Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving

Host Jenka Soderberg interviews Monadel Herzollah of the U.S. Palestine Community Network and founder/president of the Arab American Union Members Council and Rebecca Tumposky, U.S. chapter organizer for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. They were in Portland last week demonstrating how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving an appearance of normalcy or parity of suffering. Their appearance was sponsored by Al-Nakba Awareness Project and Advocating Freedom, Justice & Equality in the Holy Land.

Political Perspectives on 02/24/10

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Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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One Struggle, One Fight: Intergenerational Political Prisoners

Oregon lawyer Lauren Regan speaks on "One Struggle, One Fight: Intergenerational Political Prisoners." This talk was recorded this past Friday at Reed College as part of a panel discussion.

Political Perspectives on 02/24/10

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Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Saving wild horses in the West.

Host Allison Milionis speaks with Ginger Kathrens, the documentary filmmaker of the PBS series, Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies. They will discuss the plight of wild horses in the West and the work of the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger Kathrens’ knowledge and fear for not only Cloud’s herd but other wild horses in the West.

Ginger Kathrens is an Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor and author. She filmed and produced the acclaimed Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and Cloud’s Legacy. Her documentation of Cloud represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.

Political Perspectives on 02/17/10

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Wed, 02/17/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Richard Heinberg on Power, Change and Energy

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute, Mr. Heinberg is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point at which we reach maximum global oil production—and the resulting, devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems. But his expertise is far ranging, covering critical issues including the current economic crisis, food and agriculture, community resilience, and global climate change. Heinberg is author of nine books, including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and the newly released Blackout.

Richard Heinberg will be speaking on Power, Change and Energy at the Illahee Lecture Series

Political Perspectives on 02/10/10

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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews blogger Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog about the case of rightwing activist James O'Keefe, his federal felony arrest late last month, and his infamous secretly taped video interviews filmed inside ACORN offices.Your calls are welcome at 503 231-8187.

Later we hear from filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri about her documentary, “Behind the Rainbow,” which explores the transition of the African National Congress from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party. The film is showing in Portland as part of the Cascade African Film Festival on Thursday February 11th at 7:30PM
 

Political Perspectives on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” in a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm. Find out more about Kanaan Kanaan's work at

http://www.kanaankanaan.com/joomla/

Political Perspectives on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews two directors showing films at the Cascade African Film Festival this weekend. First she speaks with Amy Hart about her documentary WATER FIRST, the first film to succinctly convey the importance of clean water and sanitation in addressing all major global issues and achieving the MDGs. Later she interviews Ben Herson, who developed an award winning seven-part documentary series on youth, hip-hop, and politics in West Africa titled “African Underground: Democracy in Dakar.”

Political Perspectives on 01/27/10

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Wed, 01/27/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Host Andrew Geller interviews scholar and writer Jeremy Rifkin who has been at the forefront of implementing a new economic system in Europe that will help those nations address the energy and climate crises. In his book, THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (Tarcher/Penguin hardcover; January 2010), RIfkin makes the case that our Age of Reason is giving way to an Age of Empathy -- and must give away to an Age of Empathy if we’re to ride out our current energy and economic problems. THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION offers:

· A three-pillar plan for a new economic system that addresses the climate and energy crises -- a plan that, upon Rifkin’s direction, is already being implemented by the European Union.

Political Perspectives on 01/20/10

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Wed, 01/20/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

The guest is Robert McChesney, co-author with John Nichols of "The Death and LIfe of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again." Robert McChesney is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or editor of sixteen books. He is co-founder of Free Press, a ntaional media reform organization. He hosts "Media Matters," on WILL-AM radio. His website is www.robertmcchesney.com.

 

Political Perspectives on 01/13/10

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Wed, 01/13/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Allison Miliones speaks with Donna Matrazzo, a science, environmental and history writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and in national park visitor centers and museums around the country. She has lived on Sauvie Island for 20 years. Her book, "Wild Things: Adventures of a Grassroots Environmentalist," was a finalist for a Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.


 

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

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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"

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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)

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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;

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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;

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Hurry up, its an emergency

leading to

Its a done deal!

Medical Delegation Reports on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

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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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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;

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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

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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!"

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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. 

Radiation issues with Fukushima, HAARP

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Wed, 04/06/2011

Host Sue Supriano speaks with Leuren Moret, a geoscientist who has worked around the world on radiation issues, educating citizens, the media, members of parliaments and Congress and other officials. She formerly worked at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab where she became a "whistleblower" some years ago. They will discuss radiation issues in light of the recent damaged Fukushima reactors in Japan including matters such as HAARP (The High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program). 

Die German Stunde

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Fri, 04/01/2011

How difficult is it to be a Jew in Germany and be critical of Israel? Host Miriam Widman speaks with Rabbi Ben Chorin, a board member in Germany of the progressive political group JCall. JCall is Europe's answer to JStreet, the U.S. political group supported by many progressive Jews in the States. Other guests include Amy Spitalnick, spokesperson for JCall, David Cemla, general secretary of JCall in France and Toby Axelrod, correspondent for the Jewish news agency, the Jewish Telegraphic  Agency in Berlin.

Damaged nuclear reactors in Japan--a hazard here in the NW?

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Mon, 03/21/2011

The damaged nuclear reactors in Japan are leaking radioactive material. Does this pose a health hazard here in the Pacific Northwest? If we had a similar earthquake, would we be subjected to high levels of radioactive fallout? Dr. Rudi Nussbaum and Lloyd Marbet will join host Marianne Barisonek for a discussion of radioactive contamination past, present and future. Dr. Nussbuam has studied the health effects of radiation on Hirsoshima-Nagasaki survivors and military personnel exposed to radiation at Hanford. Lloyd Marbet is known for his successful efforts to shut down the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.

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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