Legislation

The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

program date: 
Mon, 08/17/2009

 The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

57:37 minutes (26.38 MB)

It's garden-variety racism, people

White people, of course, having never experienced the business end of institutionalized racism, can only achieve an approximate understanding of it. Fortunately, Tim Wise is on the scene to help. Here's Wise on how racism is driving the opposition to health care.

"You know full well that no one is talking about wanting to go back to the days of segregation."

Well, no, I don't know it. I don't know that at all, seeing as how so many of the tea-bag set and anti-health care folks make "taking their country back" one of the most prominent lines of their vocalized outrage. What does that mean, coming from people in their 60s and 70s, for whom the America of their youth was indeed a white supremacist place? A place where white hegemony could be taken as a given, something that could be presumed in perpetuity? What does it mean when someone says that they want to go back to the country the way the founders envisioned it, as many have also explained at these rallies? After all, they envisioned a white republic. They envisioned and sought out the extirpation of indigenous peoples, most believed in the enslavement of African peoples, and none truly believed that blacks should be treated as equals.

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The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/18/09

Air date: 
Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

In what will surely one day be known as a case study in the downfall of our Republic, the Congress and -- presumably -- the President are poised to enact health care 'reform' legislation that won't allow us to opt into a Medicare-style single-payer plan. In related news, the for-profit health care industry has spent about $1.5 million per day on Capitol Hill over the past several weeks to make sure that we never have that option.

The score? Plutocrats 587, People 0.

 

Prospects for Healthcare Reform

program date: 
Sun, 08/16/2009

 

What  is the minimum healtcare reform we need now, and what do we have to do to make it much better tomorrow?  Bill Resnick comments.  

6:04 minutes (3.48 MB)

Katherine Hughes on the trial of Dr. Dhafir, an Iraqi Humanitarian Aid Worker

program date: 
Tue, 08/11/2009

 KBOO Wednesday Morning Talk Radio

Today, Marianne Barisonek talks with activist Katherine Hughes about how Muslims are being targeted for harassment in general, and how Dr. Dhafir, an Iraqi Humanitarian Aid Worker, has been targeted in particular.  

57:52 minutes (26.49 MB)

Changing Demographics Versus the Wingnuts

program date: 
Mon, 08/10/2009

 Hosted by: Abe Proctor and Joe Uris, except, of course...

58:53 minutes (26.96 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/11/09

Air date: 
Tue, 08/11/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

What's the thread running through the Birther movement, the health care protests, fear of socialism, anti-immigrationism, and generalized wingnut craziness? It's Oppressed White Man Syndrome. The United States will be a "majority minority" nation sometime around 2042. Resisting that fact is as foolish as it is bigoted. Deal with it, White Dudes.

More Talk Radio on 08/10/09

Program: 
More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Join Cecil & Celeste for More Talk Radio, as they bring us a review of the Oregon Legislative session. Call in with your questions and comments.

Can talking about race make a difference?

program date: 
Wed, 08/05/2009

Last month, President Obama sat down over beers with a Cambridge cop and a Harvard professor to talk about an ugly incident that brought home how deep racial tensions still run in our nation. The president saw the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by Sgt. James Crowly as a "teachable moment" that could help Americans in their struggle to understand race and its impacts. But can talking about race make a difference?

59:46 minutes (47.89 MB)

Fight the Empire on 08/06/09

Program: 
Fight the Empire
Air date: 
Thu, 08/06/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng talks with activist and politician Tom Hayden.

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