Political Perspectives

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

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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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Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change

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Wed, 12/16/2009

Focus on Palestine-Israel - Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change.   Host Will Seaman interviews Dan Fleshler, a media and public affairs strategist, who spends much of his free time trying to convince the American Jewish community to support Israel’s peace camp and an end to Israeli settlement expansion. He is the author of Transforming America's Israel Lobby --The Limits Of its Power and the Potential For Change. He is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now and is on the Advisory Council of J Street.

 

 

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Reacts to Obama's Plan for Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

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Wed, 12/02/2009

 Kathleen Stephenson interviews long time peace activist Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence who discusses her reactions to President Obama's December 1st speech on the future of the war in Afghanistan. Kelly is an author, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and one one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness. Earlier this year she traveled to Northern Pakistan to try and understand the effects of drone strikes on the people there.

Amy Goodman on Breaking the Sound Barrier

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Wed, 11/18/2009

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, speaks with KBOO's Kathleen Stephenson about the importance of independent media, the stories of grassroots activists included in her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier; and her upcoming benefit for KBOO at the Bagdad Theatre.

 

Liz Grover Visits Afghanistan to Bust Through Media Stereotypes

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Host Kayse Jama talks with local resident Liz Grover about her experiences living and working in Kabul, with the goal of busting through western media sterotypes about Afghanistan and its people.  " . . in the midst of war, I went to Afghanistan with one hundred dollars to my name, a one-way airplane ticket and no promise of a job."

 

James Hoggan: Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Climate Change Series, Part 2.        Kathleen Stephenson interviews James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.  He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project

Climate Crisis: Going Against Terrible Odds to Set Things Right

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Wed, 11/04/2009

Stephanie Potter interviews naturalist Richard Albertson, whose book The Sky is the Limit--A Brief and Easy Explanation of Climate Change for Present and Future Voters, speaks directly to citizens--he tells how climate change works and goes on to the "inescapable conclusion that we're well past the point where simply reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we generate can solve our problem." He also addresses how our economic and political systems have created this mess & the measures we must take NOW to save our necks.  thecircleworks.org will provide more info.  This is the first of a 3-part weekly series on the climate crisis. (Read Stephanie's review at http://kboo.fm/node/17584 )

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.

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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

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.

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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. 

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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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