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More Talk Radio on 03/22/10

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Iraq: the Forgotten War

The guest is Dahr Jamail, Independent Journalist, author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq and The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the keynote speaker for the Physicians for Social Responsibility awards dinner on April 10th at the Oregon Zoo where he will be discussing the health effects of war, including on Iraqi civilians and US soldiers. For more information on the dinner go to www.oregonpsr.or

For more information on Dahr Jamail go to http://dahrjamailiraq.com/.

More Talk Radio on 03/15/10

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TriMet Service Cuts

TriMet is proposing cuts in transit services for September of this year including a 5 percent administrative cut, a salary and hiring freeze, reductions to bus and MAX service and a five-cent fare increase. They are also exploring WES frequency reductions of up to 15 minutes and/or reducing hours of operation.

Today on More Talk Radio Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey speak with Mary Fetsch, TriMet Communications Director and Kerry Ayres-Palanuk from the TriMet service planning staff about the proposed cuts. Call in with your questions.

More Talk Radio on 03/01/10

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Free Speech, Peacemakers and the Supreme Court.

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Stephen Vladeck, Professor at Washington College of Law, American University about "Free Speech, Peacemakers and the Supreme Court."

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Supreme Court heard a one hour oral argument for Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) to determine whether several key terms in the definition of prohibited material support of terrorism violate the First and Fifth amendments. The case marks the first ever challenge to the Patriot Act at the Supreme Court level and addresses the overbroad scope of the prohibition on "material support" to listed terrorist organizations, which effectively criminalizes peacebuilding programs of U.S. organizations in conflict zones around the world.

More Talk Radio on 02/22/10

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"The Supreme Court on Corporate Spending in Elections."

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Solange Hansen on "The Supreme Court on Corporate Spending in Elections." 

How does this decision affect the black vote?

More Talk Radio on 02/15/10

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Tre Arrow on political protest

Marianne Barisonek guest hosts. She speaks with activist Tre Arrow, who was recently released from federal prison, about the effectiveness of different forms of protest and the imposition of long prison sentences for political protesters.

More Talk Radio on 02/08/10

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Hearings on Federal Plans to Make Hanford a National Radioactive Waste Dump and Abandon Existing Contamination - In Hood River on Tuesday 2/9 and in Portland on Wednesday 2/10

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Gerald Pollet, Executive Director, Co-Founder & Attorney for Heart of America Northwest, a 16,000 member citizens group: providing research and leading organizing, legal and lobbying efforts in the region and nationally for cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation; protecting the Northwest and Columbia River from the threat to resume using Hanford as a national radioactive and radioactive hazardous waste dump; and, working for a safe and clean energy future to reduce global warming without creating more nuclear waste.

For 25 years Gerry Pollet has been organizing on Hanford, environmental and peace issues, and political campaigns in Washington. Gerry has lobbied, written major legislation at federal and state level, and testified to Congress. He will talk about the movement to stop use of Hanford as a national radioactive waste dump and to oppose USDOE's plan to abandon the contamination leaked from the High-Level Nuclear Waste Tanks as it spreads rapidly towards the Columbia River.

More Talk Radio on 02/01/10

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Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview religious scholar and philosopher Jacob Needleman about his new book, "What Is God?" In the book Needleman traces his evolution from an atheistic Ivy-educated student of philosophy to a Zen Buddhist seeker, and finally to a believer with a newfound respect for the religious texts he once rejected. Jacob Needleman, author of "The American Soul" and "Money and the Meaning of Life," is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.

More Talk Radio on 01/25/10

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Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Roberto Mangabeira Unger, a leading social and political thinker. Until recently he served as Brazil's Minister for Strategic Affairs in Brazil. He recently returned to teach at Harvard Law School. They discuss his new book, "The Left Alternative." The book sets out the principles for a future left and searches for a progressive alternative to neoliberalism.

More Talk Radio on 01/18/10

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Guest host Marianne Barisonek interviews author and activist Raj Patel about his new book, "The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy."

Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved, is an activist and academic who has been hailed as "avisionary" for his prescience about the food crisis. He has worked for the World Bank and the World Trade Organization and has protested against them on four continents. He is currently a visitng scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies and a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. Learn more at www.rajpatel.org.

Raj Patel will speak at Powell's City of Books on Tuesday, January 19th, at 7:30PM.

 

More Talk Radio on 01/11/10

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Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod look at the fate of China, the United States, the Global South, and planet with guest Michael T. Klare, whose recent article on TomDispatch is "The Second Decade, The World in 2020" http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175186/

Michael Klare, the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985 is the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy,

Klare contends that while the first decade of the twenty-first century still looked at least somewhat like the world of 1999, by 2020, this planet will have a genuinely different look to it. Momentous shifts in global power relations and a changing of the imperial guard, just now becoming apparent, will be far more pronounced by that year as new actors, new trends, new concerns, and new institutions dominate the global space.

