Wednesday Talk Radio

Episode Archive

Occupation, Environmental Destruction, and the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions Movement

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Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace

Today's guest is Cecilie Surasky  of Jewish Voice for Peace), who spoke panelists at last night's event at Portland State University: "Occupation, Environmental Destruction, and the 

A conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on five decades of activism and scholarship

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Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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From radical feminism in the mid-60's to her new book on U.S. Indigenous People's History
Host Paul Roland talks with Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Port Westward, the Port of St. Helens, Oil Trains and Coal Barges

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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More citizen opposition to fossil fuel export facilities

Number to call in: 503-231-8187


Today's guest will be Paulette Lichatowich of Columbia City, north of Portland. She'll be talking about the Port Westward oil export facility in Clatskanie, citizens' concerns about oil trains through their community, the Port of St. Helens Commission and the proposed coal export faciltiy at the Port of St. Helens.

From Ms. Lichatowich:

NW fossil fuel corridor & climate change: citizens fight back against proposed gas export terminals

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Wed, 02/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Activists from around the region discuss their efforts to shut down controversial projects

Continuing our coverage of accelerating climate change and the Fossil Fuel industries' attempt to transform the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada into a massive export colony for the global economy. 

Guests will include:

Wednesday Talk Radio on 01/28/15

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Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

It's much later than we think: the methane time-bomb is ticking

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Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Robert Hunziker talks about a much more than inconvenient truth
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Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunzider about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice and the "Global Warming Bubble" that, when it bursts, will shatter our remaining illusions about how real and how urgent it is. This is our final wake up call. 

Arresting Power- Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon: Interview with the filmmakers

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Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland talks with Julie Perini, Jodi Darby and Erin Yanke about their new film

ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON uses archival materials,  documentary footage and interviews with community members, activists and organizers to uncover Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations, emphasizing its rich history of resistance from the late 1960s to the present.

Wednesday Talk Radio January 7th, 2015

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Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Wednesday Talk Radio with host Paul Roland.

"More Than a Score:The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing" with Jesse Hagopian from Seattle

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Wed, 12/31/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Hagopian is Editor of new book against high-stakes, standardized testing

Host Paul Roland talks with Jesse Hagopian.. Hagopian will be at Powell's Books this Sunday, January 4 at 7:30 to talk about his new book and to participate in a panel discussion between teachers, students and parents of the new uprising against high-stakes testing.
https://www.facebook.com/events/404204486409857/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Wednesday Talk Radion December 17, 2014

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Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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With host Paul Roland

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Deep History & American Empire: Reflections on the Bundys, Manifest Destiny & left-right politics

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Wed, 02/03/2016
The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon has brought widespread attention to long-simmering (and occasionally boiling-over) conflicts over federally-owned and managed public lands in the West. Competing ideologies (states' rights vs. federal control; private property rights vs. public land management; "free market" access vs. environmental regulation etc.) echo debates and conflicts that go back to the founding of the United States. 

Guest Anthony Hall is Professor of Globalization Studies at Lethbridge University in Alberta, Canada. His 2003 book, "American Empire and the Fourth World," looks at how the United States continued and expanded the British Imperial project. The crucial period of the Seven Years War leading up to the War of Independence established an expansionist U.S. culture of private property and ruthless corporate capitalism. In his analysis,  the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which established a limit to colonial settlement at the crest of the Appalachian Mountains, was key to understanding these developments. 

The Bundys and their associates see themselves as the true heirs to the "American Revolution" and the vision of the "Founding Fathers" as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and ordained by God. And they have acted boldly and decisively on the basis of their beliefs. Meanwhile, many on the "Left" don't have such a strong foundation of political belief and religious faith, especially with the dissipation of Marxist-based movement-building (revolutionary or not). 

In his last program, by phone from Burns, Roland made an analogy between the Bundy gang's view of Federal control of public lands in the West and the colonial settlers' attitude toward the Royal Proclamation. He and his guest will use that as a starting point for their conversation.

To the extent that anyone still wants to carry the torch of anti-imperialism today in the
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Live From Burns, OR: Report-back on the siege of Malheur, with Arun Gupta

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Wed, 01/27/2016
 Special inside look at what's happening in Burns, Oregon. Roland and Gupta just spent a week in Burns, interviewing people in the community, visiting the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife refuge, hanging out in local bars, and generally getting a feel for how the "Bundy gang's" declaration of war on the federal government is playing out and affecting the local community.

