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Political Perspectives on 10/29/14

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Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Ballot-Palooza: Reports and Debates on Oregon Ballot Measures by City Club of Portland members

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ballot-Palooza: Reports and Debates on Oregon Ballot Measures by City Club of Portland members
We hear excerpts from the City Club of Portland's Ballot-Palooza event.
For 4 months, 9 committees, made up of 94 City Club member-volunteers, studied proposed and possible ballot measures that Oregonians might vote on in November. On August 20, members of the club debated issues such as marijuana legalization and driver cards. 

Jerry of Ben and Jerry's on Measure 92

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jerry of Ben and Jerry's on Measure 92
Host Jen Davis speaks with Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. about his support for Oregon Ballot Measure 92, which would require food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
Greenfield was in Portland to unveil "Food Fight Fudge Brownie," an update on the popular "Fudge Brownie" flavor, which is designed to draw attention to Measure 92.


The Gifford Pinchot Task Force: Restoring Volcano Country

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Gifford Pincot Task Force: Restoring Volcano Countryh

We speak with Gordy Molitor, Interim Executive Director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force about the organization's mission and projects, the federal lawsuit to stop mining in the National Forest, and the upcoming fundraiser, "Restoring Volcano Country". 

David Barsamian's Keynote Speech at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference

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Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian's Keynote Speech at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference

David Barsamian was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference held in Ames, Iowa. 

World Pulse Live 2014

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Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Grassroots women activists from the World Pulse Live tour discuss their vision for change
Grassroots women activists Ynanna Djehuty from the U.S, Olanike Olugboji from Nigeria and Jampa from Tibet are live in the studio for an exclusive discussion about their vision for change and the work they do on the ground to dismantle oppression, empower women and shift the paradigm. Ynanna, Olanike and Jampa are on the World Pulse Live 2014 tour and will be speaking on Thursday September 25th at the World Trade Center in Downtown Portland at 7pm. World Pulse is a Portland based non-profit that connects "women through digital technology to bring women’s voices out of the shadows and on to the world stage."

Political Perspectives on 09/17/14

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond
We speak with Simon Tam and Sandy Polishuk about the People's Climate March in Portland on Sep 21st. Marchers join the nation to demand action on climate change.

We also speak with Diane Hodiak of co-organizer of the Central Oregon Climate March.

Central Oregon Climate March
Bend, Oregon, start at 11:30 am, Sunday September 21,
BEGIN 1125 NE 2nd Street END 520 NW Wall.  


Portland People's Climate March
Sunday, September 21, 3:00 PM  
Gather for a walk and rally in Portland’s Waterfront “Bowl,” south of the Hawthorne Bridge, SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison.
http://www.350pdx.org/

Kshama Sawant, extended interview

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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kshama Sawant, extended interview
Chris Andreae presents her extended interview with Kshama Sawant, of the Seattle City Council, the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since 1916.

Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for Mike Brown

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Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for MIke Brown
We speak with local people involved with Don't Shoot Portland about Justice for Mike Brown; the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere; and ending systemic violence upon communities of color. Guests are Jessie Sponberg (Community Activist); Teressa Raiford (Political Activist, Organizer); Katrina Calhoun (NAACP member Community Organizer); and Ben Glas (Student, Videographer working on documenting the group's efforts). 

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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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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 .

  • Length: 21:39 minutes (19.83 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 11/16/11

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Wed, 11/16/2011

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and author Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter and winner of Canada’s top journalism’s prizes. Michelle is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, and, most recently, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

They will discuss "Decade of Fear," which has been described as a journalistic memoir. Shephard conducted hundreds of interviews worldwide and wove them together to describe the decade since 2001 and looked at how the West’s “solutions” for terrorism only served to exacerbate the problem.

Journalist Michelle Shephard on her book, "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone"

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Wed, 11/16/2011
Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and author Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter and winner of Canada’s top journalism’s prizes. Michelle is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, and, most recently, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

They  discuss "Decade of Fear," which has been described as a journalistic memoir. Shephard conducted hundreds of interviews worldwide and wove them together to describe the decade since 2001 and looked at how the West’s “solutions” for terrorism only served to exacerbate the problem. Temporarily banned from Guantanamo for her reporting she has interviewed leaders and common people from the cities and the border territories of Pakistan. She has repeatedly gone to Mogadishu, in embattled Somalia to tell the story of this war devastated country. She reported from the streets of Yemen covering the future Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman.

  • Length: 26:41 minutes (24.43 MB)
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Linda Neale and Luisah Teish from the Earth and Spirit Council

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Mon, 10/17/2011

 Hosted by Sue Supriano

Linda Neale from the Earth And Spirit Council brings us Luisha Teish, who will conduct a workshop this weekend.

 

Luisah Teish will speak at The Natural Way about learning to love the Earth, our Mother, and will share her personal stories of growing up in the South and her relationship to the land. She will recount and examine cultural myths that have mis-educated us into alienation from Our Mother Earth. Teish will identify the affects this estrangement has on the individual, the human community and the Earth Herself, help us contact this wounding and to begin to release it through visualization, chanting and conversation. Her teaching is based on material from the upcoming book "On Holy Ground: Committment and Devotion to Sacred Land," co-authored with Leilani Birely, a Hawaiina Kahuna and Hula teacher. LuisahTeish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, and she holds a chieftaincy title (Yeye’woro) from the Fatunmise Compound in Ile Ife, Nigeria.

Location: Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR

 

 

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann interviewed by Andrew Geller

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Fri, 09/30/2011
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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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