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Tom Getts says he has been called a troublemaker all his life. But he also says that's just a label by people who want to oppress him, so he rejects it. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Getts and learns that there are other labels that he thinks better fit the attendees at the 2013 Portland Troublemaker School.
Jo Hannah Brenner believes that the power of unions lie in the power of workers to see themselves as the bosses they've been looking for. That's why she was instrumental in the organizing of the 2013 Portland Troublemakers School, and she talks with Don Merrill about it.
Author Gabrielle Glaser knows about women and drinking. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, she watched women move from glasses of wine to flasks to sneaking big Merlot empties into recycling bins. And she did a fair amount of drinking herself. She's written a book about it, called "Her Best Kept Secret". Don Merrill talks with Gabrielle Glaser about why women can be honest with themselves about their drinking and why AA doesn't work for them.
Tom Carpenter is the Executive Director of Hanford Challenge, a non profit dedicated to the clean up of the Hanford Nuclear site in Washington state. Paul Gunter is an International Specialist at Beyond Nuclear, an organization that is working to eliminate nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Don Merrill talked with both of these men about similarities between the problems at Japan's ill-fated Fukishima Daichi nuclear plant and the aging Hanford facility.
Robert Naiman is policy director of Just Foreign Policy, a non profit that works to improve US foreign relations. He's the author of the article "If We Cut Aid to Egypt, Would We Die?" Don Merrill talks with Mr. Naiman about the unfolding situation in Egypt and the complications that arise when states have to balance what is ethical with what is in their strategic interests.
Jonathan Goldstein is the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Company program "Wiretap", a satirical look at relationships and existentialism from the perspective of a middle-aged Jewish man. That perspective is now also in print in Mr. Goldstein's first book, "I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow." Don Merrill talked w/Jonathan about his love for words and their power for good and ill.
Troy Carpenter is the curator and interpretive specialist for the Goldendale Observatory. This free and open to the public observatory, started in 1973 and a Washington State Park facility since 1980, has a 24 1/2 inch mirror in a Cassegrain design on a hilltop with a coveted Dark Sky designation in Goldendale, WA. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Carpenter about the telescope, his love for science and the occasional head butt with members of the general public.
Artist Dawn Nielson is furiously fighting for her artistic freedom, whether that means rendering images of the heads of domestic abuse victims on huge canvases or launching women themed postcards into the world or using her bout with breast cancer to help heal others. Don Merrill talks with Dawn about everything from her sanctuary and her sanity in this conversation.
Singer, songwriter and producer Richard Marx has been a hitmaker since the 80s. In this conversation with Don Merrill, Marx talks about his feelings for technologies like Garageband and Soundcloud, his love - hate relationship with social media and his special collaboration with Luther Vandross that led to the creation of one of the best songs a man could ever know.
Would you choose to let one person die to save five? That is the essence of the "Trolley Problem" and author Thomas Cathcart explains it in his book, "The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw a Fat Guy off the Bridge"? Mr. Cathcart talks with Don Merrill about the ethical and moral dilemmas we face everyday and how they aren't just questions for college professors.
Sheri Fink is a journalist and a physician who has spent the last few years digging deeply into the tragedy at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, the site of more than three dozen suspicious deaths in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She’s written a book about what she’s found called “Five Days at Memorial”. Don Merrill talks with her about what she calls “Life and death in a storm ravaged hospital”.
Journalist and activist Bill McKibben has won numerous humanitarian awards including the Gandhi Award for Peace. He has been writing about how human activity is changing the Earth for more than a decade and outlined those changes in his last book, "Eaarth". His newest book, "Oil and Honey, The Education of an Unlikely Activist", looks at the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet. Don Merrill talks with Mr. McKibben in this interview.
Jay Beckenstein is the leader and founding member of the jazz group Spyro Gyra. In this conversation with Don Merrill, he talks about ticket sales, Internet radio, the dumbing down of the creative process and how he and group members stay vibrant by taking risks and creating new music.
