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I am the minister of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon (Portland Metro). www.southmin.org


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February 09, 2018 02:53 PM PST

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911truth) now has nearly three thousand professional engineers and architects calling for a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Founder of AE911Truth, Richard Gage, AIA talks about the history of the movement, the basic facts, and the big question: will Americans ever be able to accept truths that upset their image of the world? Mr. Gage is betting they can and that Building Seven will be the eye-opener. 

This is the sixth in my series on 9/11. Links to the others in the series are below:

 
Richard Gage, AIA, is a San Francisco Bay Area architect of 28 years, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the founder and CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), a 501(c)(3) educational charity. 

Since AE911Truth was launched in 2006, more than 2,850 architects and engineers with verified academic degrees and in most cases professional licenses have signed its petition calling for a new investigation into the destruction of World Trade Center Towers 1, 2, and 7, citing overwhelming evidence that they were in fact destroyed by controlled demolition. The organization also represents more than 21,500 other petition signers in the US and abroad. 

During his architectural career, Gage has worked on most types of building construction, including numerous fire-proofed, steel-framed buildings. His most recent project before he became the full-time CEO of AE911Truth was managing the construction documents for a $400M mixed-use urban project with 1.2 million square feet of retail and 320,000 square feet of mid-rise office space and parking structure — consisting of about 1,200 tons of steel framing. 

Gage began his quest for the truth about the collapse of the WTC high-rises after hearing on the radio the startling conclusions of reluctant 9/11 researcher David Ray Griffin. Since founding Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Gage has delivered his live multimedia presentation 9/11: Blueprint for Truth more than 550 times in 44 foreign countries and 110 American cities to audiences ranging from four to 4,000. He has appeared in more than 600 radio and television spots.

February 09, 2018 02:37 PM PST

John Shuck speaks with Glenn Montogomery. He is the executive director of  Vision Action Network.  The mission of Vision Action Network is "to engage stakeholders across sectors to collaboratively address critical issues in Washington County.” Some of those issues  include income inequality, cultural diversity, and housing and houselessness. We will also discuss initiatives such as Washington County Thrives that "is focused on a comprehensive, long-term investment strategy in proven programs that support people on their path to self-sufficiency." 

This was originally broadcast live on KBOO/Portland on February 9, 2018. John hosts the Beloved Community on KBOO every second Friday from 9-10 am. 

February 02, 2018 04:46 PM PST

Andreas Weber is a Berlin-based philosopher, biologist, and writer. He holds degrees in marine biology and cultural studies. He proposes the development of a “poetic ecology” which intimately attaches our species to every being and underpins the entire range of human experience. He argues that feelings and emotions, far from being superfluous to the study of organisms, are the very foundation of life. 

His books in English include: Enlivenment: Towards a Fundamental Shift in the Concepts of Nature, Culture and Politics (2013); The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling, and the Metamorphosis of Science (2016); and Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Ecology (2016). Weber regularly contributes to major newspapers and magazines, such as National Geographic and has won a number of awards for his writing.

His latest book and our subject today is Matter and Desire: An Erotic Ecology.  

January 25, 2018 08:40 AM PST

The election of Donald Trump came as a shock to many. But others saw it as the culmination of a decades-long effort to uproot and destabilize America’s democratic government. My guests come from two different generations but with a similar viewpoint and quest to empower Americans to leave despair behind and embrace the new democracy movement.   

Frances Moore Lappe’s 18 books include the three million copy Diet for a Small Planet, described by the Smithsonian as “one of the most influential political tracts of the times.”  Adam Eichen is a writer, researcher, and political organizer working to build a democracy that empowers all voices in society. Adam is a Democracy Fellow at Small Planet Institute and on the board of directors of Democracy Matters. They are co-authors of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want.

January 22, 2018 12:59 PM PST

This is the podcast version of a live broadcast that aired January 12th on KBOO/Portland
 
John Shuck spoke with Catherine ShakdamScott Bennett, and Aisha Jumaan 

They will be three of the headliners at a conference taking place at Portland State University on February 3rd, entitled, "U.S. - Saudi Coalition: Bringing Peace or War?" The conference is hosted by Roots of Conflict.  

Joining John in the studio was Hanan Alzubaidy and Manijeh Mehrnoosh, who are hosting the conference.

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Catherine Shakdam has been instrumental in breaking media silence over Yemen’s war.  She is the author of Arabia’s Rising – Under The Banner Of The First ImamA Tale Of Grand Resistance – Yemen, the Wahhabi, and the House of Saud, and From Mecca to Karbala – Walking with the Holy household of the Prophet.

