Politics

Flashpoints on 03/06/09

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Fri, 03/06/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

We don't have Flashpoints for you today. Instead we'll bring you Law and Disorder. The show looks at a new lawsuit brought against the secret society Skull and Bones, a report on current conditions at Guantanamo Bay Prison, foreign arms supplies to Israel and Gaza and an alternative economic recovery program.

Arjun Makhijani on the Nuclear Power Fiasco

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/03/2009

Thirty years ago this country's nuclear program came to a halt after the disasterous accident and meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in Pennsylvania. Since then we are still debating how to safely store in perpetuity countless tons of high level radioactive waste that is the legacy of this program that once promised "energy too cheap to meter," but resulted in massive cost-overuns and environmental hazards. So why has the nuclear option returned to the table as we look for alternatives to carbon emitting climate changing fossil fuels? What forgotten lessons of the 1970s do we need to remember? Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy & Environmental Research, for a discussion about why nuclear power is no better an idea now than it was thirty years. We also talk about who is promoting nuclear power and why

52:57 minutes (24.24 MB)

Conservative Political Action Conference, the State of the Union, and MORE WAR!!!

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program date: 
Mon, 03/02/2009

Abe Proctor and Joe Uris enjoy the clown show that is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, take on President Obama's historic almost-State of the Union address, (Video here) and examine the president's plan to withdraw from Iraq.

56:03 minutes (25.66 MB)

Soccer fields vs. social services: The real cost of urban renewal districts.

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Wed, 03/04/2009

Next week the Portland City Council starts to consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. The Portland Development Commission's advisory task force has just completed a review that recommends conditional approval. Paulson and his supporters say those dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

57:08 minutes (45.77 MB)

Jeff Albert on Freshwater Scarcity

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Radiozine
program date: 
Thu, 02/26/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Jeff Albert, one of the founders of The Aquaya Institute, about "Freshwater Scarcity and Its Effect on the Struggle for Arab-Israeli Peace." Jeff Albert, PhD, is a water resource specialist and the 2005 recipient of EPA's Bronze Medal for his work on drinking water in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Between 1998 and 2001, Albert worked at the Israeli Water Commission, the agency with prime responsibility for water allocation.

28:43 minutes (16.44 MB)

Soccer Fields or Social Services? The Real Cost of Urban Renewal Districts.

Next week the Portland City Council consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. Paulson and his supporters ay sthose dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

Voices from the Edge on 03/05/09

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Thu, 03/05/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Soccer Fields or Social Services? The Real Cost of Urban Renewal Districts.

Next week the Portland City Council consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. Paulson and his supporters ay sthose dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

Between the Covers on 03/26/09

Program: 
Between the Covers
Air date: 
Thu, 03/26/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Yiyun Li, author of "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" and "The Vagrants," her debut novel, which is set in China in the late 1970s. It deals with human frailty and courage.

Flashpoints on 03/04/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Wed, 03/04/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Marjorie Cohn of the National Lawyers' Guild talks about recent documents that implicate many officials in the Bush administration in crimes of torture.

The Biology of Progressive Politics

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The  Biology of Progressive Politics
Clayton Morgareidge, Old Mole Variety Hour
March 2, 2009


The rhetoric of the Obama presidency is a lot more progressive than anything we’ve ever heard coming out of the White House.  The new administration is still taking shape, and so is the  way it is perceived by the public and the media.  So now is a special time when we should be pressing for the most progressive agenda we can come up with.  To do so, we should first try to be clear about the philosophical underpinnings of a progressive agenda.

The political left is inspired by its sense that although we are individuals, human life is deeply social.  We are social beings not just because we have to have rules of the road in order to not to crash into each other as we compete for scarce resources.   We do not just live next to each other: we live our lives within the lives of other people. Together we construct the forms of life that make each individual life possible, meaningful and desirable.  How others talk and think and write and paint and sing and build creates the horizons of what I can see and do.  How others organize and implement personal and family relationships creates the world in which I will love and hate and fear and hope.  The ways in which production and distribution are carried out determines my opportunities for being productive, secure, and comfortable.  Human life is never merely individual or personal.  There is no way for us not to be interested, and emotionally invested, in what other people do.

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