Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

Episode Archive

Report Back from COP21: Climate Justice Panel,

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Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Report Back from COP21: Climate Justice Panel,

What really happened at COP21, the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change? Where is the final agreement taking us, what are the implications for climate justice and where does our movement need to go?

We'll hear excerpts from "Report Back from COP21: Climate Justice Panel," which was held at the Peace House on January 20th and co-hosted by Portland Central American Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Right 2 Survive and 350PDX.

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Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

Karen James interviews Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it recently entered into with the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC). This MOU came after an investigation by DRO of ODOC’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. BHU is an intensive behavioral management and skills training unit for incarcerated adults with serious mental illness. The MOU will reduce isolation and improve the care of seriously mentally ill adults in the BHU.

David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

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Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian of Alternative Radio about the challenges in getting and keeping AR on the airwaves. Recently AR was abruptly removed from the weekly programming schedule of KLCC in Eugene.

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. 

Later in the hour David and Per will discuss current issues related to Saudi, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria.

The Death of Nuclear Power

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Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Death of Nuclear Power
Lead author of "The World Nuclear Industry Status Reports" Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. 

http://www.ecoshock.org/

Wall Street's Think Tank: the Council on Foreign Relations

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Wed, 01/20/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Project Censored Show

Project Censored Show hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff speak with historian Laurence Shoup. Shoup's new book, Wall Street's Think Tank, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations; Shoup describes the CFR as "the most influential private organization in the country," and traces how it connects major U.S. ocorporations with government, academia, and media. 

Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

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Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

We speak with Rebecca Gordon about "American War Crimes, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" and what happens when a nation commits war crimes, and they are never prosecuted.

Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

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Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg gives an analysis of fossil fuel supply and climate risk. Here now is his three level plan for the transition to renewable energy. He is touching on food production, transportation, housing, manufacturing, steel and cement construction mining, the internet and much more. He calls this the economic transformation for the remainder of our life time. 

Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

From the series Law and Disorder we hear an update on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and an interview with Miko Peled, author of The General s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

Mumia Abu-Jamal has gone to federal court in Scranton, Pennsylvania to get an order compelling the state of Pennsylvania to provide him with medical care for Hepatitis C. Mumia has suffered symptoms of slurred words, elephants skin, scales and bloody cracks in his skin on 90 percent of his body. Other symptoms include extreme weakness, swelling of his limbs and loss of mental acuity. Mumia Abu-Jamal is being represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and by Robert Boyle a National Lawyers Guild lawyer and prisoner's rights advocate.

Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a press conference on Thursday, December 31st, to draw attention to the reinstatement of white police officer Ron Frashour. 

Mr Frashour was fired in 2010 for killing an unarmed man.

A state arbitrator, however, ruled that Frashour wasn't out of line for shooting before seeing a weapon, and that Portland owes him his job and six years of back pay.

We'll hear the entire AMA Press Conference.
 

Political Perspectives on 12/30/15

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

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David Swanson

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Wed, 01/06/2010

 

David Swanson, author and activist talks about his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming A More Perfect Union." The host is Marianne Barisonek.

 Swanson talks about how the office of Presidency has acquired more and more power while Congress neglects its duties. He offers ideas on how we the people can rebalance the political structures.

Powers taken by George Bush will become cemented into place during the Obama administration unless Congress takes action. The aberrations of the Bush years will become norms and now is the time to undo the damage.

Many of the abuses committed by the Bush presidency were given legitimacy by the actions of his predecessor, Bill Clinton. 

Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change

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Wed, 12/16/2009

Focus on Palestine-Israel - Dan Fleshler: Transforming the Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change.   Host Will Seaman interviews Dan Fleshler, a media and public affairs strategist, who spends much of his free time trying to convince the American Jewish community to support Israel’s peace camp and an end to Israeli settlement expansion. He is the author of Transforming America's Israel Lobby --The Limits Of its Power and the Potential For Change. He is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now and is on the Advisory Council of J Street.

