Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 03/25/15

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Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Interview with Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke of Arresting Power

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Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Martha Gies interviews the Arresting Power Filmmakers
Martha Gies interviews Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke, who have recently completed the experimental documentary film Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, OR

Arresting Power provides a historical and political analysis of the role of police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland, its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class.
Arresting Power features interviews with families of people who were killed by Portland police, victims of everyday harassment and intimidation, as well as local activists, historians and community organizers.

Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom with Professor Elaine Scarry (TUC Radio)

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Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom with Professor Elaine Scarry

Elaine Scarry is Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard. Her most recent book: Thermonuclear Monarchy, reminds us that one man, the President of the United States, has the power to end life for every one else by setting off nuclear weapons. Richard Nixon told reporters in 1974, “I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead.”

Professor Scarry says that this violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy. And she offers a new line of arguments and strategy for the nuclear disarmament movement.

Political Perspectives on 03/04/15

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:00am - 9:45am
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@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
KBOO speaks with Shane Harris about his new book "@War." Shane Harris is the author of "The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, " which won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He explains why government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Microsoft to collect huge amounts of information and launch private cyber wars. He looks at the new alliance between the military and tech and finance companies, the mushrooming "military Internet complex." 

Diary of a Citizen Scientist, by Sharman Apt Russell

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Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Diary of a Citizen Scientist, by Sharman Apt Russell

We speak with writer Sharman Apt Russell about citizen science and her book Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World. Call in with your questions about citizen science at 503 231-8187.

Panel on Racial Profiling and Incarceration in Portland

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Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Panel following 'The Throwaways' film screening in Portland

This is a recording of a panel discussion on racial profiling and incarceration which took place on January 25, 2015 in Portland, following thescreening of the film 'The Throwaways'.

The panel included  Glenn Waco, Marcus Cooper and Isaiah Spriggson from Don't Shoot Portland and JoAnn Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP chapter were on this panel. Sekoynia Wright, host on KBOO's 'Ear to the Streets of Portland' radio program, was panel moderator.

American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity with Christian Appy

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity with Christian Appy
Host Marvin Simmons interviews Christian G. Appy about his new book, "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity."

Sister Helen Prejean on Social Justice and the Death Penalty

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sister Helen Prejean on Social Justice and the Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean spoke last week at Lewis and Clark College. We'll hear an excerpt of her powerful talk about her life and her social justice work educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners.  

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison.

Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"

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Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"
The guest is Scott Horton, author of "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare." Horton talks with host Kathleen Stephenson about how Government secrecy has ensured that decisions about war and peace are made not by the citizenry but by the autonomous, self-directing, and unaccountable national security elites
How have these national elites gained control of what the public is allowed to know? How do they use secrecy to enhance their own power? What are the legal and moral issues surrounding private security contractors, sweeping surveillance and the use of robotic weapons such as drones?

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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.

 

Trends in Marriage

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Fri, 12/30/2011

Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options. Yet, this state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.

That's a broad view from Kate Bolick's recent cover story in The Atlantic, 'All the Single Ladies' which Andrew Geller elaborated on when he spoke with her this morning.

Pew Research marriage report (12/11) (PDF)

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Wed, 12/14/2011

 Here is the interview with Steven Reynolds, Progressive Party Candidate to fill the US Representative seat vacated by David Wu in Oregon's District 1.

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Political Perspectives on 12/07/11

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Wed, 12/07/2011

Gentrification in Portland: A Special Program

As Portland becomes a destination for young creatives to find homes and work, minority communities are being "gentrified out" of the city. North and Northeast Portland have lost people of color as housing costs in those areas have increased.

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews local black community leaders Clifford Walker of the Oregon Commission for Black Affairs and Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick, whose district includes North and Northeast Portland,   about the causes of gentrification and whether it is a normal part of the evolution is a normal part of the evolution of a city.

  • Length: 49:45 minutes (45.54 MB)
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Health care rally, and Occupy Portland interviews

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Wed, 11/23/2011

Recordings and interviews from Portland Health Care rally 11-19-2011, and the Occupy Portland encampment.

  • Length: 28:29 minutes (26.08 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 11/23/11

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Wed, 11/23/2011

Political Perspectives on 11/23/11

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 9:30am - 9:50am
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Political science professor Thomas Ferguson on the failure of the "Super Committee"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute, about the significance of the failure of the Congressional budgetary Super Committee and what it bodes for the future.

Ferguson says, "Read the fine print on the 'crisis' in Social Security and you discover that even critics, such as Peter Orszag (President Obama’s former OMB chief), admit that under their pessimistic assumptions Social Security payments might rise by all of one percent of GDP by 2050! Social Security is obviously a non-problem, especially in the middle of the Great Recession.

"Health care and military are different. Both are industries in which true competition is rare. In both, the policy challenge is to face down oligopolies protected by powerful lobbies. Congress could, for example, save trillions of dollars in the long run by allowing the government to bargain down pharmaceutical prices, junking 'fee for service' pricing, requiring a single, integrated system for billing and reporting, banning obvious conflicts of interests such physicians owning shares in testing companies, and requiring serious cost comparisons of what treatments really work.

"But these steps, like seriously rethinking American military strategy, don't seem to be on the agenda of a Congress that openly sells leadership and committee posts to the highest bidders and luxuriates in insider stock trades."

Ferguson’s study, coauthored with Robert Johnson, of U.S. deficit and budgetary problems, is available here in PDF: http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/other_publication_types/magazine___journal_articles/ferguson_johnson.pdf

His recent studies of Congress and money have appeared in the Financial Times -- http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7ead8528-b7af-11e0-8523-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1e9oKoy7f -- and the Washington Spectator http://www.washingtonspectator.org/articles/20111015postedprices.cfm .

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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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