Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 04/17/13

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Wed, 04/17/2013 - 9:15am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff interviews Chris Hedges

We hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. His topics include the assault on social security, Maggie Thatcher, and "job creation." And he interviews Chris Hedges on deepening social crisis, divisions, and turmoil coming.

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

Political Perspectives on 04/17/13

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Wed, 04/17/2013 - 9:00am - 9:15am
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New Directions for Labor (PDX Troublemakers School)

Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, a national organizing center and sponsor of Troublemakers' Schools throughout the country, speaks to the 200+ labor activists at Portland's TMS on April 13, 2013 on New Directions for the Labor Movement.

Political Perspectives on 04/12/13

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Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Local filmmaker Matt Briggs on his film "Deep Green"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Matt Briggs, director of "Deep Green: Solutions to Stop Global Warming Now,”   a good roadmap of the best world-wide solutions of what one person or one city can do to lower their carbon footprint to Net Zero and restore the Natural world and emphasizes solutions to the global climate crisis. Matt Briggs visited nine countries, including China, to find the most advanced people and ideas, cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

Political Perspectives on 04/10/13

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Robin Ryan speaks with Mark Brenner and Stephanie Luce about the Troublemakers School

Robin Ryan hosts a preview of the Troublemakers School. On Saturday, April 13th, labor advocacy groups and unions will host a daylong conference with workshops and panels.

Special guests include Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, and Stephanie Luce, professor of labor studies and Occupy Wall Street enthusiast.

Course highlights include how to overcome apathy, reviving the strike and building winnable campaigns to fight austerity.

http://www.jwjpdx.org/jwjevents/event-1360283204.23

Political Perspectives on 04/10/13

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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TriMet: Who is the transit agency working for?

TriMet used to be considered a great transit system with short wait times, colorful bus stops and friendly drivers, but in recent years fares have been raised so often, and service has been cut so much, that taking the bus has become unaffordable and inconvenient. How unaffordable and inconvenient depends on who you are and where you live. As Portland is getting increasingly gentrified, more and more low income people are moving to the outskirts of town, where buses come much less often. Meanwhile TriMet is heavily investing in building MAX and streetcar lines in the center of town, which is becoming more accessible all the time.  KBOO’s Jennifer Kemp, with help from FSRN reporter Eric Klein, hit the buses to see what the riders really thought of TriMet.

Political Perspectives on 04/03/13

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Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism is, at last, killing itself off.

A conversation with activist and author Jerry Mander about his latest book The Capitalism Crisis: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.

In the 1960s, Mander was president of a major San Francisco advertising company before turning his talents to environmental campaigns. Mander worked with the noted environmentalist, David Brower, managing the Sierra Club's advertising campaigns to prevent the construction of dams in the Grand Canyon, to establish Redwood National Park, and to stop the U.S. Supersonic Transport (SST) project. In 1971 he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications.

Political Perspectives on 03/27/13

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Helaine Olen about her new book, "Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry." For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we’ve taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we’re smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that’s not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking book, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

Political Perspectives on 03/20/13

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Wed, 03/20/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Seniors for Peace: Happy Tenth Anniversary!"

From the series TUC Radio we hear "Seniors for Peace: Happy Tenth Anniversary!" on the origin of the longest continuous peace rally in the Bay Area. We remember the huge demonstrations against the war on Iraq in 2003.

Of those hundreds of thousands who came out for peace across the world mostly films, photos and very fond memories survive. But one group, maybe the most unlikely of all, the Seniors for Peace in Mill Valley, CA, just kept going. For ten years now this year, 2013, every Friday at 4 pm rain or shine, they spend an hour at the intersection of Miller and Camino Alto with hand drums, guitar, harmonica, fiddle and banners for peace. That in spite of the need of some to use a wheelchair or walker since their average age is now 86 and many are in their nineties.

Political Perspectives on 03/20/13

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Wed, 03/20/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Oregon activist oppose coal export plan of Ambre Energy

Host Roberta Hall speaks with 4 activists; Heather Hill, Leonard Stebbins, Jean Townes, and Kris Paul about coal exports in Oregon. (The activists are pictured at left with Roberta in orange shirt.)

We also hear coverage of the March 13th rally organized by Columbia Riverkeeper and the Power Past Coal Coalition, which took place on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol.

Oregon state agencies are currently reviewing permits for Ambre Energy’s coal export plan. The Oregon Department of State Lands has set April 1, 2013 as a decision date for their agency – they need to hear from us now!

