Political Perspectives

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

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Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer speak out against the death penalty
Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization
 

Episode Archive

Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism

Air date: 
Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism

Host Per Fagereng speaks with economist Richard Wolff about Greece, Europe, austerity, and neoliberalism.

Richard Wolff teaches at the New School in New York. The New York Times called him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.” He is the author of numerous books including Capitalism Hits the Fan, Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy with David Barsamian.

David Ray Griffin and Dahr Jamail on Global Warming

Air date: 
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Ray Griffin and Dahr Jamail on Global Warming

Scientists' reports about global warming are becoming more and more pessimistic. Will rising sea levels, drought, crop failure and water wars become so severe that humanity's existence itself is threatened? Co-hosts Peter Phillips & Julie Andrzejewski speak first with David Ray Griffin, author of the new book, "Unprecedented." Then Dahr Jamail, climate writer at Truthout, joins the discussion. 

This program is from the series Project Censored Radio http://www.projectcensored.org/category/radio/

Tao Orion on her book, "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"

Air date: 
Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Tao Orion on her book, "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"
Host Chris Andreae speaks with Tao Orion about her new book "Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration." 

Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. These worries have culminated in an ongoing “war on invasive species,” where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws, and herbicides put to the task of their immediate eradication. 

Postponed - Aflora Reggae on Promoting Unity in the World and How Neoliberalism is Affecting Chile

Air date: 
Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Postponed - Aflora Reggae on Promoting Unity in the World and How Neoliberalism is Affecting Chile

The interview with Aflora was postponed until a later time.

Instead we heard an excerpt from a talk by British scientist Dr. Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre in Britain.

Political Perspectives on 07/15/15

Air date: 
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Joel Westheimer on his book, "What Kind of Citizen?"

Air date: 
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Joel Westheimer on his book, "What Kind of Citizen?"
Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Joel Westheimer about his book,"What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good." 

How can schools teach the skills required for a strong democracy to flourish? "What Kind of Citizen?" asks readers to imagine the kind of society they would like to live in-and then shows the ways in which schools can be used to make that vision a reality. 

Mary Christina Wood on her book NATURE’S TRUST: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR A NEW ECOLOGICAL AGE

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Wed, 07/08/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mary Christina Wood on her book NATURE’S TRUST: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR A NEW ECOLOGICAL AGE

Mary Christina Wood has taught Environmental Law for over 20 years and is Faculty director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon School of Law. She discusses with host Roberta Hall her book NATURE’S TRUST: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR A NEW ECOLOGICAL AGE. It describes, in detail, the failure of statutory law to protect the environment. It presents the legal concept of the public trust, describing its history, its basis in law, and its many applications.  Applied throughout history in many countries, the trust holds governmental agencies and elected officials accountable for protecting the earth and her resources, with beneficiaries being the public of today and of the future.

Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court Ruling on ACA and the Future

Air date: 
Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:35am - 10:00am
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Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court Ruling on ACA and the Future

We speak with Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court upholding of the premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the major problems still remaining within the nation's health care system, We also discuss the movement for a single-payer health care system in Oregon.  

Health Care for All Oregon is a coalition of over 100 organizationas working towards a single-payer health care system in Oregon. http://www.hcao.org

Supreme Court's Decision on Redistricting and How it Affects Oregon and the Nation

Air date: 
Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Supreme Court's Decision on Redistricting and How it Affects Oregon and the Nation
We speak with Kate Titus, executive director of Common Cause Oregon, and Dan Vicuña, National Redistricting Coordinator for Common Cause, about the US Supreme Court's Decision on redistricting, Oregon's efforts at redistricting and the Redistricting Reform Act of 2015.

Radio Ecoshock on "Sudden Heat" with Dr. Robert Kopp and Dr. Jeremy Leggett

Air date: 
Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock on "Sudden Heat" with Dr. Robert Kopp and Dr. Jeremy Leggett

We hear Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith. Today's program is titled "Sudden Heat." Dr. Robert Kopp explains why humans die in heat waves, and why that will get worse as climate change develops. Then the incredible Dr. Jeremy Leggett on "Winning the Carbon War" Plus climate music from Melody Sheep. 

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Die German Stunde

program date: 
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?

program date: 
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.

Phyllis Benning discusses 8th anniversary of Iraq war & continuing occupation, PDX march & rally March 19

program date: 
Wed, 03/09/2011

Host Will Seaman speaks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies about the upcoming 8th anniversary of the war in Iraq, the continuing occupation of Iraq, President Barack Obama's foreign policy and the uprisings in Middle Eastern countries.

Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement. She continues to serve as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.

(Stay up to date on events in the Middle East with Phyllis Bennis' free newsletter (delivered 1-2x a month).)

MARCH AND RALLY TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF 2003 IRAQ INVASION

DATE:  Saturday, March 19, 2011
TIME:  12:30pm Music  /  1:00pm Rally  /  1:30pm Peace march
LOCATION:  Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill & Broadway

State Bank of Oregon Community Forum

program date: 
Wed, 03/02/2011

State Bank of Oregon Community Forum

A public forum on the Oregon State Bank and a proposal to create a publicly owned bank modeled after the highly successful Bank of North Dakota was held on February 1st.

Forum speakers were Barbara Dudley, Co-Chair of the Oregon Working Families Party; Jim Houser, Co-owner of the Hawthorne Auto Clinic and Co-Chair of the Main Street Aliiance of Oregon; Teresa Retzlaff, Farmer at 46 North Farm in Astoria and member of Friends of Family Farmers; and State Representative Jefferson Smith.

