Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 09/25/13

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Wed, 09/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor writer Sarah Jaffe and Detroit activist Abayomi Azikiwe

In the first part of the show we hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He speaks with labor writer Sarah Jaffe of In These Times about low paid US workers mobilizing. Hear audio at http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

In the second part of the show host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Abayomi Azikiwe of the Coalition for an International Peoples Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and the Pan African Newswire about the real picture of Detroit and the demand to cancel the debt to the banks and guarantee workers' jobs and pensions.

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Political Perspectives on 09/11/13

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Wed, 09/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rania Masri on Syria: Beyond the Falsehoods and False Choices

Per Fagerng hosts an interview and call-in with Rania Masri, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and currently visiting the U.S. The topics are the situation in Syria, a response to President Obama's speech to the nation and his call for Congress to authorize military strikes against Syria, and where does Syria go from here.

Masri says "There are a host of falsehoods being made about Syria. The issue is falsely being framed as either bomb or 'do nothing,' ignoring the host of diplomatic and nonviolent options ... "

Political Perspectives on 09/04/13

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Wed, 09/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 08/30/13

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Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Miko Peled speaks on The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Miko Peled, an Israeli writer and activist speaks on his book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a national and personal perspective.

This is a talk he gave at Portland State University earlier this year.

On his blog, Peled writes:

In my book, “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” I show how it is that the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist came to these realizations.  Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization and in the end finding that the story upon which I was raised, was a lie – now that is an interesting journey.

Political Perspectives on 08/28/13

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Wed, 08/28/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Conversation with Mic Crenshaw, Jared Ball and Rosa Clemente, hosted by Paul Roland

Paul Roland and Mic Crenshaw talk with Jared Ball from Baltimore, Md. and Rosa Clemente from Amherst, Massachusetts. The program offers a critical perspective on the commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Dr. Ball said recently, "neither King's false heirs nor the presidency of false hopes would exist at all without first the assassination of King and then the perennial abuse of his history and image. These replacement events and leaders are fraudulaent stand-ins for a movement so well represented by King's focused stances against the intransigence of white supremacy, the vilence of capitalism at home and the imperialism it fosters abroad." Join us for a lively conversation!

Political Perspectives on 08/21/13

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Wed, 08/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Claire Conner, author of an insider's history of America's Radical Right

Paul Roland interviews Claire Conner, author of "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right." Follow-up to August 14 live in-studio interview. Today Conner talks about the importance of community radio in challenging the right-wing dominance of media and politics. She also tells of her nephew, Gerald Koch, an anarchist organizer in New York, currently in prison for resisting a Grand Jury inquiry. And Roland and Conner discuss the need for progressives to engage each other despite and because of their differences.

Music heard on the program:

Opening song, "Everything You Know is Wrong" from "Unchumbawamba" by British anarchist band Chumbawamba, 2004.

Political Perspectives on 08/14/13

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Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Claire Conner on her book "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right"
Claire Conner on her book "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal Histo

The guest is Claire Conner, author of "Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right," 

Claire Conner is the daughter of one of the John Birch Society's first members and a national spokesman for the Society. Her parents forced her to join the Society, and she became its youngest member. It took momentous changes in her own life for Conner to finally free herself of the legacy of the John Birch Society.

In Wrapped in the Flag Conner offers an intimate account of the sociey and an inside look at the workings of the group and the lasting effects it has had on our political discourse today.

Political Perspectives on 08/14/13

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Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid
Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid

Host Gene Bradley interviews Alan Wieder about his new book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid."

 Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.

Wieder will talk about the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple and their efforts to navigate a time of great tension, upheaval, and revolutionary hope.

Political Perspectives on 08/09/13

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Fri, 08/09/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis on "Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century"

Angela Davis is distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks about feminism, racial inequality, social change, identity and the violence of US culture necessary to perpetuate class and capital's hegemony. She addresses the campaign to eliminate the incarceration industry that promotes repression over restorative justice and speaks of the deinstitutionalization model that has seen success in other areas. She celebrates the peoples campaign and victory that challenged government repression and resulted in her exoneration from trumped up murder charges.

Political Perspectives on 08/07/13

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Wed, 08/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Grotesque Injustice of Guantanamo: An Insiders' Account
The Grotesque Injustice of Guantanamo: An Insiders' Account

The Grotesque Injustice of Guantánamo: An Insiders' Account

We hear highlights from this event on the illegality, immorality and inhumanity of the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It was sponsored by Veterans For Peace chapter 72 and held on August 1st at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.  Speakers include S. Brian Willson, Viet Nam veteran, activist, author; Steven T. Wax, chief Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon and Andy Worthington, investigative journalist, author, filmmaker, photographer and Guantanamo expert.

 

 

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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 .

  • 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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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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