Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

"Finding Bosnia," a Film of the Personal Journey of a Bosnian War Refugee Raised in the US

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Wed, 10/07/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Finding Bosnia," a Film of the Personal Journey of a Bosnian War Refugee Raised in the US

Host Jimmy Tardy speaks with Ivana Horvat and Adrian Hopffgarten about their film, Finding Bosnia, which presents the intimate and personal journey of a Bosnian war refugee raised in the United States who seeks to reclaim her “Bosnian” culture and identity.

Ivana Horvat fled Sarajevo with her mother in 1992 during  the siege of the capital city because of the Bosnian conflict. They left her father and his fate behind. Three years later the family was reunited and began rebuilding their life together in Portland, Oregon.

Jo Ann Hardesty Speaking at the KBOO Annual Meeting

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Fri, 10/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jo Ann Hardesty Speaking at the KBOO Annual Meeting

We hear Jo Ann Hardesty's keynote address at KBOO’s Annual meeting held on Sunday, September 27th, at PSU's Native American Student and Community Center. 

"Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over," with Caroline Fredrickson

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Wed, 09/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over," with Caroline Fredrickson

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Caroline Fredrickson about her new book, "Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over." She explains how U.S. labor laws exclude certain workers from protection (mainly women and people of color), and the terrible reasons why those workers are excluded.

Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle with Brad Evans

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Wed, 09/23/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle with Brad Evans

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Brad Evans about his book Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle, co-authored with Henry GIroux

Disposable Futures makes the case that we have not just become desensitized to violence, but rather, that we are being taught to desire it.

From movies and other commercial entertainment to "extreme" weather and acts of terror, authors Brad Evans and Henry Giroux examine how a contemporary politics of spectacle--and disposability--curates what is seen and what is not, what is represented and what is ignored, and ultimately, whose lives matter and whose do not.

Mike Rose on his book, "BACK TO SCHOOL: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education"

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Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mike Rose on his book, "BACK TO SCHOOL: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education"

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Mike Rose, who has made a career of championing the academic potential of the poor and underprivileged. They will discuss his latest book, BACK TO SCHOOL: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.

"Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It," by Kate Harding

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Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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"Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It," by Kate Harding
Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Kate Harding about her new book, "Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It"
Sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?

Kate Harding collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010).
 

"Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology"

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Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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"Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology"
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Kentaro Toyama about his new book, "Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology."

Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.

Digital Ageism and How to Bridge the Age Divide in Communities

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Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Digital Ageism and How to Bridge the Age Divide in Communities

We'll hear a program from the series WINGS, the Women's International News Gathering Service on "Digital Ageism." Rose Marie Whalley interviews Kim Sawchuch, Communications Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, who is currently researching aging and mobile technology, and ways to bridge the age divide in communities. 

Veterans for Peace Members on their Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Veterans for Peace Members on their Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Host Roberta Hall's guests are Leah Bolger and Bart Bolger, who founded the Linus Pauling Chapter of Veterans for Peace and are active in national VFP. Leah served as national president of VFP. They discuss why they are involved in an ad campaign to publicize the importance of the recently achieved Iran Nuclear Deal. This is a multination agreement that will verify that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapons program and will lift many of the economic sanctions that have been placed on the country.

Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

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Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Molly Gill on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Host Doug McVay speaks with Molly Gill, Molly Gill, Government Affairs Counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums. 

Molly Gill is FAMM’s government affairs counsel. She works with federal legislators, affected family members, and other criminal justice stakeholders to promote sentences that protect public safety and that are proportionate to the offense. She also serves as a commissioner on the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.   Her writings have been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, Huffington Post, Sojourners Magazine, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter.

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

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."

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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.

 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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