Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 11/21/12

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Wed, 11/21/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Nelson Lichtenstein, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy.He is the author of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.
Lichtenstein also wrote an article for Dissent magazine in October called "A New Era for Wal-Mart Workers?" He talks about Wal-Mart workers and their struggles for better working conditions.

Kathleen also speaks with Bob Marshall of the group Making Change at Wal-Mart about a local action to support striking Wal-Mart workers on Black Friday.

Political Perspectives on 11/21/12

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Wed, 11/21/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Humanitarian work in Vietnam

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Vietnam Vet Mike Boehm about the humanitarian work he has been doing in Vietnam for twenty years. He'll talk about his work with the My Lai Loan Fund. Madison Quakers, Inc. has established a number of projects in My Lai and more than 20 other villages in Quang Ngai Province. The objectives of these projects go beyond economic aid. They also empower women, provide a more secure livelihood to impoverished families,, encourage community involvement, and increase the self-confidence of the people receiving assistance. Mike says this work in Vietnam saved his life - giving him focus and hope, after seeing the devastation of that war.

 

Political Perspectives on 11/14/12

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Wed, 11/14/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Scott Crow speaks in Portland

Scott Crow, anarchist, author and co-founder of the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, spoke in Portland on November 5th.

We will air his talk on KBOO for anyone who missed it.

Crow's new book is called Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective.

He was recently featured in an article about government surveillance of anarchists in the New York Times.

Political Perspectives on 10/31/12

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Wed, 10/31/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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US Complicity and UN failings in Dealing with Israel’s Violations of International Law

Presentations from the NEW YORK SESSION of THE RUSSELL TRIBUNAL on PALESTINE
"US Complicity and UN failings in Dealing with Israel’s Violations of International Law Towards the Palestinian People," held in New York on October 6th & 7th 2012.

Jury Members: Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Cynthia McKinney, Mairead Maguire, Stephane Hessel, Ronnie Kasrils, John Dugard, Dennis Banks, Michael Mansfield QC, Judge Martin Pallin, Miguel Angel Estrella, Roger Waters.
 

Part 1 "The Role of the United Nations in the Obstruction of Palestinians’ right to Self Determination
Jeanne Mirer for Raji Sourani (visa withheld) : The Case of Gaza"

Political Perspectives on 10/24/12

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Wed, 10/24/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Creation of Money, Banking and the Future of Public Banking

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ellen Brown author of Web of Debt and founder of the Public Banking Institute about where money really comes from, and who gets the benefits from its creation. Ellen Brown will talk with Per for the first part of the show. After she leaves Per will talk with local activist David Bean of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and take your calls on money, banking and a possible financial collapse.

Political Perspectives on 10/17/12

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Wed, 10/17/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Marjorie Kelly on "Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Marjorie Kelly about her new book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution. She explores many experiments with new forms of ownership, which she calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. Kelly reports from all over the world, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built. Along the way, she finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work.

Political Perspectives on 10/17/12

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Wed, 10/17/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Dr. Joseph Romm on "Language Intelligence"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews author, blogger, physicis and climate expert Dr. Joseph Romm about his new book Language Intelligence: Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga.

"Joe Romm is one of the best communicators we have. This book is the essential hand-book for anyone who wants to be more effective or more persuasive."
- Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org

Political Perspectives on 10/10/12

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Wed, 10/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Investigative reporter James Steele on THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.

The guest is James Steele, co-author with Donald Barlett of the THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. The New York Times calls the book "a fiercely-reported indictment of how the American middle class has been condemned to terminal decline, from the authors of America: What Went Wrong."

Political Perspectives on 10/03/12

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Wed, 10/03/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Arctic Melt Down - Scientists Speak"

Radio EcoShock presents "Arctic Melt Down - Scientists Speak"

In 2012, the Arctic Sea Ice hit a stunning new record low. Rutgers scientist Jennifer Francis explains how this changes weather for billions of people in the Northern Hemisphere. Plus the Director of the Snow and Ice Data Center, Mark Serreze on record and what it means, and analysis from polar scientist Jennifer Bitz, U of Washington. In depth, direct from top scientists. 

Political Perspectives on 09/26/12

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Wed, 09/26/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Greg Palast on How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

The guest is investigative journalist Greg Palast, who reports for the BBC and The Guardian among others. Host Don Merrill speaks with Greg about his new book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps. They'll also preview Greg's talk at a benefit for KBOO tonight (9/26) at the Clinton Street Theater.

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse. He is best known in the US for uncovering Katherine Harris' purge of black voters from Florida's voter rolls in 2000. Palast's last book is Vultures' Picnic.

You can read his reports at GregPalast.com.

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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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