Wednesday Talk Radio

Episode Archive

May Day topic: Let's talk about police unions!

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Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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KBOO listeners are invited to call in on this critical issue
Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue. 

"Why the Mountain": a struggle for autonomy, dignity and tradition on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

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Wed, 04/22/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Anne Keala Kelly from Hawaii on the re-occupation by protestors of their sacred mountain
Native Hawaiian protestors have halted construction of a massive 18-story telescope on their sacred, life-giving Mauna Kea. While the protest is about stopping the continued desecration and damage to a mountain central to their culture, beliefs and traditions, it is also about an ongoing movement for independence and decolonization. Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has been documenting and involved in this struggle for many years. She joins host Paul Roland by phone to counter misleading and superficial news reporting of the issue on mainstream media and to give us the latest news from the front lines. 

 From her  her nohohewa website (below): 

WATER WARS: Local communities fight back against Nestle water bottling plants

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Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Matthew Bristow, Canvas Director of BARK, local forest watchdog group
A six-year battle to keep Nestle out of Cascadia and the Columbia Gorge is heating up again as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to trade its water rights at Oxbow Springs, which could pave the way for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, just west of Hood River. Concerned citizens in the Gorge, environmental groups, labor unions and others are renewing efforts to prevent that from happening.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 04/08/15

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Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Catastrophism and climate change: the politics of (how to talk about) possible climate catastrophe

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Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Sorry, this isn't an April Fools' show!! (oh do we all wish that it was!)
Guest Robert Hunziker reports on the front lines of global climate change. He's back with host Paul Roland to talk about his latest article, "Apocalyptic Meltdown: The Nightmare is Underway," recently out on Counterpunch They'll be talking about the latest sobering (frightening?

Wednesday Talk Radio on 03/25/15

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Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Monitoring oil trains in Oregon and Washington

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Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Matt Landon with Vancouver Action Network

Host Paul Roland talks with Matt Landon of Vancounver Action Network on continuing efforts to halt the transport of dangerously flammable Bakken oil by train through the Pacific NW and to prevent the approval of the Tesoro-Savage oil export terminal on the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, as well as the more recently proposed New Star Terminal.

Thinking about Fukushima on the fourth anniversary of the disaster

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Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest is Mimi German of No Nukes NW
Host Paul Roland talks with Mimi German of No Nukes NW about the continuing Fukushima disaster. She is organizing an event on Wednesday, March 11, "A Requiem for the Ocean-- Fukushima x4 And Beyond" noon at Pioneer Square in Portland. 
Facebook event:

"Green Crony Capitialism: Oregon’s Governor and the Grifter(s)"

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland talks with long-time Salem activist Michael Donnelly

Join in the conversation at 503-231-8187!

It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

— Frank Herbert

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 


Thinking about Fukushima on the fourth anniversary of the disaster

program date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with Mimi German of No Nukes NW about the continuing Fukushima disaster. She is organizing an event on Wednesday, March 11, "A Requiem for the Ocean-- Fukushima x4 And Beyond" noon at Pioneer Square in Portland. 
Facebook event:

Green Crony Capitialism: Oregon’s Governor and the Grifter(s)

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Thu, 03/05/2015
It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

— Frank Herbert

"Oregon’s Governor-for-Life John Kitzhaber, 68, resigned Friday the 13th.  His resignation letter was the usual lawyerly-parsed, blame-the-media/take no responsibility sham we’re used to seeing. He had been governor from 1995-2003 and again from 2011 until now. The basic allegations which forced the rest of the state’s Democratic Party elite – Senate President, House Speaker, State Treasurer and others to join the state’s largest newspaper and call for his resignation – involve influence-peddling by his ten-year girlfriend/fiancée Cylvia Hayes. Hayes, 48, – a woman with a grifter’s history – pretty much publically advertised that her clout with the governor was for sale and cashed in for over $200,000 at the same time she was his advisor on energy policy, working out of the governor’s mansion and using government employees as subordinates. The most damning allegation? She took over $118,000 from a sham non-profit that went defunct without ever filing a report with the IRS. She herself never reported her payments. The entire purpose was to shake loose tens of millions of state subsidies for “Green” Energy projects."
--from Feb. 13-15 Counterpunch article by Michael Donnelly

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Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace

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Wed, 02/25/2015
Hosted by Paul Roland.

