Political Perspectives

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Political Perspectives on 05/12/09

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Tue, 05/12/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

BEST RECENT POLITICAL BOOKS SPECIAL

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher and Kathleen Stephenson discuss best recent political books, which will be available as thank you gifts to those of you who pledge during the show. We'll hear excerpts from interviews with these writers:

Geoffrey Miller, author of "Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior"

Reza Aslan, author of "How to Win a Cosmic War: God Globalization and the End of the War on Terror."

Michelle Goldberg, author of "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World"

Political Perspectives

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Fri, 05/08/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

"Currency, Banking and the Financial Crisis"

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." He also speaks with Stephen Zarlenga of the American Monetary Institute, author of "The Lost Science of Money." Zarlenga is speaking in Portland at the First Unitarian Church on Monday, May 11th, at 7PM. The Church is at 1011 SW 12th Ave.

Political Perspectives on 04/30/09

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

Per Fagereng speaks with writer and peak oil researcher Mike Ruppert, whose latest book is "A Presidential Energy Policy" which will be published on May Day.

Political Perspectives on 04/28/09

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Tue, 04/28/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Eva Lake speaks with Kathe Kollwitz of The Guerilla Girls about art, women and activism. The Guerilla Girls will be speaking tonight (Tuesday, April 28), at 7pm at Portland State University in the Smith Memorial Ballroom at 1825 SW Broadway, as part of the series "Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture sponsored by Bitch magazine and PSU’s Women’s Resource Center.

Political Perspectives on 04/28/09

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Tue, 04/28/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

David Smith-Ferri and Noah Baker Merrill, volunteers with Direct Aid Iraq, recently returned from a trip Iraq and Jordan. They have visited families who fled under death threats, leaving all of their possessions and homes behind. They’ve recorded testimonies from people who have endured torture, extortion, kidnapping, and violence. Direct Aid Iraq  is a network of Iraqis, Americans, and others supporting a future of peace for Iraq through providing aid, facilitating cooperation, engaging in advocacy, and providing education. Marianne Barisonek speaks with Noah Baker Merrill about his experiences.
 

Political Perspectives on 04/23/09

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Thu, 04/23/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Susan Galleymore, author of "Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror." The mother of a U.S. soldier, Galleymore made international headlines by traveling to Iraq to visit her son on a military base. This prompted her journey into the hearts and lives of mothers around the world. Galleymore spoke with mothers in Iraq, Israel, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and the U.S. She continues to share the stories of those affected by war as founder of MotherSpeak (www.motherspeak.org), host for Raising Sand Radio (http://www.raisingsandradio.org), and a counselor on the G.I. Rights Hotline.

 

Political Perspectives on 04/21/09

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Tue, 04/21/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with environmental writer Chip Ward who says, "'Too big to fail.' It's been the mantra of our economic meltdown. Although meant to emphasize the overwhelming importance of this bank or that corporation, the phrase also unwittingly expresses a shared delusion that may be at the root of our current crises -- both economic and ecological.  In nature, nothing is too big to fail. In fact, big is bound to fail. To understand why that's so means stepping away from a prevailing set of beliefs that holds us in its sway, especially the deep conviction that we operate apart from nature's limits and rules."

Political Perspectives on 04/16/09

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Thu, 04/16/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews Ronault l.s. Catalani about his book Counter Culture: Immigrant Stories from Portland Cafe Counters. The book is a lyrical memoir written from Portland cafe counters by Polo, immigrant community poet and problem solver, West Coast and Southeast Asia activist attorney.

Political Perspectives on 04/14/09

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Tue, 04/14/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

The guest is Steve Fraser, editor, historian and author of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace. Fraser will be speaking at the Illahee Lecture Series this Wednesday, April 15th, at 7:30PM. His topic is Wall Street: A History of Desire. In the book Wall Street: America's Dream Palace Fraser recounts the history of Wall Street and analyzes how the U.S. has wresteled with fundamental questions of wealth and work, democracy and elitism, greed and salvation.

Political Perspectives on 04/14/09

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Tue, 04/14/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chris Martenson, who offers a free crash course on "how we got into this economic crisis." Chris Martenson is an author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.

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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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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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