Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 03/30/11

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Wed, 03/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Die German Stunde talks about the difficulties of being a progressive Jew in Germany

Die German Stunde — How difficult is it to be a Jew in Germany and be critical of Israel? Host Miriam Widman speaks with a German member of JCall, Europe's answer to the U.S. progressive political group JStreet. Other guests include Toby Axelrod, correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Berlin and Amy Spitalnick, spokesperson for JStreet.

Political Perspectives on 03/23/11

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Wed, 03/23/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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A look at nuclear issues and the Northwest

The damaged nuclear reactors in Japan are leaking radioactive material. Does this pose a health hazard here in the Pacific Northwest? If we had a similar earthquake, would we be subjected to high levels of radioactive fallout? Dr. Rudi Nussbaum and Lloyd Marbet will join host Marianne Barisonek for a discussion of radioactive contamination past, present and future. Dr. Nussbuam has studied the health effects of radiation on Hirsoshima-Nagasaki survivors and military personnel exposed to radiation at Hanford. Lloyd Marbet is known for his successful efforts to shut down the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.

Political Perspectives on 03/16/11

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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Arson at the Islamic Center of Corvallis and the Outpouring of Community Support

Arson at the Islamic Center of Corvallis and the Outpouring of Community Support for Peace and Tolerance

 

Four leaders of the Corvallis inter-faith community will discuss events leading up to and after the arson attack. Participants are:
Mohamed Siala, director of the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center; Rabbi Benjamin Barnett of Beit Am Jewish Community Center;  Rev. Elizabeth Oettinger, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, and Laurie Childers of the Corvallis Friends Meeting.

Political Perspectives on 03/09/11

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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Bernie Sanders: INTERNATIONAL TRADE, TRADE DEFICIT & JOB LOSSES

The Best of Senator Bernie Sanders' Senate Filibuster

Part FOUR: After devoting time to the $13.7 trillion national debt and our deficit which is $1.4 trillion, Sanders turns to our trade deficit. He says: In 2008 the trade deficit was nearly 700 billion - last year our deficit with China alone was almost 227 billion - we urgently need trade reform.

Political Perspectives on 03/09/11

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Wed, 03/09/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The war in Iraq and the continuing occupation of Iraq

Host Will Seaman speaks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies about the upcoming 8th anniversary of the war in Iraq, the continuing occupation of Iraq, President Barack Obama's foreign policy and the uprisings in Middle Eastern countries.

Political Perspectives on 03/02/11

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Wed, 03/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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State Bank of Oregon Community Forum

State Bank of Oregon Community Forum

A public forum on the Oregon State Bank and a proposal to create a publicly owned bank modeled after the highly successful Bank of North Dakota was held on February 1st.

Forum speakers were Barbara Dudley, Co-Chair of the Oregon Working Families Party; Jim Houser, Co-owner of the Hawthorne Auto Clinic and Co-Chair of the Main Street Aliiance of Oregon; Teresa Retzlaff, Farmer at 46 North Farm in Astoria and member of Friends of Family Farmers; and State Representative Jefferson Smith.

Recorded and produced by Mel Reslor.

Political Perspectives on 02/16/11

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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Philip N. Howard on The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Rabia Yeaman speaks with Philip N. Howard, an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington about his new book, THE DIGITAL ORIGINS OF DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY: Information Technology and Political Islam.

(This interview was originally scheduled for last Friday 2/11/11 on "The Digital Divide." It was pre-empted for special coverage of events following the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.)

Political Perspectives on 02/16/11

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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Bernie Sanders: WE MUST BREAK UP THE LARGEST BANKS

BEST-OF from Bernie Sanders' Senate Filibuster

 Part Three: WE MUST BREAK UP THE LARGEST BANKS

Political Perspectives on 02/09/11

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Wed, 02/09/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Organicology and Issues in the Organic Food Movement

The guest is David Lively, Marketing Director of the Organically Grown Company in Eugene. He will talk about the Organicology conference going on in Portland this week and about current issues in the organic foods movement including the controversial "coexistence” deal between some organic companies and big-time genetically engineered company Monsanto and USDA secretary Tom Vilsack.

Political Perspectives on 02/02/11

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Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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Cynthia McKinney on her life and work

Former Congressional Representative Cynthia McKinney speaks on her life and work. Her talk was given as part of the "Rule of Law" panel at the conference called "How the World Changed after 9-11."

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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.   

Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine.

 

He has co-authored several books with Stephen Resnick, including The Economics of Colonialism: Britain and Kenya; Rethinking Marxism: Struggles in Marxist Theory; Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy and Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical. He also co-authored Bringing it all Back Home: Class and Gender in the Modern Household with Harriet Fraad and Stephen Resnick.

"Capitalism Hits the Fan: Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown" is a new DVD from the Media Education Foundation.

 

Pepe Escobar about Afghanistan

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Mon, 03/16/2009

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.

An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else .   (Aug 30, 2001).

Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.

Community Economic Development with Michael Shuman

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Robyn Shanti speaks with Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. Michael is a visionary leader in the field of community economic development and advisor for the Rural Development Initiatives'  Connecting Oregon for Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) project. Michael has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age. Shuman is Director of Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE),

Stephanie Potter interviews Jim Hightower

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Thu, 03/12/2009

Host Stephanie Potter interviews radio commentator and author Jim Hightower, who is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual ACLU dinner on  Saturday March 14th. They discuss civil rights, civil liberties, populism, and how populism can make a difference. They also talk about Hightower's book "Swim Against the Current."  As Hightower puts it, he has spent “three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.” For more information about Jim Hightower, visit his website at http://www.jimhightower.com/.

The ACLU dinner is at the Downtown Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront at 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

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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