When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)
Suzy Bogguss was the featured artist and guest on this edition of 'Swing & Country' which aired on February 15, 2014. Her most recent album 'Lucky' had been released on the 4th of February and she had a live performance scheduled for February 20 at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Wayne and Kathy did a pre-recorded interview with Suzy Bogguss. 43:54 minutes (40.2 MB)
Tim Carr is a Republican who is running against incumbent Governor John Kitzhaber. He talked with Don Merrill about Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System, the Columbia River Crossing, same sex marriage and why he thinks a gubenatorial candidate can only win if they win the hearts and minds of Portlanders. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:59 minutes (27.45 MB)
Tay "Firefly" Fisher has been with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for five years. In this conversation with Don Merrill, he talks about how the team of basketball professionals is also a tight knit family, how they are standing on the shoulders of giants like Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon, and why they decided to let the fans decide how they'll play the game for the second year in a row.
14:56 minutes (13.67 MB)
Betsy Close is a Republican running for re-election in the Oregon Senate. She talked with Don Merrill about equal pay for Oregon's women, funding for Oregon's schools and Cover Oregon among many topics. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:22 minutes (26.88 MB)
S INCE 2008 Oregonians have had the opportunity to preregister to vote at age 17.
The sooner young people become engaged as voters, the more likely they are
to vote the rest of their lives, not to mention become active and engaged
members of their community.
Democracy Cup brings civics straight into junior and senior classrooms,
lunch-hours, and school wide assemblies in order to meet young Oregonians where they are and get them set on the course to being lifelong citizen leaders.
Interview by Laurel, KBOO Youth Collective. 6:24 minutes (5.85 MB)
In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place?In his The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible,Charles Eisenstein submits that the old worldview of Separation must fall away, to be replaced by a new worldview of Inter-being, and a radically different understanding of cause and effect. 27:50 minutes (25.49 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Brad Duncan about Pete Seeger's life growing up as a "red diaper baby", his own communist politics, and vision of a liberatory praxis driven by music. This online version of their conversation contains extra material not aired live because of time constraints. It turns to questions about Seeger's anti-war and pro-war stances earlier in his career, but also the politics of the banjo itself. 24:08 minutes (22.1 MB)
Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve. 7:26 minutes (5.1 MB)
Larry Bowlden surveys the many great works of English novelist, Anita Brookner (available at your public library). Most of her main characters are intellectual middle-class women who are isolated on account of failed love, but she eschews being called a feminist. He praises Brookner for her "total command of the language", verbose but "liquid and flowing". He describes her as sympathetic to French existentialism and unable to bring herself to believe in God - though she wants to believe in "hope for deliverance" from loneliness. This existentialist theme tends toward nihilism, at least in earlier novels, than affirmation of freedom and change. 9:01 minutes (6.2 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Elizabeth Thiel, a Portland Public School teacher and parent, about recent contract struggles. They talk about why they wanted to go on strike. She says teachers want to maintain and increase their ability to their job well. This means smaller classes, reduced workload, no more wasting money on consultants, more wrap-around services for creating education equity, challenging the standardized testing paradigm that subverts the teacher autonomy.
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.
55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)