Per Fagereng interviews Gareth Porter,
historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst. His latest book
is "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War
He wrote the recent piece "Bush Pledges on Iraq Bases Pact
Were a Ruse," which states: "When Democratic Sen. James
Webb asked the State Department's David Satterfield, 'What is a permanent
base?' Satterfield tried to avoid answering the question. But Assistant Defense
Secretary Mary Beth Long was more responsive. She said, 'I have looked into
this. As far as the department is concerned, we don't have a worldwide or even
a department-wide definition of permanent bases.' "Webb
then observed, 'It doesn't really mean anything,' to which Long replied, 'Yes,
senator, you're right. It doesn't.' She added that 'most lawyers... would say
that the word "permanent" probably refers more to the state of mind
contemplated by the use of the term.'"
Filmmaker Todd Darling's purchase of a smoke-belching snowmobile led to a cross-country odyssey to unravel the mysteries of deregulation in the Bush era. S.W. Conser talked with Darling about the resulting documentary A Snowmobile for George on the eve of its Portland premiere.
- Title: A Snowmobile for George: Documentarian Todd Darling
- Date: June 12
- Genre: Public Affairs
- Year: 2008
- Producer: S.W. Conser
- Length: 27:36 minutes (11.06 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
S.W. Conser talks with author Jeff Gordinier about his new book X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking. A droll overview of media and culture in the information age, Jeff's book offers cautious hope for our future.
Per Fagereng interviews John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. He'll talk about his latest book, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption, an exposé of international corruption — and what we can do about it.
- Title: John Perkins on The Secret History of the American Empire
- Producer: Per Fagereng
- Length: 28:54 minutes (26.47 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Hosts Leigh Anne Kranz and Kayse Jama, Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Organizing, speak with Kayse's mentor Eric Ward, of the Center for New Community, about two looming anti-immigrant ballot initiatives in Oregon, Measures #19 and #122. He also discusses the history of a national movement to manipulate the American public on the issue of migration. And he analyzes current anti-immigrant movements.
Host Crystal Leighty speaks with local activist Yvonne Simmons about her recent trip to Peru where she has worked with a political and human rights NGO for many years. She talks about her work with children in poor neighborhoods who live off the small items that they scavenge from a local garbage dump. She also discusses her work on preventing violence against women.
Host Marliese Franklin speaks with Italian filmmakers Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi about their film Suddenly, Last Winter, which is part of QDoc: The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival. This Italian film follows a couple filmmakers Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi) as the Italian government debates domestic partnership legislation. Through interviews with people on the street, ranging from devout Catholics to a band of fascists, the pair paints a complex picture of how Italians view the concept of family, and how powerful a role the church plays in that country's politics.