Gupta has been covering the situation for "The Raw Story," a news website. See his reporting here: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/bundys-escalating-showdown-with-feds-as-support-dwindles-and-lone-wolves-come-looking-for-trouble/
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/bundys-escalating-showdown-with-feds-as-...
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/oregon-ranchers-who-sparked-standoff-threatened-to-wrap-officials-son-in-barbed-wire-and-drown-him/
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As Bundy gang heightens tensions in Burns community: What's at stake in the Malheur takeover?

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Wed, 01/20/2016
Today's guests are Linda Neale, co-founder of the Earth and Spirit Council and great-grandchild of Harney County homesteaders; and Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director of Portland Audobon. 

We discuss the complex and somewhat bewildering situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. 


Further reading on the subject:

http://www.oregonlive.com/history/2016/01/oregon_standoff_feds_forcibly.html

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/05/showdown-in-the-malheur-marshes-t...

http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-people-v-the-blm-bundy-hammonds-malheur

http://usuncut.com/politics/bombshell-dhs-overlooked-anti-government-mil...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/08/rancher-rebels-the-rise-of-the-wi...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/us/the-larger-but-quieter-than-bundy-p...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/opinion/sunday/the-ideological-roots-o...

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/01/malheur_county_targeted_for_go.html

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The Necessity of Disobedience, with guest Tim DeChristopher

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Wed, 01/13/2016
While a group of armed antigovernment militants casually tears down fences and accesses personal and official files in their second week of occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge offices in Eastern Oregon, another group of protestors in Seattle goes on trial for blocking a mile-long oil train in September, 2014.

The case of the "Delta Five," as they've come to be called, went to court yesterday in Snohomish County District Court. The trial is attracting much more attention than a misdemeanor civil disobedience case ordinarily would because the judge has allowed the defendants to use the "Necessity Defense" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necessity ). This defense argues that it is legitimate to commit a lesser "crime" in order to prevent a greater harm. A classic example would be   breaking into a building in order to save someone from a fire. Allowing this defense means that expert witnesses can be called to support the argument that climate change is more dangerous than the group's alled crimes of trespassing and blocking a train. And it means that a jury of their peers will actually be able to decide on the merits of those deeper contextual arguments. http://delta5trial.org/

Guest Tim DeChristopher is himself no stranger to high-profile civil disobedience cases. In 2011, he was convicted in Utah on two federal felony charges relating to an action at a bitterly contested Bureau of Land Management auction for oil and gas leases adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. As "Bidder 70," DeChristopher bid on and won numerous parcels, thus keeping them from corporate exploitation. For his spontaneous gesture, he got  a two-year federal sentence. serving 21 months. In his trial the judge disallowed the Necessity Defense.

Released from prison on April 21, 2013, DeChristopher is studying social justice movements at  Harvard Divinity School. He also is a co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center,  which serves as a "catalyst for direct action, creating points of vivid moral clarity, emboldening both climate activists and the unlikeliest  of allies, capturing the heart and soul of the climate debate." http://www.climatedisobedience.org/

Relevant articles and links:

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/12/necessity-defense-oil-train-...

http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-people-v-the-blm-bundy-hammonds-malheur

http://usuncut.com/politics/bombshell-dhs-overlooked-anti-government-militias/



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Incident at Malheur: An Indigenous perspective on "militia" occupation in Eastern Oregon

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Wed, 01/06/2016
As national and global media turn their attention to the small town of Burns in central-eastern Oregon, we here at KBOO are doing our best to keep up with events. By now you probably know the basic story: a small group of disgruntled Westerners, apparently mostly from Nevada and Arizona, split off from a larger march on Saturday and took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility outsid of Burns. Ostensibly in support of two local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted on arson charges, but had five-year minimum sentences imposed under the draconian Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the occupiers are linked to various  "militia"/property rights/possibly white supremacist groups. Led by two sons of Cliven Bundy, who last year faced down federal agents with weapons pointed and suffered no legal consequences, the group of around 20 men wants to roll back the federal management of western lands and turn them over to counties and local people for cattle grazing, mining, logging, etc. Apparently starting with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The occupiers are clearly tapping into deep resentments and dissatisfactions in much of the rural West, but they are also repeating the same old story of colonizing and exploiting land expropriated from the Native Americans who had lived there for thousands of years. Guest Jacqueline Keeler is a Navajo/Yankton Dakota writer and activist living here in Portland and has been on this program several times. She is heavily involved in the movement against Native sports mascots and team names. Last year she wrote an article for The Nation, "On Cliven Bundy's 'Ancestral Rights' " (http://www.thenation.com/article/cliven-bundys-ancestral-rights/) and is currently working on a follow-up on the current situation. 
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Gas well blow-out near L.A.: latest industrial mega-disaster, following on BP "spill" and Fukushima

