Reframing debate: bumper sticker zingers


Sept 24 Press**Watch

The reactionaries in this country have long had a habit of creating simple sound bites to cover up complex issues.  These minimal memes are easy to remember and much easier than thinking issues out, so naturally they work for the business of herding people around.  The Left has long resented this practice, even as we see time and again that the practice works.  For example, the Right doesn't have to bother stating their desire to control women by forcing them to carry babies against their will--they just say "abortion kills babies" and let the lie work its magic.  The equation of a fertilized egg with a cute little baby might be unfair to honest debate, but they aren't interested in honest debate, they want mind control. 

Papers: The Movie - What happens when our Undocumented Youths turn 18?

program date: 
Wed, 09/23/2009

 Common Sense Talk Radio
 Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez

Today, Kayse and Grassia welcome some of the producers of the new film "Papers: The Movie" that deals with people's lives as they turn 18 without "Documentation."  In the Studio today were José Luis and Manuel Morales, student producers, and Eric Ward by phone from Chicago.

 The Dream Act

57:34 minutes (26.36 MB)

States Rights, The Federal Government, and the Obama Administration

program date: 
Tue, 09/22/2009

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

Today's topic is States' Rights, and how they relate to both the Federal Government and the Obama Administration.


56:16 minutes (25.76 MB)

What Obama Did Last Week

program date: 
Mon, 09/21/2009

What did President Obama accomplish last week?  What did he not do, and why?  What do we need to do to get what we hoped he would do?  Bill Resnick lays it out.   

4:55 minutes (2.82 MB)

Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew

program date: 
Sun, 10/25/2009

Thomas Frank speaks with Paul O'Brien about his book, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves and Beggared the Nation.

28:55 minutes (26.48 MB)

Common Sense - Health Issues in the Immigrant - Refugee Community

program date: 
Wed, 09/16/2009

 Common Sense
 Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez

Today's show will cover Community Health and what organizations and community members who are trying to close the gap between health, gender, race and economic status.  Joining us for discussion are:

John Joo, from APANO The Asian Pacific Network of Oregon

Sade Oandeko, a community health analyst from Lutheran Community Services NW

Johnell Bell, from Multnomah County Health Services

57:41 minutes (26.41 MB)

Sex? Lies? No Videotapes! Sam Adams Recall Effort Based on Facts or Rumors?

program date: 
Wed, 09/16/2009

Stephanie Potter speaks with Walt Brown and his wife Beverly about their findings related to  the background leading to petition to recall Mayor Sam Adams.  Walt Brown is a former state senator, former Navy defense council and judge, and former law school professor at Lewis and Clark.  His wife Beverly has been an activist for over 30 years.  Both have looked deeply into the information about what Sam Adams did and didn't do and they urge people to base their judgments on facts, not rumors.

25:21 minutes (17.41 MB)

Teabaggin' it old school

Hordes of Real Americans (TM) descended on Washington this weekend as the Teabaggers held their "Sept. 12" march and rally. You know, the kind of event where people are so patriotic they fly Confederate flags and call for the president to be sent to Kenya. It's all part of the continuing outbreak of Aggrieved White Man Syndrome, which is what happens when a privileged group begins to lose the prestige to which it feels entitled.

Exonerated: Curtis Edward McCarty and the death penalty

program date: 
Thu, 09/10/2009

Curtis Edward McCarty was convicted and sentenced to death twice for a 1982 murder in Oklahoma City. After repeated court battles and 21 years in prison - 19 on death row - McCarty was exonerated and released following a 2005 appeals court ruling based on new DNA evidence and findings of a "continued pattern of government misconduct." McCarty was the 124th person in the United States to be exonerated and released since 1973 after spending time on death row.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with McCarty about his experience and his struggle to win his freedom.

56:12 minutes (45.03 MB)

Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew--How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation

program date: 
Wed, 09/09/2009

 Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Frank, about The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation.

28:51 minutes (19.81 MB)
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