When the Soviet Union collapsed in the late 1980’s, it took just about everybody by surprise. Pundits in the United States said it was proof of the superiority of the capitalist system but people in other parts of the world wondered whether the US could suffer the same fate. Dmitry Orlov believes that the American Dream is about to become a nightmare and he examines the similarities and differences between the US and Soviet Union in his book Reinventing Collapse. He is interviewed by Marianne Barisonek.
African Americans make up 13 percent of the total U.S. population yet they represent 49 percent of HIV/AIDS cases in this country. In Oregon, where African Americans make up only 2 percent of the population, 8 percent of Oregonians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are black. HIV/AIDS levels in the African American community are surpassing levels in several African nations currently receiving U.S. support to fight the disease.
Hosted by Tom Becker, this program discusses green and sustainable cities, J.M. Coetzee's South African boyhood, being distracted from important lies by trivial ones, and how the first labor party was born 180 years ago in Philadelphia. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear the pieces separately, follow their links below:
Tom Becker conducts a lesson in labor history and reveals that the first labor union was formed in Philadelphia, and with it, the first labor oriented political party on August 11, 1828. Tom reads from Moral Visions and Material Ambitions: Philadelphia Struggles to Define the Republic by A. Kristen Foster. It was re-published in 2004 and is available at the Portland State Library.
Laurie Mercier explores how political discussions often fail to distinguish between lies that are trivial, like John Edwards's, and lies that have global, catastrophic consequences -- like those of the Bush administration.
Host Joe Uris leads a discusssion of environmental issues like water, air and energy with an emphasis on energy consumption in the U.S. and the world. Of course, politics and history eek their way into the show.
We do apologize, but due to technical difficulties recording the show, the last 10 minutes of the broadcast are missing from the webcast.
At 10:30 Art Focus takes a break. Instead we’ll hear about the Clothesline Project, a visual display by women survivors of violence. Guests will also discuss Women’s Equality Day coming up on Tuesday, August the 26th.
Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Kevin Kamps, a radioactive waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear. He discusses the environmental and medical risks associated with low, medium and high level nuclear waste.