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States of Emergency: Looking at Neoliberal Economists, Globalization and more

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Wed, 11/13/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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States of Emergency: Looking at Neoliberal Economists, Globalization and more

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with professor and author Patrick Brantlinger about his latest book, States of Emergency: Essays on Culture and Politics.

In his latest book, Patrick Brantlinger probes the state of contemporary America. Brantlinger takes aim at neoliberal economists, the Tea Party movement, gun culture, immigration, waste value, surplus people, the war on terror, technological determinism, and globalization.  Brantlinger mixes journalism, satire, and theory to addresse many of the most pressing issues of our time.

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

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Wed, 11/06/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Mark Kitchell on his film on the history of the environmental movement

Filmmaker Mark Kitchell talks about his film "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.," an exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. The film features five main stories including David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon, Lois Gibbs and Love Canal, Paul Watson and Greenpeace's campaign for whales and seals, Chico Mendes and the struggle to save the Amazon, and Bill McKibben and the fight against climate change.

Close Guantanamo with Activist Elliott Adams

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Wed, 11/06/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Discussion of the Campaign to Close Guantanamo and the Hunger Strikes in Solidarity with Detainees

Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews Elliott Adams, former soldier and past president of National Veterans for Peace, who has been working for non-violence at the grassroots level for many years. They'll discuss the Close GITMO campaign.  This summer Adams lived on 300 calories per day for 80 days to demonstrate solidarity with Guantanamo Bay Detainees and Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strikers. 

Elliott Adams speaks at a Close Guantanamo Public Forum this Thursday from 7-9 in Eliot Chapel at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th Ave.

Political Perspectives on 10/30/13

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:35am - 10:00am
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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser on his new book Command and Control

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, who talks about his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, a ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs in America's nuclear arsenal system. Schlosser discusses how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity in the nuclear area still poses a grave risk to mankind.  

From the front lines of anti-fracking resistance in New Brunswick, Canada. Paul Roland hosts.

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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Canadians rise up against gas fracking in New Brunswick on the southeast coast.
Last week, images of burning police cars in a small rural community in the Canadian province of New Brunswick made the rounds of both corporate and social media. The issue--hydraulic gas fracturing ("fracking")--is one that has impacted communities across the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. The issues are similar to many other sites of resistance to fracking and other forms of fossil fuel extraction--companies coming in to poor rural communities and promising jobs and wealth, political forces permitting it to go forward without serious evaluation of either the real economic benefits or the environmental, social and cultural impacts. But in New Brunswick, as in a few other areas in the U.S.

Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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The ongoing government shutdown is affecting many of the agencies we depend on to keep workers, food, infrastructure and financial regulations in place. Don Merrill talks with Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government about some of those effects as the shutdown drags on.

Bees and Seeds

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:30am - 9:45am
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Bees and Seeds
Organizer and activist Tiffany Ayers talks about Bees and Seeds. Portland joins other cities in Oregon – throughout the Pacific Northwest, across the country, and around the world – to commemorate World Food Day 2013. BEES & SEEDS – World Food Day PDX is a family friendly event to celebrate farmers and producers and the healthy local, organic, and pesticide-free food that sustains us. The event includes a special tribute to our pollinator friends, the bees, because without them we can’t eat. And we’ll salute seed savers who are preserving our biological and cultural heritage

Richard Wolff on "How Is Capitalism Working?"

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Political Perspectives

From the series Economic Update host Richard Wolff, economist, writer and professor, presents an extended commentary on "How Is Capitalism Working." He says it's the underlying problem causing the political system not to work and the government to break down.

http://rdwolff.com/

Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall

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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall
Andrew Geller speaks with former British military microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower and Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. Trower and Pall have a public speaking engagement on Thursday October 10th at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, beginning at 7pm. http://wirelesseducationaction.org/ http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/09/425176.shtml http://rense.com/general96/trower.html

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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.

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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 .

  • Length: 21:39 minutes (19.83 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.

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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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Backbone Campaign: Organize to oppose tar sands pipeline

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Fri, 09/16/2011

KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg speaks with Bill Moyer and Jay Marx of the Backbone Campaign about their organizing efforts to oppose the tar sands pipeline from Alberta Canada to the Gulf Coast.

  • Length: 15:16 minutes (13.98 MB)
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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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