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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Roy Scranton about his new book, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene.  Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. He explores what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, and responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with our mortality.

On 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives on 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Reconnecting with nature, talking with Jon Young- tracker, mentor, and author.

Jon Young says that reconnection with nature helps people build empathy and actually live in their full potential.

Ani Raven Haines talks with Young about his work, and an upcoming weekend workshop entitled Music, Nature, and Storytelling.  More information on that workshop, including registration deadlines, may be found at  http://8spdx.com/

Jon Young is the author several books and audio tools, including, What the Robin Knows- How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

Economic Collapse and Possible State-Sponsored Mass Murder as the Climate Deteriorates

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Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Collapse and Possible State-Sponsored Mass Murder as the Climate Deteriorates
Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith features Michael T. Snyder of the Economic Collapse blog, who explains the warning signs of another Depression. And Yale Professor Tim Snyder discusses the possibility of the return of state-sponsored mass murder as the climate deteriorates. 

www.ecoshock.info

Honoring John Trudell: For Future Generations

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Fri, 12/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honoring John Trudell: For Future Generations

John Trudell passed away on December 8, 2015, at his home. Today we honor his memory by playing some of his talks, interviews and music.

In this hour we will hear "For Future Generations," a talk with poetry recorded on June 12th, 1998 at Westminister Church in Northeast Portland. This talk was recorded by Andrew Geller.

Lisa Rein on Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Digital Privacy, and Electronic Freedom.

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Wed, 12/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lisa Rein on Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Digital privacy, and Electronic Freedom.

Doug McVay interviews writer, teacher, and filmmaker Lisa Rein about Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, digital privacy, and electronic freedom. 

Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

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Fri, 12/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with journalist Steven Hill about his new book, Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers. Hill challenges conventional thinking about the "sharing economy" by showing why the vision of the "techno sapien" leaders and their Ayn Rand libertariansim is a dead end. Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fraud: the so-called "sharing economy," with companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit allegedly "liberating workers" to become independent and their own CEOs, hiring themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages while the companies profit.

Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion

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Wed, 12/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Chris Hedges on KBOO
Chris Hedges speaks with KBOO's Paul Roland about his latest book, 'Wages of Rebellion', and the state of the world today.

As Chris puts it:
In the face of modern conditions, revolution is inevitable. The rampant inequality that exists between the political and corporate elites and the struggling masses; the destruction wreaked upon our environment by faceless, careless corporations; the steady stripping away of our civil liberties and the creation of a monstrous surveillance system—all of these have combined to spark a profound revolutionary moment. Corporate capitalists, dismissive of the popular will, do not see the fires they are igniting.

Michael Parenti on Capitalism vs. Reality

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Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on Capitalism vs. Reality

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Dr. Michael Parenti provides a critique of capitalism as the driving logic of empire, which motivates global exploitation and growing inequality everywhere. While contemporary economics typically defends the benefits of free-market capitalism, Parenti argues that global capitalism is run by and for transnational corporations. While any good that exists within the Capitalist State is the result of hard won labor and democratic struggles against the owners of Capital.

Recorded at the University of Illinois Springfield on October 6th, 2015.
Produced by WZRD in Chicago.

TUC Radio presents Ricarda Winkelmann on The Melting of Antarctica

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Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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TUC Radio presents Ricarda Winkelmann on The Melting of Antarctica
 
A fairly unknown scientist - at least by US standards - took the lime light in major media in the US in September 2015. The New York Times - and also Democracy Now - quoted her this way:

“To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all,” said Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a paper entitled: "Combustion of available fossil fuel resources sufficient to eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet," in an article published on September 11, 2015, in the journal Science Advances.

Winkelmann is Junior Professor of Climate System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Her research areas are Anthropogenic climate change; Tipping elements; Antarctic ice dynamics and Sea-level rise.

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Bhopal Survivors

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Thu, 05/28/2009

Hosted by Marianne Barisonek, The Bhopal Survivors Tour 2009...

The guests are activist Satinath Sarangi (Satyu), who has been working in Bhopal for the past 25 years, and Safreen Khan, one of the survivors of the disaster.

The Union Carbide Chemical Disaster in Bhopal, India has killed more than 23,000 people due to a catastrophic gas leak and ongoing water contamination in this central Indian city. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the horrific night in 1984 when a toxic cloud of methyl isocyanate enveloped the sleeping city. The Anniversary is a celebration by Bhopal survivor groups and their allies of 25 years of courage in the face of corporate crime.

