I started my political activism in college while learning about social justice, class warfare, environmental destruction and the elite class. Wall Street Action Day in 1990 was my first action where several thousand of us tried to prevent the New York Stock Exchange from opening that day (we were unsuccessful). A professor brought busloads of us to Manhattan so we were all earning course credit while running from the police.
In Portland I was first involved with efforts to halt logging on public lands, first at Enola Hill and then ANPO. Bill Clinton’s Salvage Rider was in full force and I left town to help protect some of these forests. After returning to Portland, I was active with several activist groups to varying degrees and durations: Chiapas Urgent Call, Cascadia Forest Alliance and the End Corporate Dominance Alliance.
Early in 1997 I started making radio at KBOO Community Radio, first as a news reporter and anchor. I was among the last of the KBOO producers to learn how to edit 1/4” tape with razor blades. I can still remember instances of terror when, working on deadline, I couldn’t find the correct piece of tape that had fallen to the cutting room floor.
I learned to produce radio at KBOO, paying close attention to its Programming Charter:
“KBOO shall be a model of programming, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to unserved or underserved groups. KBOO shall provide access and training to those communities.
KBOO news and public affairs programming shall place an emphasis on providing a forum for unpopular, controversial, or neglected perspectives on important local, national, and international issues, reflecting KBOO’s values of peace, justice, democracy, human rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, freedom of expression, and social change.
KBOO’s arts, cultural, and musical programming shall cover a wide spectrum of expression from traditional to experimental, and reflect the diverse cultures we serve. KBOO shall strive for spontaneity and programming excellence, both in content and technique.”
I have always taken those words very seriously and used the middle paragraph to guide all the news and public affairs content I created. Herein, you can listen to a lot of this work, whether it’s from my weekly show, other audio or news stories.
One of the things I love about producing radio is speaking with authors. In the past 15+ years I’ve been fortunate to have a chance to talk with many very intelligent and eloquent writers. A partial, though pretty comprehensive, list includes (in no particular order):
William Greider, Phyllis Bennis, Jerry Mander, Amy Goodman, Ward Churchill, David Cay Johnston, Vandana Shiva, Greg Palast, Sheldon Rampton, Michael Parenti, Maude Barlow, William McDonough, Ralph Nader, Gavin Menzies, Michelle Goldberg, David Ray Griffin, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Nafeez Ahmed, Amory Lovins, Heidi Boghosian, Derrick Jensen, Michael Pollan, Antonia Juhasz, Chris Hedges, Charles C. Mann, Julia Butterfly Hill, Michel Chossudovsky, Robert Parry, Winona LaDuke, Howard Zinn, Jeff Sharlett, Michael Ruppert, Rosie McGee, Fred Pearce, Geoffrey Stone, Holly Sklar, Kevin Bales, Wayne Madsen, Heather Jo Flores, Martin Blank, James Barrat, Annie Jacobsen, Thaddeus Russell, Ruth Winter, William Schulz, Joel Best, Reese Erlich, Mickey Hart, Paul Thompson, Chris Finan, Peter Seidel, John Perkins, Suzanne Romaine, David Korten, Michael Bowker, Dennis McNally, Nicholas Meriwether, Derek Hayes, Amy Vickers, William Blum, Lee Siegel, Jennifer van Bergen, Dr. Robert Wachter, George Marshall, Barrie Zwicker, Damon Linker, Michael Munk, Tom Lutz, Stephen Kinzer, David McGowan