CECILIE SURASKY is the Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national 60-plus chapter grassroots organization which advocates for a US foreign policy based on democracy, human rights and equality in Israel/Palestine. Cecilie is a videomaker and former newspaper columnist who has also worked in movements supporting the rights of migrant farmworkers, low-income residents in gentrifying communities, women, and LGBT people. Cecilie's analyses of Israel-Palestine politics have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world, and she has led various efforts to promote the inclusion of Palestinian and progressive Jewish narratives in the public discourse. 

Their website is: 
The local chapter is at:
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, the Portland State University group that brought her to Portland, is at:

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

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Wed, 02/18/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The conversation will range from her early involvement in the feminist movement in the mid-1960's, as shown in the the new documentary "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" through her participation in other radical movements of the 60's/70's to her powerful new book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The book reframes United States history from the perspective of the Indigenous peoples who were living here for millenia before the arrival of Europeans. For those who haven't yet made or attempted this perceptual and conceptual shift, her book  can serve as a valuable aid and guide. Now more than ever we need to radically re-examine the flawed and unjust foundations upon which this nation-state was built and continues to be maintained.

From the book's Introduction: "Writing US history from an Indigenous peoples' perspective requires rethinking the consensual national narrative. That narrative is wrong or deficient, not in its facts, dates, or details but rather in its essence. Inherent in the myth we've been taught is an embrace of settler colonialism and genocide. The myth persists, not for a lack of free speech or poverty of information but rather for an absence of motivation to ask questions that challenge the core of the scripted narrative of the origin story. How might acknowledging the reality of US history work to transform society? that is the central question this book pursues."

"This may well be the most important US history book you will read in your lifetime."--Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is a fiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual."--Simon Ortiz, Poet and Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for over four decades. From 1967 to 1974, she was a full-time activist living in various parts of the United States, traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. She is also a veteran of the women's liberation movement. Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years outlines this time of her life, chronicling the years 1960-1975. After receiving her PhD in history at UCLA, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at Cal State, Hayward, and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples at the United Nations in Geneva. She is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

See her website: and for her book:
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NW fossil fuel corridor & climate change: citizens fight back against proposed gas export terminals

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Wed, 02/04/2015
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:

Pembina Propane terminal in Portland:
Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Portland Rising Tide
Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Coos Bay & Pacific Connector Pipeline:
Francis Eatherington, Conservation Director, Cascadia Wildlands
Warrenton LNG terminal/ Oregon LNG:
Laurie Caplan, Co-chair, Columbia Pacific Common Sense

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission:
Oregon LNG (Warrenton Liquified Natural Gas project):
Jordan Cove project (Coos Bay):
Local press on Pembina propane project:
See also previous shows on the "Methane Time Bomb": and the Pembina Propane Terminal:

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

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Tue, 01/20/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunziker about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice. He has recently written about 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. 

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, FM90.7, 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.

Here are some of his recent articles:

The opening clip of Dr. Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics at the university of Cambridge was from December, 2013, replayed at a press conference by the Arctic Methane Emergency Group ( at the UN Conference on climate change in Lima, Peru in December, 2014. You can find the video of that press conference here:

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

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Wed, 01/14/2015
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.
The documentary  "provides a historical and political analysis of the role of the police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a context for the systemic racism in Portland, with its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, red-lining and currently active gentrification practices.

