The Center for Economic and Policy Research released a report saying that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 18 Pacific Rim countries will likely lead to decreases in middle-class wages in the US. Genevieve McDaniel spoke to Mark Weisbrot of the Center today. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
TriMet is going to vote next Wednesday on whether to increase transfer times for one-way tickets to 2.5 hours, up from 2 hours, to better accomodate round trips. This would also clarify their official stance on one-way tickets, which is that round trips are not encouraged but rather an unintended benefit of making a shorter trip. Sam Bouman spoke with Vivian Satterfield of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon for more on the Rider's Union and the proposed transfer increase. 5:00 minutes (4.58 MB)
Joe Clement hosts the show today featuring several takes on poverty in the US and an illuminating discussion of the prospects for war or peace in the Middle East. To hear individual segments, follow these links. To hear the whole show, use the play button below.
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Poor people are often blamed for causing their own poverty by making bad choices. Well-read Red Frann Michel draws on writings by poor and formerly poor people to show that what look like poor decisions to those who are not poor often look very different to those who are. And she reminds us that poverty is not caused by poor people, it is caused by capitalist exploitation of the working class. To read her text with links to her sources, click here. 8:06 minutes (4.63 MB)