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Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 06/13/12

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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

Political Perspectives on 06/06/12

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Wed, 06/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos talks about dismantling corporate rule

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. This is the message of long-time activist Paul Cienfuegos, who will be leading a workshop in Portland 6/9-6/10, and who provides a wealth of information showing how the fiction of "corporate personhood" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action.

Political Perspectives on 05/23/12

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Wed, 05/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander on "The Criminal Injustice System"

Michelle Alexander on the "Criminal Injustice System"

Alexander says California has led the way in building a system that turns back the clock on racial progress in the United States. She says we must insist on a moral revolution that will undo the present system of mass incarceration.

She spoke on May 10th at Dominguez Hills, California. This lecture was recorded and produced by Global Voices for Justice.

Michelle Alexander is a professor at Ohio State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic.

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.

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Kanaan Kanaan on Art and Diversity

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Wed, 02/03/2010

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm in the Find out more about Kanaan Kanaan's work at http://www.kanaankanaan.com/joomla/

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Sauvie Island's Donna Matrazzo on "Wild Things: Adventure's of a Grassroots Environmentalist"

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Wed, 01/13/2010

  Host Allison Miliones speaks with Donna Matrazzo, a science, environmental and history writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and in national park visitor centers and museums around the country. She has lived on Sauvie Island for 20 years. Her book, Wild Things: Adventures of a Grassroots Environmentalist, was a finalist for a Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.

David Swanson

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Wed, 01/06/2010

 

David Swanson, author and activist talks about his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming A More Perfect Union." The host is Marianne Barisonek.

 Swanson talks about how the office of Presidency has acquired more and more power while Congress neglects its duties. He offers ideas on how we the people can rebalance the political structures.

Powers taken by George Bush will become cemented into place during the Obama administration unless Congress takes action. The aberrations of the Bush years will become norms and now is the time to undo the damage.

Many of the abuses committed by the Bush presidency were given legitimacy by the actions of his predecessor, Bill Clinton. 

Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change

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Wed, 12/16/2009

Focus on Palestine-Israel - Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change.   Host Will Seaman interviews Dan Fleshler, a media and public affairs strategist, who spends much of his free time trying to convince the American Jewish community to support Israel’s peace camp and an end to Israeli settlement expansion. He is the author of Transforming America's Israel Lobby --The Limits Of its Power and the Potential For Change. He is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now and is on the Advisory Council of J Street.

 

 

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Reacts to Obama's Plan for Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

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Wed, 12/02/2009

 Kathleen Stephenson interviews long time peace activist Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence who discusses her reactions to President Obama's December 1st speech on the future of the war in Afghanistan. Kelly is an author, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and one one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness. Earlier this year she traveled to Northern Pakistan to try and understand the effects of drone strikes on the people there.

Amy Goodman on Breaking the Sound Barrier

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Wed, 11/18/2009

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, speaks with KBOO's Kathleen Stephenson about the importance of independent media, the stories of grassroots activists included in her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier; and her upcoming benefit for KBOO at the Bagdad Theatre.

 

Liz Grover Visits Afghanistan to Bust Through Media Stereotypes

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Host Kayse Jama talks with local resident Liz Grover about her experiences living and working in Kabul, with the goal of busting through western media sterotypes about Afghanistan and its people.  " . . in the midst of war, I went to Afghanistan with one hundred dollars to my name, a one-way airplane ticket and no promise of a job."

 

James Hoggan: Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Climate Change Series, Part 2.        Kathleen Stephenson interviews James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.  He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project

Climate Crisis: Going Against Terrible Odds to Set Things Right

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Wed, 11/04/2009

Stephanie Potter interviews naturalist Richard Albertson, whose book The Sky is the Limit--A Brief and Easy Explanation of Climate Change for Present and Future Voters, speaks directly to citizens--he tells how climate change works and goes on to the "inescapable conclusion that we're well past the point where simply reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we generate can solve our problem." He also addresses how our economic and political systems have created this mess & the measures we must take NOW to save our necks.  thecircleworks.org will provide more info.  This is the first of a 3-part weekly series on the climate crisis. (Read Stephanie's review at http://kboo.fm/node/17584 )

Oregon's Use of Coal Devastating to Powder River Basin Rancher

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Wed, 10/21/2009

Kathleen Stephenson's guests include LJ Turner, a rancher whose livelihood, for more than 40 years, has been threatened by the water depletion and strip mining that result from coal extraction.    Also present,  Robin Everett, an organizer with the Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal Campaign. The campaign's website explains that despite our efforts to go "green," nearly 40% of Oregon’s power comes from coal, more than both Washington and California; and we use coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming where Turner has been a rancher.  Turner was in town to speak  at Pioneer Square at noon as part of a rally to help end the use of coal in Oregon.

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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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