Politics

Rewarding failure -- the AIG bonus scandal

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Mon, 03/16/2009

 Abe and Joe examine the curious practice of rewarding finance executives for Spectacular Failure.  Plus, a look into the future of professional soccer in Portland.

56:17 minutes (25.77 MB)

Veteran's Voice on 03/20/09

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Fri, 03/20/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace focus on the issues of women veterans of the war in Iraq. Hosts Marvin, Bill, and J.T. speak with Nancy Sloan, program manager of the Veterans Health Services for Women at the Portland VA Medical Center. For information call 503 220-8262, ext 55595 or ext 54838. Their next focus group meeting is on March 31st from 12 to 1 at 8383 NE Sandy Blvd at the Vet's Center.

The show also mentioned the National Womens History Project, 3343 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95403.

 

Flashpoints on 03/17/09

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Flashpoints
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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Analysis of the victory of the party of the Salvadoran revolutionary movement in elections in El Salvadore; a report on the RNC 8, activists and anarchists facing major terrorism charges; and an update on the situation in the West Bank where Israeli troops shot 3 young Palestinians.

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Rewarding failure -- the AIG bonus scandal

 Abe and Joe examine the curious practice of rewarding finance executives for spectacular failure. Plus, a look into the future of professional soccer in Portland.

Political Perspectives on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine. He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.

"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.

Alternative Radio on 03/18/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 03/18/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Michael Parenti - The Hypocrisies of Capitalism (lecture)

Michael Parenti is one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.  He is the author of numerous books including the classic "Democracy for the Few" and the highly acclaimed "The Assassination of Julius Caesar." His latest book is "Contrary Notions."

The "Newsweek" cover declares, "We are All Socialists Now." Some people have a different take on it. Paul Krugman, commenting on the bailout of banks and the giant insurance company AIG, says it's a classic example of what he calls "lemon socialism," that is, taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right. Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner, is describing our economic system as it really is, not the fantasy tale spun for mass consumption by Alan Greenspan and his disciples. One salient aspect of the economic collapse is the focus on rotten apples like Bernard Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford. They are easy pickings. We can all be virtuous in denouncing them as cheats and swindlers. But what escapes scrutiny and discussion is the barrel itself. And that is the capitalist system.

Political Perspectives on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.
An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else .   (Aug 30, 2001). Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.

Gender Blender on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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How gender impacts pay and other employment related issues.

Many Americans would be surprised to learn that women make less money than men for doing the same jobs.  For those who accept this disparity, a common defense is the argument that men--by the nature of their upbringings--have additional skills that are denied those growing up girls.  However, a 2008 study--referenced in the New York Times and Time magazine-- debunks this contention by illustrating that transgender individuals who were raised male but transition to female on average lose one third of their salary; even when they stay in the exact same job or field.

Radiozine on 03/16/09

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Radiozine
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Mon, 03/16/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute speaks on Energy Efficiency.

Amory Lovins is a consultant experimental physicist educated at Harvard and Oxford. He has received an Oxford MA (by virtue of being a don), ten honorary doctorates, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Blue Planet, Volvo, Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood ("Alternative Nobel"), World Technology, and Time Hero for the Planet awards, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, and the Nissan, Shingo, Mitchell, Jean Meyer, and Onassis Prizes. He is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Honorary Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. He has lately led the redesign of over $30 billion worth of facilities in 29 sectors for radical energy and resource efficiency. He has briefed nineteen heads of state, held several visiting academic chairs (most recently the 2007 MAP/Ming Professorship at Stanford), written twenty-nine books and hundreds of papers, and consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. The Wall Street Journal named Mr. Lovins one of thirty-nine people worldwide "most likely to change the course of business in the '90s"; Newsweek has praised him as "one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers"; and Car magazine ranked him the twenty-second most powerful person in the global automotive industry.

If You Love This Planet on 03/16/09

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Mon, 03/16/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Dr. Oliver Fein, a practicing general internist with experience in health policy and a commitment to access to care for vulnerable populations, health system reform and global health education. He is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Public Health and Associate Dean at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
In this interview he talks about his role as President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and outlines their proposal for a 'one payer' system for health care in the United States.

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