Political Perspectives on 03/13/13

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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy with local economist Joel Magnuson

Host Per Fagereng speaks with economist and author Joel Magnuson about his new book, "The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy", which is about how we think and act in the world economically as the era of cheap oil comes to an end. Your calls to 503 231-8187 are welcome.

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Karen Coulter: Logging in Deschutes Forest near Bend

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Wed, 10/21/2009

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg speaks with Karen Coulter of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, discussing a proposed logging plan in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest, southwest of Bend in Central Oregon.  The Forest Service says this land must be logged because of the pine bark beetle, despite there being no evidence of an infestation.  Karen talks about how the government applies a one-size fits all approach to managing pine bark beetle infestations – that is, once a forest reaches a certain density, the government requires thinning of that forest – regardless of whether there is actual evidence of a beetle infestation, and disregarding other factors that impact a forest’s health.

 

Forest Service page describing the logging project

 

Click here to send an email to give a public comment (until Nov. 7th)

or call Beth Peer of the Forest Service 541-383-4769


Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project

541-385-9167

 

The music at the beginning and end of the interview is by Marie Mason, who is serving a 23-year sentence for "eco-terrorism".  Her website is freemarie.org

From Terrai to Sellwood: A Story about Radishes

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Wed, 10/14/2009

 Melati Kaye reports on Nepali women refugees who are now gardening in the Portland neighborhood of Sellwood in a once abandoned lot.   The women were given aid  by Mercy Corps'  New American Agriculture Project which assists refugees and immigrants starting small scale farm enterprises in the greater Portland area. The program helps participants to market nutritious food in local outlets through the Pacific Northwest. 

Filmmaker Tom Chamberlain: "Why Kerala, Grampa"

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Wed, 10/14/2009

 Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local progressive filmmaker Tom Chamberlain about his new film "Why Kerala, Grampa", a 90 minute documentary film about activism in one of the most progressive communities on the planet. Chamberlain went to the small Indian state of Kerala, with mini DV cameras to make a film. The KSSP was launching its 18th annual Kala Jatha. The Kala Jatha is street theater, dance, music and poetry intended to engage citizens in the critical issues of the day. The theme of the Kala Jatha was The Impact of Globalization on the Kerala way of Life. We followed the troupe of activists and performers during a grueling schedule of four performances a day, each in a different village, for 28 days.

  • Length: 18:02 minutes (12.38 MB)
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Danny Schechter, 'the News Dissecter' on "Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception"

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Wed, 09/30/2009

Stefan Camp interviews Danny Shechter, "the News Dissector."  Schechter is a former award-winning broadcast and print journalist. His latest book is Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception. He was a speaker at the recent E-Convergence in Portland.

David Korten -- Shifting our Economy from Financial Values to Life Values

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Wed, 09/30/2009

 The guest is writer and lecturer David Korten, author of "The Great Turning" and "AGENDA FOR A NEW ECONOMY: FROM PHANTOM WEALTH TO REAL WEALTH: A Declaration of Independence from Wall Street." He was speaking at the  E-Convergence in Portland.  Hosted by Crystal Leighty.

Political Perspectives--health care

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Tue, 09/29/2009

Excerpts from a special program on the health care crisis featuring Dr. Paul Hochfeld, Corvallis emergency room physician and one of the Mad as Hell Doctors who toured the country in September to build popular support for single payer. Interviewed by Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card.

  • Length: 34:53 minutes (23.95 MB)
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"Alien Boy" -- A Documentary about the Life and Death of James Chasse

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Wed, 09/16/2009

Trillium Shannon interviews Brian Lindstrom and Jason Renaud, co-producers of the documentary film "Alien Boy" about the life and death of James Chasse.

  • Length: 27:58 minutes (19.2 MB)
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Sex? Lies? No Videotapes! Sam Adams Recall Effort Based on Facts or Rumors?

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Wed, 09/16/2009

Stephanie Potter speaks with Walt Brown and his wife Beverly about their findings related to  the background leading to petition to recall Mayor Sam Adams.  Walt Brown is a former state senator, former Navy defense council and judge, and former law school professor at Lewis and Clark.  His wife Beverly has been an activist for over 30 years.  Both have looked deeply into the information about what Sam Adams did and didn't do and they urge people to base their judgments on facts, not rumors.   You can find more at their website:  http://www.waltbrown.org/   (last tab:  "Mayor Sam Adams").  Jason Wurster who is leading the recall effort calls in.

Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew--How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation

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Wed, 09/09/2009

 Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Frank, about The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation.

Public Lands

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Wed, 09/02/2009

Janine Blaeloch of the Western Lands Project talks about questionable practices in use when agencies such as the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and members of Congress, transfer ownership of public lands to private hands.

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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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