Special Programming: Public Affairs on 08/04/11

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Thu, 08/04/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Susan Lindauer on 9/11, Iraq and more

Presswatch is on break this week. Instead Chris Andreae interviews Susan Lindauer, a former Congressional staffer who served as a U.S. Intelligence Asset covering Libya and Iraq at the United Nations, as a back channel on matters of anti-terrorism from 1993 to 2002. In the summer of 2001, her team warned about a major terrorist attack involving airplane hijackings and a strike on the World Trade Center. She is the author of "Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq."

Susan Lindauer speaks in Portland:
8pm Thursday August 4th 2011 – Lucky Labrador Tavern – Community Meeting Room
915 SE Hawthorne Street – Portland Oregon

New York and Portland's Response to LT2: Open Reservoirs Open Governments

Evening News
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Thu, 07/28/2011

New York City and Portland are both faced with federal regulations requiring the covering of their open reservoirs.  While New York is pushing back hard, the Portland Water Bureau is pushing full speed ahead. 

KBOO and Democracy Here's Joe Meyer interviews Kent Craford of the Portland Water Users Coalition for details and suggestions of how Portland citizens can work to also avoid these costly and unnecessary measures. 

4:35 minutes (4.2 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/02/11

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Tue, 08/02/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Farewell, American democracy. We hardly knew ye. Abe dicusses the latest in the debt ceiling debacle

The triumph of the ruling class is at hand. With a vote in Washington looming, the America in which we have all grown up is primed for sacrifice on the altar of tax cuts and deficit reduction. Congressional Republicans threatened to blow up the global economy unless they got exactly what they wanted -- and the president gave it to them. Our political system is wholly, finally, broken.

Alternative Radio on 08/02/11

Alternative Radio
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Tue, 08/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gar Alperovitz on Hiroshima: New Facts & Old Myths

Gar Alperovitz on Hiroshima: New Facts & Old Myths, Recorded in Ames, IA on November 07, 1994

Gar Alperovitz is one of the most highly regarded experts on Hiroshima and U.S. policy. He is professor of political economy at the University of Maryland. His articles appear in the Washington Post, Tikkun, The Nation and Dollars & Sense. His books include Atomic Diplomacy and America Beyond Capitalism. His award-winning book. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, is a classic.

Well Read Red: structural adjustments come to the USA

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Mon, 08/01/2011

Frann takes on the idea that the United States is broke, reminds us of the ramification of the kind of spending-cuts being demanded in Washington, and the sort of demands we should be making for the massive wealth held by the ruling class. She suggests that resistance to austerity, precisely to be realistic, must arise from outside the channels of power currently demanding austerity in the first place. "People power, from Greece to Spain to Egypt to Tunisia, is anything but a utopian phrase - it is the watchword of those on the front-line in the struggle against austerity." She also reminds us that "austerity" isn't new - before it used to be called structural adjustments.

9:14 minutes (8.46 MB)

Marty Hart Landsberg on the "debt problem"

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Mon, 08/01/2011

Dr. Hart-Landsberg straight-forwardly explains the stakes of the federal government defaulting, the history of dealing with the debt-ceiling and how the whole issue is being used to further an ideological agenda that, he says, has been destructive of interests of the majority. That agenda shows up in things both the Democrats and Republicans agree on about the public debt: there's a debt crisis that must be gotten under control; the driver of the debt are social programs (not wars, Bush tax-cuts or economic crisis); less government in the economy is better. Bill brings this question of economy back to the environment and they discuss stimulus solutions that go beyond the logic of "government as spender of last resort".

20:28 minutes (18.73 MB)

structural adjustment comes to the usa


For the Old Mole August 1 2011. Last week, well-read red Tom Becker read from Paul Craig Roberts' essay on the so-called debt crisis in the US, "An Economy Destroyed: The Enemy Is Washington." At the risk of repeating some of his key points, I'm going to repeat some of his key points.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW


On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World
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