and Yankton Dakota heritage. She has written extensively on the racist appropriation of Native culture in costumes and sports mascotry, among many other topics. Through her writings and social media, she has helped re-ignite a national debate on cultural mis-appropriation. Her alma mater, Dartmouth, has recently been embroiled in controversies surrounding a woman picked to head the Native American Studies department, who it turns out has no Native ancestry, and a vicious "prank" by conservative students ridiculing Indigenous Peoples' Day with a fake line of products with a Native caricature logo. Join us for a wide-ranging and informative discussion. The number to call in, as always, is 503-231-8187.
[from her Wikipedia entry]

Keeler's articles have been widely quoted and published.

Much of her writing has coincided with her activism. Keeler is one of many of the founding members of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, which seeks to end the use of racial groups as mascots, as well as other stereotypical representations in popular culture, and cultural appropriation.Keeler wrote "'Native Mascotry' is a term I appropriated to describe the practices that surround a Native mascot. It’s not just about the static image of the mascot, be it somewhat noble and prosaic or an ugly caricature with a feather on top. It’s the creative license such mascots gives fans to reenact outdated stereotypes, to 'play Indian.' These practices include: the wearing of Redface, the misuse of Native regalia and the chanting of fake, hokey war chants and tomahawk chops." Keeler has been interviewed by various media outlets about the topics of racial stereotypes.

Her activism also extends to issues of abortion, traditional native values and Indigenous rights.

Indigenous struggle on the Columbia (N'chee-wana) River

program date: 
Wed, 10/14/2015
Host Paul Roland interviews longtime Native treaty/cultural rights and economic development activist Wilbur Slockish, Jr. Slockish was imprisoned for three years for selling fish from his ancestral river in the infamous "Salmon Scam" undercover operation in the 1980's. After serving his time, he took over the Columbia River Defense Project, formed to defend the Native fishing people targetted by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The organization later changed to Columbia River Education Economic Development, which Slockish still heads. 

More information on these issues:

Exorcise Monsanto with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

program date: 
Wed, 10/07/2015
Listen to the glorious birdsong of The Stop Shopping Choir. Join the citizen weed pulling brigade. Exorcise the devil Monsanto from Portland's public parks. Invite your friends to hear our sultry-singing-activists.

Watch what happened when we exorcised Monsanto from Chicago.

Roundup is the most popular herbicide in the world, it's active ingredient is a "probable" carcinogen known as glyphosate. Roundup is routinely sprayed in Portland's public parks. The single most effective alternative to glyposates is NO glyphosates. The Earth Wants YOU!

Reverend Billy is an activist, radio show host, stage performer and author who has been arrested more than 50 times. He has released three CDs, three documentary films, and published three books. He won an OBIE Award, Alpert Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award for his work. He has appeared in press ranging from the CBS Evening News in New York to The BBC World Service, BBC 1 and numerous international print outlets.

The Stop Shopping Choir represents a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds; among them are scientists, teachers, artists, therapists, welders, cyclists, builders, developers, hairdressers, dog walkers, actors, truck drivers, tech geeks, scholars and executives. The Choir has toured in Europe, Africa, South America and throughout North America.

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir are directed by Savitri D. Their music director is Nehemiah Luckett. Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir are the subject of Morgan Spurlock’s second feature film, “What Would Jesus Buy?”

We need to reckon with our past to live together in the present (and survive into the future...)

program date: 
Wed, 09/30/2015
Today's opening song is "Custer Died for your Sins" by Floyd Westerman, from the 1969 album of the same name (liner notes by Vine Deloria, Jr, who wrote the book with the same title).

The program includes a talk by Wanapum elder and Klickitat chief Johnny Jackson at the 'Nchee Wana Fishing People Against Nestle Rally in Salem September 16. The talk can be found here:
The complete audio from the rally can be found here:

Books and authors mentioned on the show:,_Jr.
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Taking on a corporate behemoth

program date: 
Sun, 09/27/2015
Guest Aurora del Val of Local Water Alliance announces new ballot measure to ban commercial water bottling facilities in Hood River County, which was launched Wednesday, September 23 in Hood River.

Nestle is one of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world, and the largest bottled water company in North America. They have aggressively expanded across the continent, making enemies in every community they've set up operations. For that and a host of other reasons, they are one of the most hated corporations in the world.

Perhaps they've met their match here in Oregon. We've been covering this issue a lot because we see it as a critical case of grassroots anti-corporate organizing. Recent events have given renewed energy to the anti-Nestle movement, and activists around the world have their eyes on Cascade Locks. The Warm Springs tribe has come forward to assert their treaty rights to protect Oxbox Springs, in the traditional territory of the Wasco band, who were removed to the Warm Springs Reservation in the 1800's. Now, Hood River County residents have stepped up to file a precedent-setting ballot initiativeprecedent-setting ballot measure to ban bottled water operations in drought-strickenCounty in the face of Nestlé’s plan to export water from the Columbia River Gorge. Local Water Alliance  ( member Aurora del Val will explain the ballot initiative.

