Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous People

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Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous People
Portlander Edith Mirante discusses her new book “The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous People,” which reveals the plight of tribal Asians who were classified as a separate race and considered doomed to vanish. Defined as “Negrito” because they physically resemble small Africans, they may have the most ancient ancestry in Asia. Nearly exterminated by disease and a cataclysmic volcano, these extraordinary people now survive as forest hunter gatherers in only a few places: mainland Malaysia, the Philippines and India’s remote Andaman Islands. Some are still armed with spears and blowpipes, a few with cellphones and graduate degrees.

The State of Affordable Housing – Influences and Tools for the Future of our Region

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Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The State of Affordable Housing – Influences and Tools for the Future of our Region
We present a panel discussion on "The State of Affordable Housing – Influences and Tools for the Future of our Region" with speakers:
Justin Buri, Community Alliance of Tenants
Omar Carrillo Tinajero, Neighborhood Partnerships
Cameron Whitten, Community Activist  

The panel discussion was part of the 12th Annual Regional Livability Summit. The theme of the summit was "Pathways to Prosperity: Advancing Economic Justice." It was held on Friday, October 3rd, 2014.


Political Perspectives on 11/12/14

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Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Willamette Speaks

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Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Willamette Speaks

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Mike Karnosh of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde; Jim Robison, Chair of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group; and Barbara Quinn of Willamette Speaks about the state of the Willamette River and what it will take to restore the river.

They also preview the next Willamette Speaks storytelling event coming up this Sunday, 11/16/2014, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
at the Linnton Community Center at 10614 NW St. Helen's Rd.

Willamette Speaks seeks to reconnect citizens with the river through community members' experiences.

The Day After - Analysis of the Election Results

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Day After - Analysis of the Election Results

Co-hosts Jo Ann Hardesty and Lisa Loving review the election results and take your calls on the winners and losers in the 2014 Election.

Tigard City Council Candidate Forum

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Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Tigard forum sponsored by Tigard First
Tigard First! hosted this recent candidate forum for the candidates for Tigard City Council - on October 23rd.

The candidates participating in the forum were Tom Anderson, Carl Switzer and John Goodhouse, who are all challenging the incumbent Marc Woodard.

The forum accepted questions directly from the audience, and each candidate answered each question.

Political Perspectives on 10/29/14

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Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Ballot-Palooza: Reports and Debates on Oregon Ballot Measures by City Club of Portland members

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ballot-Palooza: Reports and Debates on Oregon Ballot Measures by City Club of Portland members
We hear excerpts from the City Club of Portland's Ballot-Palooza event.
For 4 months, 9 committees, made up of 94 City Club member-volunteers, studied proposed and possible ballot measures that Oregonians might vote on in November. On August 20, members of the club debated issues such as marijuana legalization and driver cards. 

Jerry of Ben and Jerry's on Measure 92

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jerry of Ben and Jerry's on Measure 92
Host Jen Davis speaks with Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. about his support for Oregon Ballot Measure 92, which would require food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
Greenfield was in Portland to unveil "Food Fight Fudge Brownie," an update on the popular "Fudge Brownie" flavor, which is designed to draw attention to Measure 92.


The Gifford Pinchot Task Force: Restoring Volcano Country

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Gifford Pincot Task Force: Restoring Volcano Country

We speak with Gordy Molitor, Interim Executive Director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force about the organization's mission and projects, the federal lawsuit to stop mining in the National Forest, and the upcoming fundraiser, "Restoring Volcano Country". 

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Charles Eisenstein: "Sacred Economics"

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Wed, 02/29/2012
We have everything we need to create a decent world, so why do we need rich investors to get good things done? In his book Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein tells how money stands in the way of human fulfillment. 

Interview with Chris Martenson, "Where is our economy going?"

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Wed, 02/15/2012

Chris Martenson looked at the facts and was greatly alarmed. He left his job at a top corporation to do more research, and produced a video seminar called The Crash Course.

Now The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and the Environment  has been published as a book. It asks whether our future will be shaped by disaster or by our own best efforts.

 

  • Length: 36:34 minutes (33.48 MB)
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Turning Ghosts into Ancestors: Healing from the Trauma of War

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Wed, 02/01/2012

 


Suzanne LaGrande interviews Dr. Joseph Bobrow, founder and president of the Coming Home Project. Started in 2005, the Coming Home™ Project is a non-profit organization devoted  to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers.


In this interview, Dr. Bobrow discusses some of the challenges that veterans and their families face, and especially the  "invisible"  physical as well as moral  injuries or war. 


