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More Talk Radio on 04/06/09

More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 04/06/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Greening Military Bases

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with two guests about a new project for turning US military bases into eco-development centers. This project will forge a diverse global coalition to press for the transformation of hundreds of US military bases overseas into eco-centers for launching the global green economy from the grassroots.

In the first half hour of the show the guest is Kevin Danaher, co-founder of Global Exchange. Since co-founding Global Exchange in 1988, Dr. Danaher has spoken at hundreds of universities and for community organizations throughout the U.S. He conducts workshops on issues ranging from the dynamics of the global economy to how we can replace the power of transnational corporations with local green economy networks.

In the second part of the show the guest is Miriam Pemberton, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who writes and speaks on demilitarization issues for its Foreign Policy In Focus project. She leads a group that produces the annual “Unified Security Budget for the United States.

Community Calendar, Thursday, April 2, 2009

program date: 
Wed, 04/01/2009

City Repair is now accepting donations for their Most Magnimous Garage Sale taking place Saturday April 4th. If your Spring cleaning has recently unearthed any unused clothes, furniture, doo-dads, or family heirlooms, City Repair would be happy to take them off your hands--and all proceeds from the sale will go towards funding the annual Village Building Convergence.  Bring all donations to City Repair headquarters at 3125 East Burnside in Portland.  Drop off times are TODAY from 5-8pm and

2:06 minutes (1.93 MB)

Community Calendar - Saturday April 4, 2009

program date: 
Fri, 04/03/2009

Community Calendar - Saturday April 4, 2009

It’s April and that’s no fooling! This is Natalie bringing you the weekend Community Calendar on KBOO Portland. Please note that you don’t have to be a speed writer as this information is repeated at the website.

1:55 minutes (1.77 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 04/02/09

Air date: 
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Executive Bonuses: Are we missing the point?

The media has been full of stories about populist anger over executive bonuses in recent weeks. The news of AIG's plan to distribute bonuses to the very corporate division that helped spark the current crisis set off a firestorm of angry editorials, speeches and demonstrations inside and outside the halls of government. But by focusing on the bonus issue, are Americans letting bigger problems go unresolved? This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave talks about recent reports by the Institute for Policy Studies that say Americans need to make sure Congress doesn't stop with speeches and meaningless gestures. Join us in the conversation.

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 30, 2009

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Sun, 03/29/2009

 Hosted by Tom Becker, this show features a discussion of the politics of urban planning and its effect on the racial and ethnic geography of Portland.  We also hear a eulogy for the late labor song folklorist Archie Green; a critique of the press's treatment of the Rihanna - Chris Brown violence case; and a discussion with a  leading Marxist about openings for socialism in the current economic crisis.  To hear the whole show, click the arrow above.  For individual pieces, follow the links below:

1.  Leo Panitch and Bill Resnick discuss the economic crisis and the prospects for socialist solutions.

53:11 minutes (30.43 MB)

Socialism and the Crisis

program date: 
Sun, 03/29/2009

Leo Panitch is a Marxist political scientist at York University.  In this interview, he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the current crisis of capitalism  and what opportunities for socialism can be found.  He is the author of many books and articles, most recently Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination


18:53 minutes (10.81 MB)

Political Perspectives on 04/02/09

Air date: 
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free." Ellen Brown says the banking system has been contrived so that big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn't enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today. When the investors realize that the "insurance" against catastrophe that they have purchased in the form of derivatives is worthless, they are liable to jump ship and bring the whole shaky edifice crashing down.

Community Calendar 3/28-29

program date: 
Fri, 03/27/2009
Community Calendar
Weekend of March 28-29, 2009
Produced by Natalie B.
Event Summary
The Better Living Show

Home, Garden, and Sustainable Lifestyle Show

March 27-29
Portland Expo Center

2060 North Marine Drive

Free admission


International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

Performance Showcase & Art Exhibit

March 28-29

1-4 pm

Portland Expo Center

1:44 minutes (1.59 MB)

Robert Johnson and "Too Big To Bail: the 'Paulson Put', Presidential Politics, and the Global Financial Meltdown"

Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009

In the past week there has been intense outrage over AIG executive bonuses and other manifestations of corporate greed. How do we go beyond the angry mob mentality? Guest Rob Johnson, who co-wrote "Too Big to Bail: The 'Paulson Put,' Presidential Politics, and the Global Financial Meltdown" with Thomas Ferguson, provides a larger context for understanding the current financial crisis and analyzing the knee-jerk responses that currently rule in the mass media.

Robert Johnson was formerly a managing director at Soros Funds Management and chief economist of the Senate Banking Committee.  You can read a recent article by Johnson and Ferguson at

57:13 minutes (26.19 MB)

Political Perspectives

Air date: 
Thu, 03/26/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

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