Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview about reaction to Supreme Court decision striking down limits on contributions

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Jonah Minkoff-Zern, of Public Citizen. He is the senior organizer for the Democracy is for People Campaign. They discuss today's Supreme Court 5 to 4 ruling in the case McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission striking down overall limits on campaign contributions.. The ruling does for individuals what Citizens United did for corporations. Specifically, those who can afford to do so can directly contribute up to $5.9 million per election cycle to a single party and its candidates. 

Recruiters out of control at Cleveland High School

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Recruiters disrespectful of gulf war Veterans

Join Marvin, Angie and Jeff as they talk about what the military recruiters did at Cleveland High School. Angie and Jeff are both gulf war Veterans. recruiters were disrespectful and physically intimidated the two Peace Veterans.

Family income as it relates to longevity and the definition and criticism of capitalism

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Family income as it relates to longevity and the definition and criticism of capitalism

Today we hear the latest from the series Economic Update with host economist  Richard Wolff.
Featuring...
Updates on GM recall, Bangladeshi women garment workers, and hi tech tax evasion. Major discussions of family income's relation to longevity and of the definition and criticism of capitalism. Response to listener on "spirits" guiding investors' behavior. 

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Political Perspectives on 03/19/14

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

The Safe Food Movement VS Agrochemical Giants Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Safe Food Movement VS Agrochemical Giants Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta

The Safe Food Movement VS Agrochemical Giants Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta and More With Vandana Shiva of Navdanya in India and Andy Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety. 

Critical Analysis of Bernanke's speech on the FED and Research on Redistribution to Reduce Inequalit

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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update with host Richard Wolff

We hear this week's episode of Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He discusses Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech on the FED's bail out of the biggest financial corporations and new IMF research showing that redistribution to reduce inequality does NOT hurt growth. He also responds to questions on how and why WSDEs perform better than capitalist enterprises and on why governments hire contractors vs public employees to provide services.

Radio Ecoshock Special on the California Drought

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock Special on the California Drought

Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith

Rainstorms finally arrived in California, after a 14 month drought with no significant rain. But the big reservoirs are still pitifully low, and snow pack is less than a quarter of normal. Hundreds of thousands of acres will not be planted, and food bills will likely go up in North America, and possibly around the world.

This is the Radio Ecoshock special on the California drought, as a case study of what we can expect in many parts of the Earth. 

Dr. Peter Gleick is a climate and water specialist who has been warning this could happen for years. Dr. Reagan Waskom is another water and agriculture expert from Colorado.

Economic Update with host Richard Wolff

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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Update with host Richard Wolff
Economic Update with host Richard Wolff

Updates on Olympics, Chicago university faculty strike, Chevron's contempt, Gallup poll on unemployment, rising consumer debt again, Europeans oppose privatization of water, and US adults marry less to cope with economy. Major discussions: how Soviet socialism actually worked and decline and inadequacy of pensions in US. Response to listeners on deflation in today's world economy.
 

Lisa Fithian, long-time activist and organizer, interviewed by Paul Roland

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From working with Abbie Hoffman to Occupy Wall Street, she's been helping make change for 4 decades

Paul Roland interviews Lisa Fithian about her four decades of experience as an activist and organizer. Fithian has been involved in a multitude of campaigns and struggles, starting in high school as both student body president and involvement with an underground newspaper. She worked with Abbie Hoffman in the mid-1980's, with Witness for Peace opposing US support for Central American dictators, with Justice for Janitors in the '90's, the Seattle anti-WTO protests, opposition to the war in Iraq, the Gaza peace flotilla, Occupy Wall Street and much more. She's got lot's of energy. She was in town the past few days to do a series of workshops with Rising Tide Portland and with student activists at Portland State University.

Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us

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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Rose talks about his book, "Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us"
We speak with Mike Rose, author of  "Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us," which was recently reissued. Educator and author Rose discusses what can happen when schools work well and appeals for a more democratic system.

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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.   

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.

 

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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