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Flashpoints on 06/24/09

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 06/24/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

 Part two of a special report about the current political, social and cultural climate inside Iran.

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 06/23/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

The current political, social and cultural climate inside Iran.  Part one of a two part series featuring the hosts of KPFA's "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa".

Portland Celebrates El Salvador's New President

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Evening News
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Mon, 06/01/2009

Members of Portland’s El Salvadorean community gathered at City Hall last night to celebrate the inauguration of the first leftist President in the history of El Salvador.

The lively gathering of around a hundred people chanted “The People United Can Never Be Defeated” in Spanish, and watched footage from Monday’s inauguration of Mauricio Funes.

The following is a collage of sounds from the event:

1:58 minutes (1.8 MB)

El Salvador Inaugurates Leftist President

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program: 
Evening News
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Sun, 05/31/2009

The Central American nation of El Salvador inaugurated its first leftist President in decades today, amidst great fanfare and nationwide celebrations.

KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Samantha Alloy, with the Portland branch of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, about the importance of today’s inauguration, and local solidarity actions in Portland:

 
6:39 minutes (6.1 MB)

Race and Recession: An Interview with Seth Wessler

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Wed, 05/20/2009

The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.

56:26 minutes (45.21 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2009

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Sun, 03/08/2009

Is the Obama  presidency more  of the "same old, same old"?  Or does it offer new political horizons for progressives?  This program looks at the new administration from several perspectives.  In honor of International Women's Day, we learn about Clara Zetkin, founder of this commemoration, and Peggy Seeger who brought a left feminist politics to folk music.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The foxes are still in charge of the financial henhouse, says Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.  

51:45 minutes (29.61 MB)

The New Obama Coalition

program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

The Obama presidency is opening up significant new political space for  the left, says Linda Burnham, co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center.

Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what progressives can do in this new climate.   Read her Znet article on this topic here.  

15:25 minutes (8.83 MB)

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/03/2008

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12/03/2008

Proposition 8 and the fight for Marriage Equality
Proposition 8 was passed this November in California. It changed the state Constitution  to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry .
We explore the issues of marriage equality, people of color and the LGBT movement. with Thomas Wheatley, Organizing Director of Basic Rights Oregon, and  Bonnie Tinker and The Rev. Cecil Charles Prescod from Love Makes a Family.

Dear Leader

 So, as we will discuss on the show tomorrow, Washington is in the throes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This is an event where the purest of the ideologically pure gather to congratulate themselves on having ascended to the pinnacle of Western civilization.

Predictably, hilarity ensues.

But this year, something strange happened when Rush Limbaugh delivered his much-anticipated speech the other night. Granted, Limbaugh constitutes a strange event in and of himself, but that's not what I mean. On Saturday, Limbaugh spoke for about 90 minutes, all of which was broadcast without commercial interruption on three different networks -- CNN, CSPAN, and FOX News. So he could, you know, talk about how he wants the president to fail:

 

‘It doesn’t matter to me what his race is. He’s liberal, and that’s what matters.’

‘The racism in our culture was exclusively and fully on display in the Democrat primary last year,’ Limbaugh said. ‘We didn’t ask if he was authentically black. What we were asking, was, ‘Was he wrong?’ We concluded, ‘Yes.’ ‘

‘The racism, the sexism, the bigotry that we are all charged with ... doesn’t exist on our side,’ he added. ‘We want everybody to succeed.’

 

What, I'm wondering, is so earthshaking about Rush Limbaugh that he deserves 90 minutes of uninterrupted time on commercial TV? Can anyone think of an analogous figure on the left that has ever been granted such a boon? Anyone?

Limbaugh is clearly the leader of the Republican Party. Newly-elected GOP chair Michael Steele is the latest luminary to be forced to issue an abject apology to El Rushbo. Conservatives cross this guy at their peril.

The good news is that if Rush is calling the tune, the party will soon be over. Could there be any clearer evidence of the fact that the GOP is now a rump party, with solid support only in the South?

-A

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/03/09

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Tue, 03/03/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Fun with conservatives, the (non-) State of the Union, and the end of the war (?)

 Abe and Joe enjoy the clown show that is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, take on President Obama's historic almost-State of the Union address, and examine the president's plan to withdraw from Iraq.

 

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