Political Perspectives

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

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Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
 

Episode Archive

SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis with James Russell

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Wed, 08/26/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis with James Russell

We speak with James W. Russell about the upcoming retirement crisis. He is the author of SOCIAL INSECURITY: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis.

Richard Wolff on Greece, Austerity, Germany, Cheap Energy, Capitalists Leaving the US, Pensions, etc

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Wed, 08/19/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Richard Wolff on Greece, Austerity, Germany, Cheap Energy, Capitalists Leaving the US, Pensions, etc
Economist Richard Wolff returns to continue a discussion about Greece, austerity and German dominance in Europe..Other possible topics include: Puerto Rico, how to build an economy from the ground up, the role of cheap energy in an economy, the significance of capitalists leaving US for other cheaper parts of world economy, and the broad attack on pensions for Americans.

Johann Hari on his book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs"

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Fri, 08/14/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Johann Hari on his book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs"
Host Doug McVay speaks with Johann Hari about his best-selling book "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs."

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

Radio Ecoshock Host Alex Smith on the Long Hot Summer and Climate Change

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Wed, 08/12/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock Host Alex Smith on the Long Hot Summer and Climate Change
As North America roasts, and Iran hits 163 degrees F, 74 C. - shocking climate news behind the scenes in this hour long interview of Alex Smith originally broadcast on KWMR Community Radio, Marin County California, July 27, 2015. 

Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization

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Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization

Host Doug McVay spoke with Inge Fryklund, Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, (LEAP), about LEAP, the development of the War on Drugs and the movement for the legalization of drugs.

Against the Death Penalty: Activists Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer

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Wed, 08/05/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer speak out against the death penalty

Mike Farrell, best known as Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt in the popular TV series M.A.S.H., addressed a large crowd in Oregon, speaking out against the death penalty, at the annual meeting and banquet staged by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, (OADP), on June 12th, 2015. Becky O’Neil McBrayer, (pictured below, left), an Oregon resident who lost her mother and step-father to murder, spoke before Mr. Farrell.

The two inspirational talks encourage listeners to think, learn and talk about the Oregon death penalty with some new and interesting insights. Mike Farrell was introduced by Emily Plec, (pictured below, right), an OADP Advisory Board Member and Professor of Communication Studies at Western Oregon University.

Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism

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Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism

Host Per Fagereng speaks with economist Richard Wolff about Greece, Europe, austerity, and neoliberalism.

Richard Wolff teaches at the New School in New York. The New York Times called him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.” He is the author of numerous books including Capitalism Hits the Fan, Democracy at Work and Occupy the Economy with David Barsamian.

David Ray Griffin and Dahr Jamail on Global Warming

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Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Ray Griffin and Dahr Jamail on Global Warming

Scientists' reports about global warming are becoming more and more pessimistic. Will rising sea levels, drought, crop failure and water wars become so severe that humanity's existence itself is threatened? Co-hosts Peter Phillips & Julie Andrzejewski speak first with David Ray Griffin, author of the new book, "Unprecedented." Then Dahr Jamail, climate writer at Truthout, joins the discussion. 

This program is from the series Project Censored Radio http://www.projectcensored.org/category/radio/

Tao Orion on her book, "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"

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Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Tao Orion on her book, "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"
Host Chris Andreae speaks with Tao Orion about her new book "Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration." 

Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. These worries have culminated in an ongoing “war on invasive species,” where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws, and herbicides put to the task of their immediate eradication. 

Postponed - Aflora Reggae on Promoting Unity in the World and How Neoliberalism is Affecting Chile

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Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Postponed - Aflora Reggae on Promoting Unity in the World and How Neoliberalism is Affecting Chile

The interview with Aflora was postponed until a later time.

Instead we heard an excerpt from a talk by British scientist Dr. Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre in Britain.

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War Tax Resistance and Tax Day Actions

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Wed, 04/08/2009

Local war tax resisters discuss actions planned for Tax Day and why it's still important to resist war taxes. Guests include Pam Allee. Crystal Leighty hosts.

Can We Keep Portland's Water System 'Endlessly Sustainable' & Uncorporatized?

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Mon, 04/06/2009

During the Bush administration the Envronmental Protection Agency mandated that Portland install a costly filtration system to "protect" us from Cryptosporidium which has never been a problem with our Bull Run water.   The City argued in court against the EPA in 2007, and lost.   Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Regna Meritt of Oregon Wild and Floy Jones of Friends of the Reservoirs about what we can still do to keep the Bull Run  "elegant, endlessly sustainable, and as yet, not corporatized."  Regna & Floy will speak with Commissioner Randy Leonard this Saturday, April 11, from 10 am to noon at the Glencoe Elementary School Cafeteria at 825 SE 51st Ave about this issue. Congressional staff have been invited and the public is encouraged to participate.

Chemtrails in our Skies: What's Going on Up There?

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Mon, 04/06/2009

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Sofia Smallstorm of 9/11 Mysteries about chemtrails. Sofia Smallstorm will be speaking at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House at 4312 SE Stark on Saturday, April 11th at 2:30PM.

Alva Noë: "Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain & Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness"

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Mon, 04/06/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Alva Noë about the brain and consciousness. Noë’s controversial new neuroscience book, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, which argues that consciousness does not arise in the brain, has received glowing praise from the likes of Oliver Sacks, Daniel Dennett,and Hilary Putnam.

Avigail Abarbanel--Victimhood, Zionism & Israeli Identity

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Thu, 04/02/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Avigail Abarbanel, a former Israeli soldier who now lives in Australia. She says her army experience turned her into a pacifist. She is the Canberra director of Deir Yassin Remembered. She is a psychotherapist in Canberra.

 

Ellen Hodgson Brown: "The Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System & How We Can Break Free"

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Thu, 04/02/2009

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. Ellen Brown says the banking system has been contrived so that big banks always get bailed out by the taxpayers from their risky ventures, but the scheme has reached its mathematical limits. There isn't enough money in the entire global economy to bail out the banks from a massive derivatives default today. When the investors realize that the "insurance" against catastrophe that they have purchased in the form of derivatives is worthless, they are liable to jump ship and bring the whole shaky edifice crashing down.

Andrew Nikiforuk: Tar Sands - Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

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Mon, 03/30/2009

Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Andrew Nikiforuk, author of "Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent." Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Canada now produces more oil than Texas or Saudi Arabia. Canadian tar sand oil is dirtier and more environmentally destructive than conventional oil.   In his recent book Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Nikiforuk critiques the oil industry, oil-friendly bureaucrats, and petrol-guzzling North Americans for contributing to the problem. (More links: GreenPeace Vacation spoof, Oil Sands Truth, Oil Sands Watch. )

Ravi Batra on "The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos"

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Wed, 03/25/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ravi Batra, professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Batra predicted the financial meltdown way in advance, offering his latest forecast in February last year to Texas Monthly: “When the American bubble starts to burst around mid 2007, and beyond, foreign investors will head for the exits…” Now that the American housing bubble is bursting at the seems, Batra’s biggest fear is that foreign investors will indeed head for the exits, and the already feeble dollar will collapse. Then we will see a rapid unraveling of our debt based economy, rising unemployment, bulging poverty, and big stock market crashes.

 

Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

 

Andy Worthington Interview: The Definitive Guantanamo Prisoner List

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Mon, 03/23/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews London based Journalist, Author and Human Rights activist
Andy Worthington. He has released the most comprehensive list of all of the men who have been locked in Guantanamo. How they were picked up, what they were accused of, if they have been released and what's happening to them now. They also discuss the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners under the Obama Administration.

 

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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