Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 05/16/12

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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Current U.S. space technology strategy and military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region

Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space spoke in Portland on April 20th on current U.S. space technology strategy, military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, the effects of our war economy on climate change and ending the corporate domination of congress

Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997).

Political Perspectives on 05/09/12

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Wed, 05/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Political Perspectives on 05/02/12

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Wed, 05/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kristian Williams on the Extent of Torture in Democratic Societies

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local activist Kristian Williams about his new short book Hurt, published by Microcosm Publishing. a not-for-profit, collectively-run publisher and distributor of books and zines which is now based in Leavenworth, KS and Portland, OR.

Political Perspectives on 04/25/12

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Political Perspectives on 04/25/12

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

Political Perspectives on 04/18/12

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Wed, 04/18/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

Political Perspectives on 04/11/12

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Wed, 04/11/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Elaine Hagopian on "The Syrian Revolution Enigma"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Elaine Hagopian about "The Syrian Revolution Enigma."

Elaine Hagopian is a Syrian-American sociologist, a professor emeritus of sociology at Simmons College in Boston and political interviewer for Arabic Hour TV. She said recently: "The so-called Syrian revolution is an enigma. It has split the left between those who support the so-called opposition with all its disparate parts to those who see the revolution as a plot to destroy the Syrian regime’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah which stands in the face of Western and local affiliate countries’ interests.

Political Perspectives on 04/04/12

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Wed, 04/04/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The False Paradigm of Parity and Partition: Revisiting 1967

Professor Ilan Pappe talks about the Israel's government intention--including socialists and left-- to get rid of the Palestinian people from occupied territory ever since early 1960's and up to right. "The False Paradigm of Parity and Partition: Revisiting 1967" deals with the lies that there was a reconciling strategy or peace plan at the behest of Israelis' governing to solve the conflict with Palestinians.

From Global Voices for Justice http://www.gvfj.org/

Recorded 2/24/12

The author of numerous books, Ilan Pappe is Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

Political Perspectives on 03/28/12

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Wed, 03/28/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Moore on the future of the Occupy Movement.

Filmmaker, author and activist Michael Moore speaks on the future of the Occupy Movement. Moore was the featured speaker at the Left Forum on Saturday, March 17th at Pace University in New York City.

Political Perspectives on 03/21/12

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Wed, 03/21/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum

Michelle Poyourow of the KBOO Bike Show hosts another in a series of Portland Mayor Candidate Forums. Today's confirmed participants include Loren Charles Brown, Robert James Carron, Shonda Colleen Kelley, and Howie Rubin.

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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)
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Political Perspectives on 10/27/10, interview with Bradley Burston

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Wed, 10/27/2010

Host Jacob Rosenblum interviews Israeli columnist and commentator Bradley Burston. Bradley Burston is a columnist for Israel's Haaretz Newspaper, and Senior Editor of Haaretz.com. During the first Palestinian uprising, he served as Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was the paper's military correspondent in the 1991 Gulf War. In the mid-1990s he covered Israeli-Arab peace talks for Reuters. He is a recipient of the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism, presented at the United Nations in 2006.

Bradley Burston will discuss “Pro-Mideast in America: Getting Past ‘Pro-Israel’ and ‘Pro-Palestine’” on Thursday, October 28th, 7:00 pm at Bridgeport United Church of Christ/Shir Tikvah. The event is hosted by J Street Portland. Bridgeport U.C.C./Shir Tikvah is at 621 NE 76th Avenue, Portland
  • Length: 30:35 minutes (28 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 10/20/10 with guest Richard Wolff

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Wed, 10/20/2010

The guest is Richard Wolff, author of the book "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It." Wolff is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate Program for International Affairs at the New School University in New York City. Video of his talk "Capitalism Hits the Fan" is available at: http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com .

After returning from Europe last month Wolff said "These are historic days and weeks in Europe. Unprecedented trade union unity across industries, unions, and countries -- with massive support from students, retirees, churches and public opinion polls -- directly confronts governments, demanding an end to making ordinary people pay for a capitalist crisis. The terms of public debate, policy and social change are shifting in directions not seen or believed possible in Europe for decades."

In June and July he gave a series of talks in Europe, including at the University of Athens and University of Paris, meeting with many of the people organizing the protests.

  • Length: 42:18 minutes (38.73 MB)
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Die German Stunde talks about Immigration

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Fri, 09/24/2010

 Former German central banker Thilo Sarrazin has provoked a heated debate in Germany with the publication in August of his book:  Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab -- or Germany Does Away with Itself. In the book Sarrazin says Muslims are either unwilling or incapable of integration and that immigrants are more of a negative than a positive for the country. Politicians roundly condemned the statements, but some Germans say Sarrazin has publicly stated what many actually think. Host Miriam Widman discusses the book and immigration with Feridun Bek, a German of Turkish descent who is an auto industry executive now living in Detroit and with Sergey Lagodinsky, a Russian-Jewish immigrant to Germany who is a lawyer and member of the Social Democratic Party. He is currently at Yale University as part of the Yale World Fellows Program. Here are some links for this program.

Thilo Sarrazin:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thilo_Sarrazin

Sarrazin's Book:   http://www.amazon.de/Deutschland-schafft-sich-unser-setzen/dp/3421044309

Sergey Lagodinksy:  http://www.gppi.net/about/team/sergey_lagodinsky/

Feridun Bek:  http://tacam.org/board/

 

Robert Bowman on Peace, Patriotism, Activism and 9/11

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Wed, 09/15/2010

Host Sue Supriano interviews longtime peace activist Robert (Bob) Bowman, a former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He was an early public critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has been active with Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World

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Wed, 08/18/2010

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Stan Cox, Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)

Stan Cox looks at the consequences on our environment and on our health of air-conditioning in this enlightening study. He documents how greenhouse emissions increased and ozone depletion skyrocketed once air conditioners became prevalent.

He explores air conditioning as a potential spreader of contagions—of asthma and allergies and possibly even sexual dysfunctions.

Before joining the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, as senior scientist in 2000, Stan Cox worked as a U.S. Department of Agriculture geneticist for thirteen years. His environmental writing has been widely published. He is the author of Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine.

 

  • Length: 26:05 minutes (23.88 MB)
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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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