Urban League of Portland President Michael Alexander is simultaneously soft-spoken and intense. And although he intends to end his career where he began it, working within the Urban League, he doesn't intend to finish quietly. Don Merrill talks with the man who told the Portland Business Journal that the Urban League has "never been a huge asset" for Portland, and what he's in the process of doing to change that.
Daniel Pinkwater is a renowned children's author. As a former and regular guest host for NPR, and an illustrator, he has been telling stories to entertian kids and adults for decades. Don Merrill talks with Daniel Pinkwater about how he became a children's author and what he cares about when he puts pen to paper.
The Dulles Brothers were years before the power team of John and Bobby Kennedy. And they arguably had a great long lasting effect on American foreign policy. Author Stephen Kinzer talks with Don Merrill about his latest book that look at the legacy John and Allen Dulles left for the United States, for good and for ill.
The US Military wants smart machines to do more and more of the fighting. But author Mike Maden sees a danger in taking the human element out of war, which he says is a human activity, not a technological activity. Don Merrill goes in-depth with Mr. Maden and his new book, "Drone".
Cursive, longhand or whatever you call it, handwriting is disappearing from the American skillset. The US Postal Service, as well as postal agencies worldwide have seen a drop in letters and cards as people choose e-cards, email and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Don Merrill talks with Simon Garfield, author of "To the Letter" about this third in a trilogy of books about how we use words and images in the shadow of the relentless march of technology.
Karl Erickson is a Republican candidate for the 20th legislative district in Oregon. He talked with Don Merrill about his desire to contribute to good governance, his thinking on retirement and collective bargaining issues and why he’s willing to risk everything he has for what he believes.
Jo Rae Perkins is a conservative candidate for the US Senate in Oregon. Don Merrill talked with her about what she feels are some of the most relevant issues to Oregonians and Americans in general.
US Congressman John Lewis has been in the fight for civil rights since the 60’s. As a member of the “Big Six” he has seen where we’ve been and where we have yet to go. Don Merrill talks with this legislator, activist and author about his new autobiographical, graphic novel, “March”.
Comedian Wanda Sykes is much more than funny. She is an activist for gay rights and a supporter of PETA. Don Merrill had the chance to talk to this remarkable woman about everything from her mixed marriage to her “new perky boobs”.
Willpower can be an issue for people trying to achieve a goal who never quite seem to get there. Kelly McGonigal, author of “The Willpower Instinct” offers strivers the help they need to follow through. Don Merrill talks with her about her book.
Sharon Salzberg has been a central figure in Buddhism in the United States for decades. She's written a new book about applying principles of mindfulness to the workplace. Called “Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement and Peace", she talks with Don Merrill about why even the job can be a place of balance, resilience, compassion and more.
Don Gavitte is a Democrat running for the Oregon House in the 42d district. He talked with Don Merrill about what he plans to bring to the legislature as a teacher and what he wants to bring his students and their parents as a legislator.
Republican John Huffman is running for reelection in Oregon's 59th district. He talked with Don Merrill about his constituents, his family and his level of frustration over how he feels the legislature is sometimes sidelined.
Mark Garcia is a Republican candidate running for the 2nd district in the Oregon legislature. He talked with Don Merrill about what it means to be a "Compassionate Conservative" and how that does and doesn't line up with his fellow conservatives on everything from taxes and schools to expectations.
Natasha Bjornsen is a Douglas County Democrat and teacher running for House member in Oregon's Second District. She talked with Don Merrill about why education is the key to her strategy, how collaboration and compromise are not dirty words, and how she gets annoyed when people mischaracterize her and her views on gun control.
Jason Heym is campaigning for the 1st Position Judgeship in the Columbia County Circuit Court. The court, in Oregon’s 19th Judicial District, is a trial court and Heym is thinking seriously about being a trial court judge. Don Merrill talks with this Goldberg Jones attorney about his gritty style and how he says he will do everything he can to protect a person’s right to their day in court.