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Political Perspectives on 07/18/12

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Wed, 07/18/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan."

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.

Political Perspectives on 07/18/12

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Wed, 07/18/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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George Lakeoff on Thinking and Talking Democratic

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with professor and author George Lakeoff about his new book, co-authored with Elisabeth Wehling, called THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic. Lakeoff says the Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies. He offers Democrats and progressives language to communicate their moral values clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our time. He also deconstructs the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse.

Political Perspectives on 07/11/12

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Wed, 07/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Dennis Marker, author of FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves From Ronald Reagan to the Tea Party Movement.

Never has a philosophy of a country shifted as radically as it has the last thirty years. Marker details in pull-no-punches prose how the assault on the middle classes is widespread and relentless. Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war.

Political Perspectives on 07/04/12

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Wed, 07/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti speaks on "The Pathology of Wealth"

Michael Parenti speaks on THE PATHOLOGY OF WEALTH

What exactly is CAPITALISM? Parenti is debunking some of the myths of capitalism: That it creates jobs, peace, democracy and wealth - and more. In Part TWO Parenti describes the pathologies of capitalism by its inability to respond to climate change. Quoting a businessman in a New Yorker cartoon he reads: "While the end of the world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, ..the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities." Also in this segment arguments for the benefits of socialism in areas of our lives that should not be managed under the profit system. He lists health care, energy, and transportation.

Political Perspectives on 06/29/12

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Fri, 06/29/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

Political Perspectives on 06/27/12

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Wed, 06/27/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Political Perspectives on 06/20/12

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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

Political Perspectives on 06/13/12

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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

Political Perspectives on 06/06/12

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Wed, 06/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos talks about dismantling corporate rule

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. This is the message of long-time activist Paul Cienfuegos, who will be leading a workshop in Portland 6/9-6/10, and who provides a wealth of information showing how the fiction of "corporate personhood" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action.

Political Perspectives on 05/23/12

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Wed, 05/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander on "The Criminal Injustice System"

Michelle Alexander on the "Criminal Injustice System"

Alexander says California has led the way in building a system that turns back the clock on racial progress in the United States. She says we must insist on a moral revolution that will undo the present system of mass incarceration.

She spoke on May 10th at Dominguez Hills, California. This lecture was recorded and produced by Global Voices for Justice.

Michelle Alexander is a professor at Ohio State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic.

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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.

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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.

  • 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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George Lakeoff on Thinking and Talking Democratic

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with professor and author George Lakeoff about his new book, co-authored with Elisabeth Wehling, called THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic. Lakeoff says the Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies. He offers Democrats and progressives language to communicate their moral values clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our time. He also deconstructs the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse.

George Lakeoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Don’t Think of an Elephant!, among other works, and is America’s leading expert on the framing of political ideas. Elisabeth Wehling is a political strategist and author working in the U.S. and Europe. She is doing research in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, on how politics is understood both in American and Europe.

  • Length: 27:10 minutes (12.44 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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Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism

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Wed, 07/11/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Dennis Marker, author of FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves From Ronald Reagan to the Tea Party Movement.

Never has a philosophy of a country shifted as radically as it has the last thirty years. Marker details in pull-no-punches prose how the assault on the middle classes is widespread and relentless. Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war.

In a full frontal attack by what Marker calls the Corporate Feudalists, Marker details how the middle class has become superfluous to the very rich and why various policies were deliberately created to eliminate them. Their defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship carried out regardless of cost. Conservatives are anxious again to finish first – with the big prize- monopoly control of the American government, and the power to turn their ideology into the law of the land.

  • Length: 55:19 minutes (50.64 MB)
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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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