Political Perspectives

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

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Mary Christina Wood on her book NATURE’S TRUST: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR A NEW ECOLOGICAL AGE
 

Episode Archive

Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court Ruling on ACA and the Future

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Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:35am - 10:00am
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Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court Ruling on ACA and the Future

We speak with Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court upholding of the premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the major problems still remaining within the nation's health care system, We also discuss the movement for a single-payer health care system in Oregon.  

Health Care for All Oregon is a coalition of over 100 organizationas working towards a single-payer health care system in Oregon. http://www.hcao.org

Supreme Court's Decision on Redistricting and How it Affects Oregon and the Nation

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Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Supreme Court's Decision on Redistricting and How it Affects Oregon and the Nation
We speak with Kate Titus, executive director of Common Cause Oregon, and Dan Vicuña, National Redistricting Coordinator for Common Cause, about the US Supreme Court's Decision on redistricting, Oregon's efforts at redistricting and the Redistricting Reform Act of 2015.

Radio Ecoshock on "Sudden Heat" with Dr. Robert Kopp and Dr. Jeremy Leggett

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Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock on "Sudden Heat" with Dr. Robert Kopp and Dr. Jeremy Leggett

We hear Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith. Today's program is titled "Sudden Heat." Dr. Robert Kopp explains why humans die in heat waves, and why that will get worse as climate change develops. Then the incredible Dr. Jeremy Leggett on "Winning the Carbon War" Plus climate music from Melody Sheep. 

Economic Update: Richard Wolff interviews Sohnya Sayres about the end of free universities in the US

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Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update: Richard Wolff interviews Sohnya Sayres about the end of free universities in the US

We hear Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. The show features analysis of unemployment numbers to show what they hide as well as reveal; responses to listeners' questions exposing the economics of lotteries and why the largest US corporations have recently used their profits to buy back their shares in the stock markets; and an in-depth interview with Prof. Sohnya Sayres exploring the end of free college and universities in the US, the rise of administrators dominating students and faculty, and what these trends have meant for the quality of higher education in the US. 

http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

Political Perspectives on 06/10/15

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Wed, 06/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Angela Davis - Living the Legacy: The Meaning of Freedom

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Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis at PSU in January 2015
MLK Tribute: Angela Davis Keynote
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

ANGELA DAVIS Author, Educator and Activist Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley.

Martin Ford Interview

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford talks with Don Merrill
Martin Ford is a Silicon Valley executive who has just written a new book called "Rise of the Robots".  In it, he talks about the way robots are slowly taking away jobs while unnoticably moving up the level of sophistication in the jobs they can do.  According the NY Times, Ford says "once thought of as a threat to ony manufacturing jobs, [robots] are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalist, lawyers and others in the service sector."  KBOO's Don Merrill talks to Martin Ford on Political Perspectives.

Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with activist Ai-len Poo about her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.

David Barsamian on Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course

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Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course
Journalist and author David Barsamian, host and founder of Alternative Radio, spoke at a benefit for KBOO at the Clinton Street Theater in March. His topic was "Capitalism and the Environment: Collision Course." He also talked about the media, the erosion of democracy in the US, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and many other topics.

Political Perspectives on 05/20/15

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

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Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Rajiv Chandrasekaran about his new book Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. From 2009 to 2011, he reported on the war in Afghanistan for The Post, traveling extensively through the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar to reveal the impact of President Obama’s decision to double U.S. force levels. HIs previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone won numerous awards for non-fiction.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places; and headstrong military leaders who sought a far more expansive campaign than the White House wanted.

Chandrasekaran explains how the United States has never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will.

This is an unedited version of the show that aired Wed. 7/18/2012

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Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism

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Wed, 07/11/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Dennis Marker, author of FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves From Ronald Reagan to the Tea Party Movement.

Never has a philosophy of a country shifted as radically as it has the last thirty years. Marker details in pull-no-punches prose how the assault on the middle classes is widespread and relentless. Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war.

In a full frontal attack by what Marker calls the Corporate Feudalists, Marker details how the middle class has become superfluous to the very rich and why various policies were deliberately created to eliminate them. Their defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship carried out regardless of cost. Conservatives are anxious again to finish first – with the big prize- monopoly control of the American government, and the power to turn their ideology into the law of the land.

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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

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Fri, 06/29/2012

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public's right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds' story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

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Wed, 06/20/2012
20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II
 

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

This week features one of the founders of the peace treaty, who found himself under fire for helping to create this movement in 1992. His name is Dewayne Holmes from the Imerial Courts housing projects. We'll also hear other voices from the Watts community as they share their reflections on how the gang truce changed their lives.

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Wed, 06/13/2012
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

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The 2nd Revolution: Dismantling Corporate Rule

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Wed, 06/06/2012

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.

"If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations were designed to serve us, not to rule us, in this democratic republic, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky's the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional "rights" as have more than 100 communities in PA, NH, ME, and VI." (The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has provided advice and support to many of these communities - learn more HERE.)

On June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, Paul Cienfuegos will be leading his full-weekend workshop: "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule." For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE. For more details about cost (sliding scale), timing, and how to register, click HERE.

Community Rights PDX has begun rights-based activism here in Portland -- you can learn more HERE.

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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Wed, 05/09/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Michael Sandel speaks at Powell's Books in downtown Portland on Thursday May 10th at 7:30PM.

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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

April 28th will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant. The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death. A recent editorial in The Oregonian speaks to the person that Ben Linder was and the impact he had.

The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region. Green Empowerment has provided critical support to ATDER-BL efforts.

 

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

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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