It also provides a historical outline of resistance movements that have been active throughout the past 50 years, from the Portland Black Berets and Black Panther Party to police observation organizations like Portland Copwatch and Portland Community Liberation Front.
Most importantly, the film explores alternatives to the current system of policing and considers strategies for keeping communities safe from harm without the threat of constant surveillance and ubiquitous violence."
 (from the filmmakers' Kickstarter site)

In the current context of a nation-wide uprising against police violence, and the local group Don't Shoot/Portland doing regular actions and gaining high visibility, this film will have particular relevance and resonance and should add an important historical dimension to the ongoing activism and discussion over the role of the police and the possibilities for real accountability and civilian oversight. 

The Portland Premiere of Arresting Power is this Thursday January 15th, 2015 7pm at the Northwest Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Avenue.

To contact the filmmakers about setting up a screening of the film in your community, write to

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Proposed Propane Terminal at the Port of Portland across from West Hayden Island

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Wed, 01/07/2015
Portland was recently awarded the title of "Climate Action Champions." At the same time, the city is trying to change environmental regulations along the Columbia River to allow a new export terminal to ship dangerous liquefied propane, and thus faciltate increased fossil fuel production and consumption, meaning more climate changing emissions.
The Pembina Corporation, a Canadian oil company with heavy investments in the Alberta tar sands,announced plans in the fall of 2014 to build a propane (LPG) export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Rivergate Terminal on the Columbia River opposite West Hayden Island. This export terminal would require that a pipeline be built crossing a fragile riparian area along the Columbia River which is zoned as a conservation area. In order for the proposal to move forward, the city's zoning code prohibiting hazardous materials from being transported through conservation zones would have to be modified. Once modified, this zoning change would set a precedent that could allow additional fossil fuel infrastructure to be constructed in many other sites in the region.  
In this program, host Paul Roland speaks with Daphne Wysham and John Talberth.
 John Talberth is the co-founder and President and Senior Economist of the Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE). John was the co-founder of Forest Conservation Council in the late 1980s, and has led several grassroots campaigns to secure permanent protection for native forests and wildlands in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, fight urban sprawl, and protect migratory birds.
Daphne Wysham is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs and is the founder and director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). She has worked on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies since 1996. She is concurrently a climate policy fellow at CSE.

There will be a hearing on this issue on Tuesday, January 13th at 2:30 p.m. A rally will start at 1:30.
Portland Bureau of Planning and Services, Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 2500A in downtown Portland. 
  • TESTIFY: To deliver testimony in person (2-3 min long), sign up to testify at 12:00 Noon, Jan. 13, at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A. Tips on effective testimony available here

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

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Wed, 12/31/2014
Host Paul Roland talks with Jesse Hagopian, who will be at Powell's Books on W. Burnside 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.
He  teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School in Seattle, site of the boycott of the MAP test in 2013, which helped ignite a nationwide movement. He is editor of the newly published book, "More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing." He is also an associate editor of "Rethinking Schools," a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 "Secondary School Teacher of Year" award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Time Op-Ed page.
His website is:
Find out more about his book here:

Other organizations/websites mentioned on the show:

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing:
Teachers of Conscience:
Decoding Dyslexia Oregon:
Providence Student union:

Today's guest is Seattle Pastor John Helmiere of the Valley and Mountain community

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Wed, 12/24/2014
John Helmiere is a United Methodist pastor (also known as "convenor") with the Valley and Mountain spiritual community in the hillman City neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Helmiere believes strongly in uniting inner spiritual growth with outer social engagement and action. He was severely beaten by Seattle police during a 2011 Occupy protest at the Port of Seattle in solidarity with the dockworkers. He has recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. He was also arrested last month along with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and two air0port workers at the headquarters of Alaska Airlines over their lawsuit attempting to block the $15 an hour minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac. He and his congregation are also very involved in an interesting experiment in social change organizing and community-building, the Hillman City Collaboratory: An Incubator for Social Change.

Links from this program:

Article about John's lawsuit:

His reflections on the police beating incident:
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