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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!

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Smart ALEC Oregon: KBOO Reporters Investigate ALEC Conference in Kansas City

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 09/04/2014
Part of an ongoing series investigating the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Oregon politics. KBOO reporters Yana Maximova and Mike Klepfer visited Kansas City in May 2014 to report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Spring Summit, where state legislators from around the country and representatives of corporate interests discuss strategies and model legislation behind closed doors. However, our reporters were turned away at the door despite having secured press passes. Despite setbacks, they examine what goes on at these national meetings, and speak to Oregon and Wisconsin legislators in attendance as well as Missouri activists opposing ALEC's presence. 17:20 minutes (15.87 MB)

Environmentalists React to Port of Portland's Propane Export Deal

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Thu, 09/04/2014
The Port of Portland has approved a new propane gas export terminal at the port. This project is the largest single private capital investment in the city’s history. The Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales, applauded the new terminal, which he says will bring jobs to the city. The Pembina propane terminal will bring a total of thirty long-term jobs to the area. But environmental groups are concerned with the impact that this terminal may have.
For more, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke with Ted Gleichman, director of the Oregon Sierra Club, about these concerns. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)

Ed Pilkington Interview

program: 
Between Us
program date: 
Tue, 09/02/2014
Ed Pilkington is the Chief Correspondent in New York for London's "The Guardian" newspaper. He has done a substantial amount of reporting on the American Legislative Exchange Council, a free market organization that promotes the interests of big business over those of small business and the working class. Don Merrill talks with this award winning journalist on his view of ALEC's latest efforts to survive bad press after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the defection of dozens of corporate and legislative members and increasing scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service. 14:43 minutes (13.48 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour Labor Day Special 2014

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Mon, 09/01/2014


Joe Clement hosts this labor day special, which features conversations about reducing the work week and having real power in society as workers, challenging stagnant norms in union organizing, the problem with work and utopianism. We also hear clips of political humor in honor of the late Robin Williams. 57:35 minutes (79.07 MB)

Raising Expectations, and Raising Hell: Jane McAlevey's book on rank-and-file unionism

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Mon, 09/01/2014
Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond talk about union organizing by way of a mutual review of Jane McAlevey's book "Raising Expecations, and Raising Hell: my decade fighting for the labor movement". They consider the official and cynical meaning of labor day, but also the stagnation of the labor movement as it's moved away from rank-and-file organizing, direct action, and using workers' power to drive social change. 18:32 minutes (16.97 MB)

Kathi Weeks: debunking utopianism's critics

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Mon, 09/01/2014
Joe Clement brings Kathi Weeks back on the show to talk about another chapter in her book The Problem With Work: marxism, feminism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries: utopianism. Kathi describes both realistic and deliberately unrealistic invocations of the utopianism, various ways of articulating utopianism (critical utopias, ironic anti-utopianism, utopian demands), and the push and pull between crusaders and critics of utopianism.

Kathi Weeks is a professor of Women's Studies at Duke University. 20:24 minutes (18.68 MB)

Kristian Williams on Our Enemies in Ferguson

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Tue, 08/26/2014

Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about policing in Ferguson. Williams is the author of several books on state violence, including Our Enemies in Blue , which argues that the role of the police is to enforce social inequality. Noting that Michael Brown's killing by a police officer is sadly typical, Williams traces to the social protests of the 1960s both the the militarization of the police and the corollary development of community policing, meant to develop networks in neighborhoods so as to rely less on violence and more on alliances with community leaders. He notes that the military now looks at domestic policing as a model for counterinsurgency overseas. 20:43 minutes (9.49 MB)

Interview With Negativland's Mark Hosler

program: 
A Different Nature
program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014
Dr. Zomb of Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura and Rich of Radio Lost and Found interview Negativland founding member Mark Hosler.
Mark called in all the way from North Carolina to discuss Negativland history, their upcoming show in Portland on the 29th, their upcoming new album It's All In Your Head and other mysteries.
50:47 minutes (69.75 MB)

WRR: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Class War

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014


Tom Becker reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race" on events in Ferguson and the problem of inequality. 8:26 minutes (3.86 MB)

Organizing Against Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014

Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.
9:30 minutes (4.36 MB)

 

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