Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser on his new book Command and Control

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, who talks about his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, a ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs in America's nuclear arsenal system. Schlosser discusses how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity in the nuclear area still poses a grave risk to mankind.  

From the front lines of anti-fracking resistance in New Brunswick, Canada. Paul Roland hosts.

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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Canadians rise up against gas fracking in New Brunswick on the southeast coast.
Last week, images of burning police cars in a small rural community in the Canadian province of New Brunswick made the rounds of both corporate and social media. The issue--hydraulic gas fracturing ("fracking")--is one that has impacted communities across the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. The issues are similar to many other sites of resistance to fracking and other forms of fossil fuel extraction--companies coming in to poor rural communities and promising jobs and wealth, political forces permitting it to go forward without serious evaluation of either the real economic benefits or the environmental, social and cultural impacts. But in New Brunswick, as in a few other areas in the U.S.

Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

The ongoing government shutdown is affecting many of the agencies we depend on to keep workers, food, infrastructure and financial regulations in place. Don Merrill talks with Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government about some of those effects as the shutdown drags on.

Bees and Seeds

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:30am - 9:45am
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Bees and Seeds
Organizer and activist Tiffany Ayers talks about Bees and Seeds. Portland joins other cities in Oregon – throughout the Pacific Northwest, across the country, and around the world – to commemorate World Food Day 2013. BEES & SEEDS – World Food Day PDX is a family friendly event to celebrate farmers and producers and the healthy local, organic, and pesticide-free food that sustains us. The event includes a special tribute to our pollinator friends, the bees, because without them we can’t eat. And we’ll salute seed savers who are preserving our biological and cultural heritage

Richard Wolff on "How Is Capitalism Working?"

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Political Perspectives

From the series Economic Update host Richard Wolff, economist, writer and professor, presents an extended commentary on "How Is Capitalism Working." He says it's the underlying problem causing the political system not to work and the government to break down.

http://rdwolff.com/

Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall

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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall
Andrew Geller speaks with former British military microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower and Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. Trower and Pall have a public speaking engagement on Thursday October 10th at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, beginning at 7pm. http://wirelesseducationaction.org/ http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/09/425176.shtml http://rense.com/general96/trower.html

Political Perspectives on 09/25/13

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Wed, 09/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor writer Sarah Jaffe and Detroit activist Abayomi Azikiwe

In the first part of the show we hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He speaks with labor writer Sarah Jaffe of In These Times about low paid US workers mobilizing. Hear audio at http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

In the second part of the show host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Abayomi Azikiwe of the Coalition for an International Peoples Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and the Pan African Newswire about the real picture of Detroit and the demand to cancel the debt to the banks and guarantee workers' jobs and pensions.

moratoraium-mi.org

InternationalPeoplesAssembly.org

Political Perspectives on 09/11/13

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Wed, 09/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rania Masri on Syria: Beyond the Falsehoods and False Choices

Per Fagerng hosts an interview and call-in with Rania Masri, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and currently visiting the U.S. The topics are the situation in Syria, a response to President Obama's speech to the nation and his call for Congress to authorize military strikes against Syria, and where does Syria go from here.

Masri says "There are a host of falsehoods being made about Syria. The issue is falsely being framed as either bomb or 'do nothing,' ignoring the host of diplomatic and nonviolent options ... "

Political Perspectives on 09/04/13

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Wed, 09/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

Today's program has three segments:

Political Perspectives on 08/30/13

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Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Miko Peled speaks on The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Miko Peled, an Israeli writer and activist speaks on his book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a national and personal perspective.

This is a talk he gave at Portland State University earlier this year.

On his blog, Peled writes:

In my book, “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” I show how it is that the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist came to these realizations.  Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization and in the end finding that the story upon which I was raised, was a lie – now that is an interesting journey.

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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.

 

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.

 

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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