Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 06/13/12

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Wed, 06/13/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

Political Perspectives on 06/06/12

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Wed, 06/06/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Cienfuegos talks about dismantling corporate rule

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. This is the message of long-time activist Paul Cienfuegos, who will be leading a workshop in Portland 6/9-6/10, and who provides a wealth of information showing how the fiction of "corporate personhood" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action.

Political Perspectives on 05/23/12

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Wed, 05/23/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michelle Alexander on "The Criminal Injustice System"

Michelle Alexander on the "Criminal Injustice System"

Alexander says California has led the way in building a system that turns back the clock on racial progress in the United States. She says we must insist on a moral revolution that will undo the present system of mass incarceration.

She spoke on May 10th at Dominguez Hills, California. This lecture was recorded and produced by Global Voices for Justice.

Michelle Alexander is a professor at Ohio State University. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic.

Political Perspectives on 05/16/12

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Wed, 05/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Current U.S. space technology strategy and military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region

Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space spoke in Portland on April 20th on current U.S. space technology strategy, military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, the effects of our war economy on climate change and ending the corporate domination of congress

Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997).

Political Perspectives on 05/09/12

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Wed, 05/09/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Political Perspectives on 05/02/12

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Wed, 05/02/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kristian Williams on the Extent of Torture in Democratic Societies

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local activist Kristian Williams about his new short book Hurt, published by Microcosm Publishing. a not-for-profit, collectively-run publisher and distributor of books and zines which is now based in Leavenworth, KS and Portland, OR.

Political Perspectives on 04/25/12

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Political Perspectives on 04/25/12

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Wed, 04/25/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

Political Perspectives on 04/18/12

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Wed, 04/18/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

Political Perspectives on 04/11/12

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Wed, 04/11/2012 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Elaine Hagopian on "The Syrian Revolution Enigma"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Elaine Hagopian about "The Syrian Revolution Enigma."

Elaine Hagopian is a Syrian-American sociologist, a professor emeritus of sociology at Simmons College in Boston and political interviewer for Arabic Hour TV. She said recently: "The so-called Syrian revolution is an enigma. It has split the left between those who support the so-called opposition with all its disparate parts to those who see the revolution as a plot to destroy the Syrian regime’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah which stands in the face of Western and local affiliate countries’ interests.


Water Fluoridation: Science, politics, and lawn sign opinions

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Tue, 04/22/2014
Water Fluoridation: Science, politics, and lawn sign opinions.

KBOO's Joe Meyer put together an Aretha-themed show including audio from:
City Hall Vox Pop
Commissioner Randy Leonard
Citizen Testimony
Environmental Scientists Howard Patterson and Jeff Fryer
Pro and No Fluoride doctors Phillip Wu and Rick North
Neighbors with lawn signs
and Clifford Walkeer of the NAACP

Paul Roland interviews Thomas Linzey and Paul Cienfuegos on the Community Rights movement

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Wed, 09/18/2013

The growing movement to limit the "rights" of corporations and rein in their destructive practices at the local level through ordinances and ballot initiatives is explored with Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Paul Cienfuegos of Community Rights PDX. Hosted by Paul Roland.




  • Length: 58:21 minutes (53.42 MB)
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Paul Roland interviews Thomas Linzey and Paul Cienfuegos on the Community Rights movement

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Wed, 09/18/2013

The growing movement to limit the "rights" of corporations and rein in their destructive practices at the local level through ordinances and ballot initiatives is explored with Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Paul Cienfuegos of Community Rights PDX. Hosted by Paul Roland.




  • Length: 58:21 minutes (53.42 MB)
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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "false heirs": on 2013's 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech

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Wed, 08/28/2013
Paul Roland and Mic Crenshaw talk with Jared Ball from Baltimore, Md. and Rosa Clemente from Amherst, Massachusetts. The program offers a critical perspective on the commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech." Dr. Ball said recently, "neither King's false heirs nor the presidency of false hopes would exist at all without first the assassination of King and then the perennial abuse of his history and image. These replacement events and leaders are fraudulaent stand-ins for a movement so well represented by King's focused stances against the intransigence of white supremacy, the vilence of capitalism at home and the imperialism it fosters abroad." Join us for a lively conversation!

