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Alternative Radio on 02/09/10

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Alternative Radio
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Tue, 02/09/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Howard Zinn – Against Discouragement (interview)

Voices from the Edge on 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Haiti, race and international adoption

 

 

Haiti, Race and International Adoption

The arrest of 10 American Baptists for attempting to take children out of Haiti without permission has rekindled the debate over international adoption. Many Americans believe the plight of Haitian children more than justifies removal of orphans to new homes abroad. Critics fear incorrect identification of Haitian children as orphans and the potential for human trafficking.

Matt Davis from the Portland Mercury on the Local Media

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Wed, 02/03/2010

 Financial conflicts of interest, dishonest advertisements -- did the Oregonian newspaper violate ethical standards during the Measure 66-67 elections? Portland Mercury news editor Matt Davis speaks on his ground-breaking reporting on the topic with host Lisa Loving.

57:33 minutes (26.35 MB)

Political Perspectives on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews two directors showing films at the Cascade African Film Festival this weekend. First she speaks with Amy Hart about her documentary WATER FIRST, the first film to succinctly convey the importance of clean water and sanitation in addressing all major global issues and achieving the MDGs. Later she interviews Ben Herson, who developed an award winning seven-part documentary series on youth, hip-hop, and politics in West Africa titled “African Underground: Democracy in Dakar.”

Supreme Stunner: Unlimited Campaign Spending Permitted for Corporate "Persons"

 An old friend of mine, Lynne Likens of Talent, Oregon, let me know that she was stunned by the recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in our elections, reversing decades of campaign finance laws and cementing the myth that corporations are "persons."

She sent me this copy of a letter she sent to our Senator, Jeff Merkley:

Fictional Democracy

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Mon, 02/01/2010

 The recent Supreme Court decision granting rights of free speech to corporations merely reveals what was already true: that democracy is merely a useful fiction and we are already ruled by corporations.  This is the argument Chris Hedges makes in a piece on Truthdig, read here by Tom Becker.

6:29 minutes (3.72 MB)

Today's topic is Abortion, and Female Callers take Precedence

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Tue, 02/02/2010

 With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of Abortion.

 It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.

58:42 minutes (26.87 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/02/10

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Tue, 02/02/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of abortion.

 It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.

Two events, one in the recent past and one in the near future -- the  conviction of Scott Roeder, murderer of Dr. George Tiller, and the airing of a controversial ad during this weekend's Super Bowl -- prompt Abe to take a closer look at the debate around this most contentious of issues.

Fight the Empire on 02/04/10

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Fight the Empire
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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with blogger Stoneleigh, who contributes to the website theautomaticearth.blogspot.com about entropy and empire.

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