Political Perspectives

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

Coming Soon

Economist Richard Wolff on Greece, Europe, Austerity, and Neoliberalism
Mike Farrell and Becky O'Neil McBrayer speak out against the death penalty
Inge Fryklund of LEAP on the War on Drugs and the Movement for Legalization
 

Episode Archive

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.

The Quest for a New Nature

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Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Quest for a New Nature

We hear another panel discussion from the TEACH-IN on TECHNO-UTOPIANISM & THE FATE OF THE EARTH which was held in October at the Great Hall of the
Cooper Union in New York City. The teach-in was a project of the International Forum on Globalization.
This is an excerpt from a panel called “The Quest for New Nature” with speakers Clive Hamilton on “Playing God with Climate;” Pat Mooney on “Nanotechnology and the New Earth”; and Debbie Barker on “GMOs and Corporate Techno-Food.”

http://ifg.org/

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David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/18/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

David Barsamian is speaking at a benefit for KBOO on Thursday April 26th at 7PM at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205. The topic is "Occupy Capitalism."

  • Length: 28:00 minutes (25.63 MB)
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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum (Second in a Series)

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Wed, 03/14/2012

 On Wednesday, March 14, appearing on Political Perspectives were Cameron Whitten, Christopher Rich, Bill Dant and Scott Fernandez. The one thing all four men have in common is that each one wants to be Portland's next Mayor. 

Listen to the lively conversation that took place between the candidates and the callers.

Dan Johnson moderates the candidates forum.

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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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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