Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 04/10/13

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Robin Ryan speaks with Mark Brenner and Stephanie Luce about the Troublemakers School

Robin Ryan hosts a preview of the Troublemakers School. On Saturday, April 13th, labor advocacy groups and unions will host a daylong conference with workshops and panels.

Special guests include Mark Brenner, director of Labor Notes, and Stephanie Luce, professor of labor studies and Occupy Wall Street enthusiast.

Course highlights include how to overcome apathy, reviving the strike and building winnable campaigns to fight austerity.

http://www.jwjpdx.org/jwjevents/event-1360283204.23

Political Perspectives on 04/10/13

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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TriMet: Who is the transit agency working for?

TriMet used to be considered a great transit system with short wait times, colorful bus stops and friendly drivers, but in recent years fares have been raised so often, and service has been cut so much, that taking the bus has become unaffordable and inconvenient. How unaffordable and inconvenient depends on who you are and where you live. As Portland is getting increasingly gentrified, more and more low income people are moving to the outskirts of town, where buses come much less often. Meanwhile TriMet is heavily investing in building MAX and streetcar lines in the center of town, which is becoming more accessible all the time.  KBOO’s Jennifer Kemp, with help from FSRN reporter Eric Klein, hit the buses to see what the riders really thought of TriMet.

Political Perspectives on 04/03/13

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Wed, 04/03/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Capitalism is, at last, killing itself off.

A conversation with activist and author Jerry Mander about his latest book The Capitalism Crisis: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.

In the 1960s, Mander was president of a major San Francisco advertising company before turning his talents to environmental campaigns. Mander worked with the noted environmentalist, David Brower, managing the Sierra Club's advertising campaigns to prevent the construction of dams in the Grand Canyon, to establish Redwood National Park, and to stop the U.S. Supersonic Transport (SST) project. In 1971 he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications.

Political Perspectives on 03/27/13

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Helaine Olen about her new book, "Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry." For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we’ve taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we’re smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that’s not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking book, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

Political Perspectives on 03/20/13

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Wed, 03/20/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Seniors for Peace: Happy Tenth Anniversary!"

From the series TUC Radio we hear "Seniors for Peace: Happy Tenth Anniversary!" on the origin of the longest continuous peace rally in the Bay Area. We remember the huge demonstrations against the war on Iraq in 2003.

Of those hundreds of thousands who came out for peace across the world mostly films, photos and very fond memories survive. But one group, maybe the most unlikely of all, the Seniors for Peace in Mill Valley, CA, just kept going. For ten years now this year, 2013, every Friday at 4 pm rain or shine, they spend an hour at the intersection of Miller and Camino Alto with hand drums, guitar, harmonica, fiddle and banners for peace. That in spite of the need of some to use a wheelchair or walker since their average age is now 86 and many are in their nineties.

Political Perspectives on 03/20/13

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Wed, 03/20/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Oregon activist oppose coal export plan of Ambre Energy

Host Roberta Hall speaks with 4 activists; Heather Hill, Leonard Stebbins, Jean Townes, and Kris Paul about coal exports in Oregon. (The activists are pictured at left with Roberta in orange shirt.)

We also hear coverage of the March 13th rally organized by Columbia Riverkeeper and the Power Past Coal Coalition, which took place on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol.

Oregon state agencies are currently reviewing permits for Ambre Energy’s coal export plan. The Oregon Department of State Lands has set April 1, 2013 as a decision date for their agency – they need to hear from us now!

Political Perspectives on 03/13/13

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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy with local economist Joel Magnuson

Host Per Fagereng speaks with economist and author Joel Magnuson about his new book, "The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy", which is about how we think and act in the world economically as the era of cheap oil comes to an end. Your calls to 503 231-8187 are welcome.

Political Perspectives on 03/06/13

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Wed, 03/06/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Wed, 03/06/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Arun Gandhi on his life and work

Don Merrill speaks with Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering. Arun is the author of several books. The first, "A Patch of White" (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa; then, he wrote two books on poverty and politics in India; followed by a compilation of M.K. Gandhi's Wit & Wisdom.

Political Perspectives on 02/27/13

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Wed, 02/27/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"The Really Big Transition: Saying Goodbye To The Enlightenment, Saying Hello To Consciousness"

We hear an excerpt from the program Radio Ecoshock called "The Really Big Transition: Saying Goodbye To The Enlightenment, Saying Hello To Consciousness". Host Alex Smith speaks with author Dr. Carolyn Baker who has been a psychotherapist in private practice, and is a former adjunct professor of history and psychology. Carolyn now lives in Colorado, and is active with the Transition movement there.

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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.

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),

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.

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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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