Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil. 

In his recent book Tar Sands: Diry Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem. Nikiforuk will speak on Tuesday March 31st at 7-9 PM at the First Unitarian Church at SW 12th and Main. This is a KBOO co-sponsored event.

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Avigail Abarbanel, a former Israeli soldier who now lives in Australia. She says her army experience turned her into a pacifist. She is the Canberra director of Deir Yassin Remembered. She is a psychotherapist in Canberra.

Political Perspectives

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Thu, 03/26/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

Political Perspectives on 03/24/09

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Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

Political Perspectives

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Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 759 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison."For the first time there is a definitive Guantanomo prisoner list. Andy discisses this just released list and answers the question, "Where have released prisoners gone? Also who's locked up and under what conditions?"

Political Perspectives on 03/19/09

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Thu, 03/19/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   www.ips-dc.org/staff/saul

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.

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.

Political Perspectives on 03/13/09

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Fri, 03/13/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. Michael is a visionary leader in the field of community economic development and advisor for the Rural Development Initiatives'  Connecting Oregon for Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) project. Michael has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. Shuman is Director of Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE),

Political Perspectives on 03/13/09

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Fri, 03/13/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Stephanie Potter interviews radio commentator and author Jim Hightower, who is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual ACLU dinner on  Saturday March 14th. They discuss civil rights, civil liberties, populism, and how populism can make a difference. They also talk about Hightower's book "Swim Against the Current."  As Hightower puts it, he has spent “three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.” For more information about Jim Hightower, visit his website at http://www.jimhightower.com/.

The ACLU dinner is at the Downtown Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront at 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

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Thawra Abu Khdeir speaks with KBOO about the murder of her cousin

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Wed, 07/09/2014
Thawra Abu Khdeir, 20, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed by a group of right-wing Israelis in Jerusalem on July 2nd, 2014.  Mohammed, 16, was kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and set on fire.  Thawra spoke with KBOO on Tuesday July 8th, nearly a week after her cousin's death.
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"Crude Awakening:" Host Paul Roland interviews three activists on the escalating oil train controversy

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Wed, 06/11/2014

Guests on today's show:
Matt Krogh, ForestEthics West Coast Campaigner http://www.ForestEthics.org
Matt Landon, Vancouver Action Network http://vancouveractionnetwork.blogspot.com
Dan Sears, Columbia Riverkeeper http://columbiariverkeeper.org

Crude Awakening Tour: Music and Advocacy meet in the Oil
Train Show


Friday, June 13, at the 18 Ave Peace House, 2116 NE 18 Ave, Portland at
6pm for a potluck or come at 7pm for the program. $10-25 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Dana Lyons, Alternative Folk Singer-Songwriter, author of comedy hit “Cows with Guns,” coal train song “Sometimes,” and the recent “The Great Salish Sea," will join Matt Krogh, ForestEthics West Coast Campaigner, author of “Off the Rails: The Fossil Fuel Takeover of the Pacific Northwest” to present this evening of entertainment and education.

Oil train transport is growing rapidly, often with no public notice of the risks that come with this increase of traffic moving through communities. The Crude Awakening tour seeks to engage, entertain, and educate the public.

Two years ago in the Pacific Northwest, there were no terminals prepared to handle mile-long trains of crude-oil-filled tanker cars; today, four terminals are operating in Washington and Oregon, with six more in various stages of permitting and construction.

These terminals are designed to handle volatile Bakken crude, noted for exploding in the last year in North Dakota, Alabama and Quebec, where 47 people lost their lives, as well as bitumen from the Alberta tar sands, noted for sinking in aquatic environments and causing more pollution during extraction than any other form of oil. Add the push by the American Petroleum Institute to lift the ban on US crude exports and it’s clearly past time to address the question posed by the tour: Is this really for us?

Cosponsors: 350PDX, ForestEthics, Columbia Riverkeeper, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Greenpeace USA-Western Division

Links and events mentioned on program:
Protests commemorating 1st anniversary of Quebec oil train disaster:
https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/oil-by-rail-week-of-action (stopoiltrains.org)
See above link for info on Portland action July 6, or call 503-705-1943
Public Forum on oil train rail traffic in the Columbia Gorge:
June 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Riverside church, 4th and State, Hood River http://columbiariverkeeper.org/
Washington Oil Trains Summit, August 22-23, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA http://washingtonoiltrainsummit.blogspot.com/
For more information on oil by rail increases and more, see the report Off The Rails:The Fossil Fuel Takeover of the Northwest http://www.forestethics.org/news/report-rails
More about Dana Lyons: www.CowsWithGuns.com or http://www.danalyons.com
More about ForestEthics: www.ForestEthics.org
More about 350PDX: www.350PDX.org
 

  • Length: 55:55 minutes (76.78 MB)
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Full Disclosure: Larry Colburn- My Lai

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Wed, 05/28/2014
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Water Fluoridation: Science, politics, and lawn sign opinions

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Tue, 04/22/2014
Water Fluoridation: Science, politics, and lawn sign opinions.

