Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Brian Willson and Mike Hastie on Palestine

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Wed, 02/05/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Brian Willson and Mike Hastie on Mike's recent trip to Palestine

KBOO's Jimmy Tardy spoke with Mike Hastie and Brian Willson about Mike's recent trip to Palestine. Mike and Brian are old friends and the conversation covered a host of issues related to Palestine and Mike and Brian's insights into war, American empire, and how the words "occupation" and "empire" sometimes cloud the issues at hand. The broadcast version of the conversation was shortened. The extended version will appear here as soon as we can post it!

Brian Willson is pictured above, Vietnam War medic Mike Hastie is pictured below (in the background he emerges from a cloud of tear gas–made in the USA. Photo by ELLEN DAVIDSON)
 

Howard Bloom on the political climate surrounding the 2014 Olymipics in Sochi, Russia

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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Howard Bloom on the political climate surrounding the 2014 Olymipics in Sochi, Russia

Kristin Yount speaks with Howard Bloom, the Philosopher at the End of the Universe, about the political climate surrounding the 2014 Olymipics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics will take place less than a day’s drive from Volgograd, where 34 people were killed by an extremist group who vowed to interrupt the Olympics with violence.

Political Perspectives on 01/22/14

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

The Prospects of War in 2014: Professor Francis Boyle is interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Prospects of War in 2014: Professor Francis Boyle is interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

From TUC Radio - The Prospects of War in 2014: Professor Francis Boyle is interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

Recorded in the early days of January 2014, the focus, with some urgency, is on the prospects for war in 2014. University of Illinois College of Law Professor Francis Boyle, well known teacher of Constitutional Law, attorney and engaged critic of U.S. Foreign Affairs, was interviewed on January 8 by Takes on the World Radio host Jeff Blankfort. Jeff Blankfort is a veteran journalist and commentator on the Middle East.

Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Dirty Wars

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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Dirty Wars

From the series Making Contact "Jeremy Scahill on Obama s Dirty Wars."

Drone attacks on American citizens. Black sites around the globe where prisoners are tortured. And the prison at Guantanamo is still in operation. As we enter the 6th year of Barack Obamas presidency, his foreign policy legacy is becoming more clear. Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill investigated Obama s Dirty Wars and says the President has put Americans in more danger through actions that fuel hatred and extremism. 

Local response to election of Socialist to Seattle City Council

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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jordana Saldo
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg interviews Jordana Sardo of the Freedom Socialist Party in Portland about the regional implications of the election of socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant in Seattle.

Radio Ecoshock - U.S & UK Pushing Dangerous Waste Schemes

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Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Radio Ecoshock - U.S & UK pushing dangerous waste schemes

Radio Ecoshock with Alex Smith

Sasha Abramsky on "The American Way of Poverty"

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Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Journalist Sasha Abramsky discusses "The American Way of Poverty" with host Jay Thiemeyer

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Sasha Abramsky about his latest book The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives.  Abramsky says that in many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm. 

Paul Grignon on Money as Debt, from TUC Radio

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Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Paul Grignon on Money as Debt
From the series TUC Radio Paul Grignon on Money as Debt (an update of the 2009 Film on Radio version)

Paul Grignon makes the case that only a very small part of our money supply is created by the government. The vast majority of money is created by banks whenever a loan or mortgage is made. Banks, which are private institutions, are given enormous power to make and manage money and governments in most countries borrow the money for their operations from bank and have the taxpayers pay the interest. 

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http://www.moneyasdebt.net/




 

Political Perspectives on 12/25/13

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Wed, 12/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

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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.

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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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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 .

  • Length: 21:39 minutes (19.83 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.

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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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