Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Roy Scranton about his new book, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene.  Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. He explores what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, and responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with our mortality.

On 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives on 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Reconnecting with nature, talking with Jon Young- tracker, mentor, and author.

Jon Young says that reconnection with nature helps people build empathy and actually live in their full potential.

Ani Raven Haines talks with Young about his work, and an upcoming weekend workshop entitled Music, Nature, and Storytelling.  More information on that workshop, including registration deadlines, may be found at  http://8spdx.com/

Jon Young is the author several books and audio tools, including, What the Robin Knows- How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

Economic Collapse and Possible State-Sponsored Mass Murder as the Climate Deteriorates

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Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Collapse and Possible State-Sponsored Mass Murder as the Climate Deteriorates
Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith features Michael T. Snyder of the Economic Collapse blog, who explains the warning signs of another Depression. And Yale Professor Tim Snyder discusses the possibility of the return of state-sponsored mass murder as the climate deteriorates. 

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Honoring John Trudell: For Future Generations

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Fri, 12/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honoring John Trudell: For Future Generations

John Trudell passed away on December 8, 2015, at his home. Today we honor his memory by playing some of his talks, interviews and music.

In this hour we will hear "For Future Generations," a talk with poetry recorded on June 12th, 1998 at Westminister Church in Northeast Portland. This talk was recorded by Andrew Geller.

Lisa Rein on Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Digital Privacy, and Electronic Freedom.

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Wed, 12/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lisa Rein on Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Digital privacy, and Electronic Freedom.

Doug McVay interviews writer, teacher, and filmmaker Lisa Rein about Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, digital privacy, and electronic freedom. 

Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

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Fri, 12/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with journalist Steven Hill about his new book, Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers. Hill challenges conventional thinking about the "sharing economy" by showing why the vision of the "techno sapien" leaders and their Ayn Rand libertariansim is a dead end. Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fraud: the so-called "sharing economy," with companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit allegedly "liberating workers" to become independent and their own CEOs, hiring themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages while the companies profit.

Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion

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Wed, 12/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Chris Hedges on KBOO
Chris Hedges speaks with KBOO's Paul Roland about his latest book, 'Wages of Rebellion', and the state of the world today.

As Chris puts it:
In the face of modern conditions, revolution is inevitable. The rampant inequality that exists between the political and corporate elites and the struggling masses; the destruction wreaked upon our environment by faceless, careless corporations; the steady stripping away of our civil liberties and the creation of a monstrous surveillance system—all of these have combined to spark a profound revolutionary moment. Corporate capitalists, dismissive of the popular will, do not see the fires they are igniting.

Michael Parenti on Capitalism vs. Reality

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Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on Capitalism vs. Reality

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Dr. Michael Parenti provides a critique of capitalism as the driving logic of empire, which motivates global exploitation and growing inequality everywhere. While contemporary economics typically defends the benefits of free-market capitalism, Parenti argues that global capitalism is run by and for transnational corporations. While any good that exists within the Capitalist State is the result of hard won labor and democratic struggles against the owners of Capital.

Recorded at the University of Illinois Springfield on October 6th, 2015.
Produced by WZRD in Chicago.

TUC Radio presents Ricarda Winkelmann on The Melting of Antarctica

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Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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TUC Radio presents Ricarda Winkelmann on The Melting of Antarctica
 
A fairly unknown scientist - at least by US standards - took the lime light in major media in the US in September 2015. The New York Times - and also Democracy Now - quoted her this way:

“To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all,” said Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a paper entitled: "Combustion of available fossil fuel resources sufficient to eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet," in an article published on September 11, 2015, in the journal Science Advances.

Winkelmann is Junior Professor of Climate System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Her research areas are Anthropogenic climate change; Tipping elements; Antarctic ice dynamics and Sea-level rise.

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George Lakeoff on Thinking and Talking Democratic

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with professor and author George Lakeoff about his new book, co-authored with Elisabeth Wehling, called THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic. Lakeoff says the Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies. He offers Democrats and progressives language to communicate their moral values clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our time. He also deconstructs the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse.

George Lakeoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Don’t Think of an Elephant!, among other works, and is America’s leading expert on the framing of political ideas. Elisabeth Wehling is a political strategist and author working in the U.S. and Europe. She is doing research in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, on how politics is understood both in American and Europe.

  • Length: 27:10 minutes (12.44 MB)
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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

  • Length: 36:24 minutes (16.66 MB)
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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.

  • Length: 55:19 minutes (50.64 MB)
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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/

  • Length: 41:38 minutes (38.11 MB)
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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.

  • Length: 54:33 minutes (49.94 MB)
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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.

Dewayne Holmes

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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.

  • Length: 42:23 minutes (38.81 MB)
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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.

 

  • Length: 25:43 minutes (11.77 MB)
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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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