So the Pope resigned on Monday -- the first time that's happened in about 600 years -- leaving the world's 1.2 million Catholics without a leader. We can only hope that his successor will support contraception and refuse to protect pedophiles. But we can, with some accuracy, predict that the new Pope will be male.
In the wake of the Holy Father's abdication, Abe and Joe examine the state of modern Christianity, and ask listeners whether patriarchal religion is a help or a hindrance in the 21st Century.
Now the Portland Schools Superintendent has moved away from suggesting Vernon and Woodlawn schools for shutdown and has targeted Chief Joseph Elementary instead--all in the Jefferson Cluster. School Closure Part 2: What should we really do to reform our schools? What are your ideas on concrete steps we the people and our public officials could or should take to create an educational system that actually works? Call in 503-231-8187.
Tonight we welcome local organizers from One Billion Rising, an international day of action to end violence against women happening on Feb 14. We'll discuss the herstory of this international movement, including events leading up to this year's Day of Action. We'll also share details for events happening around the Pacific Northwest. Actions are happening in large and small ways in many different communities. You can also check out local event calendars for ideas on where and when to engage for change in your community!
For African American History Month, Treasures from the KBOO Archive will play a half hour program produced by George Page in 1977. The second half of the show we'll hear a speech recorded in 1992 by Dick Gregory. The speech was recorded at Reed College.
Tom Becker hosts this episode featuring the music of the late Portland bluesman Paul deLay and segments on possibilites for local and democratic control of sustainable energy sources, the mistake of valuing economic "growth," the role of entrapment in the government's war on terrorism, and the brave solidarity of Seattle teachers boycotting standardized testing.
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Alan Wieder discusses the boycott of a standardized test by the teachers at Garfield HS in Seattle. He points out the many problems with standardized tests and the ways they are (mis)used, and notes the widespread and increasing support for the boycott.