Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 01/05/11

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Wed, 01/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How to fend off the "pathological optimism" all around us.

Clinical psychologist Kathy McMahon speaks on PEAK OIL VERSUS "PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMISM," recorded in Vancouver, Canada on October 18, 2010.  Kathy McMahon has heard it all, through her blog Peak Oil Blues. She's been called "the Peak Shrink." She offers ways to fend off what she calls "pathological optimism" all around us. She also offers a new understanding of our reaction to learning about Peak Oil (or climate change, and the crumbling economy). These come from the many letters, sent in from all over the world, to McMahon's blog "Peak Oil Blues" (http://www.peakoilblues.com).

Political Perspectives on 12/29/10

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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner Take all Politics

Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, was in Portland at the end of November and spoke with host Stephanie Potter.

Political Perspectives on 12/29/10

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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Sister Helen Prejean on Opposing the Death Penalty

In the first half of Political Perspectives we'll hear Sister Helen Prejean who spoke in Portland on October 21st of this year at the First United Methodist Church in support of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty ( www.oadp.org ). She is introduced by Nasseem Raka, author of "The Crying Tree."

Political Perspectives on 12/22/10

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Wed, 12/22/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Swanson on "War Is a Lie"

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews David Swanson about his new book War Is A Lie, in which he exposes the reality of why the U.S. is constantly at war. He addresses the web of lies, the taboo subjects, the false claims, and the mythic messages and lays waste to them. Your phone calls are welcome.

Political Perspectives on 12/15/10

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Wed, 12/15/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Die German Stunde Talks about Conflicts in Portland between Old and New Immigrants

How do immigrants who came to Oregon in the 1950s and 1960s get along with more recent entries?  We'll have a look at what's going on in the German community and also investigate the old vs. new debate in the Iranian and Italian communities. Guests are:  Sascha Siekmann, board member of the German American Society,  Mahnaz Milani, an Intel engineer who is active in the Iranian community and Lucia Galizia, host of KBOO's very own Italian Hour. Die German Stunde is hosted by Miriam Widman.

Political Perspectives on 12/08/10

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Wed, 12/08/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"THE FIFTEEN BIGGEST LIES ABOUT THE ECONOMY

Host Per Fagereng interviews Joshua Holland about his new book, "THE FIFTEEN BIGGEST LIES ABOUT THE ECONOMY (AND EVERYTHING ELSE THE RIGHT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT TAXES, JOBS, AND CORPORATE AMERICA)."  Joshua Holland exposes the most repeated, most publicized lies of the Right, and reveals their all-too-real consequences.

Joshua Holland is a senior writer and editor at AlterNet, responsible for coverage of the economy, globalization, and immigration.

Political Perspectives on 12/01/10

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Wed, 12/01/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class

Despite decades of success, the liberal class has disappeared as a defense against concentrated economic / political power structures.  Long ago co-opted into the 'game' of corporately-controlled modern politics, the gradual corruption and death of the liberal class allows, without impediments, the corporate state to dismantle the final vestiges of protection for citizens once created by more powerful, engaged liberals.

Political Perspectives on 11/24/10

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Wed, 11/24/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam."

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Eliza Griswold about her new book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam Eliza Griswold has spent much of the past seven years traveling in Africa and Asia between the equator and the line of latitude seven hundred miles to the north, the tenth parallel.

Political Perspectives on 11/24/10

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Wed, 11/24/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Women's participation in the Tea Party movement and the complex motives behind it.

Dr. Ruth Rosen, Professor of History and author of many books, including The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America, talks about women's participation in the Tea Party movement and the complex motives behind it.

Political Perspectives on 11/17/10

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Wed, 11/17/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with journalist Russ Baker, author of "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces that Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America." With the recent publication of his memoir, former President George W. Bush is very much in the news and the media. This is a good time to get another perspective on the man and his family.

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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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