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Wed, 12/30/2015
Since  October 23, an aging gas well that ruptured has been spewing enormous amounts of methane into the air at the northern end of the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles. Like the 2010 BP oil "spill" and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns, this is an unprecedented, out-of-control situation involving energy extraction or production facilities. And, like those other two recent industrial disasters, the corporate and government response has been slow, deceptive and pathetically inadequate to the scale of the problem.

To discuss this unfolding situation, host Paul Roland speaks with Matt Pakucko, a resident of the nearby community of Porter Ranch, currently living in a hotel because the escaping gas has made living in his house impossible, just as for thousands of other residents. He is involved with Save Porter Ranch (http://www.saveporterranch.com/,https://www.facebook.com/SavePorterRanch/).Also on the show will be Alexandra Nagy, Southern California Organizer at the Los Angeles branch of Food & Water Watch. Among other things, Nagy has been working to get a statewide ban on fracking.

Do you think corporations should be left to clean up their own disastrous mishaps? Do you think the existing regulatory framework is adequate to prevent such colossal messes? Should we at least start talking about seizing corporate assets in order to most effectively address the situation? Is any solution actually possible within a profit-based capitalist economic system? Let's have a lively and coherent conversation!

Opening and closing song: "Too Much Pressure" by The Selecter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf7v1iWc4tk

Articles:
http://www.laweekly.com/news/what-went-wrong-at-porter-ranch-6405804

http://gizmodo.com/las-gas-leak-disaster-is-a-bigger-problem-than-you-real-1750035270

The Death and Rebirth of the Sun and Society

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Wed, 12/23/2015
Host Paul Roland discusses the Solstice and the cooptation of ancient spiritual beliefs by Imperial Christianity, and reads from a recent article by Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilizationhttp://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/were-doomed-now-what/
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Challenging the Militarization of Climate Change, with guest Nick Buxton

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Wed, 12/16/2015
The military is at the heart of the fossil fuel economy, yet military emissions were specifically excluded from the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 at the behest of the U.S. government. Though it's possible they may no longer be specifically excluded in the wake of the recent Paris agreement, individual countries' current reporting of emissions and planned actions to combat climate change ("Intended Nationally Determined Contributions") have so far failed to include military emissions.

The United States' vast empire of 800 bases is concentrated in oil-rich regions and is designed to protect long-distance shipping routes and an unsustainable consumer economy that also contributes to climate change. This vast military bootprint, bolstered by a powerful arms industry, ends up fueling conflicts that do untold damage to the environment and kill vast numbers of civilians.

Further, as climate chaos and extreme weather create greater social instability and conflict, the military will play an increasing role in controlling populations worldwide. And corporations will continue to profit from it all.

Guest Nick Buxton, communications manager at the Transnational Institute https://www.tni.org/en, is co-editor of a new book: The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-changed World.  He said in a press statement earlier today: "We need to open up a debate about how to cut record world military and homeland security expenditure and invest that money instead into climate adaptation for the world's most vulnerable people. That is the only way to deliver real human security, the security of a safe and sustainable future for everyone."
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Forests and climate; West Coast mayors and fossil fuel infrastructure, and more....

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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 http://sustainable-economy.org/

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: http://sustainable-economy.org/how-industrial-forest-practices-are-subverting-oregons-climate-agenda/. An article for Counterpunch on the report is here: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/18/clearcutting-our-carbon-accounts-how-the-timber-industry-shields-its-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-public-scrutiny/

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: http://www.nonewffi.org/.

Other articles mentioned on today's show:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/portland-fossil-fuel-resolution
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33756-cop21-too-little-too-late-temperature-co2-thresholds-breached-as-climate-disruption-intensifies

http://leave-it-in-the-ground.org/fossil-fuel-infrastructure/

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Ideology and illusion in the face of climate catastrophe

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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: https://ideas.repec.org/p/wiw/wiwsre/sre-disc-2014_04.html 
From his website http://www.clivespash.org/ :

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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