Politics

Voices from the Edge on 08/20/09

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Thu, 08/20/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Six of Portland's schools have some of the worst air quality in the nation. Parents want DEQ to take

Portland may be a green city, but some of its school children are breathing air more like the polluted skies of Cleveland. A recent USA Today study found six of our city's schools in northwest and north/northeast Portland among the worst in the nation for exposing children to airborn toxins. Benzine, a carcinogen found in gasoline, exceeds DEQ safety standards by 26 percent. Frustrated with lack of action by state regulators, parents of children in some of the mot impacted schools are organizing the community.

The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

program date: 
Mon, 08/17/2009

 The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

57:37 minutes (26.38 MB)

It's garden-variety racism, people

White people, of course, having never experienced the business end of institutionalized racism, can only achieve an approximate understanding of it. Fortunately, Tim Wise is on the scene to help. Here's Wise on how racism is driving the opposition to health care.

"You know full well that no one is talking about wanting to go back to the days of segregation."

Well, no, I don't know it. I don't know that at all, seeing as how so many of the tea-bag set and anti-health care folks make "taking their country back" one of the most prominent lines of their vocalized outrage. What does that mean, coming from people in their 60s and 70s, for whom the America of their youth was indeed a white supremacist place? A place where white hegemony could be taken as a given, something that could be presumed in perpetuity? What does it mean when someone says that they want to go back to the country the way the founders envisioned it, as many have also explained at these rallies? After all, they envisioned a white republic. They envisioned and sought out the extirpation of indigenous peoples, most believed in the enslavement of African peoples, and none truly believed that blacks should be treated as equals.

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Cuz, y'know, it helps me think

August 17, 2009

So, apparently public debate about health care is ... intimidating somehow, because more and more folks are showing up to town hall meetings with guns.

From the Arizona Republic:

A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.

"Because I can do it," he said when asked why he was armed. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."

Two police officers were staying very close to the man.

I suppose this man needs to demonstrate that he has "some freedoms" because it's so unnerving and menacing to discuss ... health care.

-A

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/18/09

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Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

In what will surely one day be known as a case study in the downfall of our Republic, the Congress and -- presumably -- the President are poised to enact health care 'reform' legislation that won't allow us to opt into a Medicare-style single-payer plan. In related news, the for-profit health care industry has spent about $1.5 million per day on Capitol Hill over the past several weeks to make sure that we never have that option.

The score? Plutocrats 587, People 0.

 

August 17 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 Denise Morris (pictured here) hosts this show focusing on prisons, healthcare reform, and labor issues;  and featuring music from Tom Waits's CD Blood Money.

51:50 minutes (29.67 MB)

Prospects for Healthcare Reform

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Sun, 08/16/2009

 

What  is the minimum healtcare reform we need now, and what do we have to do to make it much better tomorrow?  Bill Resnick comments.  

6:04 minutes (3.48 MB)

Rove Involved in Political Firings

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Evening News
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Wed, 08/12/2009

Karl Rove may face prosecution for his role in the political firings of US attorneys in 2006.

After a thousand new documents came to light this week, the former Bush advisor has been exposed as being deeply involved in the firings.

KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Columbia Law Professor Scott Horton about the implications of the new findings:

 

4:36 minutes (4.21 MB)

Voices of the Middle East on 08/14/09

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Fri, 08/14/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Upcoming elections in Afghanistan

Goudarz Eghtedari reports on upcoming elections in Afghanistan, his guests are Amin Wahab and Ahmad Qayoumi, both Portlanders from Afghani descent.
 

Talk Radio on 08/14/09

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Fri, 08/14/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Good Sista' Bad Sista' Talkin' Mess

Join Walidah Imarisha and Turiya Autry for morning talk radio - don't miss it!

 

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