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2017 Holiday Membership Drive - Nov. 27 - Dec. 4

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:31:10 +0000

KBOO's Holiday Membership Drive begins on #GivingTuesday Nov. 27th 2017 and continues through Dec. 1st 2017!

Become a member or up your membership - 877-500-5266. Or go to the Donate button just a little ways down on this page!.  If you're not a member, we hope you'll become one - it's easy, fast, and it's a beautiful thing. If you are a member, thank you! And if you can sweeten the deal, thank you so much!

As we gear up for our FIFTIETH anniversary celebration next year, we're having a full-on no holds barred fundraising extravaganza!! 



¡Si se puede!

Check out the thank you gifts available for your membership.

And it's not a Membership Drive without specials.

Thurs. Nov. 30th 2 - 4 pm on Africa O'Ye: South African music special with Don Jacobson!

Lorraine Klaasen "Africa Calling" 2008 CD can be your thank you gift for calling in during this show.
Lorraine Klaasen is certainly one of the best, if not deepest-rooted South African song stylists to come down the pike since the legendary Miriam Makeba. With the passing of Makeba, Klaasen carries the torch for both the aforementioned icon, and also for her famous mother, Thandie Klaasen. Helping is guitarist Mongezi Chris Ntaka (formerly with Lucky Dube) and bassist Bakithi Kumalo (with Dube and on Paul Simon's Graceland album) adding pure authenticity to the proceedings. While the music is in the Afro-pop realm, it touches on sotho funk, kwela, zulu, and xhosa aspects of village life while adding dance beats and feelings of triumph, with Klaasen singing in either African or English lyrics. 

You can also call in and get the Amabutho "Sikelela" 2010 CD.
Sikelela is the debut album from Amabutho, seven young men who grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, and the dusty streets of the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Their name is taken from the term for a regiment of Zulu warriors, but these are the gentlest of warriors. They deliver their soulful message of peace and unity via the sweet sounds of marimba, percussion and effortless vocal harmonies. Voices and instruments conduct a seamless dialogue that in turn is sure to have the world music community talking.


December 4th 2 - 4 pm on Monday Sampler:

Local musician Robin Jackson recently released his new CD, titled 'Dark Stars'. Featuring several local musicians and recorded right here in Portland, this is a great album to add to any music collection! You can get it as a thank you gift if you call in during this show.

November 24 Portland Resistance Calendar

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:27:58 +0000

Hosted by: VJProduced by: KBOOProgram:: Portland Resistance CalendarAir date: Fri, 11/24/2017 - 5:00pm to Fri, 12/01/2017 - 5:00pmBlack Friday editionWant more info? Click on the links for the details. Want to print out the list? There's a printable PDF. Wanna see into the future? Check out upcoming events. Thanks so very much for reading, and thank you, KBOO members & contributors, for your support. You make it happen! And thanks to our researcher, Ismoon. Joe Frazier of the Northwest Resistance Photography Project has been kind enough to share his excellent photos.  This one is from Save DACA and pass the DREAM ACT in September. There's no podcast this week - my apologies. Health willing, next Friday. A printable PDF version is just below...     Download 20171124_prc.pdf (179.2 KB)Ongoing July 29 to December 3 Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans (more information on KBOO's 8/1/17 Art Focus) Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park  Wednesday October 25 to Friday December 8 RENEW 48 Warm Clothing Drive for the Union Gospel Mission IBEW Local 48, 15937 NE Airport Way Monday November 20 to Saturday November 25 Get ICE out of NORCOR! #IceResistanceRally5–6pm Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR), The Dalles   Friday November 24 Black Friday Marketnoon through Saturday, November 25 at 5pm The ReBuilding Center, 3625 N Mississippi Black Lives Matter #NotBlackFriday Not One Dime - Matching Food Donations1–3pm Hollywood/NE 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Free Groceries - Mobile Market Distribution4:30–6:30pm Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Curious Comedy Showdown: Urban League of Portland Young Professionals Fundraiser7:30–9pm Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Saturday November 25 2017 PDX Black Holiday Bazaar9am–5pm Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 5940 N Albina Native Family Day and Marketplace10am–5pm Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Stuff The Subie For The Homeless11am–2pm Burnside Skatepark, 2nd under E Burnside Mojada Post-Show Discussions3:30–4pm Portland Center Stage at The Armory Sunday November 26 10% Day for Mental Health Providers Unite!9am–8pm Food Fight!, 1217 SE Stark & 11155 NE Halsey Get ICE out of Norcor! #IceResistanceRally - *new place*noon–1pm Fred Meyer Fuel Center, the Dalles Town Hall for Progressive Democracy1–4pm Sunnyside Community House Tents-Giving!1–3pm Franklin Parking Garage, Vancouver Emergency Winter Clothing, Food drive and Pot luck.2–5pm Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th Mojada Post-Show Discussions3:30–4pm Portland Center Stage at The Armory IPA presents: Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock5:45–8:30pm Lake Theater & Cafe, Lake Oswego Monday November 27 Lift Urban Portland fundraiser11:30am–10pm The Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum United by Water: a film presented by the Upper Columbia United Tribes - RSVP5:30–7:30pm Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Revolution Comedy Presents: Stand Up for Don't Shoot PDX6:30–8:30pm Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr History Pub: The Martha Washington Hotel film screening7–8:30pm Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Clinton Street Resistance presents Brazil, benefitting Books for Prisoners7–10pm Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Tuesday November 28 Resist Trump Tuesday at Sen. Merkley’s11:30am–12:30pm World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Keep the Oil in the Soil! Stop the Vancouver Oil Terminal!1–5pm Salmon Creek Park & Ride, Vancouver Latinx Voter Registration Drive | Registrate y Vota2–6pm Portland Mercado Give Back to the Gorge3–7pm Patagonia Portland, 1106 W Burnside Resist Trump Happy Hour5–8pm Suki's Bar, 2401 SW 4th Celebrate Defeating Nestle and Meet Bark's New Director5–8pm Cider Riot, NE Couch & 8th Black History Month 2018 - Vancouver Public Schools Board Meeting5–6:15pm Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary, Vancouver Transg[...]

