Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

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:


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.

Political Perspectives on 07/20/11

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Wed, 07/20/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Grounds for Resistance," a documentary about the veterans who run Coffee Strong

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Lisa Gilman, Folklore Program Director and Associate Professor

Folklore and English at the University of Oregon, about her documentarty "Grounds for Resistance," about the veterans who run Coffee Strong, a G.I. coffeehouse just outside Joint Lewis-McChord Base in Washington State. The film is showing at the Clinton Street Theater on Thursday (July 21st) night.

Political Perspectives on 07/13/11

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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Craig Corrie: an update on the killing of Rachel Corie

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year old student at Evergreen State College who was killed in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003.

Her family brought lawsuits against both the Caterpillar corporation, which made the bulldozer, and the Israeli government.

KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg speaks with Rachel Corrie’s father, Craig Corrie, about the latest developments in the civil suit filed by the family against the state of Israel.



Political Perspectives on 07/06/11

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Wed, 07/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Yves Engler on "Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism"

Yves Engler, co-author of "Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay" spoke at Lauthing Horse Books on June 21st. He and his co-author Bianca Mugyenyi documented an anthropolicical tour of the land of Homo Automomotivis and argue for moving beyond the private automobile. Stephanie Potter attended the talk, which was given in a parking lot around the corner from Laughing Horse. She recorded and produced this program.

Political Perspectives on 06/29/11

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Wed, 06/29/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Grussendorf My Trials: What I Learned In Immigration Court

Host Carlos Chavez interviews Paul Grussendorf next Wednesday, June 29th at 9-10am. They discuss his new book (e-book) My Trials: What I learned in Immigration Court. This will be a call in program, so we welcome your questions at (503) 231-8187.

Political Perspectives on 06/22/11

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Wed, 06/22/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson

The guest is S. Brian Willson, local anti-war activist and member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. He'll talk with KBOO host Sue Supriano about his new autobiography, "Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson."

Political Perspectives on 06/22/11

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Wed, 06/22/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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How Produce Gets to Your Table

Host Carlos Chavez interviews Jaime Arredondo of Oregon's Farmworker Housing Developement Corporation and farmworkers in the Woodburn area. FHDC hosted a tour on June 14th of Woodburn labor camps and FHDC Housing Communities. The tour is captured in this radio piece and presents a stark contrast in living standards between grim farm owner or contractor owned encampments and flourishing FHDC run migrant communities. Juana Santiago is a farmworker from Oaxaca, Mexico who shares her experiences and guides us through the labor camp that she and her family once occupied.

Political Perspectives on 06/15/11

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Wed, 06/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule

David Cobb speaks on "Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule." In this talk he presents a case for Move to Amend.org, a coalition of over 100,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the United States Constitution to restrict corporate power.

Cobb is an organizer with Move to Amend.org and a former Presidential Candidate.

Cobb’s Corvallis talk was sponsored by the Linn-Benton chapter of the Pacific Green Party and the Veterans for Peace.

David Cobb will be leading a workshop this Saturday, June 18th, from 10AM to 5PM at the First Unitarian Church at SW 12th and Salmon in Portland. Preregistration is required at www.afd-pdx.org


Political Perspectives on 06/08/11

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Wed, 06/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

Stanford University Professor of Middle East History, Joel Beinin speaks on "Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford.


Bhopal Survivors

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Thu, 05/28/2009

Hosted by Marianne Barisonek, The Bhopal Survivors Tour 2009...

The guests are activist Satinath Sarangi (Satyu), who has been working in Bhopal for the past 25 years, and Safreen Khan, one of the survivors of the disaster.

The Union Carbide Chemical Disaster in Bhopal, India has killed more than 23,000 people due to a catastrophic gas leak and ongoing water contamination in this central Indian city. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the horrific night in 1984 when a toxic cloud of methyl isocyanate enveloped the sleeping city. The Anniversary is a celebration by Bhopal survivor groups and their allies of 25 years of courage in the face of corporate crime.


Two senior activists Rachna Dingra and Satinath Sarangi and two Bhopal Disaster survivors, will be touring the US and Canada in this April and May. The tour is being hosted by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and the Association for India's Development. ICJB is a coalition of survivors group and allies around the world working for justice and a life of dignity for the survivors of the Bhopal Disaster, and for a toxic free future for us all. AID is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development.

