David Ray Griffin, Unprecedented, July 28- August 3

David Ray Griffin will go down in history (assuming the future has a history) as the most important theologian and prophet of the latter part of the 20th and early 21st centuries.  He is a philosopher/theologian who has written over 25 books on that topic.  He wrote another dozen on 9/11 making him the premier scholar on the search for the truth behind 9/11.  His latest book speaks with clarity, scholarship, and urgency to the most crucial event in our time, global warming and climate change.   I speak with him about his latest book, Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis?

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Thursday, July 28th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 31st at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, July 31st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 31st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 1st at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, July 31st
For stations through Pacifica Audioport

Veda Gill, Educating Muslims, Christians, on Values in Pakistan

Veda Gill is the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan (Facebook).  She oversees a number of schools that educate over 6,000 students.   These schools founded initially by Presbyterian missionaries in the mid 19th century are now far superior to government-run schools and they reach out to the poorest, both Muslim and Christian.  She believes that education is the key to peace.  She speaks with me about her important work.

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Thursday, July 21st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 24th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, July 24th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 24th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 25th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, July 24th
For stations through Pacifica Audioport

Rick Ufford-Chase, Faithful Resistance, July 14-20

Rick Ufford-Chase was the moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly from 2004 to 2006.  He worked as a Presbyterian Mission Worker for twenty years on the U.S./Mexico border, supporting migrants and refugees and developing educational programs for people of faith who are interested in the complexities and challenges of the border region. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and is currently the Co-Director (with his wife, Kitty) of Stony Point Conference Center.   He stopped in at the KBOO studio when the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met in Portland to discuss his latest book, Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in A Time of Empire.

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Thursday, July 14th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 17th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, July 17th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 17th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 18th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, July 17th
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.

Special Report: Cultural Inclusion Program

Beaverton is one of the most diverse cities in Oregon with one in 5 residents born in a different country and 99 different languages spoken in homes.  Megan Cohen is the Cultural Inclusion Specialist with the Mayor’s office.  She discusses the Cultural Inclusion Program the city implemented to celebrate this diversity and to meet the challenges of these demographic shifts.   This program was broadcast July 7th, 2016 on KBOO’s “News In Depth.”

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Laurence Leamer, The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle the Brought Down the Klan, July 7-13

On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile, Alabama in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood.

Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death—the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization.

My guest, Laurence Leamer, has written about this event, uncovered new information, including the climate of hate created by former Alabama governor, George Wallace that led to this lynching.

Laurence Leamer is a New York Times Bestselling author of over a dozen books including the Kennedy Women and The Price of Justice. He is with me via Skype from Washington DC to discuss his latest book The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan.

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Thursday, July 7th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 10th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, July 10th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 10th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 11th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday, July 10th
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.

Special Report: PCUSA General Assembly

Here is a special report for Progressive Spirit on the 222nd General Assembly that met July 18-25 in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The Assembly meets once every two years. It previously met in Portland in 1967 and before that in 1893. I speak with former moderator, Rick Ufford-Chase, newly elected stated clerk of the PCUSA, J. Herbert Nelson, Palestinian Christian, Nahida Gordon, Jeffrey DeYoe of the Israel-Palestine Mission Network, Ned Rosch of Jewish Voice for Peace, Ray Bagnuolo of That All May Freely Serve, and Michael Zimmerman of the Clergy Letter Project on topics of LGBTQ justice, fossil fuel divestment, Israel-Palestine, evolution, and the church’s future.

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Thursday, June 30th, 5:45 pm, KBOO 90.7

For stations: Pacifica AudioPort 

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[Encore] John Caputo, The Folly of God, June 30-July 6

John Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. He is a “radical” theologian.   From his website:  “Caputo treats “sacred” texts as a poetics of the human condition, or as a ‘theo-poetics,’ a poetics of the event harbored in the name of God.”   In this conversation we discuss his book for the popular reader, The Folly of God:  A Theology of the Unconditional.    How to speak of God when God doesn’t exist.   Don’t miss his exciting spiritual autobiography, Hoping Against Hope:  Confessions of a Post-Modern Pilgrim.

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Thursday, June 30th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 3rd at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, July 3rd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 3rd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 4th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.