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Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives

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Tue, 04/07/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Guests Regna Merritt, Executive Director of Oregon Wild, and Floy Jones of Friends of the Reservoir discuss new threats to Bull Run water including a possible additional water treatment plant, the replacement of the five open reservoirs at Mt Tabor and Washington Parks, and upcoming increases to Portland water bills. They are inviting listeners to a critical meeting to discuss threats and solutions, answer questions and accept short testimony on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at Glencoe Elementary School cafeteria at 825 SE 51st Avenue, Portland.

Political Perspectives on 04/07/09

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Tue, 04/07/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Alva Noë about the brain and consciousness. Noë’s controversial new neuroscience book Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, which argues that consciousness does not arise in the brain, has received glowing praise from the likes of Oliver Sacks, Daniel Dennett,and Hilary Putnam

Political Perspectives on 04/02/09

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Thu, 04/02/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free." Ellen Brown says the banking system has been contrived so that big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn't enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today. When the investors realize that the "insurance" against catastrophe that they have purchased in the form of derivatives is worthless, they are liable to jump ship and bring the whole shaky edifice crashing down.

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil. 

In his recent book Tar Sands: Diry Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem. Nikiforuk will speak on Tuesday March 31st at 7-9 PM at the First Unitarian Church at SW 12th and Main. This is a KBOO co-sponsored event.

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

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Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Avigail Abarbanel, a former Israeli soldier who now lives in Australia. She says her army experience turned her into a pacifist. She is the Canberra director of Deir Yassin Remembered. She is a psychotherapist in Canberra.

Political Perspectives

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Thu, 03/26/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

Political Perspectives on 03/24/09

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Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

Political Perspectives

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Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 759 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison."For the first time there is a definitive Guantanomo prisoner list. Andy discisses this just released list and answers the question, "Where have released prisoners gone? Also who's locked up and under what conditions?"

Political Perspectives on 03/19/09

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Thu, 03/19/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   www.ips-dc.org/staff/saul

Political Perspectives on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine. He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.

"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.

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

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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"

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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

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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. 

Author David Swanson discusses "War is a Lie"

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Wed, 12/22/2010

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews David Swanson about his new book War Is A Lie, in which he exposes the reality of why the U.S. is constantly at war. He addresses the web of lies, the taboo subjects, the false claims, and the mythic messages and lays waste to them. Your phone calls are welcome.

David Swanson is the author of War Is A Lie and Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union. He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org 

 

Die German Stunde

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Wed, 12/15/2010

Die German Stunde talks about immigration to Portland -- old v. new. The German American Society is having trouble reconciling immigrants who came in the 50s and 60s with newer arrivals. Other ethnic communities are facing similar dilemmas. Guests:  Sascha Siekmann from the German American Society, Mahnaz Milani from the Iranian Community, Andrea Bartoloni, Italy's Vice Consul here in Portland and KBOO's very own Lucia Galizia, host of KBOO's Italian Hour.

Joshua Holland: "The Fifteen Biggest Lies about the Economy"

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Sun, 12/12/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Joshua Holland about his new book, THE FIFTEEN BIGGEST LIES ABOUT THE ECONOMY (AND EVERYTHING ELSE THE RIGHT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT TAXES, JOBS, AND CORPORATE AMERICA).  Joshua Holland exposes the most repeated, most publicized lies of the Right, and reveals their all-too-real consequences.

Joshua Holland is a senior writer and editor at AlterNet, responsible for coverage of the economy, globalization, and immigration. 

 

Chris Hedges - Death of the Liberal Class

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Wed, 12/01/2010

A conversation with Chris about the origins of liberalism, its heyday in the 1880s - early 20th century and decline post-WWI.  Of course we talk about modern times as well, so give a listen for all the details.  Includes roughly 20 minutes of phone calls from listeners towards the end.

  • Length: 57:38 minutes (52.76 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 11/24/10

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Wed, 11/24/2010

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Eliza Griswold about her new book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam Eliza Griswold has spent much of the past seven years traveling in Africa and Asia between the equator and the line of latitude seven hundred miles to the north, the tenth parallel.

She received a 2010 Rome Prize from The American Academy in Rome. Having won awards for both her non-fiction and her poems, she is currently a fellow at the New America Foundation. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she reports on religion, conflict and human rights. Her first book of poems, Wideawake Field: Poems was published in 2007. Her reportage and poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, The New Republic, among many others.

  • Length: 27:47 minutes (25.43 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 11/17/10

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Wed, 11/17/2010

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with journalist Russ Baker, author of "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces that Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America." With the recent publication of his memoir, former President George W. Bush is very much in the news and the media. This is a good time to get another perspective on the man and his family.

Russ Baker is an old-fashioned muckraking journalist and pamphleteer using the newest technologies. In his reporting and writing he brings the best of mainstream methods (balance and rigor) to the alternative media, and the best of the alternative media (passion for the truth and the larger story) to the mainstream. He focuses on getting past the rhetoric to expose the hidden levers and machinations that shape our world. Baker’s investigative reporting, analysis pieces, features, and essays on politics, power, and perceptions have appeared in many of the world’s finest publications.

Over the past two decades, Baker has produced hundreds of stories, most of them for magazines and newspapers — but also for television and radio — on a broad range of topics, from political revolutions to revolutionary humor. He is currently directing and producing his first documentary film.

Baker has received Society of Professional Journalists, Mencken and Common Cause awards, served as a panelist for the national conference of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and been a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He appears frequently in the electronic media to discuss current events. He is the co-founder of the journalism soirees that evolved into the company, MediaBistro.

http://russbaker.com/

  • Length: 57:28 minutes (52.6 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 11/10/10

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Wed, 11/10/2010

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with journalist and political blogger Rose Aguilar about the media's failure to cover women's issues as they've deemed 2010 the "Year of the GOP Woman." She recently wrote an article on this topic on truthout.org.

 
Rose Aguilar is the author of Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland about a six-month road trip she took to the so-called "red states" to interview people about issues they care about and why they vote the way they do (or not).
  • Length: 56:20 minutes (25.79 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

 

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