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Harris Zafar on "Demystifying Islam: Tackling Tough Questions"

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Wed, 07/02/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Harris Zafar on "Demystifying Islam: Tackling Tough Questions"

Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with Harris Zafar, Portland-based author of the new book, "Demystifying Islam: Tackling Tough Questions."  Harris Zafar is a lecturer, writer, teacher and the National Spokesperson & Director of Youth Outreach | Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

Despite heightened interest in the study of the Muslim faith, for many people Islam remains shrouded in mystery and confusion. What really is Shariah law? How is a Muslim to understand Jihad? Does Islam oppose Western values such as free speech or freedom of religion? What place do women have according to Islam?

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

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Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland talks with author and social/political analyst Norman Pollack
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:

Host Paul Roland: let's talk about KBOO's role in Portland and the region

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Wed, 06/18/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What can KBOO do to have a stronger presence and be a more powerful force for change?

Call in at 503-231-8187

Infill and Gentrification

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Wed, 06/11/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Infill and Gentrification

Paul Roland speaks with John Lang of the Red and Black Cafe about infill and gentrification. Your calls welcome at 503 231-8187.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 06/04/14

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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Wednesday Talk Radio on 05/28/14

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Wed, 05/28/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

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

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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A social media campaign has amplified attention to the widespread stigmatization of Native Americans

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.

5/14 - Banning GMO's in Jackson County

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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

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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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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.


Fighting for cultural dignity and historical truth in the face of stubborn bigotry and ignorance

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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

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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

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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...)

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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

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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

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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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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:

Personal and social resiliency in the face of an uncertain future

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Wed, 08/12/2015
Host Paul Roland speaks with guest John Daggett about the theory and practice of Resiliency. In the face of climate chaos and economic breakdown, we need to become more resilient, both personally and socially. Daggett draws upon a long career in teaching, school administration and active participation in community and school resilience projects.  

Building on the seminal work on resilient chldren of Emmy Werner and Ruth Smith (Vulnerable but Invincilbe,Overcoming the Odds) and of Nan Henderson and Mile Milstein (Resiliency in the Schools), Daggett has both taught resiliency and assisted in the founding of BARC (Building a Resilient Community) in Ashland, OR. 

Links/resources mentioned on show:

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Against the Fossil-fueled Patriarchal Death Cult

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Wed, 08/05/2015

More conversation of the deranged fossil fuel machine that has us all in its death grip. Call-ins on the ShellNo action last week and relections on the "nature of the beast."

Opening and closing song: "The Oil Song 2010" by Steve Forbert:

To get involved and contribute to ongoing campaigns against the fossil fuel machine and global climate change:

Some of the articles mentioned on the program:



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