Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 02/15/12

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Wed, 02/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Chris Martenson

Where is our economy going?

Chris Martenson looked at the facts and was greatly alarmed. He left his job at a top corporation to do more research, and produced a video seminar called The Crash Course.

Now The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and the Environment  has been published as a book. It asks whether our future will be shaped by disaster or by our own best efforts.

Political Perspectives on 02/08/12

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Wed, 02/08/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on "THE PATHOLOGY OF WEALTH"

Michael Parenti on "THE PATHOLOGY OF WEALTH"

(From TUC Radio)

Political Perspectives on 02/01/12

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Wed, 02/01/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Coming Home project: A discussion about healing from the visible and invisible injuries of war

“Turning Ghosts Into Ancestors:” Healing from the Trauma of War

Suzanne LaGrande interviews Dr. Joseph Bobrow, founder and president of the Coming Home Project. Started in 2005, the Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers.

Political Perspectives on 01/25/12

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Wed, 01/25/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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A discussion of war and peace with a prominent Israeli writer

Uri Avnery is a long-time Israeli writer and peace activist. He founded Gush Shalom and served in the Knesset. He was the first Israeli to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Avnery say flatly that Israel will not attack Iran.

Find out why Wednesday, January 25 at 9am.

Photo by Nervous Energy

 

Political Perspectives on 01/18/12

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Wed, 01/18/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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S. Brian Willson and Becky Luening on Blood on the Tracks

Host Sue Supriano interviews S. Brian Willson and his partner Becky Luening about Brian's book "Blood on the Tracks" and their experiences during their recent book tour for "Blood on the Tracks."

Political Perspectives on 01/18/12

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Wed, 01/18/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Per Fagereng hosts a discussion of current foreign affairs

Per Fagereng hosts a discussion of current foreign affairs.

Political Perspectives on 01/11/12

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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The challenges and successes of building community radio in communities of color

A Panel Discussion of Grassroots Leaders on Building Community Radio in Communities of Color

Thanks to the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, 2012 offers the largest expansion of community radio in U.S. history. But for whom?

Political Perspectives on 01/04/12

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Wed, 01/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Occupy Pacifica, parts 1 and 2: Is Occupy a Movement or Moment? And the Culture of Resistance

Pacifica Radio Network, with locally-based community radio stations dispersed all over the country, taps into the energy of the historic grassroots Occupy phenomenon. Voices, thoughts, and reports from movement participants from different parts of the US.

In part one the question is asked: Is the Occupy a movement or moment?

Also Occupy updates from around the world.

In part 2 we learn about the culture of Occupy. "The Culture of Resistance" features more voices, thoughts, and reports from movement participants from different parts of the US.

Political Perspectives on 12/30/11

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Fri, 12/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The economy and longer-term social trends are reducing women's (and men's) prospects for marriage.

Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options. Yet, this state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.

That's a broad view from Kate Bolick's recent cover story in The Atlantic, 'All the Single Ladies' which Andrew Geller will elaborate on when he speaks with her this morning.  (Listen to the interview)

Political Perspectives on 12/28/11

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Wed, 12/28/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Suzanne Bonamici, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Rep. for Oregon Dist. 1

KBOO AM Public Affairs concludes a series of interviews with candidates for U.S. Representative for Oregon District One.

Today Suzanne Bonamici of the Democratic Party of Oregon is interviewed by Dan Johnson.

This is the seat recently vacated by David Wu. Dan Johnson also interviewed Steven Reynolds of the Progressive Party of Oregon (12/14) and James Foster of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (12/21)  The campaign for Republican candidate Rob Cornillus has not responded to repeated invitations for an interview.

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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.

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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