Scott Bennett is a former US Psychological Operations-Counterterrorism Analyst. He is a whistleblower and the author of Shell Game: A Military Whistleblowing Report to Congress

Aisha Jumaan is a public-health specialist working as a consultant on heath-related projects in Yemen. Jumaan worked at PATH directing their HPV vaccine project from 2008-2010; at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1995-2008; and as a CDC consultant from 2010-2012.

January 20, 2018 06:49 PM PST

White born-again or evangelical Christians and white Catholics strongly supported Donald Trump for president. To what extent does this vote represent Christian values? What would happen if Jesus were in the White House? What would be our priorities as a nation if the values of the historical Jesus guided our budget and our actions and ethics? Ursuline College Professor, Gina Messina, asks these questions and talks with host John Shuck about her book, Jesus in the White House: Make Humanity Great Again.

Gina Messina is Associate Professor of Religion and Gender Studies at Ursuline College and Co-founder of Feminism and Religion. Gina is the author or editor of five books including Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence, co-editor (with Rosemary Radford Ruether) of Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century, and Co-editor Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay.

January 12, 2018 05:44 PM PST

California has legalized recreational use of marijuana. The law went into effect January 1st, 2018. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently stated that he is rescinding the Cole Memo which had protected states from federal interference regarding cannabis laws. 

Dr. Richard Miller talks with me about the history of marijuana suppression and the suppression of other psychedelic medicines and the harm this oppression has caused. His latest book is Psychedelic Medicine: The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca.

Dr. Richard Miller has been a clinical psychologist for more than 50 years. He is host of the syndicated talk radio show, Mind, Body, Health & Politics.  He has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. He was an advisor on the President’s commission on mental health, a founding board member of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, and a member of the national board of directors for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Also, web developer, Timothy Michel, explains the FCC's decision to throttle Net Neutrality, how this will change the way we use the net, and what action Congress can take before February 15th to reverse this decision.

Interview with Miller starts at 10:05. 

January 05, 2018 10:44 AM PST

Brad Warner is a Soto Zen priest. He also plays bass for the punk band, Zero Defex. And he plays a zen priest named Brad in the important film, Zombie Bounty Hunter, M.D. He also has a curious interest in the 13th century Japanese Zen Master, Dogen. He is in the process of translating Dogen’s work for a modern audience.  In the course of the hour, we are going to explore a lot of stuff including Brad Warner's two books based on Dogen’s work. They are Don’t Be A Jerk and Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master and It Came from Beyond Zen! More Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master.  Brad’s website is hardcorezen.info

Brad Warner is a Zen priest, filmmaker, blogger, and Japanese monster-movie marketer. He’s the author of Hardcore Zen; Sit Down & Shut UpSex, Sin & Zen; and most recently, There Is No God and He Is Always with You. The Huffington Post recently named him one of the top Buddhists to follow on Twitter and his writing appears in media ranging from Tricycle and Shambhala Sun to Suicidegirls.

December 28, 2017 08:13 AM PST

Stephen Gray is the author of Cannabis and Spirituality:  An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally.  On October 1st, 2015, Oregon joined Washington and Colorado as the third state to legalize recreational use of cannabis.     Now that it is easy as going to one of the many cannabis shops in the state and choosing from a wide selection of strains, many who perhaps haven’t used cannabis since college or are curious and using it for the first time  may have many questions about the plant.  

Many misconceptions about cannabis abound.   It is much maligned and misunderstood.  Today we will address questions such as: What are its effects?  What is a good dosage?  Why do some people have negative experiences with it (such as paranoia or anxiety)?  Is it addictive?   Is it good for society to legalize cannabis?   

We are also going to talk about the spirituality of cannabis.   How can cannabis be an ally in spiritual practice?   

I also speak with Michael Eric Dyson, author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America about police brutality, racism and the killing of teenager Quanice Hayes by Portland police.  Here is a letter I had published in the Oregonian and the Portland Tribune about the murder of Quanice Hayes and the failure of the grand jury to indict the officer, Andrew Hearst of the Portland Police Department. Also, a piece about it on my blog

December 22, 2017 11:20 AM PST

During one year, 1967, it seemed possible that the world could be transformed by peace, love, and meditation. The assassinations, violence, and polarization of 1968 hadn’t happened, and the hippies were exploring spirituality and social justice.  
Danny Goldberg takes us back to 1967, to the music, the acid, Jefferson Airplane, Allen Ginsburg, Black Power, and Muhammad Ali.  He is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit and Bumping into Geniuses: MY Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. Danny Goldberg is president of Gold Village entertainment and author of the book we will discuss today: In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea

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