Eric Margolis: US Stirs Hornets' Nest in Afghanistan

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Wed, 05/27/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Canadian journalist and author Eric Margolis about Afghanistan and other issues.

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn.

He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

Best Recent Political Books

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Mon, 05/11/2009


Michelle Schroeder Fletcher and Kathleen Stephenson discuss best recent political books, which will be available as thank you gifts to those of you who pledge during the show. We'll hear excerpts from interviews with these writers:

Geoffrey Miller, author of "Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior"

Reza Aslan, author of "How to Win a Cosmic War: God Globalization and the End of the War on Terror."

Michelle Goldberg, author of "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World"

"Currency, Banking and the Financial Crisis"

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Thu, 05/07/2009

"Currency, Banking and the Financial Crisis"

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free." Also, Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Stephen Zarlenga of the American Monetary Institute, author of "The Lost Science of Money." Zarlenga is speaking in Portland at the First Unitarian Church on Monday, May 11th, at 7PM. The Church is at 1011 SW 12th Ave.

Mike Ruppert: "A Presidential Energy Policy"

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Wed, 04/29/2009

Per Fagereng speaks with writer and peak oil researcher Mike Ruppert, whose latest book is "A Presidential Energy Policy" which will be published on May Day.

Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerilla Girls

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Mon, 04/27/2009

Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerilla Girls was in town to lecture for Bitch Magazine's "Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture" lecture series. Before her lecture is at PSU's Smith Memorial on the 28th of April she spoke by phone with Eva Lake. The Guerilla Girls are a group of women artists who work anonymously within that group, making political art about gender and color bias in the art world.

Environmentalist Chip Ward: Nature Teaches 'Too Big' is Bound to Fail!

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Wed, 04/22/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with environmental writer Chip Ward who says, "'Too big to fail.' It's been the mantra of our economic meltdown. Although meant to emphasize the overwhelming importance of this bank or that corporation, the phrase also unwittingly expresses a shared delusion that may be at the root of our current crises -- both economic and ecological.  In nature, nothing is too big to fail. In fact, big is bound to fail. To understand why that's so means stepping away from a prevailing set of beliefs that holds us in its sway, especially the deep conviction that we operate apart from nature's limits and rules."

 Environmentalist Chip Ward:  Nature Teaches Nothing Is 'Too Big to Fail.'  Instead, Big Is Bound to Fail!


The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World

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Mon, 04/20/2009

On March 1st 2009 Portland Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah and the Bridgeport UCC co-sponsored an event, The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.

Speaking that afternoon were Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Jeff Albert, and Mousa Diabat. The topics discussed included water scarcity in the third world, and the effect of water scarcity on the Arab-Israeli peace.

Due to time limitations for today’s broadcast we will only air today the comments by Congressman Blumenauer on water issues globally, and two of the questions for the panel from the audience.

Dr. Albert was interviewed on the KBOO radio show Radiozine and if you would like to hear comments about water scarcity in the Middle East, we ask that you search for the name Jeff Albert on the KBOO website and find the audio file, node 12532.

(picture above by AMY KAUFMAN/Jewish Review)


  • Title: blumenauer
  • Length: 28:32 minutes (26.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Chris Martenson and the Crash Course

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Wed, 04/15/2009

 Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chris Martenson, who offers a free crash course on "how we got into this economic crisis." Chris Martenson is an author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.

Interview: Ronault L.S. Catalani, author of Counter Culture; immigrant stories from portland cafe counters

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Wed, 04/15/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Ronault L.S. Catalani, author, poet immigrant rights attorney and the the City of Portland's Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Coordinator. In his evocative new book Catalani also known as "Polo" writes a series of essays from familiar cafes. Each one gives a new and startlingly intimate experience of one mans life as an immigrant. The interview springboards from the book to the political forces underpinning his experience of "ethnic Cleansing" to the effects of those forces in the life of refugees today. The wide ranging discussion touched on the value of war crimes tribunals to the camaraderie immigrants from different cultures find in each others company.


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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