Relevant links and articles:
Theme song for this show: "Dancing on the Ruins of Multinational Corporations" by Casey Neill, from "Riffraff," 1995. Hear the song on a cool video done by Undercurrents News Service here:
Casey was one of the Earth First! troubadours during the Forest Wars of the 90's. "Dancing on the Ruins" became one of our "anthems," and is still sung in protest communities around the world. Check out his Wikipedia entry and the Facebook page for his current band, who still perform around the region:

New website for Local Water Alliance:

Excellent, comprehensive article on Nestles's corporate crimes and malfeasance:

KBOO News-in-depth 9/17/15, featuring two speakers from the 'Nchee Wana Fishing People Against Nestle Rally" in Salem:

Complete audio from Salem Rally in two parts (highly recommended!):

Great video on the history of the bottled water industry, from "The Story of Stuff":

And look for previous KBOO shows on this issue, by typing key words "Nestle in Cascade Locks" in search box at upper right of our website.

Contrasting visions for Cascade Locks and the Mid-Columbia Gorge

program date: 
Wed, 09/02/2015
In this live, on-air debate between the City Administrator of Cascade Locks, which has pushed for the Nestle faciltiy, and two members of the Local Water Alliance, which is opposed to it, we will explore the environmental and economic issues involved. What would a Nestles plant bring to the local economy? What other kinds of economic activity could it impede from being developed, or which might flourish if given the kind of attention that the bottling plant is getting?

What are the potential environmental impacts of the proposed water rights switch that is part of the Nestles plan? What is Nestles' record in their other other bottling facilities around the country? How is this issue impacting the community of Cascade Locks? As an economically struggling rural town, how is Cascade Locks representative of other such communities facing similar decisions?

Guests are Gordon Zimmerman, City Adminstrator of Cascade Locks; Ed del Val, Cascade Locks resident and President of the Local Water Alliance; and Aurora del Val, Secretary-Treasure of the Local Water Alliance and citizen member of the Joint Work Group for Economic Development of Cascade Locks.

Journalist Robert Hunziker on the politics of climate change

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Wed, 08/26/2015
Host Paul Roland speaks again with cutting-edge climate journalist Robert Hunziker from Los Angeles. They will discuss the Children's Trust lawsuit and critical information that has come to light in the discovery process; Pope Francis' upcoming address to the U.S. Congress; the Totem Pole Journey en route to the Northern Cheyenne in Montana and the crucial role of indigenous people in the climate struggle; and Ted Cruz as a pivotal figure, with his Koch Brothers connections, holding the line against the rising movement to curtail climate disaster.

Robert Hunziker (MA, economic history, DePaul University) is a freelance writer and environmental journalist whose articles have been translated into foreign languages and appeared in over 50 journals, magazines, and sites worldwide, like Z magazine, European Project on Ocean Acidification, Ecosocialism Canada, Climate Himalaya, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Comite Valmy, and UK Progressive. He has been interviewed about climate change on Pacifica Radio, KPFK, KBOO, Indymedia On Air, and the World View Show/UK, as well as Thom Hartmann's Big Picture, and Norman B's Life Elsewhere, 88.5 WMNF. 
He can be reached at 
 He offered to provide the 31-page Discovery Report by Dr. James Hansen for the Children's Trust lawsuit mentioned on the show. The Report is also attached below.
Recent articles:

Other groups and projects mentioned on the show:
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program date: 
Wed, 08/19/2015
Cascade Locks resident and Native activist Anna Mae Leonard is on a five-day fast at Cascade Locks City Hall, asking the City Council to withdraw its joint request for a water rights swap allowing the Swiss-based multinational Nestle Corporation to build a water-bottling plant there.  She joins host Paul Roland on the phone from Cascade Locks, along with Julia DeGraw of Food and Water Watch in the KBOO studio. 

The regionally unprecedented water swap request was made jointly with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in April to the Oregon Water Resources Department  If approved by the department, the city would transfer the rights to pure spring water from Oxbrow Spring, located near Oxbow Hatchery on the east side of Cascade Locks for its own muncipal ground water. The city would then sell up to 118 million gallons a year of the spring water to Nestle for bottling in its proposed 250,000-square-foot plant.

The local forest-protection group BARK and the NW branch of Food and Water Watch have been leading the fight to stop this project, which they say would effectively privatize a vital water resource and diminish the quality of water flowing into the Columbia River. 

In May, E. Austin Green, Jr., Chairmand of the Tribal Council of the Conferedated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, sent a letter to Governor Kate Brown requesting that she reconsider allowing the swap without a public interest review. An intervention from Warm Springs and/or the other Columbia River treaty tribes based on their treaty rights could prove a formidable obstacle to Nestle's privatization scheme. Because Oxbow Spring water is of higher quality and almost certainly colder than the well water proposed to substitute it, the swap would likely affect the health of the salmon and other fish that the tribes have treaty-guaranteed rights to. (See on this issue.)

Leonard is part of the Native fishing community on the river and has organized N'chi-wana Fishing People Against Nestle to bring the Native community into the issue along with local Cascade Locks residents (The Local Water Alliance) and the environmental groups opposed to the water-bottling plant.  

If you agree that Nestlé is a raw deal for Oregon contact the governor today:

Here is Governor Brown’s number: 503-378-4582, you can send her a message here:, or best yet a letter:

Office of the Governor
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Also , there's an on-line petition:

For more information:


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