Alternative economics

Voices from the Edge 12-23-10 Who Was Good & Who Was Bad in 2010?

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Thu, 12/23/2010

It's that time of year, when Jo Ann and Dave review which of our public figures deserve a gift in their stocking and which deserve a lump of coal, such as Senator John McCain for his blind opposition to "don't ask, don't tell"; Governor-elect John Kitzhaber for stonewalling single-payer health care advocates once again;  and even closer to home, Portland Police Chief Reese and his public position on participatory democracy.

Listeners called in and shared their holiday list of candidates.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.

54:44 minutes (50.12 MB)

Presswatch on 12/16/2010

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Presswatch
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Thu, 12/23/2010

Todays topics include; the new tax bill and its effect on our society (including health care and social security), North and South Korea, and other news stories.

28:17 minutes (19.42 MB)

Janet Unruh on "Recycle Everything: Why We Must, How We Can"

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 12/22/2010

We've all heard of peak oil, but what about peak hafnium, or peak terbium? Hafnium, which is important in computer chips, could be depleted by 2017, and terbium, used in florescent light bulbs, by 2012. Most other ores are also in decline.  One solution is to recycle these materials, but how? Janet Unruh is a Portlander who believes that everything can be recycled 100% – provided we learn how to design things properly and set up the right systems for materials recovery.

35:58 minutes (16.47 MB)

Low Income Matching Grants via Individual Development Accounts

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Wed, 12/22/2010

 Hosted by Lisa Loving

Today's Guests are Kathy Turner and Joy Hunt from the IDA Initiative, and Doug Cooper from Merci Corps NW, in to talk about Individual Development Accounts, and how they can help Low Income citizens improve their lives.  Qualified individuals can get FREE MONEY to accomplish a variety of goals, from buying a house to starting a business.  Listen up, and find out more about this amazing program.

For more information, contact our guests directly:

56:30 minutes (25.87 MB)

Tyron Farm Fights for Space

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Evening News
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Mon, 12/20/2010

Nestled in the hills of Southwest Portland, Tryon Life Community Farm provides a tranquil place for people of all ages to connect with the earth.

The farm hosts workshops, is home to a sustainable living community, and is the campus for the country’s only outdoor preschool.

6:37 minutes (6.06 MB)

Recovery Zone on 12/22/10

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 12/22/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Why we can and must Recycle Everything!

We've all heard of peak oil, but what about peak hafnium, or peak terbium, peak silver or peak lead? Hafnium, which is important in computer chips, could be depleted by 2017, and terbium, used in florescent light bulbs, by 2012. Silver could be impossible to find in 4 to 29 years, and lead in 8 to 42 years.

Radiozine on 12/27/10

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Radiozine
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Mon, 12/27/2010 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Take Back the Land

Host Sue Supriano interviews Max Rameau about Take Back the Land, which he founded in 2006. The group initiated a bold campaign that sparked a national movement: they began taking over foreclosed and government-owned homes, and moving homeless families into them. They have successfully moved in over 20 families to date, and many have used the opportunity to save up money and get back on their feet.

Max is a Haitian-born Pan-African theorist and organizer. He moved to Miami, Florida in 1991 and began organizing around immigrant rights, especially for Haitian immigrants, criminal justice issues and police brutality.

In 2008, Max authored the book Take Back the Land, recounting the experiences and political theory behind the Umoja Village.

Political Perspectives on 12/29/10

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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner Take all Politics

Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, was in Portland at the end of November and spoke with host Stephanie Potter.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/29/10

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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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A special encore broadcast of "Better Not Bigger: Achieving a Steady-State Economy"

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.

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