 

Two senior activists Rachna Dingra and Satinath Sarangi and two Bhopal Disaster survivors, will be touring the US and Canada in this April and May. The tour is being hosted by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and the Association for India's Development. ICJB is a coalition of survivors group and allies around the world working for justice and a life of dignity for the survivors of the Bhopal Disaster, and for a toxic free future for us all. AID is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development.

Eric Margolis: US Stirs Hornets' Nest in Afghanistan

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Wed, 05/27/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Canadian journalist and author Eric Margolis about Afghanistan and other issues.

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn.

He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

Best Recent Political Books

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Mon, 05/11/2009

BEST RECENT POLITICAL BOOKS SPECIAL

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher and Kathleen Stephenson discuss best recent political books, which will be available as thank you gifts to those of you who pledge during the show. We'll hear excerpts from interviews with these writers:

Geoffrey Miller, author of "Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior"

Reza Aslan, author of "How to Win a Cosmic War: God Globalization and the End of the War on Terror."

Michelle Goldberg, author of "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World"

"Currency, Banking and the Financial Crisis"

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Thu, 05/07/2009

"Currency, Banking and the Financial Crisis"

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free." Also, Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Stephen Zarlenga of the American Monetary Institute, author of "The Lost Science of Money." Zarlenga is speaking in Portland at the First Unitarian Church on Monday, May 11th, at 7PM. The Church is at 1011 SW 12th Ave.

Mike Ruppert: "A Presidential Energy Policy"

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Wed, 04/29/2009

Per Fagereng speaks with writer and peak oil researcher Mike Ruppert, whose latest book is "A Presidential Energy Policy" which will be published on May Day.

Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerilla Girls

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Mon, 04/27/2009

Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerilla Girls was in town to lecture for Bitch Magazine's "Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture" lecture series. Before her lecture is at PSU's Smith Memorial on the 28th of April she spoke by phone with Eva Lake. The Guerilla Girls are a group of women artists who work anonymously within that group, making political art about gender and color bias in the art world.

Environmentalist Chip Ward: Nature Teaches 'Too Big' is Bound to Fail!

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Wed, 04/22/2009


Host Per Fagereng speaks with environmental writer Chip Ward who says, "'Too big to fail.' It's been the mantra of our economic meltdown. Although meant to emphasize the overwhelming importance of this bank or that corporation, the phrase also unwittingly expresses a shared delusion that may be at the root of our current crises -- both economic and ecological.  In nature, nothing is too big to fail. In fact, big is bound to fail. To understand why that's so means stepping away from a prevailing set of beliefs that holds us in its sway, especially the deep conviction that we operate apart from nature's limits and rules."

 Environmentalist Chip Ward:  Nature Teaches Nothing Is 'Too Big to Fail.'  Instead, Big Is Bound to Fail!

 

The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World

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Mon, 04/20/2009

On March 1st 2009 Portland Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah and the Bridgeport UCC co-sponsored an event, The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.

Speaking that afternoon were Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Jeff Albert, and Mousa Diabat. The topics discussed included water scarcity in the third world, and the effect of water scarcity on the Arab-Israeli peace.

Due to time limitations for today’s broadcast we will only air today the comments by Congressman Blumenauer on water issues globally, and two of the questions for the panel from the audience.

Dr. Albert was interviewed on the KBOO radio show Radiozine and if you would like to hear comments about water scarcity in the Middle East, we ask that you search for the name Jeff Albert on the KBOO website and find the audio file, node 12532.

(picture above by AMY KAUFMAN/Jewish Review)

 

  • Title: blumenauer
  • Length: 28:32 minutes (26.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Chris Martenson and the Crash Course

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Wed, 04/15/2009

 Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chris Martenson, who offers a free crash course on "how we got into this economic crisis." Chris Martenson is an author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.

Interview: Ronault L.S. Catalani, author of Counter Culture; immigrant stories from portland cafe counters

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Wed, 04/15/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Ronault L.S. Catalani, author, poet immigrant rights attorney and the the City of Portland's Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Coordinator. In his evocative new book Catalani also known as "Polo" writes a series of essays from familiar cafes. Each one gives a new and startlingly intimate experience of one mans life as an immigrant. The interview springboards from the book to the political forces underpinning his experience of "ethnic Cleansing" to the effects of those forces in the life of refugees today. The wide ranging discussion touched on the value of war crimes tribunals to the camaraderie immigrants from different cultures find in each others company.

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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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