Political Perspectives

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

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

Episode Archive

Interview with Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke of Arresting Power

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Wed, 03/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Martha Gies interviews the Arresting Power Filmmakers
Martha Gies interviews Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke, who have recently completed the experimental documentary film Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, OR

Arresting Power provides a historical and political analysis of the role of police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland, its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class.
Arresting Power features interviews with families of people who were killed by Portland police, victims of everyday harassment and intimidation, as well as local activists, historians and community organizers.

Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom with Professor Elaine Scarry (TUC Radio)

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Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom with Professor Elaine Scarry

Elaine Scarry is Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard. Her most recent book: Thermonuclear Monarchy, reminds us that one man, the President of the United States, has the power to end life for every one else by setting off nuclear weapons. Richard Nixon told reporters in 1974, “I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead.”

Professor Scarry says that this violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy. And she offers a new line of arguments and strategy for the nuclear disarmament movement.

Political Perspectives on 03/04/15

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:00am - 9:45am
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@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
KBOO speaks with Shane Harris about his new book "@War." Shane Harris is the author of "The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, " which won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He explains why government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Microsoft to collect huge amounts of information and launch private cyber wars. He looks at the new alliance between the military and tech and finance companies, the mushrooming "military Internet complex." 

Diary of a Citizen Scientist, by Sharman Apt Russell

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Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Diary of a Citizen Scientist, by Sharman Apt Russell

We speak with writer Sharman Apt Russell about citizen science and her book Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World. Call in with your questions about citizen science at 503 231-8187.

Panel on Racial Profiling and Incarceration in Portland

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Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Panel following 'The Throwaways' film screening in Portland

This is a recording of a panel discussion on racial profiling and incarceration which took place on January 25, 2015 in Portland, following thescreening of the film 'The Throwaways'.

The panel included  Glenn Waco, Marcus Cooper and Isaiah Spriggson from Don't Shoot Portland and JoAnn Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP chapter were on this panel. Sekoynia Wright, host on KBOO's 'Ear to the Streets of Portland' radio program, was panel moderator.

American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity with Christian Appy

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Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity with Christian Appy
Host Marvin Simmons interviews Christian G. Appy about his new book, "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity."

Sister Helen Prejean on Social Justice and the Death Penalty

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Sister Helen Prejean on Social Justice and the Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean spoke last week at Lewis and Clark College. We'll hear an excerpt of her powerful talk about her life and her social justice work educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners.  

Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison.

Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"

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Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Scott Horton on "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare"
The guest is Scott Horton, author of "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare." Horton talks with host Kathleen Stephenson about how Government secrecy has ensured that decisions about war and peace are made not by the citizenry but by the autonomous, self-directing, and unaccountable national security elites
How have these national elites gained control of what the public is allowed to know? How do they use secrecy to enhance their own power? What are the legal and moral issues surrounding private security contractors, sweeping surveillance and the use of robotic weapons such as drones?

Guantanamo Enters Its 14th year; Interview with Andy Worthington

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Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Guantanamo 14 years; Interview with author Andy Worthington

Guantanamo Enters Its 14th year; Interview with Andy Worthington

Host, Linda Olson-Osterlund talks with British author and filmaker Andy Worthington about the news coming out of the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay and the international protest movement against it. You will hear both good news and bad from prisoner releases to revelations about torture experimentation and murder at the facility. You will also here about the January 10th Protest on Dick Cheneys's lawn and January 11th at the White House.

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Political Perspectives--health care

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Tue, 09/29/2009

Excerpts from a special program on the health care crisis featuring Dr. Paul Hochfeld, Corvallis emergency room physician and one of the Mad as Hell Doctors who toured the country in September to build popular support for single payer. Interviewed by Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card.

  • Length: 34:53 minutes (23.95 MB)
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"Alien Boy" -- A Documentary about the Life and Death of James Chasse

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Wed, 09/16/2009

Trillium Shannon interviews Brian Lindstrom and Jason Renaud, co-producers of the documentary film "Alien Boy" about the life and death of James Chasse.

  • Length: 27:58 minutes (19.2 MB)
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Sex? Lies? No Videotapes! Sam Adams Recall Effort Based on Facts or Rumors?

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Wed, 09/16/2009

Stephanie Potter speaks with Walt Brown and his wife Beverly about their findings related to  the background leading to petition to recall Mayor Sam Adams.  Walt Brown is a former state senator, former Navy defense council and judge, and former law school professor at Lewis and Clark.  His wife Beverly has been an activist for over 30 years.  Both have looked deeply into the information about what Sam Adams did and didn't do and they urge people to base their judgments on facts, not rumors.   You can find more at their website:  http://www.waltbrown.org/   (last tab:  "Mayor Sam Adams").  Jason Wurster who is leading the recall effort calls in.

Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew--How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation

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Wed, 09/09/2009

 Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Frank, about The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation.

Public Lands

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Wed, 09/02/2009

Janine Blaeloch of the Western Lands Project talks about questionable practices in use when agencies such as the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and members of Congress, transfer ownership of public lands to private hands.

Sexual Violence in the Congo

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Wed, 08/26/2009

Erik Jorgensen speaks with Yvonne Simmons and Franciska Thiel about violence against women in the Congo, and the Clothesline Project.

Portland Communities Come out for Safety and Justice

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Tue, 08/18/2009

 On Political Perspectives you'll hear Andrea Cano on grassroots organizing against hate in our communities, a report back from the Peace and Unity Fest, and the inspiring struggle of workers in the Caribbean. 
The first half of the program was produced by Paul Mundy with interviewer Trillium Shannon. The second half, Building Bridges, produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash.

Dean Kuipers: Operation Bite Back

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Mon, 08/17/2009

Alison Milionis speaks with Los Angeles Times editor Dean Kuipers about his nonfiction book Operation Bite Back, which is about eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against environmentalists.

Chris Hedges: "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle"

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Mon, 08/10/2009

 Marianne Barisonek interviews Chris Hedges about his new book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.   Publisher comments:  "Pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion and  argues that we now live in two societies: One, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world, that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other, a growing majority, is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. In this “other society,” serious film and theatre, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins."

Heat Wave's Effects on the Elderly and the Homeless

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Thu, 07/30/2009

Jay Thiemeyer explores the heat wave through the eyes of the elderly, homeless, and alternatively housed communities in Portland. 

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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