Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 09/09/09

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Wed, 09/09/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

At 9, Jay Thiemeyer speaks with TR Reid, about his most recent book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care

At 9:30, Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Frank, about The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation.

Both authors will be appearing in Portland to talk about their books.  Hear them first on KBOO.

Political Perspectives on 09/02/09

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Wed, 09/02/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Jenka Soderburgh interviews anti-nuclear activists from the Proposition One movement.

Proposition One is a grassroots movement for disarmament of nuclear
weapons and the conversion of nuclear and other weapons industries to
provide for human and environmental needs.

Proposition One aims to put Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion
on the ballot in every state

The Proposition One in 2010! Campaign, a national multi-media action
tour that educates the public on the need and opportunity to eliminate
nuclear weapons, will present at the First Unitarian Church in Portland
on Sunday September 6th from 3 - 6 pm.

Political Perspectives on 09/02/09

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Wed, 09/02/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Bruce Silverman interviews Janine Blaeloch of the Western Lands Project.  They'll be talking about some reasonable practices by which public lands are being transferred

Political Perspectives on 08/26/09

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Wed, 08/26/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Erik Jorgensen speaks with Yvonne Simmons and Franciska Thiel about violence against women in the Congo, and the Clothesline project.

Political Perspectives on 08/19/09

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Wed, 08/19/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

On Political Perspectives you’ll hear an interview with Andrea Cano on grassroots organizing against hate in our communities, a report back from the Peace and Unity Fest, and the inspiring struggle of workers in the Caribbean.
The first half of the program was produced by Paul Mundy. The second half hour, Building Bridges, produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash.

Political Perspectives on 08/12/09

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Wed, 08/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Political Perspectives on 08/11/09

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Tue, 08/11/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Marianne Barisonek interviews Chris Hedges about his new book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.  Pre-recorded at the KBOO Studios.

Political Perspectives on 08/05/09

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Wed, 08/05/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Linda Olson-Osterlund brings us an update on the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, and cultural context for the continued ban on teachers wearing religious garments for members of the Muslim and Sikh communities.

Political Perspectives on 07/31/09

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Fri, 07/31/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

“How We Survive”, a look into how communities and everyday people around the U.S. are responding to the economic crisis. This week we focus on people who are resisting foreclosures and answer the question––are rescue programs actually working?

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Political Perspectives on 07/31/09

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Fri, 07/31/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Jay Thiemeyer explores the heat wave through the eyes of the elderly, homeless, and alternatively housed communities in Portland. 

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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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