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Archive for September 2014

New Track: Todd Moss Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Todd Moss Interview”:

Todd Moss is the author of his first novel The Golden Hour, a fictional tale about international intrigue in the Horn of Africa. But he’s also an expert on real life foreign policy as a Senior Fellow and CEO for the Center for Global Development, a Washington DC Think tank that conducts research and analysis on the developing world. He talked with Don Merrill about terrorism, economic development and a few of the good stories across the African continent.

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September 5, 2014 at 01:50

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New Track: Anita Brown Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Anita Brown Interview”:

Anita Brown is a Democrat running for Congress in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. She talked with Don Merrill about how she believes that everyone should have the right to own but not necessarily carry guns into public spaces, how gay marriage is a civil rights issue and how she would engage colleagues who disagree with her facts with “love”. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.

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September 4, 2014 at 15:35

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New Track: Jason Yates Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Jason Yates Interview”:

Jason Yates is running for US Congress in the 1st District. He talked with Don Merrill about how he has basic faith in the media despite how media professionals may have their own biases, how the Second Amendment assumes the citizenry will have guns but not allow them to have guns and why 39 years is long enough for Republicans to be in the minority in Oregon. *These conversations are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.

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September 4, 2014 at 13:26

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New Track: Julie Wu Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Julie Wu Interview”:

Julie Wu’s parents emmigrated from Taiwan around the time of the 1949 Chinese revolution. In her latest novel, called “The Third Son”, Ms. Wu talks about how her book coincided with the birth of her first child and a determination to truly hear her father’s story for the first time

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September 4, 2014 at 13:26

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New Track: Ben Chavis Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Ben Chavis Interview”:

Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities.

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September 4, 2014 at 13:26

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New Track: Jeff Kropf Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Jeff Kropf Interview”:

Jeff Kropf is a conservative who served in the Oregon legislature between 1999 and 2007. While there, he helped pass the Charter Schools Act, a piece of legislation based on language from the free market, limited government advocating American Legislative Exchange Council. But Mr. Kropf, who is now a co-founder of Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school says many former democrats in the legislature helped pass that law. And he says Governor Kitzhaber’s administration is experimenting with blended schooling that combines forms of public education and charter schooling. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Kropf about the positives and negatives of alternative education for Oregon’s kids.

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September 4, 2014 at 13:26

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New Track: Brooks Fayh And Rick Swart Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Brooks Fayh And Rick Swart Interview”:

Brooks Fahy is the Executive Director of Predator Defense, an animal advocacy organization based in Eugene, OR. Rick Swart is the spokesperson for the Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife. KBOO’s Don Merrill talked with both of these experts about the recent euthanizing of a cougar in a Portland community, what they both think about why it happened and what needs to be done to keep it from happening in the future.

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September 4, 2014 at 11:19

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