Political Perspectives

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

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Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 06/01/11

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Wed, 06/01/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Supreme Court California Prison Ruling

Carlos Chavez interviews Ed Mead, director of Prison Focus Magazine. They discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling on California Prisons. On Monday May 23rd the Supreme Court ordered the state of California to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates to correct deadly lapses in medical care. Justice Anthony Kennedy said that, "the state had little choice but to reduce its inmate population because of squalid conditions of the prison system, which violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment."

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Political Perspectives on 06/01/11

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Wed, 06/01/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"The Last Nomads"

The guests are Ian MacKenzie of the "The Last Nomads" and Bria Morgan who directs the Borneo Project. They will talk about a Film Screening and Conversation with Ian Mackenzie about his work with the Eastern Penan of Borneo. It is at The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard on Wednesday June 1, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“The Last Nomads” is a Banff Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize winner. The film follows Ian, a linguist & ethnographer, on his yearly trek through the threatened Borneo rainforest, with the last remaining nomadic hunter-gatherers, the Penan.

Political Perspectives on 05/25/11

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Wed, 05/25/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From TUC Radio's timeless archives - remastered
Enrico Fermi and Henry Moore

Political Perspectives on 05/18/11

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Wed, 05/18/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Medical Delegation Reports on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Physicians for Social Responsibility Members Speak about their Recent Trip

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Gerri Haynes and Laura Hart about the health threats they witnessed on their January 2011 medical delegation visit to Gaza. Portland nurse practitioner Maxine Fookson, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, is also a guest.

Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant who has taught mental health classes in Gaza and organized trips to the Middle East since 1992. Gerri is a past president of Washington PSR and a former National PSR board member.

Political Perspectives on 05/18/11

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Wed, 05/18/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Repression and Resistence in Honduras

Host Carlos Chavez interviews Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Cruz specializing in Honduras. She recently wrote a piece for the Nation titled “Open Season on Teachers in Honduras,” which states: “In Honduras, it’s come to this: when 90 percent of the city’s 68,000 public schoolteachers went out on strike in March to protest the privatization of the entire public school system, the government tear-gassed their demonstrations for almost three solid weeks, then suspended 305 teachers for two to six months as punishment for demonstrating, and then, when negotiations broke down, threatened to suspend another 5,000 public schoolteachers.

Political Perspectives on 05/11/11

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Wed, 05/11/2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am
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Noam Chomsky speaks on "Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images"

Noam Chomsky speaks on "Global Hegemony: The Facts, The Images."

Noted intellectual and author Noam Chomsky spoke about the current state of the economy, the assault on social welfare programs, and the prospects for resistance and hope in the years to come. He spoke at the University of Oregon in Eugene on April 20th.

Recorded by Will Seaman of KBOO and pdxjustice.org

Political Perspectives on 05/04/11

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Wed, 05/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Antonia Juhasz speaks on "Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill"

Journalist, activist and author Antonia Juhasz speaks on "Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill." Juhasz conducted hundreds of personal interviews during her time spent embedded within those communities most impacted by the disaster. She  exposes the human failings and human cost of the largest oil disaster in American history -- and shows how it could easily happen again.

Political Perspectives on 04/27/11

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Wed, 04/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bill McKibben on Act fir Our Climate

Bill McKibben on Act for Our Climate: Global Warming in the Shadow of Fukushima

A recent talk given by climate activist Bill McKibben in early April in Vancouver, Canada. He updates us on our climate situation, the situation in China, the failure of international negotiations and the disinformation campaign from the fossil fuel lobby.

This talk comes to us from Radio Ecoshock with Alex Smith.

Bill McKibben wrote the first book about global warming, "The End of Nature" in 1989. His latest book is "Eaarth."


Political Perspectives on 04/20/11

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Wed, 04/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Opposing Portland's Rejoining the Joint Terrorism Task Force

Democracy Here: Host Joe Meyer looks at the debate, protest and opposition to Portland's rejoining the Joint Terrorism Task Force. We hear citizin voices from the March 10th protest as well as interviews with David Fidanque of the Oregon ACLU and local attorney Greg Kafourey. Produced by Ross Freeman Levin and Joe Meyer.

Political Perspectives on 04/13/11

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Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Stopping Wage Theft in Oregon

Host Carlos Chavez reports from a Town Hall to Stop Wage Theft, which was organized by the Oregon Coalition to Stop Wage Theft on April 7th. Workers and other community members shared their stories about the impact of wage theft.  The coalition wants the legislature to pass laws to protect workers. There are several different measures in the House right now.



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.


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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."

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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."

Future of Boardman

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Wed, 06/16/2010
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Discussion on Israel's attack on Gaza aid flotilla

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Wed, 06/02/2010

KBOO speaks with Alison Weir of If Americans Knew, Peter Hart from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and Gaza-based independent journalist Rami Almeghari on the Israeli attack Monday May 31st on a humanitarian aid flotilla on its way to the Gaza Strip.  Includes updates on the attack, discussion of US media coverage, and a description of the impacts of the three-year long siege on Gaza.


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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