Only North Dakota has a state bank.  At the moment, a State Bank of Oregon is only an idea.

North Dakota's state bank was formed in 1919.  When Alaska and Hawaii joined the union, they did not have a state bank - and still do not (as with the rest of the 47 states).

Recording: Oregon State Bank: Putting our money to work for us

Public Forum, February 1, 2011 at New Song Community Church, NE Portland

Forum Hosts: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Oregon Working Families Party, Oregon Action

website:  http://oregoniansforastatebank.org/

photos on this page by Steve Hughes

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Recorded and produced by Mel Reslor.



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Political Perspectives with guest guest is David Lively, discussion about the Organicology conference

program date: 
Wed, 02/09/2011

The guest is David Lively, Marketing Director of the Organically Grown Company in Eugene. He will talk about the Organicology conference going on in Portland this week and about current issues in the organic foods movement including the controversial "coexistence” deal between some organic companies and big-time genetically engineered company Monsanto and USDA secretary Tom Vilsack.

David Lively became involved in organic agriculture after becoming convinced that the best place to affect social change was in the dirt - and at farm level - and dropping out of social work school.  He moved to Oregon and became a partner in Thistle Organics and later created a joint venture with Riverbrook Cooperative, Thistle-Brook, that was the largest fresh-market organic farm in Oregon at that time.
In 1984, he became an employee of OGC and in the 21 years since, he has served as warehouser, field manager, production coordinator, buyer, account representative and marketing director.
He has also served as a certification inspector, a member of the steering committees for the Alliance of Organic Certifiers, Organically Grown in Oregon and the Tri-State Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture, and on the boards of OGC, Oregon Tilth and by Governor Robert's appointment the Center for Applied Agricultural Research.

Political Perspectives on 01/26/11

program date: 
Wed, 01/26/2011

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Dr. Margaret Flowers. congressional fellow for the 18,000-member Physicians for a National Health Program, about a single-payer health care program.

She will be one of the speakers at the Single Payer Health Care: State Wide Conference on Saturday, January 29th at the First Unitarian Church 1211 SW Main Street Portland, OR

National and local speakers, including:
• U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Author of HR 676, The National Single Payer Bill
• Dr. Margaret Flowers, Maryland Pediatrician & Congressional Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Program
• Katie Robbins, Healthcare-NOW! national single payer advocacy group
• Mark Dudzic, Labor Campaign for Single Payer national organizer

http://www.SinglePayerOregon.org

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Helena Norberg-Hodge on "The Economics of Happiness"

program date: 
Wed, 01/19/2011

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Helena Norberg-Hodge about her new film "The Economics of Happiness," a documentary about the devastating effects of globalization and the need for localization. Norberg-Hodge will be in Portland this Friday for a special screening and discussion of the film. The event is this Friday, January 21st, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Main Street Sanctuary, First Unitarian Church, Portland, 1011
SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is an internationally renowned environmentalist and a pioneer of the localisation movement. She is a leading critic of conventional notions of growth and development. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize. She is founder and director of
the International Society for Ecology and Culture and author of "Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh."

www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

Daniel Lerch on Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises

program date: 
Wed, 01/12/2011

  Host Sue Supriano speaks with Daniel Lerch, Program Director of Post Carbon Institute about his book, The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises.

Daniel Lerch is the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007), the first major municipal guidebook on peak oil and global warming, and the lead editor of The Post Carbon Reader (2010), a collection of original essays by some of the world's most provocative thinkers on the 21st century's interconnected sustainability crises. One of the few experts specializing in local government responses to global fossil fuel depletion, Daniel has delivered presentations and workshops to elected officials, planners, and other audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and Spain. He has been interviewed in numerous radio, video, and print outlets, and has been quoted in major publications including The New York Times and Business Week.

Daniel has worked with urban sustainability and planning issues for nearly fifteen years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Master of Urban Studies from Portland State University in Oregon.

 

Paul Pierson: "How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class"

program date: 
Wed, 12/29/2010

Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, was in Portland at the end of November and spoke with host Stephanie Potter. In an innovative historical departure Pierson and his co-author, Jacob Hacker, trace the rise of the winner-take-all economy back to the late 1970' when big business and conservative idealogues organized themselves to undo the regulations and progressive ta policies that had helped ensure a fair distribution of economic rewards.  Deregulation got underway, taxes were cut for the wealthiest, and business decimated labor in Washington.  By showing how our political system has been hijacked by the superrich, Pierson and Hacker point the way to rebuilding a democracy that serves the many, rather than just the wealthy few. 

Sister Helen Prejean on Oregon's Death Penalty

program date: 
Wed, 12/29/2010

Political Perspectives presents a talk by Sister Helen Prejean who spoke in Portland on October 21st of this year at the First United Methodist Church in support of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty ( www.oadp.org ). She is introduced by Nasseem Raka, author of The Crying Tree.

Sister Helen Prejean was asked to become the spiritual advisor to death row inmate Patrick Sonnier, and after witnessing his execution she wrote a book about her experience: Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. She then became a leading advocate for the repeal of the death penalty. She has since accompanied six more men to their deaths and began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. As a result she has recently published: The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.

This program was produced by Stephanie Potter. 

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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