Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 01/27/10

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Wed, 01/27/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Host Andrew Geller interviews scholar and writer Jeremy Rifkin who has been at the forefront of implementing a new economic system in Europe that will help those nations address the energy and climate crises. In his book, THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (Tarcher/Penguin hardcover; January 2010), RIfkin makes the case that our Age of Reason is giving way to an Age of Empathy -- and must give away to an Age of Empathy if we’re to ride out our current energy and economic problems. THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION offers:

· A three-pillar plan for a new economic system that addresses the climate and energy crises -- a plan that, upon Rifkin’s direction, is already being implemented by the European Union.

Political Perspectives on 01/20/10

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Wed, 01/20/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

The guest is Robert McChesney, co-author with John Nichols of "The Death and LIfe of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again." Robert McChesney is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or editor of sixteen books. He is co-founder of Free Press, a ntaional media reform organization. He hosts "Media Matters," on WILL-AM radio. His website is www.robertmcchesney.com.

 

Political Perspectives on 01/13/10

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Wed, 01/13/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Allison Miliones speaks with Donna Matrazzo, a science, environmental and history writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and in national park visitor centers and museums around the country. She has lived on Sauvie Island for 20 years. Her book, "Wild Things: Adventures of a Grassroots Environmentalist," was a finalist for a Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.


 

Political Perspectives on 01/13/10

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Wed, 01/13/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am

At 9 hear an excerpt from a recent debate about Ballot Measures 66 and 67. The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation sponsored a debate that was held at the Jewish Community Center. Speaking in favor of the measures is Steve Novick, lawyer and former candidate for U.S. Senate. Speaking in opposition is Bob Wiggens, of Mt. Hood Equity, a venture capitalist firm.

Political Perspectives on 01/06/10

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Wed, 01/06/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with David Swanson, author of the new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" published by Seven Stories Press.

Political Perspectives on 12/23/09

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Wed, 12/23/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Stefan Kamph interviews Daniel Maguire, professor of moral theological ethics at Marquette
University and is the author of "The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy."

Political Perspectives on 12/23/09

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Wed, 12/23/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Erik Jorgensen interviews Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of "The God Delusion." His new book is "The Greatest Show on Earth: the Evidence for Evolution."

Political Perspectives on 12/16/09

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Wed, 12/16/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Focus on Palestine-Israel - Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change.

Host Will Seaman interviews Dan Fleshler, a media and public affairs strategist, who spends much of his free time trying to convince the American Jewish community to support Israel’s peace camp and an end to Israeli settlement expansion. He is the author of Transforming America's Israel Lobby --The Limits Of its Power and the Potential For Change. He is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now and is on the Advisory Council of J Street.

 

Political Perspectives on 12/09/09

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Wed, 12/09/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Mel Reslor speaks with Jim Fetzer, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Two of his most recent books were on the evolution of intelligence and philosophical aspects of "the Christian Right's crusade against science". He has published three collections of studies on the death of JFK, co-authored another on the plane crash that took the life of Senator Paul Wellstone, and edited the first book from Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

Political Perspectives on 12/09/09

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Wed, 12/09/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Long-time forest activist Tre Arrow was released last week after serving a six and a half year prison term. He was convicted of taking part in two arsons related to logging of old growth forests. Tre Arrow stopped by the KBOO studio just after his release and spoke with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg.

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"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.

David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/18/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

David Barsamian is speaking at a benefit for KBOO on Thursday April 26th at 7PM at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205. The topic is "Occupy Capitalism."

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum (Second in a Series)

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Wed, 03/14/2012

 On Wednesday, March 14, appearing on Political Perspectives were Cameron Whitten, Christopher Rich, Bill Dant and Scott Fernandez. The one thing all four men have in common is that each one wants to be Portland's next Mayor. 

Listen to the lively conversation that took place between the candidates and the callers.

Dan Johnson moderates the candidates forum.

Charles Eisenstein: "Sacred Economics"

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Wed, 02/29/2012
We have everything we need to create a decent world, so why do we need rich investors to get good things done? In his book Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein tells how money stands in the way of human fulfillment. 

Interview with Chris Martenson, "Where is our economy going?"

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Wed, 02/15/2012

Chris Martenson looked at the facts and was greatly alarmed. He left his job at a top corporation to do more research, and produced a video seminar called The Crash Course.

Now The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and the Environment  has been published as a book. It asks whether our future will be shaped by disaster or by our own best efforts.

 

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Turning Ghosts into Ancestors: Healing from the Trauma of War

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Wed, 02/01/2012

 


Suzanne LaGrande interviews Dr. Joseph Bobrow, founder and president of the Coming Home Project. Started in 2005, the Coming Home™ Project is a non-profit organization devoted  to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers.


In this interview, Dr. Bobrow discusses some of the challenges that veterans and their families face, and especially the  "invisible"  physical as well as moral  injuries or war. 


Based in San Francisco, CA, the Coming Home Project  creates a safe environment where veterans and their families can reconnect with each other and regain a sense of trust. He also talks about the importance of storytelling in a community of peers as a important part of what enables people to recover from trauma. For more information about Dr. Bobrow’s work and that of the Coming Home project visit: www.cominghomeproject.net

 

Curtis Bell and Maxine Fookson on the Multnomah County initiative to bring war dollars home.

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Wed, 02/01/2012

Curtis Bell and Maxine Fookson on the Multnomah County initiative to bring war dollars home.  Political Perspecitives 02/01/2012 9:30 - 10 AM.

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Pepe Escobar; S. Brian Willson and Becky Luening on Blood on the Tracks

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Wed, 01/18/2012

Per Fagereng hosts a discussion of current foreign affairs with Pepe Escobar of the "Asia Times."

Sue Supriano interviews S. Brian Willson and his partner Becky Luening about Brian's book "Blood on the Tracks" and their experiences during their recent book tour for "Blood on the Tracks."

S. Brian Willson is a Viet Nam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. On September 1, 1987, Brian was run over and nearly killed by a US Navy Munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent blockade in protest of weapons shipments to El Salvador. Since the 1980s he has continued efforts to educate the public about the diabolical nature of US imperialism while striving to “walk his talk” (on two prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled handcycle) by creating a model of right livelihood including a simpler lifestyle.

More information about Blood on the Tracks is available on Books on KBOO.

 

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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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