News & Cultural Programming at KBOO

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KBOO community radio has been bringing diverse communities together for forty years.  We offer over twenty hours per day of programs that are produced locally by volunteer community members.  This is critical for having local voices on the airwaves at a time when media ownership is consolidating and the remaining local entities turn to syndicated programs.  Furthermore we offer genuine diversity.  In a city that is over three-quarters white, we offer programming by and for Asian, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and those from many other backgrounds.  We put youth (with a part-time youth coordinator assisting), veterans, and the disabled on the air.  And we bring these communities together on and off the air!

 KBOO Programming Charter


Kristian Williams on police informants and security culture for organizers

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Mon, 08/04/2014
Bill Resnick talks with local police scholar Kristian Williams about the dangers of police infiltration of radical social movements, connecting this to State practices for manufacturing terrorists it takes the credit for exposing. Kristian describes the range of ways that police surveil, manipulate, or disrupt organizations. They consider what makes a person vulnerable for being targeted by police, and Kristian also talks about beating back paranoia by learning to trust in our reasonable precautions. They also talk about his recent work for DCSC, a group-blog devoted to "thinking critically about security, surveillance, and counterinsurgency".
20:56 minutes (19.17 MB)

Beyond Liberalism

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Mon, 08/04/2014

Clayton Morgareidge argues for why we need to "learn to see passed liberalism" and why "we must join and form and nurture political organizations that aim at transforming the capitalist and militarist system of power, which now governs our lives." He does this after admitting the many points of agreement between socialists, anti-capitalists, and liberals about poverty, inequality, war, racism, sexism, etc. He explains the problems of liberalism in terms of fetishizing moral persuasion before the power structures of state and corporate capital.

9:33 minutes (8.75 MB)

Movie Moles: Snowpiercer

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Mon, 08/04/2014
Frann Michel and Iven Hale review the film, Snowpiercer, currently playing in Portland at the not-for profit Hollywood theater, and available as video-on-demand for home viewing.

Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.
12:11 minutes (11.16 MB)

Book Talk: Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut

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Mon, 08/04/2014
Joe Clement and Peter Frase talk about Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, originally published in 1952. The story of Player Piano is set not too long after WWII, and is about social anxieties and alienation in class society in the shadow of the machines that replaced much human labor in the United States during the war. It focuses on a soul-searching engineer, Paul Proteus, and his clandestine recruitment into a revolution against the machines. Joe and Peter discuss the novel's economic vision, how it reflects anxieties of its time and how they might still resonate today, the crisis for patriarchy technology creates and the patriarchal bias Vonnegut still has beneath his satire, the politics of sabotage and direct action in the economy, and more.
25:19 minutes (23.19 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour August 4 2014`

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Mon, 08/04/2014


Joe Clement hosts this episode. Musical selections were from: Dead Prez "Police State", Mischief Brew "Free Radical Radio Fever", Killing Capitalism with Kindness "Lost Train", and Beastie Boys "Sabotage". The following links are to the individual segments. The whole show can be accessed further down this page. 59:15 minutes (54.24 MB)

Todd Matthews Interview

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Between Us
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Sun, 08/03/2014
The Doe Network is a volunteer organization that tries to identify John and Jane Does. Based in Tennessee, it has helped local, state and federal agencies solve crimes that involve the missing and the unidentified since the early 2000s. Don Merrill talked with spokesperson Todd Matthews about the Doe Network and how it tries to help families get resolution, even though Mr. Matthews admits that resolution isn't the same as justice. 29:57 minutes (27.43 MB)

Grassroots Campaign Workers Organize for Respect

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Labor Radio
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Sat, 08/02/2014
Campaign Workers United are fighting for respect at Grassroots Campaign Incorporated.  GCI, a national for-profit fundraiser in eighteen cities, contracts with progressive organizations to raise money on the street.  All the canvassers at the Portland GCI branch have organized a union, with the assistance of the Industrial Workers of the World, and presented their demands to local management at the  East Burnside GCI office Saturday morning.  KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge was on the scene, with canvassers Andrew Lee and Liana Clark. 20:47 minutes (19.03 MB)

APA Compass Angry APA Minute: Sara Onitsuka on college applications

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014
Sara Onitsuka explains her college application quandary in her latest Angry APA Minute.

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
5:55 minutes (5.42 MB)

APA Compass: Alex Tizon, author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self

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APA Compass
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Fri, 08/01/2014
Pulitzer Prize winner, Alex Tizon, explores and punctures stereotypes of the Asian-American male identity in his book, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self".

APA Compass promotes social justice, features APA arts and culture, and challenges how APAs are represented in the media.
20:33 minutes (18.81 MB)

Marilyn Hayward - Moving Forward with Life's Difficulties

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The Flow
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Thu, 07/31/2014

Marilyn Hayward, owner of Coventry Cycle Works in Portland, OR, triumphantly captured two bicycle world records at the age of 63. During her life, she also took powerful action to survive a terminal cancer diagnosis, twice save her limbs from amputation, and recover from severe brain damage.  Marilyn urges, "Never give up!" and provides practical tips for moving forward with life's difficulties. 29:10 minutes (40.07 MB)

 

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