Politics

Radiozine

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Radiozine
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Fri, 01/09/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Michelle Shroeder Fletcher speaks with Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air, a book of world-changing ideas and a a story of genius and violence and friendship. It is the story of Joseph Priestley—scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin, friend of Thomas Jefferson—an eighteenth-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the discovery of oxygen, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the United States.

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 01/08/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Winners and Losers in the 2009 Oregon Budget

Next week the new Oregon legislature will face the challenge of crafting a budget in the midst of a deep economic crisis. Governor Kulongoski wants to spend shrinking state revenues to spur the growth of green industries, even if it means cutting services to seniors, the disabled and the poor. Will Oregon lawmakers follow the governor's lead or develop a different strategy to keep Oregon open for business in these hard times? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers in the upcoming budget fight? Join Jo Ann and Dave this Thursday as they take a look at proposals for the 2009 Oregon budget. 

Radiozine

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Thu, 01/08/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Dave Mazza interviews Leuren Moret, geoscientist and international expert on depleted uranium, who speaks at the Friends Meeting House on Sunday, January 11th.

Radiozine

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Radiozine
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Tue, 01/06/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with former South Dakota Senator James Abourezk about issues of Israel and Palestine.

Penny Allen and PAYDIRT

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Mon, 01/05/2009

Joe and Abe welcome former Portlander Penny Allen, who has lived in France for many years. She is in Portland for a showing of her second film, PAYDIRTat The Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum Thursday, January 8th, 7:00 PM.  She will introduce the film.

Paydirt, made in 1981, is a time capsule of the Northwest. Set in the lush hills of Newberg, PAYDIRT tells the story of Nancy (Lola Desmond), the great-granddaughter of an Oregon pioneer, who reclaims the family land to start a vineyard and winery. The dirty little secret is that her back-to-the-land fantasy is only possible if she grows a crop that actually generates cash: marijuana. The film features a cameo by David Lett, a pioneering Oregon winemaker. He died in October.

57:47 minutes (26.46 MB)

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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Sun, 01/04/2009

Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The group is organizing with other secular and faith-based groups "Camp Hope: Countdown to Change" in Chicago, four blocks from Obama's residence there. The camp begins on New Year's Day and continues to Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Kelly says "Large lobbying groups, including some of the large corporations, are pushing Obama around the clock to preserve the status quo, wage war and provide for unbridled greed. What we're asking is that the money spent on the military be spent instead on soluble problems such as lack of healthcare."
 

53:38 minutes (21.49 MB)

James Abourezk about Gaza

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Radiozine
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Mon, 01/05/2009

Per Fagereng talks about Gaza with James Abourezk, former senator from South Dakota.

28:01 minutes (25.66 MB)

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 01/06/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Reports from Gaza and an interview with noted journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about Israel and Palestine.

Index of leading asshattery indicators

 I love Harper's Index.

For those of you not familiar with it, Harper's Index appears near the front of every edition of Harper's magazine. It presents a sort of snapshot of current affairs by way of assembling a bunch of seemingly obscure, but ultimately telling, statistics. The index can really help break an issue down to irrefutable numbers in a way that cuts through ideological trappings.

Take the current iteration of Harper's Index, for example. It's all about the legacy of the Bush years, the whole fucking war-ridden, corrupt, incompetent, greedy, murderous, filthy lot of them. Here's just a few choice nuggets:

 

Percentage of Bush’s first 189 appointees who also served in his father’s administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Date on which the GAO sued Dick Cheney to force the release of documents related to current U.S. energy policy: 2/22/02

Number of other officials the GAO has sued over access to federal records: 0

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an “elevated terror alert” that the level has been relaxed: 0

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069

 

... and on and on. It's an itemized chronicle of catastrophic mis-government. Read the whole thing, and then print it off and give it to your Republican co-workers.

-A

Alternative Radio

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Robert Fisk - War Reporting (lecture)
Robert Fisk, based in Beirut, is the Middle East correspondent for "The Independent." He is winner of the Amnesty International UK Press Award and the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. The "Financial Times" calls him "one of the outstanding reporters of his generation. As a war correspondent he is unrivalled." He is the author of "Pity
the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon" and "The Great War for Civilization." His latest book is "The Age of the Warrior."

 

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