Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 11/30/11

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Wed, 11/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill Moyers on Politics Today is Money Laundering

Bill Moyers on Politics Today is Money Laundering

Bill Moyers delivered the keynote address at Public Citizen's 40th Anniversary celebration in October 2011. It was recorded and produced by TUC Radio.

Moyers says: "Politics Today is Money Laundering and the Trafficking of Power and Policy" - and "why New York’s Zuccotti Park is occupied is no mystery.  Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: Why are you here? But it’s as clear as the crash of 2008: they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied America."

Political Perspectives on 11/23/11

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 9:30am - 9:50am
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Political science professor Thomas Ferguson on the failure of the "Super Committee"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute, about the significance of the failure of the Congressional budgetary Super Committee and what it bodes for the future.

Ferguson says, "Read the fine print on the 'crisis' in Social Security and you discover that even critics, such as Peter Orszag (President Obama’s former OMB chief), admit that under their pessimistic assumptions Social Security payments might rise by all of one percent of GDP by 2050! Social Security is obviously a non-problem, especially in the middle of the Great Recession.

Political Perspectives on 11/16/11

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Don MacGillivray and Liz Bryant of Transitions PDX talk about the Portland Plan

Host Sue Supriano interviews local civic activists Don MacGillivray and Liz Bryant of Transitions PDX about the Portland Plan. The City of Portland has made its proposed draft of the Portland Plan available for public comment until November 30. The Portland Plan is defined as a "communitywide process to create a 25-year plan for the future of the city."

www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan/

Political Perspectives on 11/16/11

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Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Journalist Michelle Shephard on her book, "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone"

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and author Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter and winner of Canada’s top journalism’s prizes. Michelle is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, and, most recently, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

They will discuss "Decade of Fear," which has been described as a journalistic memoir. Shephard conducted hundreds of interviews worldwide and wove them together to describe the decade since 2001 and looked at how the West’s “solutions” for terrorism only served to exacerbate the problem.

 

Political Perspectives on 10/26/11

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Wed, 10/26/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jim Hightower and Ralph Nader on Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement

Guest Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, "Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, talks about the Occupy movement across the country and about the We the People Movement, which reminds us that 'the Constitution plainly says "We the People," not We the Corporations.'

And later, Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, lawyer, author and former Presidential candidate, also talks about the Occupy Wall Street.

Political Perspectives on 10/26/11

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Wed, 10/26/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jeremy Ben-Ami , the founder and President of J Street, on his new book "A New Voice For Israel"

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and President of J Street, a pro-Israel pro-peace lobby will talk about his new book A New Voice For Israel and the current situation in the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Political Perspectives on 10/12/11

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Wed, 10/12/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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9/11 Reclaiming Our Future, the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 (2011 at SanFrancisco)

9/11 Reclaiming Our Future, recorded at the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 held in 22011 at San Francisco's Herbst Theater. (from TUC Radio)

Part 1 features Kevin Danaher, Part 2 features Anodea Judith

Kevin Danaher is co-founder of Global Exchange and executive producer of the annual San Francisco Green Festival, and husband of Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin.

Political Perspectives on 09/30/11

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Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Historian Charles Mann author of 1493, speaks about the Columbian Exchange and its lasting impacts

Charles Mann has released 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created as the follow-up to his previous book, 1491, which received the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck Award for best book of the year.

Political Perspectives on 09/21/11

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Wed, 09/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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John Gibler - To Die in Mexico

Carlos Chavez hosts Political Perspectives for an interview with independent journalist and author John Gibler on his latest book. We discuss the social ramifications and distorted politics of Mexico and America’s failed Drug Wars.

Political Perspectives on 08/24/11

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Wed, 08/24/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jerry Erwin on the war in Libya

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Portland area resident Jerry Erwin. He just returned from Libya where he participated in the war.

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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.

 

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.

 

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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