Mic Crenshaw is a Portland hip-hop artist and community activist. He is involved with Housing Is For Everyone, a local housing rights movement organization. For information on his recordings, videos, biography and contact information, go to miccrenshow.com. Housing Is For Everyone can be reached at 971-266-4311 orhousingisforeveryone@gmail.com. their website, housingisforeveryone.org, will be up and running in September.

Dr. Jared Ball teaches communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, hosts a program on WPFW, part of the Pacifica radio network in Washington, D.C. and is the author of "I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto." He also co-edited "A Lie of Invention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X."

You can find out more about him at www.voxunion.com

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice-presidential running mate of Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 elections. She's also the founder of Know Thy Self Productions. Currently, she's a doctoral student in the WEB DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass-Amherst. 

Her website is www.rosaclemente.com.

More perspectives on the March on Washington commemorations and Dr. King's legacy can be found at blackagendareport.com. Glen Ford, the Esecutive Editor of Black Agenda Report, was also invited to be on the show, but was unable to appear. He wrote an article for the Report called "The Black Mis-Leaders Love-Fest with Power on the Mall."

Ahjamu Baraka was also invited, but was travelling back to Colombia, where he lives. His article, "Obama Should Not Be Welcomed at the March on Washington Commemoration" appeared on www.counterpunch.org August 19. He also wrote "The Assassination of Martin Luther King and the Peace Movement" for Counterpunch on April 4.


  • Length: 57:37 minutes (52.74 MB)
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Surfrider Portland Summer Soiree Preview [audio-tag-title-raw]

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Wed, 07/24/2013

This program highlights the upcoming KBOO co-sponsored event with an interview of Pete Stauffer, Ocean Programs manager for Surfrider Foundation by Ross Freeman Levin.

On thursday, July 25th the Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is hosting the Oregon Summer Soiree at the Holocene (1001 SE Morrison) in Portland from 6pm to 1am. The fundraiser will include an Art Show, Silent Auction, Heart and the Sea film screening, raffle, music by the Renegade Stringband, and much more! Proceeds will benefit the Portland Chapter of Surfrider’s ‘Clean Water Campaign’.

Portland Surfrider Chapter: http://portland.surfrider.org/
Holocene: Summer Soiree PDX 2013 Event Venue http://portland.surfrider.org/events/summersoiree/
Holocene: http://www.holocene.org/
Portland Green Streets: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/52501
Oregon Beach Monitoring Program: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Pages/index.aspx
Oregon Marine Reserves Program: http://www.oregonocean.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=419&Itemid=138

  • Length: 28:15 minutes (25.87 MB)
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Unconditional Basic Income & the Politics of Work

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Wed, 12/19/2012

 Old Mole Joe Clement, and Kathryn Sackinger talk with sociology grad-student and Jacobin Magzine editor Peter Frase, about the idea of an unconditional and universal basic income. Because basic income often stirs strong feelings about people deserving their livelihood, they also spend a lot of time talking about prejudices against those who don't work in a conventional job and problems in the distribution of what counts as work. They consider what full employment really means and how it harms people when one-sided jobs rhetoric dominates economic justice conversations.



Below are links to articles and organizations mentioned during the show. If you would like to hear more on KBOO about basic income and the politics of work, please don't hesitate to email Joe.

The music and stories you hear at the beginning in the middle and at the end of the show are Utah Phillips singing "Hallelujah I'm a Bum".

