Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 08/17/11

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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher hosts a program about Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need, Since 1991.

In downtown Portland every Sunday, rain or shine, a dedicated group of volunteers from Potluck in the Park (PiP) come together to create community and serve a hot nutritious meal to anyone in need.

On Aug. 28th, Potluck in the Park celebrates its 20th birthday by offering a Free barbecue meal to anyone in need with an estimated attendance of 1200 guests in the PSU Park Blocks between S.W. Hall & Montgomery. A Resource Faire in collaboration with local social services providers will include Health, Legal, Youth Services, Haircuts, Bike Repairs, Pet Food and Live Music.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, on the Super Congress

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, just wrote the piece "Whip the Super Congress: Call and Ask Your Member of Congress if They Like Their Job." which states: "You won’t find a Super Congress mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. It will be an elite body of 12 members of Congress who write legislation behind closed doors and then announce it to the public. Whatever they decide will then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it can’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Christine Shearer visited a native Alaska village where climate change is destroying their island.

Host Marianne Barisonek talks with Christine Shearer about her book Kivalina: A Climate Change Story."

Kivalina is a small Native Alaska community that is suing twenty-four fossil fuel companies for thier contributions to climate change and for creating a false debate around climate change. Christine Shearer talks about the history of the "Product Defense Industry" and how it is distorting the media landscape on climate change.

Political Perspectives on 08/03/11

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Wed, 08/03/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with John Tirman about his book "THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars." Tirman is Principal Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Center for International Studies, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts and 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World.

They'll discuss how U.S. behavior in war contributes to anti-Americanism; how the U.S. government is complicit in creating plans that cause civilian suffering; and why Americans are indifferent to civilian deaths? They will also look at the role of the media in this issue.

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"The Tenacity of Hope," a Veterans Art Exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries at PSU

Dan Shea of Veterans for Peace talks about "The Tenacity of Hope," a Veterans Art Exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union. Dan Shea, a Vietnam veteran, curated the exhibit, which is about the resilience of veterans to survive using art as a path to healing, the resistance of veterans to be silent, to ignore history and a warning to the present that our future will require not a few warriors but all of us to be committed to nonviolence, itself a nonviolent revolution, thus, they dare to hope their work is making a difference.

Reception Thursday, August 4 from 5pm to 7pm
Littman and White Galleries, Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway, Room 250, Portland State University

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Joni Seager and Cynthia Enloe about their book, REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS, which draws back the curtain on our complex nation to reveal the myriad realities of the American experience-from our changing demographics to patterns of home ownership to the kinds of food we eat. The atlas upends many long-held myths and shows us who we are today.

Cynthia Enloe is research professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has appeared on NPR and written numerous articles on feminism, militarization, and globalization.

 

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

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Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Concrete, Steel, and Paint," a film documents what happens when men in a Pennsylvania state priso

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Tony Heriza, Co-Director/Producer of "Concrete, Steel, and Paint," and Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. They discuss the film "Concrete, Steel, and Paint," which documents what happens when men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing and their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy - but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.concretefilm.org

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

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Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Misguided Measures

It's been 15 years since Oregon voters passed Measure 11, setting mandatory sentences in criminal cases. Just as a new Governor's Commission on Public Safety begins examining prison costs and their causes, a new report by the Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) and the Campaign for Youth Justice says Measure 11 has meant more Oregon youths being charged as adults.

Associate Director and co-author of the report, as well as Matt (last name omitted). Matt spent seven and a half years in the Oregon Youth Authority. He shares some of his experiences with Measure 11 and his time at the McLaren youth facility in Woodburn.

For a copy of the report or for more info:

www.safetyandjustice.org

Political Perspectives on 07/20/11

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Wed, 07/20/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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oanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova on Nuclear Eternity

NUCLEAR ETERNITY: at Chernobyl, Fukushima and Onkalo with Joanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova (produced by TUC Radio)

How long does radiation from nuclear fuel remain dangerous to life? At least 100,000 years. At Fukushima that fuel lies littered under the ruins of the exploded buildings. Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova, who worked at Chernobyl after the accident, talk about nuclear eternity.

Political Perspectives on 07/20/11

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Wed, 07/20/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Grounds for Resistance," a documentary about the veterans who run Coffee Strong

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Lisa Gilman, Folklore Program Director and Associate Professor

Folklore and English at the University of Oregon, about her documentarty "Grounds for Resistance," about the veterans who run Coffee Strong, a G.I. coffeehouse just outside Joint Lewis-McChord Base in Washington State. The film is showing at the Clinton Street Theater on Thursday (July 21st) night.

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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.

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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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