Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Report Back from COP21: Climate Justice Panel,

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Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Report Back from COP21: Climate Justice Panel,

What really happened at COP21, the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change? Where is the final agreement taking us, what are the implications for climate justice and where does our movement need to go?

We'll hear excerpts from "Report Back from COP21: Climate Justice Panel," which was held at the Peace House on January 20th and co-hosted by Portland Central American Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Right 2 Survive and 350PDX.

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Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

Karen James interviews Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it recently entered into with the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC). This MOU came after an investigation by DRO of ODOC’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. BHU is an intensive behavioral management and skills training unit for incarcerated adults with serious mental illness. The MOU will reduce isolation and improve the care of seriously mentally ill adults in the BHU.

David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

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Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian of Alternative Radio about the challenges in getting and keeping AR on the airwaves. Recently AR was abruptly removed from the weekly programming schedule of KLCC in Eugene.

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. 

Later in the hour David and Per will discuss current issues related to Saudi, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria.

The Death of Nuclear Power

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Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Death of Nuclear Power
Lead author of "The World Nuclear Industry Status Reports" Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. 

http://www.ecoshock.org/

Wall Street's Think Tank: the Council on Foreign Relations

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Wed, 01/20/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Project Censored Show

Project Censored Show hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff speak with historian Laurence Shoup. Shoup's new book, Wall Street's Think Tank, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations; Shoup describes the CFR as "the most influential private organization in the country," and traces how it connects major U.S. ocorporations with government, academia, and media. 

Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

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Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

We speak with Rebecca Gordon about "American War Crimes, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" and what happens when a nation commits war crimes, and they are never prosecuted.

Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

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Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg gives an analysis of fossil fuel supply and climate risk. Here now is his three level plan for the transition to renewable energy. He is touching on food production, transportation, housing, manufacturing, steel and cement construction mining, the internet and much more. He calls this the economic transformation for the remainder of our life time. 

Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

From the series Law and Disorder we hear an update on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and an interview with Miko Peled, author of The General s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

Mumia Abu-Jamal has gone to federal court in Scranton, Pennsylvania to get an order compelling the state of Pennsylvania to provide him with medical care for Hepatitis C. Mumia has suffered symptoms of slurred words, elephants skin, scales and bloody cracks in his skin on 90 percent of his body. Other symptoms include extreme weakness, swelling of his limbs and loss of mental acuity. Mumia Abu-Jamal is being represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and by Robert Boyle a National Lawyers Guild lawyer and prisoner's rights advocate.

Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a press conference on Thursday, December 31st, to draw attention to the reinstatement of white police officer Ron Frashour. 

Mr Frashour was fired in 2010 for killing an unarmed man.

A state arbitrator, however, ruled that Frashour wasn't out of line for shooting before seeing a weapon, and that Portland owes him his job and six years of back pay.

We'll hear the entire AMA Press Conference.
 

Political Perspectives on 12/30/15

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

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Kevin Phillips interviewed

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Thu, 04/09/2009
Hosted by: TBA

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Kevin Phillips about his updated edition of "Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism. Kevin Phillips has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. A former White House strategist, he is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR and writes for Harper’s and Time. His books include New York Times bestsellers The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy.

War Tax Resistance and Tax Day Actions

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Wed, 04/08/2009

Local war tax resisters discuss actions planned for Tax Day and why it's still important to resist war taxes. Guests include Pam Allee. Crystal Leighty hosts.

Can We Keep Portland's Water System 'Endlessly Sustainable' & Uncorporatized?

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Mon, 04/06/2009

During the Bush administration the Envronmental Protection Agency mandated that Portland install a costly filtration system to "protect" us from Cryptosporidium which has never been a problem with our Bull Run water.   The City argued in court against the EPA in 2007, and lost.   Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Regna Meritt of Oregon Wild and Floy Jones of Friends of the Reservoirs about what we can still do to keep the Bull Run  "elegant, endlessly sustainable, and as yet, not corporatized."  Regna & Floy will speak with Commissioner Randy Leonard this Saturday, April 11, from 10 am to noon at the Glencoe Elementary School Cafeteria at 825 SE 51st Ave about this issue. Congressional staff have been invited and the public is encouraged to participate.

Chemtrails in our Skies: What's Going on Up There?

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Mon, 04/06/2009

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Sofia Smallstorm of 9/11 Mysteries about chemtrails. Sofia Smallstorm will be speaking at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House at 4312 SE Stark on Saturday, April 11th at 2:30PM.

Alva Noë: "Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain & Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness"

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Mon, 04/06/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Alva Noë about the brain and consciousness. Noë’s controversial new neuroscience book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, which argues that consciousness does not arise in the brain, has received glowing praise from the likes of Oliver Sacks, Daniel Dennett,and Hilary Putnam.

Avigail Abarbanel--Victimhood, Zionism & Israeli Identity

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Thu, 04/02/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Avigail Abarbanel, a former Israeli soldier who now lives in Australia. She says her army experience turned her into a pacifist. She is the Canberra director of Deir Yassin Remembered. She is a psychotherapist in Canberra.

 

Ellen Hodgson Brown: "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System & How We Can Break Free"

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Thu, 04/02/2009

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. Ellen Brown says the banking system has been contrived so that big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn't enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today. When the investors realize that the "insurance" against catastrophe that they have purchased in the form of derivatives is worthless, they are liable to jump ship and bring the whole shaky edifice crashing down.

Andrew Nikiforuk: Tar Sands - Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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Mon, 03/30/2009

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil.   In his recent book Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem. (More links: GreenPeace Vacation spoof, Oil Sands Truth, Oil Sands Watch. )

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.

 

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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