Politics

Moyers nails it

Once again, the inestimable Bill Moyers displays how a real journalist should act:

The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.

 

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 There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.

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As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.

-A

H/T Digby

August 31 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 08/31/2009

 

 This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Norm Diamond (pictured here), and includes his special feature "Mystery Mole," as well as thoughtful introductions to all the other Moles' contributions.  Norm also plays and comments on a song by the Nicaraguan duo Guardabarranco.

53:37 minutes (30.68 MB)

Disappointed with Obama?

program date: 
Mon, 08/31/2009

 

Progressives are feeling let down by what looks like President Obama's failure to push for the changes we believe in.  But what can a President do?What are the forces he or she has to work with to stay in office, to remain credible?  Bill Resnick opens our eyes to them.  You can read this commentary here

7:29 minutes (4.29 MB)

The Joshua Generation: A New Generation Heeding the Call to Leadership

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Join us this Monday, August 31, 2009 from 8-9:00AM as we speak with Charles McGee, President and CEO of the Black Parents Initiative, and Johnell Bell, former staff aide to Mayor Potter and Multnomah Chair Tom Wheeler, about the  " The Joshua Generation: A New Generation Heeding the Call to Leadership".

A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void

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Thu, 08/27/2009

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.

55:40 minutes (44.6 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 08/27/09

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Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void: An Interview with Chrles McGee and Johnell Bell

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Greg Craven and What's the Worst That Could Happen?

program date: 
Tue, 08/25/2009

 Wednesday Morning Talk Radio
 Hosted by Marianne Barisonek

Today's guests are Greg Craven, author of "What's the Worst That Could Happen" and Dr. Christina Hulbe, Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State University. Today's topic is all about Climate Change.   

56:06 minutes (25.68 MB)

Joe Uris covers Health Care and the War in Afghanistan

program date: 
Mon, 08/24/2009

 The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show
 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

Abe is on vacation today, so Joe Uris invites callers to share thoughts on the Health Care debate, Government programs in general, the Insurance industry, the War in Afghanistan, the Bush era Torture debacle, and the lack of Activism in these trying times.

57:53 minutes (26.5 MB)

Clearing the air in Portland schools

program date: 
Wed, 08/19/2009

Portland may be a green city, but some of its school children are breathing air more like the polluted skies of Cleveland. A  USA Today study found six of our city's schools in northwest and north/northeast Portland among the worst in the nation for exposing children to airborn toxins. Benzine, a carcinogen found in gasoline, exceeds DEQ safety standards by 26 percent. Frustrated with lack of action by state regulators, parents of children in some of the mot impacted schools are organizing the community.

56:58 minutes (45.64 MB)

Tim Hermack from the Native Forest COuncil on the Greenwashing of America

program date: 
Tue, 08/18/2009

 Wednesday Morning Talk Radio Guest Host Chris Andreae invites Tim Hermack, President and founder of the Native Forest Council in to KBOO to talk about the Greenwashing of America.

 

56:29 minutes (25.86 MB)
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