 

 

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Reacts to Obama's Plan for Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

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Wed, 12/02/2009

 Kathleen Stephenson interviews long time peace activist Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence who discusses her reactions to President Obama's December 1st speech on the future of the war in Afghanistan. Kelly is an author, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and one one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness. Earlier this year she traveled to Northern Pakistan to try and understand the effects of drone strikes on the people there.

Amy Goodman on Breaking the Sound Barrier

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Wed, 11/18/2009

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, speaks with KBOO's Kathleen Stephenson about the importance of independent media, the stories of grassroots activists included in her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier; and her upcoming benefit for KBOO at the Bagdad Theatre.

 

Liz Grover Visits Afghanistan to Bust Through Media Stereotypes

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Host Kayse Jama talks with local resident Liz Grover about her experiences living and working in Kabul, with the goal of busting through western media sterotypes about Afghanistan and its people.  " . . in the midst of war, I went to Afghanistan with one hundred dollars to my name, a one-way airplane ticket and no promise of a job."

 

James Hoggan: Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

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Wed, 11/11/2009

Climate Change Series, Part 2.        Kathleen Stephenson interviews James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.  He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project

Climate Crisis: Going Against Terrible Odds to Set Things Right

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Wed, 11/04/2009

Stephanie Potter interviews naturalist Richard Albertson, whose book The Sky is the Limit--A Brief and Easy Explanation of Climate Change for Present and Future Voters, speaks directly to citizens--he tells how climate change works and goes on to the "inescapable conclusion that we're well past the point where simply reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we generate can solve our problem." He also addresses how our economic and political systems have created this mess & the measures we must take NOW to save our necks.  thecircleworks.org will provide more info.  This is the first of a 3-part weekly series on the climate crisis. (Read Stephanie's review at http://kboo.fm/node/17584 )

Oregon's Use of Coal Devastating to Powder River Basin Rancher

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Wed, 10/21/2009

Kathleen Stephenson's guests include LJ Turner, a rancher whose livelihood, for more than 40 years, has been threatened by the water depletion and strip mining that result from coal extraction.    Also present,  Robin Everett, an organizer with the Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal Campaign. The campaign's website explains that despite our efforts to go "green," nearly 40% of Oregon’s power comes from coal, more than both Washington and California; and we use coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming where Turner has been a rancher.  Turner was in town to speak  at Pioneer Square at noon as part of a rally to help end the use of coal in Oregon.

  • Length: 23:44 minutes (10.87 MB)
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Karen Coulter: Logging in Deschutes Forest near Bend

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Wed, 10/21/2009

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg speaks with Karen Coulter of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, discussing a proposed logging plan in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest, southwest of Bend in Central Oregon.  The Forest Service says this land must be logged because of the pine bark beetle, despite there being no evidence of an infestation.  Karen talks about how the government applies a one-size fits all approach to managing pine bark beetle infestations – that is, once a forest reaches a certain density, the government requires thinning of that forest – regardless of whether there is actual evidence of a beetle infestation, and disregarding other factors that impact a forest’s health.

 

Forest Service page describing the logging project

 

Click here to send an email to give a public comment (until Nov. 7th)

or call Beth Peer of the Forest Service 541-383-4769


Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project

541-385-9167

 

The music at the beginning and end of the interview is by Marie Mason, who is serving a 23-year sentence for "eco-terrorism".  Her website is freemarie.org

From Terrai to Sellwood: A Story about Radishes

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Wed, 10/14/2009

 Melati Kaye reports on Nepali women refugees who are now gardening in the Portland neighborhood of Sellwood in a once abandoned lot.   The women were given aid  by Mercy Corps'  New American Agriculture Project which assists refugees and immigrants starting small scale farm enterprises in the greater Portland area. The program helps participants to market nutritious food in local outlets through the Pacific Northwest. 

Comments

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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