Basic Income Earth Network

US Basic Income Guarantee Network

Basic Income Studies

Joe's Old Mole interview with Kathi Weeks about "The Problem With Work"

Redesigning Distribution

Peter Frase

Seth Ackerman (also an editor at Jacobin)

Andre Gorz "Critique of Economic Reason"

Bob Black "The Abolition of Work"

William Morris "Useful Work vs. Useless Toil"


Permafrost, Carbon, Methane and the Climate

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Wed, 12/12/2012

Andrew Geller speaks with Dr. Ted Schuur, an Associate Professor in the University of Florida's Biology Department and Principal Investigator of the Permafrost Carbon Network, discuss permafrost and what's happening to it in a rapidly warming Arctic.

Then Joe Romm, Editor of the Climate Progress blog, joins Andrew to talk about the 2012 climate, recent global talks and what happened, as well as what it might take for enough people to demand the drastic actions necessary to possibly prevent catastrophic climate change.

Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Thought

Loss of Ice, Melting Of Permafrost And Other Climate Effects Are Occurring At An Alarming Pace

Thawing of permafrost to be ‘major factor’ in global warming, warns UN report

UNEP Permafrost Report (Dec 2012) PDF

Study: Carbon release to atmosphere 10 times faster now than 56 million years ago, the PETM, a time of 10°F warming and mass extinction

Study: We’re Headed To 11°F Warming And Even 7°F Requires ‘Nearly Quadrupling The Current Rate Of Decarbonisation’

An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts

Pricewaterhouse Cooper Low Carbon Economy Index 2012

Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011

Voter Disenfranchisement

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Wed, 08/01/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Bev Harris of the election watchdog group BlackBoxVoting.org. They will discuss the latest examples of voter disenfranchisement across the U.S.

  • Length: 57:06 minutes (26.14 MB)
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David McNally on Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

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Wed, 07/25/2012

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with David McNally about his book Global Slump, which analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. McNally argues that – far from having ended – the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.

McNally locates the recent meltdown in the intense economic restructuring that marked the recessions of the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Through this lens, he highlights the emergence of new patterns of world inequality and new centers of accumulation, particularly in East Asia, and the profound economic instabilities these produced.  In Global Slump McNally offers an original account of the “financialization” of the world economy during this period, and explores the intricate connections between international financial markets and new forms of debt and dispossession, particularly in the Global South.

David McNally is professor of political science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books: Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism (1988); Against the Market: Political Economy Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique (2003); Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor and Liberation (2001); Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism (2002; second revised edition 2006); and Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism (2011). His articles have appeared in many journals, including Historical Materialism, Capital and Class, New Politics, and Review of Radical Political Economics. David McNally is also a long-time activist in socialist, anti-poverty and migrant justice movements.

  • Length: 29:40 minutes (13.58 MB)
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Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Greg Muttitt, author of Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years? And why did the troops have to leave? Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated the last decade, investigative journalist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer these questions and tells the untold story of the oil politics that played out through the occupation.

Greg Muttitt was previously co-director of campaigning charity Platform, which exposes and fights the environmental and human impacts of the oil industry. 

Since the Iraq war started in 2003, Greg has investigated the hidden plans for the future of the country's oil. This work took him to meetings where the US and UK government officials lobbied Iraqi decision-makers, and to meetings where Iraqi oil ministry teams discussed their future oil policy with western companies. He met some of the oil executives who hoped to benefit from transforming Iraq’s oil industry, and the government officials and advisers they worked with. Greg also got hold of hundreds of unreleased British and American government documents, which described their plans and actions to reshape Iraq’s oil industry.

But Greg also talked to ordinary Iraqis, and a few politicians, about what they wanted to happen to their oil. He attended Iraq’s first anti-privatisation conference in Basra, and the meeting in Amman at which Iraq’s trade unions decided they would fight the oil law the US was pushing. He made many Iraqi friends, and came to know some of Iraq’s foremost oil experts. These experiences gave him  a very different perspective from what we read in the papers.

  • Length: 28:46 minutes (13.17 MB)
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Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.




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