Villages Northwest and Oregon’s Military History

Oregon’s military heritage goes back thousands of years, including native people’s warrior traditions. Most of the cultures in this region were relatively peaceful, even welcoming visiting strangers, such as the Lewis and Clark overland Army expedition in 1805–1806. Then, overwhelming numbers of fur trappers, merchants, settlers, and miners began taking over traditional native grounds.

Oregon military historians Warren W. Aney and Alisha Hamel draw their service with the Oregon Army National Guard, including years spent as organizational historians. Images come from the  collections of the Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, county historical societies, other regional and national collections, and the authors’ personal collections.

Host John Shuck discusses their “Images of America” series book, Oregon Military.

Also, what happens when you or an aging parent finds it more and more difficult to maintain a home?  Is the only choice moving to a retirement home or placing a burden on family members or others to do the things around the home that cannot be done any longer?

Lyn Trainer, Bonnie Barksdale, and Kathy Fradkin are actively involved in the village movement, a movement that is sweeping the country and is now firmly established as Villages Northwest in the Portland Metro. This village movement that started in Boston enables people to age in their homes.

2:20 – 29:34 Oregon Military

29:36 – 56:00 Villages Northwest

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Big Hunger, Big Chicken, Big Moment

This week my guests discuss big problems regarding food. How can we work toward healthy food and enough food for everyone?

Maryn McKenna is a journalist who writes about science, food, and disease. Like Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA. But that’s not the end of it. We’ve been pumping antibiotics into chicken for a good long time. They have come home to roost. We can’t make antibiotics faster than evolution.  Ms. McKenna and I talk Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.

I also speak with Andrew Fisher of Portland. He is an activist in the anti-hunger field. For twenty-five years he has worked building coalitions to fight for better food and nutrition laws. He is blowing the whistle. Hunger is big business. Andrew is the author of Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups.

Finally, I speak with John Teton, author of the International Food Security Treaty. This treaty is an international enforceable law requiring all nations to guarantee food to everyone in their borders and not use hunger as a weapon. That would end the wars.

4:00 – 25:30 Maryn McKenna, Big Chicken

26:00 – 44:45 Andy Fisher, Big Hunger

44:45 – 54:00 John Teton, International Food Security Treaty

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The Rape of Eve: Newly Discovered Texts of Resistance (Celene Lillie) ENCORE

**This is an encore presentation of an episode originally released in June 2017**
***Celene Lillie and Arthur Dewey will be at Southminster Presbyterian Church for a Jesus Seminar on the Road, November 10-11, 2017.***
The Nag Hammadi library discovered in 1945 has provided a number of alternative Christian texts.   They were not included in the Bible. They have been dismissed by many orthodox Christians as Gnostic or even heresy.  Yet new scholarship is discovering the complexity of these texts and the value they have for many today.
Dr. Celene Lillie discusses three of these texts in her book, The Rape of Eve:  The Transformation of Roman ideology in Three Early Christian Retellings of Genesis. In each of these texts, “On the Origin of the World,” “The Reality of the Rulers,” and “The Secret Revelation of John,” Eve is portrayed as having been humiliated by the cosmic powers but experiences restoration.  She sees these Nag Hammadi stories as affirmation of women’s value and wisdom and as myths of resistance to Roman imperial power and to Rome’s culture of rape and domination.
Celene Lillie (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary) is the Director of the recently established Tanho Center and on the pastoral and adult education staff at First United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado. She has collaborated on and coordinated many different research projects, most recently as Director of Translations for A New New Testament edited by Hal Taussig (2013). She is the author of The Rape of Eve: The Transformation of Roman Ideology in Three Early Christian Retellings of Genesis (2017) and the co-author of The Thunder: Perfect Mind: A New Translation (2010). Her research interests include gender, violence, and trauma in early Jesus/Christian literatures ranging from the New Testament to Nag Hammadi.

Chris Ransford: God and the Mathematics of Infinity

What can mathematics tell us about God? According to todays guest, physicist and mathematician, H Chris Ransford, mathematics can tell us quite a bit about the classic attributes of an infinite God who is all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful. The logic and beauty of mathematics offers an exciting path to exploring the nature of reality and of elevating the conversation between atheists, theists, and the rest of us about religion, science, and Godhood.

H. Chris Ransford earned advanced degrees in Physics and Engineering in France and Germany. He lectured at the University of Melbourne and was a Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. In 2015, he published The Far Horizons of Time. In this episode, host John Shuck and Chris Ransford discuss his latest book, God and the Mathematics of Infinity: What Irreducible Mathematics says About Godhood.


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