Is Mickey Mouse a Minstrel?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:17:07 +0000

Hosted by: Celeste Carey, Cecil PrescodProduced by: KBOOProgram:: More Talk RadioAir date: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 8:00am to 9:00amMore Images:   Cecil & Celeste are joined by Kirby McCurtis to discuss the images our children consume in pop culture and where those images come from.  What are the modern alternatives to these established and harmful depictions?  The diversity gap in children's publishing is overwhelming but groups like are trying to highlight the alternatives and promote the voices of Black and Brown authors and artists. In Birth of an Industry, Nicholas Sammond describes how popular early American cartoon characters were derived from blackface minstrelsy. He charts the industrialization of animation in the early twentieth century, its representation in the cartoons themselves, and how important blackface minstrels were to that performance, standing in for the frustrations of animation workers. Cherished cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat, were conceived and developed using blackface minstrelsy's visual and performative conventions: these characters are not like minstrels; they are minstrels. They play out the social, cultural, political, and racial anxieties and desires that link race to the laboring body, just as live minstrel show performers did. Carefully examining how early animation helped to naturalize virulent racial formations, Sammond explores how cartoons used laughter and sentimentality to make those stereotypes seem not only less cruel, but actually pleasurable. Although the visible links between cartoon characters and the minstrel stage faded long ago, Sammond shows how important those links are to thinking about animation then and now, and about how cartoons continue to help to illuminate the central place of race in American cultural and social life. from Nimah Timmons: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation looks at the early history of animation, from the 1910s to mid-1930s, and its genealogical relationship with the practice of minstrelsy. For Sammond, early animation characters, such as Koko the Clown, Felix the Cat, and Mickey Mouse, were new forms of representing the practice of minstrelsy. Sammond writes of these new minstrels, “Trademark cartoon characters such as Mickey were becoming vestigial minstrels, carrying all (or many) of the markers of minstrelsy while rarely referring to the tradition itself”. Such characteristics included the characters being drawn as black, the inclusion of white gloves, and a mischievous personality that typically acts counter to their creators. What is intriguing about Sammond’s approach to the subject is that he does not limit himself to simply understanding the representational practice of these minstrels; he also incorporates the production and labor that went into creating them. Sammond organizes the text into sections regarding performance, labor, space and race (placed in this respective order). By structuring the text in this way, Sammond intends to locate the multiple factors he believes play into the production of minstrelsy animation. The production of these representations for Sammond are dependent on the transformation of labor and presence of the animator(s). In the chapter on space, Sammond begins to work through the transfer of sound spaces. This follows the historical progression of animation from the silent era to the use of sound. In the final chapter, the emphasis is placed upon the ways in which Blackness is displayed, particularly in reference to the later historical period of the study. Although each chapter is dedicated toward a theme of the animation practice, these discussions on performance and representations are seen throughout the text. Sammond makes the point numerous times that the assembly line style of animation led animators to create characters with minstrel characteristics. He notes that in the 1910s, animation practice focused on the individualized relationship[...]

Renewable Energy Controversy

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:45:15 +0000

Hosted by: Barbara BernsteinProduced by: KBOOProgram:: Locus FocusAir date: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00amMore Images: Sometimes the most heated debates are among people who almost agree. That seems to be the case with a recent well-publicized controversy, in which two groups of well-intentioned, renewable energy advocates bitterly spar over differing paths to a 100% renewable energy future. Then Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg entered the debate, pointing out how neither side is considering one of the most crucial aspects to successfully reaching a fully renewable future. On this episdoe of Locus Focus we talk with Richard Heinberg about how a completely renewable future entails making major changes in our life styles and energy consumption, a point he believes neither of these battling viewpoints considers. Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of thirteen books as well as scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Yes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as,,,, and Topic tags: Energy/Natural Resources, Environment/Climate[...]


Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:53:48 +0000

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Mon, 11/27/2017 -
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Discussion with squirrel rehabilitator Jackie Marsden



Guest host Ender Black talks with wildlife rehabilitator Jackie Marsden who operates an authorized  animal rehab center and  sanctuary outside of Vancouver, WA.    The interview will focus mainly on squirrels and will include some of their personal stories.

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New Seasons Workers unite

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:49:28 +0000

Hosted by: Jamie PartridgeProduced by: KBOOProgram:: Labor RadioAir date: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 6:00pm to 6:30pmMore Images: New Seasons Workers United After their November 1st delivery of a letter to CEO Wendy Collie, signed by hundreds of workers from eighteen (18) stores, New Seasons workers are still waiting for a reponse to their demand for collective bargaining.  New Season Workers United members join Labor Radio to discuss what drove them to organize for better wages, benefits, working conditions, and a union.  Co-hosts Amanda Hill and Jamie Partridge talk with the NSWU members about how customers and the larger community can assist in their struggle. Topic tags: Activism, Class, Corporations, Economy, Food, Labor[...]

“The Organ – it’s more of a wall than a musical instrument.” - Eddie Izzard

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:07:57 +0000

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Mon, 11/27/2017 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Casting aside the organ as a church instrument, the modern composers use it as a freakin’ crazy sonic delivery system. Soft or loud, intricate or bombastic, tonight features the mighty Wurlitzer in all its glory. Music by William Bolcom, Eva Houben, Arvo Part, Louis Vierne, Olivia Block, Herman Nitsch, George Cacioppo, and Fats Waller. Plus some long-lost Merry-Go-Round medleys.


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Interview with Jennifer Richter

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:09:30 +0000

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Mon, 11/27/2017 -
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Jennifer Richter’s two poetry collections have both been named Oregon Book Award Finalists: her second book, No Acute Distress, was chosen by Major Jackson; her first, Threshold, by Robert Pinsky.  Richter has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years.  She currently teaches in Oregon State University’s MFA Program.  

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Volunteer Spotlight on Leidi Monte

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:33:23 +0000

Published date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:30pmVolunteers make KBOO what it is. Please get to know the people that make KBOO truly great.  1. Please introduce yourself to the KBOO Community-- who are you, and what are you passionate about? My name is Leidi Monte (pronounced Lady Maunt-ee). I am passionate about free expression, and building access to people and tools that support growth, justice, and harmony. I write my own music and poetry, and am completing a musical project which will advocate for my community and express my unique voice as an intersex person. 2. What's your favorite thing to do on a day with no commitments? Drink coffee, write, and make my friends laugh. 3. What brought you to KBOO?   I was introduced to the KBOO Beloved Community when my intersex friend who was already a volunteer here invited me to guest co-host on their radio show, and talk about my experiences as well as the support group for intersex people I founded in Portland, the NorthWest Intersex Action League. I was interviewed by a couple of different hosts about the cause I represent, and I was so impressed with the structure and mission of KBOO and the caliber of people that I decided to attend a volunteer orientation 4. What have you done at KBOO? Since beginning at KBOO I have volunteered during pledge-drives answering phones, announced the news, hosted live music broadcast events, established an open collective called Lighthouse Productions Art Collective, and developed as a volunteer producer for our collective’s radio show called Lighthouse Lessons. Through the show I am able to help provide a broadcast platform for different communities in Portland by airing programming that is designed to uplift, inspire, and support women, youth, communities of color, sexual minorities, and other marginalized populations of people.  5. What have you learned?   I have learned so many skills essential to radio broadcast, like interview and microphone techniques, FCC laws, as well as audio engineering and how to operate a switchboard. But the largest piece I have learned is about how community is organized, and what it takes to function as member in a collective plural. Keeping an open heart as a matter of business is essential to feeling successful when you walk out of KBOO at the end of the day.6. Are there other things you'd like to do at KBOO in the future?   Film a single-shot reality tv series. 7. What's your favorite moment at KBOO? Any highlights? Favorite moments fall from the ceiling at KBOO, it’s hard to pick one…. I think my favorite moment is when after the mad scramble of producing a show you walk outside feeling exhausted and used but great, because you’re done (until the next show!).8. How does KBOO help your family/community/etc/? KBOO has been crucial to the process of self-advocacy and awareness raising that I undertake daily as an intersex person… they have provided me a platform to talk about issues which affect me, taught me technical skills necessary for a creative industry, and shown me a community that is accepting, safe, and engaging to me as a marginalized person. 9. Why is KBOO important?  KBOO is a beacon for people who want to see and learn alternative ways of living—without contingencies based around profit and marketability.10. What else do you want people to know about you? Don’t F**K with me. [...]