Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 09/30/11

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Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Historian Charles Mann author of 1493, speaks about the Columbian Exchange and its lasting impacts

Charles Mann has released 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created as the follow-up to his previous book, 1491, which received the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck Award for best book of the year.

Political Perspectives on 09/21/11

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Wed, 09/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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John Gibler - To Die in Mexico

Carlos Chavez hosts Political Perspectives for an interview with independent journalist and author John Gibler on his latest book. We discuss the social ramifications and distorted politics of Mexico and America’s failed Drug Wars.

Political Perspectives on 08/24/11

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Wed, 08/24/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jerry Erwin on the war in Libya

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Portland area resident Jerry Erwin. He just returned from Libya where he participated in the war.

Political Perspectives on 08/17/11

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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher hosts a program about Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need, Since 1991.

In downtown Portland every Sunday, rain or shine, a dedicated group of volunteers from Potluck in the Park (PiP) come together to create community and serve a hot nutritious meal to anyone in need.

On Aug. 28th, Potluck in the Park celebrates its 20th birthday by offering a Free barbecue meal to anyone in need with an estimated attendance of 1200 guests in the PSU Park Blocks between S.W. Hall & Montgomery. A Resource Faire in collaboration with local social services providers will include Health, Legal, Youth Services, Haircuts, Bike Repairs, Pet Food and Live Music.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, on the Super Congress

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, just wrote the piece "Whip the Super Congress: Call and Ask Your Member of Congress if They Like Their Job." which states: "You won’t find a Super Congress mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. It will be an elite body of 12 members of Congress who write legislation behind closed doors and then announce it to the public. Whatever they decide will then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it can’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Christine Shearer visited a native Alaska village where climate change is destroying their island.

Host Marianne Barisonek talks with Christine Shearer about her book Kivalina: A Climate Change Story."

Kivalina is a small Native Alaska community that is suing twenty-four fossil fuel companies for thier contributions to climate change and for creating a false debate around climate change. Christine Shearer talks about the history of the "Product Defense Industry" and how it is distorting the media landscape on climate change.

Political Perspectives on 08/03/11

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Wed, 08/03/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with John Tirman about his book "THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars." Tirman is Principal Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Center for International Studies, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts and 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World.

They'll discuss how U.S. behavior in war contributes to anti-Americanism; how the U.S. government is complicit in creating plans that cause civilian suffering; and why Americans are indifferent to civilian deaths? They will also look at the role of the media in this issue.

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"The Tenacity of Hope," a Veterans Art Exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries at PSU

Dan Shea of Veterans for Peace talks about "The Tenacity of Hope," a Veterans Art Exhibit at the Littman and White Galleries at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union. Dan Shea, a Vietnam veteran, curated the exhibit, which is about the resilience of veterans to survive using art as a path to healing, the resistance of veterans to be silent, to ignore history and a warning to the present that our future will require not a few warriors but all of us to be committed to nonviolence, itself a nonviolent revolution, thus, they dare to hope their work is making a difference.

Reception Thursday, August 4 from 5pm to 7pm
Littman and White Galleries, Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway, Room 250, Portland State University

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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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.

 

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

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Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Concrete, Steel, and Paint," a film documents what happens when men in a Pennsylvania state priso

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Tony Heriza, Co-Director/Producer of "Concrete, Steel, and Paint," and Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. They discuss the film "Concrete, Steel, and Paint," which documents what happens when men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing and their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy - but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.concretefilm.org

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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
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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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Better Not Bigger - Reshaping the Economy for a Finite World

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Wed, 08/11/2010

 Rob Dietz, the director of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, spoke on achieving a steady-state econmy on May 12th at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. His talk was recorded and produced by Roberta Hall, host of Health and Healthcare Forum.   According to Dietz, in a steady-state economy, energy and resource use are reduced to a level that is within ecological limits and the goal of maximizing GDP is replaced by the goal of maximizing quality of life.

Michael Meade on Ecstatic Soul

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Wed, 07/07/2010

Host Lyn Moelich speaks with mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade about how a sense of myth and story is required for making sense of the rapid changes in the world and for sustaining a sense of meaning and purpose in our individual lives. They also discuss his July 7th appearance at the Old Church in Portland with evening of ecstatic poetry and sacred music. Meade says that in dark and troubled times ancient peoples turned to the poets and mystics, not to escape reality, but to find solace, understanding, and inspiration. The mystics say that something that turns within us helps to make the world turn. They say that there is a "light seed grain inside; you fill it with yourself, or it dies."

  • Length: 26:55 minutes (12.32 MB)
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The Oregon Food Bank and Hunger in Oregon

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Wed, 06/30/2010
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Rachel Bristol, chief executive officer of the Oregon Food Bank, about hunger in Oregon at the present time. High unemployment and a tough economy has forced record numbers of people to seek emergency food. The Waterfront Blues Festival is the Food Bank's biggest fundraiser.
 
 
 

H.P. Albarelli, author of "A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments"

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Wed, 06/23/2010

 Host Marianne Barisonek interviews H.P. Albarelli, author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments.  Albarelli writes about the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including several who actually oversaw the CIA’s mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s.   H. P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and newspapers across the nation and is the author of the novel The Heap. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Matt Briggs on his documentary "Deep Green"

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Wed, 06/23/2010
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews local filmmaker Matt Briggs about his new documentary "Deep Green," which explores sustainability in 9 countries.  From the website: "Accompanied by an international team of award-winning cinematographers, filmmaker Matt Briggs takes us on a compelling journey to nine countries, including China, to uncover the best people with the best ideas, strategies and cutting-edge technologies that can get the job done… if we start now."

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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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