Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 08/24/11

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Wed, 08/24/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jerry Erwin on the war in Libya

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Portland area resident Jerry Erwin. He just returned from Libya where he participated in the war.

Political Perspectives on 08/17/11

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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher hosts a program about Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need, Since 1991.

In downtown Portland every Sunday, rain or shine, a dedicated group of volunteers from Potluck in the Park (PiP) come together to create community and serve a hot nutritious meal to anyone in need.

On Aug. 28th, Potluck in the Park celebrates its 20th birthday by offering a Free barbecue meal to anyone in need with an estimated attendance of 1200 guests in the PSU Park Blocks between S.W. Hall & Montgomery. A Resource Faire in collaboration with local social services providers will include Health, Legal, Youth Services, Haircuts, Bike Repairs, Pet Food and Live Music.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, on the Super Congress

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, just wrote the piece "Whip the Super Congress: Call and Ask Your Member of Congress if They Like Their Job." which states: "You won’t find a Super Congress mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. It will be an elite body of 12 members of Congress who write legislation behind closed doors and then announce it to the public. Whatever they decide will then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it can’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Christine Shearer visited a native Alaska village where climate change is destroying their island.

Host Marianne Barisonek talks with Christine Shearer about her book Kivalina: A Climate Change Story."

Kivalina is a small Native Alaska community that is suing twenty-four fossil fuel companies for thier contributions to climate change and for creating a false debate around climate change. Christine Shearer talks about the history of the "Product Defense Industry" and how it is distorting the media landscape on climate change.

Political Perspectives on 08/03/11

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Wed, 08/03/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with John Tirman about his book "THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars." Tirman is Principal Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Center for International Studies, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts and 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World.

They'll discuss how U.S. behavior in war contributes to anti-Americanism; how the U.S. government is complicit in creating plans that cause civilian suffering; and why Americans are indifferent to civilian deaths? They will also look at the role of the media in this issue.

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"The Tenacity of Hope," a Veterans Art Exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries at PSU

Dan Shea of Veterans for Peace talks about "The Tenacity of Hope," a Veterans Art Exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union. Dan Shea, a Vietnam veteran, curated the exhibit, which is about the resilience of veterans to survive using art as a path to healing, the resistance of veterans to be silent, to ignore history and a warning to the present that our future will require not a few warriors but all of us to be committed to nonviolence, itself a nonviolent revolution, thus, they dare to hope their work is making a difference.

Reception Thursday, August 4 from 5pm to 7pm
Littman and White Galleries, Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway, Room 250, Portland State University

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Joni Seager and Cynthia Enloe about their book, REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS, which draws back the curtain on our complex nation to reveal the myriad realities of the American experience-from our changing demographics to patterns of home ownership to the kinds of food we eat. The atlas upends many long-held myths and shows us who we are today.

Cynthia Enloe is research professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has appeared on NPR and written numerous articles on feminism, militarization, and globalization.

 

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

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Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Concrete, Steel, and Paint," a film documents what happens when men in a Pennsylvania state priso

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Tony Heriza, Co-Director/Producer of "Concrete, Steel, and Paint," and Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. They discuss the film "Concrete, Steel, and Paint," which documents what happens when men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing and their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy - but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.concretefilm.org

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

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Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Misguided Measures

It's been 15 years since Oregon voters passed Measure 11, setting mandatory sentences in criminal cases. Just as a new Governor's Commission on Public Safety begins examining prison costs and their causes, a new report by the Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) and the Campaign for Youth Justice says Measure 11 has meant more Oregon youths being charged as adults.

Associate Director and co-author of the report, as well as Matt (last name omitted). Matt spent seven and a half years in the Oregon Youth Authority. He shares some of his experiences with Measure 11 and his time at the McLaren youth facility in Woodburn.

For a copy of the report or for more info:

www.safetyandjustice.org

Political Perspectives on 07/20/11

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Wed, 07/20/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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oanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova on Nuclear Eternity

NUCLEAR ETERNITY: at Chernobyl, Fukushima and Onkalo with Joanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova (produced by TUC Radio)

How long does radiation from nuclear fuel remain dangerous to life? At least 100,000 years. At Fukushima that fuel lies littered under the ruins of the exploded buildings. Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova, who worked at Chernobyl after the accident, talk about nuclear eternity.

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Oregon's Use of Coal Devastating to Powder River Basin Rancher

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Wed, 10/21/2009

Kathleen Stephenson's guests include LJ Turner, a rancher whose livelihood, for more than 40 years, has been threatened by the water depletion and strip mining that result from coal extraction.    Also present,  Robin Everett, an organizer with the Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal Campaign. The campaign's website explains that despite our efforts to go "green," nearly 40% of Oregon’s power comes from coal, more than both Washington and California; and we use coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming where Turner has been a rancher.  Turner was in town to speak  at Pioneer Square at noon as part of a rally to help end the use of coal in Oregon.

  • Length: 23:44 minutes (10.87 MB)
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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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