Political Perspectives

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

Coming Soon

Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism
Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer speak out against the death penalty
Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization
 

Episode Archive

Economic Update: Richard Wolff interviews Sohnya Sayres about the end of free universities in the US

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Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update: Richard Wolff interviews Sohnya Sayres about the end of free universities in the US

We hear Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. The show features analysis of unemployment numbers to show what they hide as well as reveal; responses to listeners' questions exposing the economics of lotteries and why the largest US corporations have recently used their profits to buy back their shares in the stock markets; and an in-depth interview with Prof. Sohnya Sayres exploring the end of free college and universities in the US, the rise of administrators dominating students and faculty, and what these trends have meant for the quality of higher education in the US. 

http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

Political Perspectives on 06/10/15

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Wed, 06/10/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Angela Davis - Living the Legacy: The Meaning of Freedom

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Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Angela Davis at PSU in January 2015
MLK Tribute: Angela Davis Keynote
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

ANGELA DAVIS Author, Educator and Activist Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley.

Martin Ford Interview

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford talks with Don Merrill
Martin Ford is a Silicon Valley executive who has just written a new book called "Rise of the Robots".  In it, he talks about the way robots are slowly taking away jobs while unnoticably moving up the level of sophistication in the jobs they can do.  According the NY Times, Ford says "once thought of as a threat to ony manufacturing jobs, [robots] are poised to replace humans as teachers, journalist, lawyers and others in the service sector."  KBOO's Don Merrill talks to Martin Ford on Political Perspectives.

Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with activist Ai-len Poo about her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.

David Barsamian on Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course

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Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course
Journalist and author David Barsamian, host and founder of Alternative Radio, spoke at a benefit for KBOO at the Clinton Street Theater in March. His topic was "Capitalism and the Environment: Collision Course." He also talked about the media, the erosion of democracy in the US, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and many other topics.

Political Perspectives on 05/20/15

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Per Espen Stoknes discusses "What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming"

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Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Per Espen Stoknes discusses "What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming"

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Per Espen Stoknes about his new book, "What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action."

The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead.

Joseph Stiglitz on "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them"

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Wed, 05/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joseph Stiglitz on "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them"
Host Jim Schumock speaks with Nobel-Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about his book "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them." Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in "The Price of Inequality" and suggests ways to counter America's growing problem. He argues that inequalityis a choice - the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities.

The Ecology of a Police State: A Panel from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

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Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Ecology of a Police State: A Panel from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Panagioti Tsolkas moderates this panel, which explores the intersections between the epidemic of mass incarceration and the environmental degradation which occurs, directly and indirectly, as a result of it, including: the immediate impacts of pollution from these often-overpopulated human warehouses; the environmental racism of where prisons are built and how they operate; the re-branding of prisons as part of a “green” economy; and the use of prison as a tool for repressing ecological movements aimed at changing the current political/economic system.

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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. 

Filmmaker Tom Chamberlain: "Why Kerala, Grampa"

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Wed, 10/14/2009

 Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local progressive filmmaker Tom Chamberlain about his new film "Why Kerala, Grampa", a 90 minute documentary film about activism in one of the most progressive communities on the planet. Chamberlain went to the small Indian state of Kerala, with mini DV cameras to make a film. The KSSP was launching its 18th annual Kala Jatha. The Kala Jatha is street theater, dance, music and poetry intended to engage citizens in the critical issues of the day. The theme of the Kala Jatha was The Impact of Globalization on the Kerala way of Life. We followed the troupe of activists and performers during a grueling schedule of four performances a day, each in a different village, for 28 days.

  • Length: 18:02 minutes (12.38 MB)
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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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