Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 06/12/13

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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The rise of the "National Security State" and the abuse of surveillance and "intelligence" gathering

Host Paul Roland with live guests by phone: Christopher Simpson, Journalism Professor at American University in Washington, D.C. and Christopher Pyle, Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties at Mount Holyoke College. The program will focus on the vast expansion of electronic and telephone surveillance and "intelligence" gathering in historical perspective and in the light of the current controversy over whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and the privatization of surveillance.

Political Perspectives on 06/05/13

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Wed, 06/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives on 05/31/13

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Fri, 05/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ahjamu Umi on the settler colony that is Portland

Revolutionary activist, organizer and author Ahjamu Umi spoke at the Law and Disorder Conference at Portland State University earlier in May. Ahjamu Umi is an organizer for the All African Peoples' Revolutionary Party. He is also part of the Blazing Arrow Organization, which was formed to organize poor and people of color communities in Portland to resist gentrification and police violence.

 

Political Perspectives on 05/29/13

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Wed, 05/29/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Economic Update with Richard Wolff

We hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host Richard Wolff interviewing independent journalist and writer Laura Flanders of GritTV.

Political Perspectives on 05/29/13

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Wed, 05/29/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Norman Solomon on Our Twisted Politics of Grief

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy about his recent article, "Our Twisted Politics of Grief: In the "endless war," some kinds of grief are more useful than others", which was published on Common Dreams. It is available at www.normansolomon.com

Solomon says "the “war on terror” was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief."

Political Perspectives on 05/22/13

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Wed, 05/22/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"What's Happening in Community Radio? Challenges, conflicts, opportunities" Host Paul Roland

Paul Roland interviews Norman Stockwell of WORT radio in Madison, Wisconsin on the state of community radio in the US. With call-ins. With the financial meltdown; deregulation of the airwaves; competition from the internet, MP3 players and social media; aging listenerships and other factors, community radio is facing many difficulties and threats. AS a long-time community radio "activist," Stockwell has a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing community radio. He has been involved with WORT for 30 years and currently serves as Operations Coordinator as part of their staff management collective. He is also staff representative on the station Board of Directors. He has hosted programs of "A Public Affair" since 1989.

Political Perspectives on 05/15/13

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Wed, 05/15/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Darryl Cherney on challenging "Mythbusters" to bust their own Frank Doyle

Paul Roland interviews Darryl Cherney, Earth First! activist and producer of the documentary "Who Bombed Judi Bari?". On the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the as-yet unsolved 1990 carbombing which injured Cherney and almost killed Judi Bari, a challenge is being issued to the Discovery Channel program "Mythbusters" to bust a myth about their own cast member, bomb-maker and retired FBI agent Frank Doyle.

Political Perspectives on 05/15/13

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Wed, 05/15/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Author Rory Freedman, discusses "Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals"

Three-Year #1 New York Times bestselling author Rory Freedman comes to Portland to speak at Powell's Books and on KBOO about her new book Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals. Freedman's Skinny Bitch was a "diet" book about veganism. In Beg Freedman exposes hard truths behind the use of animals in research, and in the entertainment, fashion and food industries; and she challenges pet lovers to seek humane treatment for all animals. Hosted by Stephanie Potter. 

Political Perspectives on 05/08/13

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Wed, 05/08/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jeremy Scahill on his new book "Dirty Wars"

 

Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews reporter Jeremy Scahill about his new book DIRTY WARS, which is based on his years of on the ground reporting across the globe from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Somalia and Yemen where he has uncovered the scope of the CIA’s covert wars in these and other countries. 

 

Political Perspectives on 05/01/13

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Wed, 05/01/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Call-in show about the Industrial Workers of the World with local members hosting.

Joe Clement hosts a special May Day Political Perspectives hour about the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a union for all workers with the revolutionary aspiration of abolishing the wage-system. They've been known as "the singing union", "the wobblies", and what Hunter S. Thompson once called "the last human concept in American politics". Notable founding members include Mother Jones, Emma Goldman, and Eugene Debs. A few members of the Portland Branch of the IWW appear as guests.

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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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