Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Ballot-Palooza: Reports and Debates on Oregon Ballot Measures by City Club of Portland members

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ballot-Palooza: Reports and Debates on Oregon Ballot Measures by City Club of Portland members
We hear excerpts from the City Club of Portland's Ballot-Palooza event.
For 4 months, 9 committees, made up of 94 City Club member-volunteers, studied proposed and possible ballot measures that Oregonians might vote on in November. On August 20, members of the club debated issues such as marijuana legalization and driver cards. 

Jerry of Ben and Jerry's on Measure 92

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jerry of Ben and Jerry's on Measure 92
Host Jen Davis speaks with Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. about his support for Oregon Ballot Measure 92, which would require food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
Greenfield was in Portland to unveil "Food Fight Fudge Brownie," an update on the popular "Fudge Brownie" flavor, which is designed to draw attention to Measure 92.


The Gifford Pinchot Task Force: Restoring Volcano Country

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Gifford Pincot Task Force: Restoring Volcano Countryh

We speak with Gordy Molitor, Interim Executive Director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force about the organization's mission and projects, the federal lawsuit to stop mining in the National Forest, and the upcoming fundraiser, "Restoring Volcano Country". 

David Barsamian's Keynote Speech at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference

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Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian's Keynote Speech at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference

David Barsamian was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference held in Ames, Iowa. 

World Pulse Live 2014

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Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Grassroots women activists from the World Pulse Live tour discuss their vision for change
Grassroots women activists Ynanna Djehuty from the U.S, Olanike Olugboji from Nigeria and Jampa from Tibet are live in the studio for an exclusive discussion about their vision for change and the work they do on the ground to dismantle oppression, empower women and shift the paradigm. Ynanna, Olanike and Jampa are on the World Pulse Live 2014 tour and will be speaking on Thursday September 25th at the World Trade Center in Downtown Portland at 7pm. World Pulse is a Portland based non-profit that connects "women through digital technology to bring women’s voices out of the shadows and on to the world stage."

Political Perspectives on 09/17/14

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond
We speak with Simon Tam and Sandy Polishuk about the People's Climate March in Portland on Sep 21st. Marchers join the nation to demand action on climate change.

We also speak with Diane Hodiak of co-organizer of the Central Oregon Climate March.

Central Oregon Climate March
Bend, Oregon, start at 11:30 am, Sunday September 21,
BEGIN 1125 NE 2nd Street END 520 NW Wall.  


Portland People's Climate March
Sunday, September 21, 3:00 PM  
Gather for a walk and rally in Portland’s Waterfront “Bowl,” south of the Hawthorne Bridge, SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison.
http://www.350pdx.org/

Kshama Sawant, extended interview

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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kshama Sawant, extended interview
Chris Andreae presents her extended interview with Kshama Sawant, of the Seattle City Council, the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since 1916.

Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for Mike Brown

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Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for MIke Brown
We speak with local people involved with Don't Shoot Portland about Justice for Mike Brown; the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere; and ending systemic violence upon communities of color. Guests are Jessie Sponberg (Community Activist); Teressa Raiford (Political Activist, Organizer); Katrina Calhoun (NAACP member Community Organizer); and Ben Glas (Student, Videographer working on documenting the group's efforts). 

From the High Arctic to Eco-Anxiety

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Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From the High Arctic to Eco-Anxiety

We'll hear the latest episode of Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith.

The program features disturbing climate news from high Arctic with scientist Paul Beckwith, who is just back from the glaciers of Alaska,.and advice on handling eco-anxiety with Susie Burke of Australian Psychological Society.

http://www.ecoshock.org/

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Ravi Batra on "The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos"

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Wed, 03/25/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

 

Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

 

Andy Worthington Interview: The Definitive Guantanamo Prisoner List

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews London based Journalist, Author and Human Rights activist
Andy Worthington. He has released the most comprehensive list of all of the men who have been locked in Guantanamo. How they were picked up, what they were accused of, if they have been released and what's happening to them now. They also discuss the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners under the Obama Administration.

 

Capitalism has Failed & Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name

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Wed, 03/18/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   

Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine.

 

He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.

"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.

 

Pepe Escobar about Afghanistan

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.

An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else .   (Aug 30, 2001).

Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.

Stephanie Potter interviews Jim Hightower

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Stephanie Potter interviews radio commentator and author Jim Hightower, who is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual ACLU dinner on  Saturday March 14th. They discuss civil rights, civil liberties, populism, and how populism can make a difference. They also talk about Hightower's book "Swim Against the Current."  As Hightower puts it, he has spent “three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.” For more information about Jim Hightower, visit his website at http://www.jimhightower.com/.

The ACLU dinner is at the Downtown Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront at 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

Community Economic Development with Michael Shuman

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. Michael is a visionary leader in the field of community economic development and advisor for the Rural Development Initiatives'  Connecting Oregon for Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) project. Michael has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. Shuman is Director of Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE),

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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