Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 09/26/12

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Wed, 09/26/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Greg Palast on How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

The guest is investigative journalist Greg Palast, who reports for the BBC and The Guardian among others. Host Don Merrill speaks with Greg about his new book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps. They'll also preview Greg's talk at a benefit for KBOO tonight (9/26) at the Clinton Street Theater.

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse. He is best known in the US for uncovering Katherine Harris' purge of black voters from Florida's voter rolls in 2000. Palast's last book is Vultures' Picnic.

You can read his reports at GregPalast.com.

Political Perspectives on 09/26/12

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Wed, 09/26/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Challenging Metro’s urban and rural reserves plan

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Mary Kyle McCurdy, Policy Director and Staff Attorney with 1000 Friends of Oregon and Cherry Amabisca of Save Helvetia, a coalition of farmers, business owners, concerned citizens, neighbors, and residents of the greater Helvetia area who are working to protect the Helvetia community and its neighboring agricultural lands.

1000 Friends of Oregon is challenging Metro’s urban and rural reserves plan. The plan, designating over 28,000 acres as future urban land, was recently approved by the Land Conservation and Development Commission, bringing 1000 Friends to petition the Oregon Court of Appeals for judicial review on behalf of several local farmers.

Political Perspectives on 09/19/12

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Wed, 09/19/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Money at Work

Host Tessie Word speaks with economic sociologist Kevin Delaney about his book Money at Work: On the Job with Priests, Poker Players, and Hedge Fund Traders. Delaney is  interested in complex social and political issues that have a central economic component. They'll talk about how people in particular professions that have money as a central feature of their jobs (like hedge fund traders, fund raisers, debt counselors, poker players and religious clergy) learn to think about money within their professional training and day-to-day work lives.

Political Perspectives on 09/12/12

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Wed, 09/12/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives on 09/05/12

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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives on 09/05/12

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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Pratap Chatterjee, Grand Jury in Washington

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg speaks with economic analyst Pratap Chatterjee about recent revelations that the world's interest rates have been severely manipulated by bankers who have profited from that manipulation.

Read his recent article on Corpwatch

Then, KBOO news intern Maria Mains speaks with Larry Hildus, the lawyer for Portland activist Dennison Williams, who has been targeted to appear before a grand jury in Seattle. A hearing scheduled for August 30th was postponed, and Portland area activists have planned solidarity actions to support the two people who may face jail time for refusing to testify before the grand jury.

Political Perspectives on 08/31/12

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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Discussion of fluoridation of Portland's drinking water

Portland City Council will take public testimony September 6th on adding fluoride to drinking water and are expected to vote soon after.

Voices on this show are: Kimberly Kaminski, Executive Director of Oregon Citizens for Safe Drinking Water claims that three council votes are pledged before any public input and before recent scientific research is digested by the public health community.

Dr Gary Oxman, Multnomah County Health Officer largely sings the praises of fluoridation and acknowledges the new Harvard study showing higher concentrations of fluoride leading to lower IQs. He also explains public health as a holistic practice and would consider any added stress to the community as a negative health impact of fluoridating water.

Political Perspectives on 08/31/12

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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Do You Want Fluoride in Portland's Water?

Despites decades of active opposition, next month Portland intends to vote to fluoridate its drinking water.  Or will they? Tune in to hear arguments in favor (if anyone accepts our invitations) and opposition to drinking water fluoridation. Contact City Council.

Political Perspectives on 08/22/12

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Wed, 08/22/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Yastel Yamada: The Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima

Yastel Yamada: The Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima They are willing to work on fuel removal in the most dangerous areas of Fukushima Daiichi to protect younger workers from high radiation doses.
They said they are elders, were no longer having children and might die of natural causes before some of the long latency cancers would make them seriously ill.

Now 700 plus members strong, they are retired workers from Fukushima, and engineers and technicians from other branches of industry. They made this extraordinary offer only four weeks after the Fukushima disaster.
However 14 months later TEPCO has not yet given them permission to work.

Political Perspectives on 08/15/12

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Wed, 08/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Here's an opportunity to meet Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, candidates for mayor of Portland

 Coming to Political Perspective, August 15, at 9am Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will appear for the hour, taking your questions while offering their unique Political Perspective and at the same time hoping to convince you that one of them is worthy of your vote to become Portland's next mayor.

The phone lines will be open and your questions will be welcome.

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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.

Sexual Violence in the Congo

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Wed, 08/26/2009

Erik Jorgensen speaks with Yvonne Simmons and Franciska Thiel about violence against women in the Congo, and the Clothesline Project.

Portland Communities Come out for Safety and Justice

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Tue, 08/18/2009

 On Political Perspectives you'll hear Andrea Cano on grassroots organizing against hate in our communities, a report back from the Peace and Unity Fest, and the inspiring struggle of workers in the Caribbean. 
The first half of the program was produced by Paul Mundy with interviewer Trillium Shannon. The second half, Building Bridges, produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash.

Dean Kuipers: Operation Bite Back

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Mon, 08/17/2009

Alison Milionis speaks with Los Angeles Times editor Dean Kuipers about his nonfiction book Operation Bite Back, which is about eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against environmentalists.

Chris Hedges: "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle"

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Mon, 08/10/2009

 Marianne Barisonek interviews Chris Hedges about his new book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.   Publisher comments:  "Pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion and  argues that we now live in two societies: One, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world, that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other, a growing majority, is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. In this “other society,” serious film and theatre, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins."

Heat Wave's Effects on the Elderly and the Homeless

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Thu, 07/30/2009

Jay Thiemeyer explores the heat wave through the eyes of the elderly, homeless, and alternatively housed communities in Portland. 

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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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