Jo Ann and Dave look at the best and the worst of times in Oregon 2008, encouraging listeners to call in their own nominations. They also look at Mayor Sam Adams' reorganization of the Portland City Council.
Host Dennis Bernstein speaks with journalist Steven Kinzer, who calls the Obama-Gates plan to expand the war in Afghanistan "delusional." Dennis also interviews long-time nuclear critic Karl Grossman about the new nominee to be Energy Secretary. And J.R. has an update on the case of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis.
Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris bring to the fore: The War on Christmas; Public Transportation in general, and Tri-Met in particular; Throwing Shoes as Political Speech, and the latest scandal in Illinois Politics. Listeners weigh in on all of that, and MORE.
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Rudi H. Nussbaum, of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He recently wrote a paper on childhood cancer clusters around German nuclear reactors. He'll discuss the move to revitalize nuclear power and the possible negative health effects. She also speaks with Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of of the Hanford Challenge. He has investigated and advocated on behalf of numerous whistleblowers and workers at various nuclear sites around the country. He'll talk about Hanford and the Global Nuclear Eneregy Partnership.
If You Love This Planet will not be heard today due to technical difficulties. Instead we'll hear Law and Disorder featuring a look at how the recent verdict against the Holy Land Charity will have a chilling effect against the Muslim community; a look at the practice of pre-emptive pardons and how to stop them; and an excerpt from a recent forum on turture and justice in the post-Bush era.
An interview with Professor Mansour Farhang on issues related to the Middle East, Iran and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.
Dr. Mansour Farhang holds a Ph.D in political science from Claremont graduate School in California, and served as an advisor to the Iranian foreign ministry and as ambassador to the United Nations following the 1979 revolution. He later resigned in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran. Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he also served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions. During his ambassadorship, Dr. Farhang wrote and spoke about the threat of religious extremists who had come to dominate the course of the Iranian revolution.