Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

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Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Host Doug McVay speaks with Molly Gill, Molly Gill, Government Affairs Counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums. 

Molly Gill is FAMM’s government affairs counsel. She works with federal legislators, affected family members, and other criminal justice stakeholders to promote sentences that protect public safety and that are proportionate to the offense. She also serves as a commissioner on the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.   Her writings have been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, Huffington Post, Sojourners Magazine, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter.

SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis with James Russell

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Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis with James Russell

We speak with James W. Russell about the upcoming retirement crisis. He is the author of SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis.

Richard Wolff on Greece, Austerity, Germany, Cheap Energy, Capitalists Leaving the US, Pensions, etc

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Wed, 08/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff on Greece, Austerity, Germany, Cheap Energy, Capitalists Leaving the US, Pensions, etc
Economist Richard Wolff returns to continue a discussion about Greece, austerity and German dominance in Europe..Other possible topics include: Puerto Rico, how to build an economy from the ground up, the role of cheap energy in an economy, the significance of capitalists leaving US for other cheaper parts of world economy, and the broad attack on pensions for Americans.

Johann Hari on his book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs"

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Fri, 08/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Johann Hari on his book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs"
Host Doug McVay speaks with Johann Hari about his best-selling book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs."

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

Radio Ecoshock Host Alex Smith on the Long Hot Summer and Climate Change

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Wed, 08/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock Host Alex Smith on the Long Hot Summer and Climate Change
As North America roasts, and Iran hits 163 degrees F, 74 C. - shocking climate news behind the scenes in this hour long interview of Alex Smith originally broadcast on KWMR Community Radio, Marin County California, July 27, 2015. 

Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization

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Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization

Host Doug McVay spoke with Inge Fryklund, Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, (LEAP), about LEAP, the development of the War on Drugs and the movement for the legalization of drugs.

Against the Death Penalty: Activists Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer

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Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer speak out against the death penalty

Mike Farrell, best known as Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the popular TV series M.A.S.H., addressed a large crowd in Oregon, speaking out against the death penalty, at the annual meeting and banquet staged by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, (OADP), on June 12th, 2015. Becky O’Neil McBrayer, (pictured below, left), an Oregon resident who lost her mother and step-father to murder, spoke before Mr. Farrell.

The two inspirational talks encourage listeners to think, learn and talk about the Oregon death penalty with some new and interesting insights. Mike Farrell was introduced by Emily Plec, (pictured below, right), an OADP Advisory Board Member and Professor of Communication Studies at Western Oregon University.

Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism

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Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism

Host Per Fagereng speaks with economist Richard Wolff about Greece, Europe, austerity, and neoliberalism.

Richard Wolff teaches at the New School in New York. The New York Times called him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.” He is the author of numerous books including Capitalism Hits the Fan, Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy with David Barsamian.

David Ray Griffin and Dahr Jamail on Global Warming

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Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Ray Griffin and Dahr Jamail on Global Warming

Scientists' reports about global warming are becoming more and more pessimistic. Will rising sea levels, drought, crop failure and water wars become so severe that humanity's existence itself is threatened? Co-hosts Peter Phillips & Julie Andrzejewski speak first with David Ray Griffin, author of the new book, "Unprecedented." Then Dahr Jamail, climate writer at Truthout, joins the discussion. 

This program is from the series Project Censored Radio http://www.projectcensored.org/category/radio/

Tao Orion on her book, "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"

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Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Tao Orion on her book, "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"
Host Chris Andreae speaks with Tao Orion about her new book "Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration." 

Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. These worries have culminated in an ongoing “war on invasive species,” where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws, and herbicides put to the task of their immediate eradication. 

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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

BEST RECENT POLITICAL BOOKS SPECIAL

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.

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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