Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

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Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer speak out against the death penalty
Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization
 

Episode Archive

Economic Update: Richard Wolff interviews Sohnya Sayres about the end of free universities in the US

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Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update: Richard Wolff interviews Sohnya Sayres about the end of free universities in the US

We hear Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. The show features analysis of unemployment numbers to show what they hide as well as reveal; responses to listeners' questions exposing the economics of lotteries and why the largest US corporations have recently used their profits to buy back their shares in the stock markets; and an in-depth interview with Prof. Sohnya Sayres exploring the end of free college and universities in the US, the rise of administrators dominating students and faculty, and what these trends have meant for the quality of higher education in the US. 

http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

Political Perspectives on 06/10/15

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Wed, 06/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Angela Davis - Living the Legacy: The Meaning of Freedom

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Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis at PSU in January 2015
MLK Tribute: Angela Davis Keynote
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

ANGELA DAVIS Author, Educator and Activist Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley.

Martin Ford Interview

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford talks with Don Merrill
Martin Ford is a Silicon Valley executive who has just written a new book called "Rise of the Robots".  In it, he talks about the way robots are slowly taking away jobs while unnoticably moving up the level of sophistication in the jobs they can do.  According the NY Times, Ford says "once thought of as a threat to ony manufacturing jobs, [robots] are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalist, lawyers and others in the service sector."  KBOO's Don Merrill talks to Martin Ford on Political Perspectives.

Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with activist Ai-len Poo about her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.

David Barsamian on Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course

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Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course
Journalist and author David Barsamian, host and founder of Alternative Radio, spoke at a benefit for KBOO at the Clinton Street Theater in March. His topic was "Capitalism and the Environment: Collision Course." He also talked about the media, the erosion of democracy in the US, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and many other topics.

Political Perspectives on 05/20/15

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Per Espen Stoknes discusses "What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming"

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Per Espen Stoknes discusses "What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Per Espen Stoknes about his new book, "What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action."

The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead.

Joseph Stiglitz on "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them"

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Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joseph Stiglitz on "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them"
Host Jim Schumock speaks with Nobel-Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about his book "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them." Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in "The Price of Inequality" and suggests ways to counter America's growing problem. He argues that inequalityis a choice - the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities.

The Ecology of a Police State: A Panel from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

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Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Ecology of a Police State: A Panel from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.

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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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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "false heirs": on 2013's 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech

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Wed, 08/28/2013
Paul Roland and Mic Crenshaw talk with Jared Ball from Baltimore, Md. and Rosa Clemente from Amherst, Massachusetts. The program offers a critical perspective on the commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Dr. Ball said recently, "neither King's false heirs nor the presidency of false hopes would exist at all without first the assassination of King and then the perennial abuse of his history and image. These replacement events and leaders are fraudulaent stand-ins for a movement so well represented by King's focused stances against the intransigence of white supremacy, the vilence of capitalism at home and the imperialism it fosters abroad." Join us for a lively conversation!

Mic Crenshaw is a Portland hip-hop artist and community activist. He is involved with Housing Is For Everyone, a local housing rights movement organization. For information on his recordings, videos, biography and contact information, go to miccrenshow.com. Housing Is For Everyone can be reached at 971-266-4311 orhousingisforeveryone@gmail.com. their website, housingisforeveryone.org, will be up and running in September.

Dr. Jared Ball teaches communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, hosts a program on WPFW, part of the Pacifica radio network in Washington, D.C. and is the author of "I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto." He also co-edited "A Lie of Invention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X."

You can find out more about him at www.voxunion.com

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice-presidential running mate of Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 elections. She's also the founder of Know Thy Self Productions. Currently, she's a doctoral student in the WEB DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass-Amherst. 

Her website is www.rosaclemente.com.

More perspectives on the March on Washington commemorations and Dr. King's legacy can be found at blackagendareport.com. Glen Ford, the Esecutive Editor of Black Agenda Report, was also invited to be on the show, but was unable to appear. He wrote an article for the Report called "The Black Mis-Leaders Love-Fest with Power on the Mall."

Ahjamu Baraka was also invited, but was travelling back to Colombia, where he lives. His article, "Obama Should Not Be Welcomed at the March on Washington Commemoration" appeared on www.counterpunch.org August 19. He also wrote "The Assassination of Martin Luther King and the Peace Movement" for Counterpunch on April 4.

 
 

  • Length: 57:37 minutes (52.74 MB)
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Surfrider Portland Summer Soiree Preview [audio-tag-title-raw]

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program date: 
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.

  • Length: 57:06 minutes (26.14 MB)
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David McNally on Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

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Wed, 07/25/2012

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with David McNally about his book Global Slump, which analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. McNally argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.

McNally locates the recent meltdown in the intense economic restructuring that marked the recessions of the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Through this lens, he highlights the emergence of new patterns of world inequality and new centers of accumulation, particularly in East Asia, and the profound economic instabilities these produced.  In Global Slump McNally offers an original account of the “financialization” of the world economy during this period, and explores the intricate connections between international financial markets and new forms of debt and dispossession, particularly in the Global South.

David McNally is professor of political science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books: Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism (1988); Against the Market: Political Economy Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique (2003); Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor and Liberation (2001); Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism (2002; second revised edition 2006); and Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism (2011). His articles have appeared in many journals, including Historical Materialism, Capital and Class, New Politics, and Review of Radical Political Economics. David McNally is also a long-time activist in socialist, anti-poverty and migrant justice movements.

  • Length: 29:40 minutes (13.58 MB)
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Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Greg Muttitt, author of Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years? And why did the troops have to leave? Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated the last decade, investigative journalist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer these questions and tells the untold story of the oil politics that played out through the occupation.

Greg Muttitt was previously co-director of campaigning charity Platform, which exposes and fights the environmental and human impacts of the oil industry. 

Since the Iraq war started in 2003, Greg has investigated the hidden plans for the future of the country's oil. This work took him to meetings where the US and UK government officials lobbied Iraqi decision-makers, and to meetings where Iraqi oil ministry teams discussed their future oil policy with western companies. He met some of the oil executives who hoped to benefit from transforming Iraq’s oil industry, and the government officials and advisers they worked with. Greg also got hold of hundreds of unreleased British and American government documents, which described their plans and actions to reshape Iraq’s oil industry.

But Greg also talked to ordinary Iraqis, and a few politicians, about what they wanted to happen to their oil. He attended Iraq’s first anti-privatisation conference in Basra, and the meeting in Amman at which Iraq’s trade unions decided they would fight the oil law the US was pushing. He made many Iraqi friends, and came to know some of Iraq’s foremost oil experts. These experiences gave him  a very different perspective from what we read in the papers.

  • Length: 28:46 minutes (13.17 MB)
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Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Rajiv Chandrasekaran about his new book Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. From 2009 to 2011, he reported on the war in Afghanistan for The Post, traveling extensively through the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar to reveal the impact of President Obama’s decision to double U.S. force levels. HIs previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone won numerous awards for non-fiction.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places; and headstrong military leaders who sought a far more expansive campaign than the White House wanted.

Chandrasekaran explains how the United States has never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will.

This is an unedited version of the show that aired Wed. 7/18/2012

  • Length: 36:24 minutes (16.66 MB)
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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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