Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser on his new book Command and Control

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, who talks about his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, a ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs in America's nuclear arsenal system. Schlosser discusses how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity in the nuclear area still poses a grave risk to mankind.  

From the front lines of anti-fracking resistance in New Brunswick, Canada. Paul Roland hosts.

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Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Canadians rise up against gas fracking in New Brunswick on the southeast coast.
Last week, images of burning police cars in a small rural community in the Canadian province of New Brunswick made the rounds of both corporate and social media. The issue--hydraulic gas fracturing ("fracking")--is one that has impacted communities across the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. The issues are similar to many other sites of resistance to fracking and other forms of fossil fuel extraction--companies coming in to poor rural communities and promising jobs and wealth, political forces permitting it to go forward without serious evaluation of either the real economic benefits or the environmental, social and cultural impacts. But in New Brunswick, as in a few other areas in the U.S.

Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

The ongoing government shutdown is affecting many of the agencies we depend on to keep workers, food, infrastructure and financial regulations in place. Don Merrill talks with Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government about some of those effects as the shutdown drags on.

Bees and Seeds

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:30am - 9:45am
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Bees and Seeds
Organizer and activist Tiffany Ayers talks about Bees and Seeds. Portland joins other cities in Oregon – throughout the Pacific Northwest, across the country, and around the world – to commemorate World Food Day 2013. BEES & SEEDS – World Food Day PDX is a family friendly event to celebrate farmers and producers and the healthy local, organic, and pesticide-free food that sustains us. The event includes a special tribute to our pollinator friends, the bees, because without them we can’t eat. And we’ll salute seed savers who are preserving our biological and cultural heritage

Richard Wolff on "How Is Capitalism Working?"

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Political Perspectives

From the series Economic Update host Richard Wolff, economist, writer and professor, presents an extended commentary on "How Is Capitalism Working." He says it's the underlying problem causing the political system not to work and the government to break down.

http://rdwolff.com/

Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall

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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall
Andrew Geller speaks with former British military microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower and Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. Trower and Pall have a public speaking engagement on Thursday October 10th at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, beginning at 7pm. http://wirelesseducationaction.org/ http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/09/425176.shtml http://rense.com/general96/trower.html

Political Perspectives on 09/25/13

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Wed, 09/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor writer Sarah Jaffe and Detroit activist Abayomi Azikiwe

In the first part of the show we hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He speaks with labor writer Sarah Jaffe of In These Times about low paid US workers mobilizing. Hear audio at http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

In the second part of the show host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Abayomi Azikiwe of the Coalition for an International Peoples Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and the Pan African Newswire about the real picture of Detroit and the demand to cancel the debt to the banks and guarantee workers' jobs and pensions.

moratoraium-mi.org

InternationalPeoplesAssembly.org

Political Perspectives on 09/11/13

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Wed, 09/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rania Masri on Syria: Beyond the Falsehoods and False Choices

Per Fagerng hosts an interview and call-in with Rania Masri, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and currently visiting the U.S. The topics are the situation in Syria, a response to President Obama's speech to the nation and his call for Congress to authorize military strikes against Syria, and where does Syria go from here.

Masri says "There are a host of falsehoods being made about Syria. The issue is falsely being framed as either bomb or 'do nothing,' ignoring the host of diplomatic and nonviolent options ... "

Political Perspectives on 09/04/13

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Wed, 09/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

Today's program has three segments:

Political Perspectives on 08/30/13

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Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Miko Peled speaks on The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Miko Peled, an Israeli writer and activist speaks on his book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a national and personal perspective.

This is a talk he gave at Portland State University earlier this year.

On his blog, Peled writes:

In my book, “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” I show how it is that the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist came to these realizations.  Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization and in the end finding that the story upon which I was raised, was a lie – now that is an interesting journey.

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Economist Joseph Stiglitz: "Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy"

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Wed, 03/24/2010

 Host Stefan Kampf interviews Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz about his recent book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, an account of the financial meltdown that criticizes the Obama Administration for 'muddling through' rather than pushing aggressively for change. Stiglitz is a University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia.

 

13 Indigenous Grandmothers: "Mother Nature is angry. We must change. All of us."

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Wed, 03/10/2010

Stephanie Potter speaks with Carole Hart, director and producer of "For the Next 7 Generations," and Linda Neale, founder and board member of the Earth and Spirit Council. "For The Next 7 Generations," a documentary film chronicling the efforts of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from the four directions to heal the earth & her inhabitants, will show at 4 pm on 3/14 at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 Southeast Clinton Street, Portland 97202.

 

A fundraiser for the Earth & Spirit Council, the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and The Oregon Food Bank. Tickets $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $10 at the door. Please bring non-perishable food item(s) for donation. For preview info go to http://www.youtube.com/carolehart.

PDX Walk for Water event to aid families in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Wed, 03/10/2010

 

 

Host Crystal Leighty interviews Eric Mwarabu, an intern from Tanzania who is working to increase awareness of Walk for Water on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Drawing attention to the plight of millions of people whose access to safe drinking water is severely limited, Walk for Water will raise funds to benefit Water For All, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to families in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to raise $14,000 needed to build a water pump in Tanzania.  The Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S, Earl BlumenauerOregon’s U.S. Representative from the 3rd District, Mayor Sam Adams of Portland, plus other will be the keynote speaker at the event. For more information:  http://www.worldwaterdaypdx.com/speakers 

 

Film maker Jihan El-Tahri on “Behind the Rainbow," an exploration of South Africa’s ruling party

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Tue, 03/02/2010

 On the Part Two of the Feb 10, 2010, Political Perspectives we hear from filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri about her documentary, “Behind the Rainbow,” which explores the transition of the African National Congress from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party. The film was shown in Portland as part of the Cascade African Film Festival on Thursday February 11th at 7:30PM

Brad Friedman of Brad Blog discusses rightwing activist James O'Keefe's felony arrest

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Wed, 02/10/2010

In part one of the Feb 10, 2010 Political Perspectives, Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews blogger Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog about the case of rightwing activist James O'Keefe, his federal felony arrest late last month, and his infamous secretly taped video interviews filmed inside ACORN offices. 

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.

Comments

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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