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Kathleen Gerson on her latest book "The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family."

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In the controversial public debate over modern American families, the vast changes in family life--the rise of single, two-paycheck, and same-sex parents--have often been blamed for declining morality and unhappy children. Drawing upon pioneering research with the children of the gender revolution, Kathleen Gerson reveals that it is not a lack of "family values," but rigid social and economic forces that make it difficult to have a vibrant and committed family and work life.

Despite the entrance of women into the workforce and the blurring of once clearly defined gender boundaries, men and women live in a world where the demands of balancing parenting and work, autonomy and commitment, time and money are left largely unresolved. Gerson finds that while an overwhelming majority of young men and women see an egalitarian balance within committed relationships as the ideal, today's social and economic realities remain based on conventional--and now obsolete--distinctions between breadwinning and caretaking. In this equity vacuum, men and women develop conflicting strategies, with women stressing self-reliance and men seeking a new traditionalism.

Kathleen Gerson is Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. A recognized authority on work, gender, and family life, Kathleen is the author of five books and over fifty articles. She has participated in many public initiatives to foster equality at work and in the home, including the Council on Contemporary Families; the Ford Foundation Project on Integrating Work, Family, and Community; the Sloan Foundation Research Network on Work-Family Issues; and Catalyst's Advisory Board for "The Next Generation of Women Leaders." She contributes regularly to media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, PBS, CNN, and National Public Radio.

For more articles and features on "The Unfinished Revolution," go to

storify.com/contronews/the-unfinished-revolution-by-kathleen-gerson

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Janice Thompson, executive director of Common Cause, Oregon, about money in politics.

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 Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Janice Thompson, executive director of Common Cause, Oregon, about money in politics.

In the landmark 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits government from placing limits on independent spending for political purposes by corporations and unions. What have been the effects of this ruling? How is its influence being felt in campaign spending in state and national elections? What will the future effects be? Can Citizens United be overturned?

Janice Thompson is executive director of Common Cause Oregon, which she joined in 2009 after leading the Money in Politics Research Action Project and Democracy Reform Oregon.

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Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com on forgiving student loan debt

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Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey interview Robert Applebaum, founder of Founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, a grassroots movement that began as a proposal entitled "Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy" which he posted to a Facebook group by the same name in late January, 2009.

The following is from http://forgivestudentloandebt.com/content/about

Almost immediately upon posting the proposal, people from all walks of life began to join, sharing their stories of economic hardship and struggle as a result of their crushing student loan debts. While the original proposal was intended as an alternative economic stimulus plan, the group quickly evolved as a vehicle for exposing the gross inequities and unfair practices inherent in the student lending industry.

After membership grew to approximately 1000 people within the first week, a reporter for the Huffington Post wrote an article about the proposal and group and, thereafter, membership grew by the thousands. The group enjoyed a great deal of positive press attention in the Spring of 2009 which only served to increase membership, now close to a quarter of a million people!

ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com was founded so as to take this growing grassroots movement to the next level through lobbying, education and advocacy for a complete overhaul to the way higher education is financed in this country.

 

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More Talk Radio on 01/09/12

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Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Angela Martin, Executive director of Economic Fairness Oregon, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to consumer protection and fair lending laws. They will discuss a financial system built to work for the people, not against them as well as an upcoming forum on January 11th in Hillsboro on how you can help win passage of strong homeowner protections and hear how Oregonians are already fighting foreclosures. They will also share details of legislation Oregon lawmakers will soon be considering and how you can have a voice in the process! 

www.economicfairnessoregon.org/

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More Talk Radio on 12/26/11

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Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with attorney James Otto, who has filed a lawsuit demanding that Americans have equal access to American jobs. He is co-author, (with Ilene Proctor), of the article "Where Have All The Jobs Gone?" They say that American corporations are betraying the American Dream by hiring 2,000,000 workers per year from foreign countries."

James Otto says that for the past 30 years, American firms have failed to adhere to civil rights laws. Otto declares corporations have installed surreptitious strategies to illegally discriminate against the entire American workforce.

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Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with attorney James Otto, who has filed a lawsuit demanding that Americans have equal access to American jobs. He is co-author, (with Ilene Proctor), of the article "Where Have All The Jobs Gone?" They say that American corporations are betraying the American Dream by hiring 2,000,000 workers per year from foreign countries."

James Otto says that for the past 30 years, American firms have failed to adhere to civil rights laws. Otto declares corporations have installed surreptitious strategies to illegally discriminate against the entire American workforce.

