Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 06/30/10

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Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Gasland, a film about the domestic natural gas drilling boom

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with filmmaker Josh Fox about his documentary "Gasland",.The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND.

Political Perspectives on 06/30/10

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Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Hunger in Oregon

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Rachel Bristol, chief executive officer of the Oregon Food Bank, about hunger in Oregon at the present time. High unemployment and a tough economy has forced record numbers of people to seek emergency food.

www.oregonfoodbank.org/

 

Political Perspectives on 06/23/10

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Wed, 06/23/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments.

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews H.P. Albarelli, author of "A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments."

Albarelli writes about the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including several who actually oversaw the CIA’s mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s. 

H. P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and newspapers across the nation and is the author of the novel The Heap. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Political Perspectives on 06/23/10

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Wed, 06/23/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Deep Green documentary

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews local filmmaker Matt Briggs about his new documentary "Deep Earth," which explores sustainability in 9 countries.

Also a commentary on "Shelterlessness," by Michael O'Callahan.

 

 

Political Perspectives on 06/22/10

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Tue, 06/22/2010 - 3:00pm
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Deep Green documentary

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Lake Oswego filmmaker Matt Briggs about his new documentary film "Deep Green," which takes viewers to nine countries and efforts to look at ways to reduce global warming and promote sustainability.

"Deep Green" is showing Tuesday June 22nd - Friday June 25th at the Bagdad Theatre. It also shows on Thursday July 1st at the Portland Art Museum.

For more information go to www.DeepGreenMovie.com

 

Political Perspectives on 06/16/10

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Wed, 06/16/2010 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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The future of the Boardman Coal Fired Power Plant

The future of the Boardman Coal Fired Power Plant, the source of 40% of Oregon' s energy, is up in the air along with the 5 million tons of carbon dioxide, 15,000 tons of sulfur & nitrogen oxides, & 200 pounds of mercury it produces every year that make it the largest source of air pollution in the state. Oregon's DEQ is reviewing the Title V permit that allows PGE to operate the plant. Hear from those involved in the debate on what's next: shutting it down as early as 2014 and switching to other sources of energy, installing pollution controls(scrubbers) and running in compliance with EPA standards until 2040, or as PGE has proposed, installing limited controls of mercury & oxides of nitrogen and closing down on 2020.

 

Political Perspectives on 06/09/10

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Wed, 06/09/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Creating City Food Forests Through Urban Community Gardening Projects.

Leonard Barrett, activist with the Village Building Convergence and permaculture garden designer, talks about “Urban Block Repair: Creating City Food Forests Through Urban Community Gardening Projects.” This talk was recorded at the 2010 Village Building Convergence on June 2nd by volunteer Stephanie Potter.
 
For more information go to barrettecological.com
 
Leonard Barrett will be participating in a Permaculture Design Course June 11th-27th at Tryon Creek Community Farm. For more information go to tryonfarm.org.
 

Political Perspectives on 06/02/10

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Wed, 06/02/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Attack on Gaza Peace Flotilla

Jenka Soderberg hosts a roundtable discussion on the Israeli military attack on the flotilla of boats full of civilians attempting to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip.

Political Perspectives on 05/19/10

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Wed, 05/19/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim and Linda Neal of Earth and Spirit Council

Stephanie Potter hosts a discussion of the indigenous grandmothers weaving a world that works. Her guests are Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim and Linda Neal of the Earth and Spirit Council.

www.earthandspirit.org

Carol Hart's documentary on 13 indigenous grandmothers "For the Next 7 Generations" is airing on Wednesday May 26th at the Hollywood Theater at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

Grandma Aggie is the descendant of tribal leaders, both political and spiritual, so she works hard to keep tradition alive and to renew it, as with the Sacred Salmon Ceremony that she has brought back to her homeland in the Rogue River Valley of southwest Oregon after 140 years.

Political Perspectives on 05/12/10

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Wed, 05/12/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Paul Loeb on Soul of a Citizen

Host Michelle Schroeder speaks with activist and author Paul Loeb.

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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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