Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

"Finding Bosnia," a Film of the Personal Journey of a Bosnian War Refugee Raised in the US

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Wed, 10/07/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Finding Bosnia," a Film of the Personal Journey of a Bosnian War Refugee Raised in the US

Host Jimmy Tardy speaks with Ivana Horvat and Adrian Hopffgarten about their film, Finding Bosnia, which presents the intimate and personal journey of a Bosnian war refugee raised in the United States who seeks to reclaim her “Bosnian” culture and identity.

Ivana Horvat fled Sarajevo with her mother in 1992 during  the siege of the capital city because of the Bosnian conflict. They left her father and his fate behind. Three years later the family was reunited and began rebuilding their life together in Portland, Oregon.

Jo Ann Hardesty Speaking at the KBOO Annual Meeting

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Fri, 10/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jo Ann Hardesty Speaking at the KBOO Annual Meeting

We hear Jo Ann Hardesty's keynote address at KBOO’s Annual meeting held on Sunday, September 27th, at PSU's Native American Student and Community Center. 

"Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over," with Caroline Fredrickson

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Wed, 09/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over," with Caroline Fredrickson

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Caroline Fredrickson about her new book, "Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over." She explains how U.S. labor laws exclude certain workers from protection (mainly women and people of color), and the terrible reasons why those workers are excluded.

Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle with Brad Evans

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Wed, 09/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle with Brad Evans

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Brad Evans about his book Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle, co-authored with Henry GIroux

Disposable Futures makes the case that we have not just become desensitized to violence, but rather, that we are being taught to desire it.

From movies and other commercial entertainment to "extreme" weather and acts of terror, authors Brad Evans and Henry Giroux examine how a contemporary politics of spectacle--and disposability--curates what is seen and what is not, what is represented and what is ignored, and ultimately, whose lives matter and whose do not.

Mike Rose on his book, "BACK TO SCHOOL: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education"

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Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Rose on his book, "BACK TO SCHOOL: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Mike Rose, who has made a career of championing the academic potential of the poor and underprivileged. They will discuss his latest book, BACK TO SCHOOL: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.

"Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It," by Kate Harding

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Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It," by Kate Harding
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Kate Harding about her new book, "Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It"
Sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?

Kate Harding collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010).
 

"Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology"

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Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology"
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Kentaro Toyama about his new book, "Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology."

Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.

Digital Ageism and How to Bridge the Age Divide in Communities

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Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Digital Ageism and How to Bridge the Age Divide in Communities

We'll hear a program from the series WINGS, the Women's International News Gathering Service on "Digital Ageism." Rose Marie Whalley interviews Kim Sawchuch, Communications Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, who is currently researching aging and mobile technology, and ways to bridge the age divide in communities. 

Veterans for Peace Members on their Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Veterans for Peace Members on their Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Host Roberta Hall's guests are Leah Bolger and Bart Bolger, who founded the Linus Pauling Chapter of Veterans for Peace and are active in national VFP. Leah served as national president of VFP. They discuss why they are involved in an ad campaign to publicize the importance of the recently achieved Iran Nuclear Deal. This is a multination agreement that will verify that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapons program and will lift many of the economic sanctions that have been placed on the country.

Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

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Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Host Doug McVay speaks with Molly Gill, Molly Gill, Government Affairs Counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums. 

Molly Gill is FAMM’s government affairs counsel. She works with federal legislators, affected family members, and other criminal justice stakeholders to promote sentences that protect public safety and that are proportionate to the offense. She also serves as a commissioner on the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.   Her writings have been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, Huffington Post, Sojourners Magazine, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter.

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Kevin Phillips interviewed

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Thu, 04/09/2009
Hosted by: TBA

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Kevin Phillips about his updated edition of "Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism. Kevin Phillips has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. A former White House strategist, he is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR and writes for Harper’s and Time. His books include New York Times bestsellers The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy.

War Tax Resistance and Tax Day Actions

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Wed, 04/08/2009

Local war tax resisters discuss actions planned for Tax Day and why it's still important to resist war taxes. Guests include Pam Allee. Crystal Leighty hosts.

Can We Keep Portland's Water System 'Endlessly Sustainable' & Uncorporatized?

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Mon, 04/06/2009

During the Bush administration the Envronmental Protection Agency mandated that Portland install a costly filtration system to "protect" us from Cryptosporidium which has never been a problem with our Bull Run water.   The City argued in court against the EPA in 2007, and lost.   Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Regna Meritt of Oregon Wild and Floy Jones of Friends of the Reservoirs about what we can still do to keep the Bull Run  "elegant, endlessly sustainable, and as yet, not corporatized."  Regna & Floy will speak with Commissioner Randy Leonard this Saturday, April 11, from 10 am to noon at the Glencoe Elementary School Cafeteria at 825 SE 51st Ave about this issue. Congressional staff have been invited and the public is encouraged to participate.

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.

 

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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