More Talk Radio on 12/12/11

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Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Steve Fraser, historian of Wall Street and author of "Wall Street: America's Dream Palace." Steve Fraser has a current article on TomDispatch.com called "Take Our Children, Please! A Modest Proposal for Occupy Wall Street” http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175473/

The article plays off of the words of satirist Jonathan Swift, who at a moment when Ireland had fallen into utter destitution at the hands of British landlords, offered a “modest proposal” that they should sell their own children to the rich as food. Steve Fraser proposes that on January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, Americans should descend on Wall Street for a “macabre gathering,” a day that would be dubbed “We Surrender” or “Restore Debtor’s Prisons” or “De-Fault Is Ours” or “Collateralize Us.”

There, he suggests, we would offer ourselves and our children as a sacrifice to Wall Street. As he describes it in part: “You’ll want to turn in your subprime mortgage documents. And do you really need that mobile home or tent? And certainly, you’ll want to offer up your children to Wall Street if they’re young enough to make a “delicious” and nourishing meal. If a bit older, haul along that creaky swing-set from your backyard, or dilapidated blackboards and outmoded computer consoles from your child’s underfunded, disintegrating school… If your children are older still, and waterlogged from the college loans that put them ‘underwater’ before they even had their first jobs, why not donate those debts as securitized gifts to the Street? Better yet: give back their college diplomas.”

Fraser means this proposal seriously in the spirit of Martin Luther King, that “lawbreaker for justice.” As he writes, “If credit-default swaps and structured investment vehicles are legal, as they are, and if marching in the streets is becoming ever less so, as it is, then on January 16th we should begin to turn that kind of preposterous world upside down. What was lawful shall become criminal and what was denied to the people shall be taken by them and made good law.”

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More Talk Radio on 12/05/11

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Host Cecil Prescod interviews Peter Van Buren about the ever-greater erosion of American rights. Van Buren is the author of a recent article on TomDispatch called, “No Free Speech at Mr. Jefferson’s Library, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, and Ray Bradbury Would Have Recognized Morris Davis’s Problem.”

TomDispatch regular and State Department Official Peter Van Buren, begins his article with the First Amendment, now endangered in Washington. “Those beautiful words,” he writes, “almost haiku-like, are the sparse poetry of the American democratic experiment.”

He urges its rereading “at this moment when the government seems to be carving out an exception to it large enough to drive a tank through. As the occupiers of Zuccotti Park, like those pepper-sprayed at UC Davis or the Marine veteran shot in Oakland, recently found out, the government’s ability to limit free speech, to stopper the First Amendment, to undercut the right to peaceable assemble and petition for redress of grievances, is perhaps the most critical issue our republic can face.”

Van Buren describes the dramatic case of Morris Davis, former Air Force colonel and chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo, who stated he would not use evidence obtained through torture and then resigned when a torture advocate was named his boss.

Davis was a researcher for the Library of Congress in 2009 when he was fired for writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that had nothing to do with his work at the library, which was considered exemplary. Writes Van Buren: “The simple act of speaking out on a subject at odds with an official government position was the real grounds for his firing. That, and that alone, was enough for termination. As any devoted fan of George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, or Philip K. Dick would know, Davis committed a thought crime.”

Davis has taken the case to court where a loss would be a chilling precedent at a moment when secrecy is becoming the first principle of the American government.

Peter Van Buren spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, "We Meant Well." His new book is "We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People", (The American Empire Project, Metropolitan Books).

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More Talk Radio on 11/28/11

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On Tuesday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced that he is stopping the scheduled execution of Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen. He also said he would not allow any other executions during his term as Governor. The Governor's announcement came just after the Oregon Supreme Court said it would allow the execution to proceed on December 6th.

More Talk Radio host Cecil Prescod will interview Jeff Ellis, of the Oregon Capital Resource Center. The group had petitioned the state Supreme Court to stop Haugen's execution. He also speaks with Ron Steiner of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty about Kitzhaber's decision and what it means for the future of the death penalty in Oregon

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More Talk Radio on 11/21/11

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Host Cecil Prescod interviews Christopher Phillips, author of "Constitution Cafe: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution."

A radical in his own day, Thomas Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be revised periodically to keep up with the changing times. Instead, it has become a sacred, immutable text-and in Phillips's opinion, it's in need of some shaking up.

For his book Phillips gathered together Americans from all walks of life, moderating dialogues inspired by Jefferson's own populist political philosophy, formulating new Constitutional articles.

Comments

Poll Watcher:"High Concetration of People of Color" Voting

If the act of voting -exercising a duty and privilege- evokes this response, we ought recognize that the vote is most valuable and must be protected.

federal reserve

greetings, good show this morning. another good book is "web of debt" and also a podcast going through the basics. a link to the book can be found from the podcast page. folks should get onto this.

http://c-realmpodcast.podomatic.com/entry/449084

My error

Hi, Cecil, I called in to your fine program this morning to give the announcement about Imam Mamadou Toure's presentation at the Quaker Meetinghouse. Apparently I gave the wrong date: the correct date is Friday, January 25. I would greatly appreciate it if you could give that date on next week's program, I'm sorry to have confused things.
Peace, Jim Metcalfe

 

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