War & Peace

What should the government be able to keep secret? Were the WikiLeaks a good thing?

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Tue, 12/21/2010

 What should the government be able to keep secret? Were the WikiLeaks a good thing?

 The release of secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has prompted a draconian response, ranging from calls for founder Julian Assange's assassination to repeated attempts to shut down WikiLeaks and its satellite Web sites. Attacks from leading American political and media figures -- not to mention Assange's arrest -- suggest that it's a far graver sin to expose secrets than to govern under their aegis.

56:48 minutes (26 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 12/21/10

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Tue, 12/21/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What should the government be able to keep secret? Were the WikiLeaks a good thing?

 The release of secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has prompted a draconian response, ranging from calls for founder Julian Assange's assassination to repeated attempts to shut down WikiLeaks and its satellite Web sites. Attacks from leading American political and media figures -- not to mention Assange's arrest -- suggest that it's a far graver sin to expose secrets than to govern under their aegis.

Is piercing the veil of government secrecy a good thing? Is WikiLeaks endangering national security, or providing a public service? Is an independent Web-based entity fulfilling the role that the American press has largely abdicated? With Joe on vacation, Abe looks at the fallout.

 

December 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode centering around war, weapons of war, threats of war, and the national security state.  We hear from David Krieger, an expert on nuclear weapons and their abolition; from the Movie Moles about Daniel Ellsberg and the parallels with Julian Assange; from Larry Bowlden about a novel raising questions about war reporting; and, in a piece presented by Clayton, from Tom Engelhardt on the growth of the national security state.


56:23 minutes (32.26 MB)

Book Mole: "Double Vision"

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program date: 
Mon, 12/20/2010

 What it means to be a war reporter is one central theme in Pat Barker's  2003 novel Double Vision, reviewed here by Larry Bowlden.  More of  Larry's reviews can be found here.  

7:11 minutes (4.12 MB)

The Impending Police State

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Mon, 12/20/2010

How does the State create the fear needed to justify its extreme security measures, and what does it cost us? Clayton Morgareidge comments on and reads from Tom Engelhardt's piece "The National Security State Cops a Feel" from the website of the American Empire Project.  You can read this piece here, where you will find many links to related material.  

 

 

 

8:57 minutes (5.13 MB)

Movie Moles: "The Most Dangerous Man in America"

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Mon, 12/20/2010

The Most Dangerous Man in America is a documentary directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.  It explains what the Pentagon Papers were, traces how Daniel Ellsberg came to release them, and considers some of the consequences.

14:48 minutes (8.47 MB)

Nuclear Weapons Today

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Mon, 12/20/2010

 How has President Obama advanced the control of nuclear weapons after the Bush administration's failures to act?   David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of numerous books on nuclear weapons.  He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

20:17 minutes (11.6 MB)

Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

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Denise Morris and I reviewed The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. This documentary, released last year to theaters and this year on DVD, also played on PBS in October , and is available streaming on Netflix, and you can put a hold on one of the several copies available through the Multnomah County library.

Voices from the Edge 12-16-10 Police & Politics

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Thu, 12/16/2010

Open Lines:  Callers share what's on their minds about Portland Police and politics.

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge  (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.



Hosts:  Jo Ann Bowman, Dave Mazza
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

54:24 minutes (49.82 MB)
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