Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview about reaction to Supreme Court decision striking down limits on contributions

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Jonah Minkoff-Zern, of Public Citizen. He is the senior organizer for the Democracy is for People Campaign. They discuss today's Supreme Court 5 to 4 ruling in the case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission striking down overall limits on campaign contributions.. The ruling does for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute up to $5.9 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates. 

Recruiters out of control at Cleveland High School

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Recruiters disrespectful of gulf war Veterans

Join Marvin, Angie and Jeff as they talk about what the military recruiters did at Cleveland High School. Angie and Jeff are both gulf war Veterans. recruiters were disrespectful and physically intimidated the two Peace Veterans.

Family income as it relates to longevity and the definition and criticism of capitalism

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Family income as it relates to longevity and the definition and criticism of capitalism

Today we hear the latest from the series Economic Update with host economist  Richard Wolff.
Featuring...
Updates on GM recall, Bangladeshi women garment workers, and hi tech tax evasion. Major discussions of family income's relation to longevity and of the definition and criticism of capitalism. Response to listener on "spirits" guiding investors' behavior. 

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Political Perspectives on 03/19/14

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

The Safe Food Movement VS Agrochemical Giants Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Safe Food Movement VS Agrochemical Giants Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta

The Safe Food Movement VS Agrochemical Giants Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta and More With Vandana Shiva of Navdanya in India and Andy Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety. 

Critical Analysis of Bernanke's speech on the FED and Research on Redistribution to Reduce Inequalit

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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update with host Richard Wolff

We hear this week's episode of Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He discusses Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech on the FED's bail out of the biggest financial corporations and new IMF research showing that redistribution to reduce inequality does NOT hurt growth. He also responds to questions on how and why WSDEs perform better than capitalist enterprises and on why governments hire contractors vs public employees to provide services.

Radio Ecoshock Special on the California Drought

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock Special on the California Drought

Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith

Rainstorms finally arrived in California, after a 14 month drought with no significant rain. But the big reservoirs are still pitifully low, and snow pack is less than a quarter of normal. Hundreds of thousands of acres will not be planted, and food bills will likely go up in North America, and possibly around the world.

This is the Radio Ecoshock special on the California drought, as a case study of what we can expect in many parts of the Earth. 

Dr. Peter Gleick is a climate and water specialist who has been warning this could happen for years. Dr. Reagan Waskom is another water and agriculture expert from Colorado.

Economic Update with host Richard Wolff

Air date: 
Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update with host Richard Wolff
Economic Update with host Richard Wolff

Updates on Olympics, Chicago university faculty strike, Chevron's contempt, Gallup poll on unemployment, rising consumer debt again, Europeans oppose privatization of water, and US adults marry less to cope with economy. Major discussions: how Soviet socialism actually worked and decline and inadequacy of pensions in US. Response to listeners on deflation in today's world economy.
 

Lisa Fithian, long-time activist and organizer, interviewed by Paul Roland

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From working with Abbie Hoffman to Occupy Wall Street, she's been helping make change for 4 decades

Paul Roland interviews Lisa Fithian about her four decades of experience as an activist and organizer. Fithian has been involved in a multitude of campaigns and struggles, starting in high school as both student body president and involvement with an underground newspaper. She worked with Abbie Hoffman in the mid-1980's, with Witness for Peace opposing US support for Central American dictators, with Justice for Janitors in the '90's, the Seattle anti-WTO protests, opposition to the war in Iraq, the Gaza peace flotilla, Occupy Wall Street and much more. She's got lot's of energy. She was in town the past few days to do a series of workshops with Rising Tide Portland and with student activists at Portland State University.

Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us

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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Rose talks about his book, "Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us"
We speak with Mike Rose, author of  "Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us," which was recently reissued. Educator and author Rose discusses what can happen when schools work well and appeals for a more democratic system.

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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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

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. 

Comments

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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