Based in San Francisco, CA, the Coming Home Project  creates a safe environment where veterans and their families can reconnect with each other and regain a sense of trust. He also talks about the importance of storytelling in a community of peers as a important part of what enables people to recover from trauma. For more information about Dr. Bobrow’s work and that of the Coming Home project visit: www.cominghomeproject.net

 

Curtis Bell and Maxine Fookson on the Multnomah County initiative to bring war dollars home.

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Wed, 02/01/2012

Curtis Bell and Maxine Fookson on the Multnomah County initiative to bring war dollars home.  Political Perspecitives 02/01/2012 9:30 - 10 AM.

  • Length: 19:50 minutes (18.15 MB)
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Pepe Escobar; S. Brian Willson and Becky Luening on Blood on the Tracks

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Wed, 01/18/2012

Per Fagereng hosts a discussion of current foreign affairs with Pepe Escobar of the "Asia Times."

Sue Supriano interviews S. Brian Willson and his partner Becky Luening about Brian's book "Blood on the Tracks" and their experiences during their recent book tour for "Blood on the Tracks."

S. Brian Willson is a Viet Nam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. On September 1, 1987, Brian was run over and nearly killed by a US Navy Munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent blockade in protest of weapons shipments to El Salvador. Since the 1980s he has continued efforts to educate the public about the diabolical nature of US imperialism while striving to “walk his talk” (on two prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled handcycle) by creating a model of right livelihood including a simpler lifestyle.

More information about Blood on the Tracks is available on Books on KBOO.

 

Trends in Marriage

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Fri, 12/30/2011

Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options. Yet, this state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.

That's a broad view from Kate Bolick's recent cover story in The Atlantic, 'All the Single Ladies' which Andrew Geller elaborated on when he spoke with her this morning.

Pew Research marriage report (12/11) (PDF)

  • Length: 56:19 minutes (51.55 MB)
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Wed, 12/14/2011

 Here is the interview with Steven Reynolds, Progressive Party Candidate to fill the US Representative seat vacated by David Wu in Oregon's District 1.

  • Length: 15:34 minutes (14.25 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 12/07/11

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Wed, 12/07/2011

Gentrification in Portland: A Special Program

As Portland becomes a destination for young creatives to find homes and work, minority communities are being "gentrified out" of the city. North and Northeast Portland have lost people of color as housing costs in those areas have increased.

Host Jennifer Kemp interviews local black community leaders Clifford Walker of the Oregon Commission for Black Affairs and Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick, whose district includes North and Northeast Portland,   about the causes of gentrification and whether it is a normal part of the evolution is a normal part of the evolution of a city.

  • Length: 49:45 minutes (45.54 MB)
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Health care rally, and Occupy Portland interviews

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Wed, 11/23/2011

Recordings and interviews from Portland Health Care rally 11-19-2011, and the Occupy Portland encampment.

  • Length: 28:29 minutes (26.08 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 11/23/11

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Wed, 11/23/2011

Political Perspectives on 11/23/11

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Wed, 11/23/2011 - 9:30am - 9:50am
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Political science professor Thomas Ferguson on the failure of the "Super Committee"

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a senior fellow of the Roosevelt Institute, about the significance of the failure of the Congressional budgetary Super Committee and what it bodes for the future.

Ferguson says, "Read the fine print on the 'crisis' in Social Security and you discover that even critics, such as Peter Orszag (President Obama’s former OMB chief), admit that under their pessimistic assumptions Social Security payments might rise by all of one percent of GDP by 2050! Social Security is obviously a non-problem, especially in the middle of the Great Recession.

"Health care and military are different. Both are industries in which true competition is rare. In both, the policy challenge is to face down oligopolies protected by powerful lobbies. Congress could, for example, save trillions of dollars in the long run by allowing the government to bargain down pharmaceutical prices, junking 'fee for service' pricing, requiring a single, integrated system for billing and reporting, banning obvious conflicts of interests such physicians owning shares in testing companies, and requiring serious cost comparisons of what treatments really work.

"But these steps, like seriously rethinking American military strategy, don't seem to be on the agenda of a Congress that openly sells leadership and committee posts to the highest bidders and luxuriates in insider stock trades."

Ferguson’s study, coauthored with Robert Johnson, of U.S. deficit and budgetary problems, is available here in PDF: http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/other_publication_types/magazine___journal_articles/ferguson_johnson.pdf

His recent studies of Congress and money have appeared in the Financial Times -- http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7ead8528-b7af-11e0-8523-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1e9oKoy7f -- and the Washington Spectator http://www.washingtonspectator.org/articles/20111015postedprices.cfm .

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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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