KBOO's Joe Meyer put together an Aretha-themed show including audio from:
City Hall Vox Pop
Commissioner Randy Leonard
Citizen Testimony
Environmental Scientists Howard Patterson and Jeff Fryer
Pro and No Fluoride doctors Phillip Wu and Rick North
Neighbors with lawn signs
and Clifford Walkeer of the NAACP



Paul Roland interviews Thomas Linzey and Paul Cienfuegos on the Community Rights movement

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Wed, 09/18/2013

The growing movement to limit the "rights" of corporations and rein in their destructive practices at the local level through ordinances and ballot initiatives is explored with Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Paul Cienfuegos of Community Rights PDX. Hosted by Paul Roland.

Links:

communityrightspdx.org

celdf.org

  • Length: 58:21 minutes (53.42 MB)
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Paul Roland interviews Thomas Linzey and Paul Cienfuegos on the Community Rights movement

program date: 
Wed, 09/18/2013

The growing movement to limit the "rights" of corporations and rein in their destructive practices at the local level through ordinances and ballot initiatives is explored with Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Paul Cienfuegos of Community Rights PDX. Hosted by Paul Roland.

Links:

communityrightspdx.org

celdf.org

  • Length: 58:21 minutes (53.42 MB)
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Surfrider Portland Summer Soiree Preview [audio-tag-title-raw]

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Wed, 07/24/2013

This program highlights the upcoming KBOO co-sponsored event with an interview of Pete Stauffer, Ocean Programs manager for Surfrider Foundation by Ross Freeman Levin.

On thursday, July 25th the Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is hosting the Oregon Summer Soiree at the Holocene (1001 SE Morrison) in Portland from 6pm to 1am. The fundraiser will include an Art Show, Silent Auction, Heart and the Sea film screening, raffle, music by the Renegade Stringband, and much more! Proceeds will benefit the Portland Chapter of Surfrider’s ‘Clean Water Campaign’.

Portland Surfrider Chapter: http://portland.surfrider.org/
Holocene: Summer Soiree PDX 2013 Event Venue http://portland.surfrider.org/events/summersoiree/
Holocene: http://www.holocene.org/
Portland Green Streets: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/52501
Oregon Beach Monitoring Program: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Pages/index.aspx
Oregon Marine Reserves Program: http://www.oregonocean.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=419&Itemid=138

  • Length: 28:15 minutes (25.87 MB)
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Unconditional Basic Income & the Politics of Work

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Wed, 12/19/2012

 Old Mole Joe Clement, and Kathryn Sackinger talk with sociology grad-student and Jacobin Magzine editor Peter Frase, about the idea of an unconditional and universal basic income. Because basic income often stirs strong feelings about people deserving their livelihood, they also spend a lot of time talking about prejudices against those who don't work in a conventional job and problems in the distribution of what counts as work. They consider what full employment really means and how it harms people when one-sided jobs rhetoric dominates economic justice conversations.

 

 

Below are links to articles and organizations mentioned during the show. If you would like to hear more on KBOO about basic income and the politics of work, please don't hesitate to email Joe.

The music and stories you hear at the beginning in the middle and at the end of the show are Utah Phillips singing "Hallelujah I'm a Bum".

Basic Income Earth Network

US Basic Income Guarantee Network

Basic Income Studies

Joe's Old Mole interview with Kathi Weeks about "The Problem With Work"

Redesigning Distribution

Peter Frase

Seth Ackerman (also an editor at Jacobin)

Andre Gorz "Critique of Economic Reason"

Bob Black "The Abolition of Work"

William Morris "Useful Work vs. Useless Toil"

 

Permafrost, Carbon, Methane and the Climate

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Wed, 12/12/2012

Andrew Geller speaks with Dr. Ted Schuur, an Associate Professor in the University of Florida's Biology Department and Principal Investigator of the Permafrost Carbon Network, discuss permafrost and what's happening to it in a rapidly warming Arctic.

Then Joe Romm, Editor of the Climate Progress blog, joins Andrew to talk about the 2012 climate, recent global talks and what happened, as well as what it might take for enough people to demand the drastic actions necessary to possibly prevent catastrophic climate change.

Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Thought

Loss of Ice, Melting Of Permafrost And Other Climate Effects Are Occurring At An Alarming Pace

Thawing of permafrost to be ‘major factor’ in global warming, warns UN report

UNEP Permafrost Report (Dec 2012) PDF

Study: Carbon release to atmosphere 10 times faster now than 56 million years ago, the PETM, a time of 10°F warming and mass extinction

Study: We’re Headed To 11°F Warming And Even 7°F Requires ‘Nearly Quadrupling The Current Rate Of Decarbonisation’

An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts

Pricewaterhouse Cooper Low Carbon Economy Index 2012

Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011

Voter Disenfranchisement

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Wed, 08/01/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Bev Harris of the election watchdog group BlackBoxVoting.org. They will discuss the latest examples of voter disenfranchisement across the U.S.

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Comments

Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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