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Political Perspectives

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

Coming Soon

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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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.

 

Capitalism has Failed & Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name

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Wed, 03/18/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Saul Landau, scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies since 1972. He has written 13 books, thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews and made more than 40 films and TV programs on social, political, economic and historical issues.  He is Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona University. They'll discuss two recent articles by Mr. Landau, "Capitalism has Failed: Face the Facts," and "Israeli Policy Gives Jews a Bad Name." They will also touch on the recent elections in El Salvadore.   

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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