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Mass Terrorism: Psychology and Politics

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Mon, 11/30/2015
What common patterns can be seen in terrorist shootings like those  in Colorado and Paris? Psychologist and Old Mole Jan Haaken and sociologist Kathyrn Farr discuss psychiatric and political explanations. 

10:58 minutes (7.54 MB)

US Worries About China

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Mon, 11/30/2015
How does the US foreign policy establishment see China in relation to US interests? What are their differences about climate dhange? Historian and activist Laurence Shoup talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick. Shoup is the author of Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014.
20:04 minutes (13.78 MB)

Dan Handelman Interview

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Between Us
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Fri, 11/27/2015
Friday, November 27, marked 5 years since the FBI set up Somali American teenager Mohammed Mohamud in a sting operation at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Copwatch among other organizations, were part of a moving protest around the square as thousands of Portlanders participated in the annual event. KBOO's Don Merrill talked with Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch about the anniversary of the sting and his efforts to remind people, as he says, that "bombs are falling as people are shopping". 4:21 minutes (3.98 MB)

Peter Steinberger, The Problem With God

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Religion For Life
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Fri, 11/27/2015
Peter Steinberger is the Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Reed College in Portland.  His area of expertise is political philosophy.  But he ventured into a book about the concept of God.  It is called The Problem With God:  Why Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong.   We talk about why it is meaningless to talk about God.  There is no such idea.  Curious? 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

Mary Pflum Peterson, White Dresses

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Religion For Life
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Sun, 11/15/2015
Mary Pflum Peterson is an Emmy Award winning producer for Good Morning America.  She is a driven, highly successful television professional and former reporter for CNN.   Her childhood, however, was complicated.  Her mother suffered an emotional breakdown and took solace in hoarding, filling the house with "treasures."  The bond that held mother and daughter was symbolized by the white dresses that marked important milestones in their lives.  She tells her powerful and important story in White Dresses:  A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters.
29:00 minutes (6.64 MB)

Eric Elnes, Gifts of the Dark Wood

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Religion For Life
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Sun, 11/08/2015
Eric Elnes is a minister in the United Church of Christ at Countryside Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska  and author of Gifts of the Dark Wood:  Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers).  He is also the author of The Phoenix Affirmations:  A New Vision for the Future of Christianity.  He hosts a webcast called Darkwood Brew. He spoke with me about seven gifts we find in the Dark Wood of our lives. 29:00 minutes (6.64 MB)

Val Webb, Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology

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Religion For Life
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Sun, 11/01/2015
Val Webb is a theologian and scientist from Australia. She is the author of nine books including her latest Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology: Finding Your Own Voice. She returns to Religion For Life to speak with me about the importance of being critical of theological creeds and finding your path. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

Joseph Baker, American Secularism

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Religion For Life
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Sun, 11/22/2015
Joseph Baker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at East Tennessee State University.   His latest book, American Secularism:  Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems, co-authored with Buster G. Smith, explores the rise of secularity in the United States.  Why are more and more people identifying as "non-religious" and what are the forces shaping this change?   Religion and secularism from a sociological point of view. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

Ideology and illusion in the face of climate catastrophe

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Wed, 11/18/2015
Guest Clive Spash is an economist who writes, researches and teaches on public politcy with an emphasis on economic and environmental interactions.He is currently Chair of Public Policy and Governance in the 
Department of Socio- 57:11 minutes (78.54 MB)

Salvation Army Story

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Between Us
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Fri, 11/27/2015

Paul Sowards is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army in Wilsonville, Oregon. He says the organization has saved his life as well as let him reach out to people in his own unique way. But for a secular community like Portland, the Salvation Army is viewed skeptically for its views on physician assisted suicide, marriage and abortion. Don Merrill talks with ordinary people about their strong reactions to bell ringers and the Salvation Army in an effort to understand and explain them. He also talks with Portland Salvation Army Regional Coordinator, Major Nancy Diehle. 15:01 minutes (13.74 MB)
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