Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

Air date: 
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

Karen James interviews Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it recently entered into with the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC). This MOU came after an investigation by DRO of ODOC’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. BHU is an intensive behavioral management and skills training unit for incarcerated adults with serious mental illness. The MOU will reduce isolation and improve the care of seriously mentally ill adults in the BHU.

David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

Air date: 
Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian of Alternative Radio about the challenges in getting and keeping AR on the airwaves. Recently AR was abruptly removed from the weekly programming schedule of KLCC in Eugene.

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. 

Later in the hour David and Per will discuss current issues related to Saudi, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria.

The Death of Nuclear Power

Air date: 
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Death of Nuclear Power
Lead author of "The World Nuclear Industry Status Reports" Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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Wall Street's Think Tank: the Council on Foreign Relations

Air date: 
Wed, 01/20/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Project Censored Show

Project Censored Show hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff speak with historian Laurence Shoup. Shoup's new book, Wall Street's Think Tank, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations; Shoup describes the CFR as "the most influential private organization in the country," and traces how it connects major U.S. ocorporations with government, academia, and media. 

Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

Air date: 
Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

We speak with Rebecca Gordon about "American War Crimes, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" and what happens when a nation commits war crimes, and they are never prosecuted.

Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

Air date: 
Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg gives an analysis of fossil fuel supply and climate risk. Here now is his three level plan for the transition to renewable energy. He is touching on food production, transportation, housing, manufacturing, steel and cement construction mining, the internet and much more. He calls this the economic transformation for the remainder of our life time. 

Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

Air date: 
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

From the series Law and Disorder we hear an update on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and an interview with Miko Peled, author of The General s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

Mumia Abu-Jamal has gone to federal court in Scranton, Pennsylvania to get an order compelling the state of Pennsylvania to provide him with medical care for Hepatitis C. Mumia has suffered symptoms of slurred words, elephants skin, scales and bloody cracks in his skin on 90 percent of his body. Other symptoms include extreme weakness, swelling of his limbs and loss of mental acuity. Mumia Abu-Jamal is being represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and by Robert Boyle a National Lawyers Guild lawyer and prisoner's rights advocate.

Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

Air date: 
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a press conference on Thursday, December 31st, to draw attention to the reinstatement of white police officer Ron Frashour. 

Mr Frashour was fired in 2010 for killing an unarmed man.

A state arbitrator, however, ruled that Frashour wasn't out of line for shooting before seeing a weapon, and that Portland owes him his job and six years of back pay.

We'll hear the entire AMA Press Conference.
 

Political Perspectives on 12/30/15

Air date: 
Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Air date: 
Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Roy Scranton about his new book, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene.  Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. He explores what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, and responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with our mortality.

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Political Perspectives

program date: 
Fri, 07/29/2011

 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.  

Joni Seager is professor and chair of global studies at Bentley University in Boston and recently served as a consultant to the United Nations on environmental
and feminist policy issues.

Father of slain activist Rachel Corrie provides update on lawsuit

program date: 
Wed, 07/13/2011

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year old student at Evergreen State College who was killed in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003.

Her family brought lawsuits against both the Caterpillar corporation, which made the bulldozer, and the Israeli government.

Coming up next, KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg speaks with Rachel Corrie’s father, Craig Corrie, about the latest developments in the civil suit filed by the family against the state of Israel:

 

Yves Engler on "Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay"

program date: 
Thu, 07/07/2011

  Yves Engler, co-author of Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay spoke at Laughing Horse Books on June 21st. He and his co-author Bianca Mugyenyi documented an anthropolicical tour of the land of Homo Automomotivis and argue for moving beyond the private automobile. Stephanie Potter attended the talk, which was given in a parking lot around the corner from Laughing Horse. She recorded and produced this program. (Music by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com)

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them. In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi argue that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war. When we challenge the domination of cars, we also challenge capitalism. An anti-car, road-trip story, Stop Signs is a unique must-read for all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto insanity.

Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler is a Montréal activist and author. He has five published books: Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi), The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority and the just released Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.

[Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson

program date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011

The guest is S. Brian Willson, local anti-war activist and member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. He'll talk with KBOO host Sue Supriano about his new autobiography, "Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson."

In 1987, while engaged in a protest of U.S. weapons to Central America, Willson and other members of a Veterans Peace Action Team blocked railroad tracks at the Concord, California Naval Weapons Station. An approaching train did not stop, and struck the veterans. Willson was hit, ultimately losing both legs below the knee while suffering a severe skull fracture with loss of his right frontal lobe. Subsequently, he discovered that he had been identified for more than a year as an FBI domestic "terrorist" suspect under anti-terrorist task force provisions and that the train crew that day had been ordered not to stop the train to prevent any hijacking attempts.

  • Length: 26:28 minutes (36.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

"Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

program date: 
Wed, 06/08/2011

Stanford University Professor of Middle East History, Joel Beinin speaks on "Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford.

Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa; co-edited with Frédéric Vairel and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt. His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The Nation, Middle East Report, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout North America, and in France, Egypt, Singapore, and Australia, and has given frequent interviews to the global media. In 2002 he served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

This talk was given at Portland State University on June 4th.  The sponsor was the newly formed Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Co-sponsoring this event were Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies (Portland State University), the Portland Branch WILPF -- Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Portland Code Pink, War Resister League of Portland, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, and others.

  • Length: 57:16 minutes (78.65 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Open Reservoirs and Governments (27 minute Morning Show)

program date: 
Fri, 05/20/2011

 

Open Reservoirs and Governments 

This edition of Democracy Here explores the difference between engineered- and informed consent of the governed using the context of Portland’s current plans to take open reservoirs off-line and replacing them with new underground storage tanks.

The plan to bury the reservoirs is controversial: the city says they are forced to spend a half a billion dollars in order to comply with a federal regulation, while citizen groups say that the water bureau is fast tracking projects to the same cozy consultants who wrote the regulation and that the water bureau could work more earnestly on obtaining relief.   

This edition of DemocracyHere! features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;

and

Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     
 


Engineering techniques to look for in the interviews include:

Emotional appeal trumps reasoned argument;

Government is your daddy;

and

Hurry up, its an emergency

leading to

Its a done deal!

Medical Delegation Reports on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

program date: 
Wed, 05/18/2011

Physicians for Social Responsibility Members Speak about their Recent Trip

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Gerri Haynes and Laura Hart about the health threats they witnessed on their January 2011 medical delegation visit to Gaza. Portland nurse practitioner Maxine Fookson, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, is also a guest.

Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant who has taught mental health classes in Gaza and organized trips to the Middle East since 1992. Gerri is a past president of Washington PSR and a former National PSR board member.

Laura Hart is a board member and past president of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is a part time urologist and a full time social activist who is collaborating with Gazan health care providers to develop comprehensive pelvic health care for women in Gaza. 

 

Open Reservoirs and LT2 in 12 Minutes

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program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011


This special 12 minute express edition of DemocracyHere! explores Portland's plan to spend $500 million dollars to take our open reservoirs off line are replace them with new underground tanks and features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;

and

Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     
 

  • Length: 11:50 minutes (10.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Democracy Here: Portand and the Joint Terrorism Task Force

program date: 
Wed, 04/20/2011
KBOO's Joe Meyer digs into the move for Portland to rejoin the Joint Terrosism Task Force.

He includes audio from City Hall vox pop, the ACLU, citizen testimony, and concludes with a Greg Kafoury interview.


Tunisians to US: "Hands off our revolution!"

program date: 
Wed, 04/13/2011

Local attorney Steven Goldberg talks about being part of a recent delegation of lawyers and academics to Tunisia. The members of the group from the US, UK and Turkey have been investigating US and European complicity in human rights abuses committed by the Ben Ali regime and will be making strong recommendations to their respective governments to allow the Tunisian revolution to develop into a genuine democracy. The group wanted to show support for the revolution in Tunisia, explore the involvement of Western governments with the prior Ben-Ali regime and try to understand the changes which are happening in the Middle East. 

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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