Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Improving Care for Mentally Ill Prisoners

Karen James interviews Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it recently entered into with the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC). This MOU came after an investigation by DRO of ODOC’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. BHU is an intensive behavioral management and skills training unit for incarcerated adults with serious mental illness. The MOU will reduce isolation and improve the care of seriously mentally ill adults in the BHU.

David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

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Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian on Alternative Radio and World Affairs

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian of Alternative Radio about the challenges in getting and keeping AR on the airwaves. Recently AR was abruptly removed from the weekly programming schedule of KLCC in Eugene.

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. 

Later in the hour David and Per will discuss current issues related to Saudi, Turkey, Egypt, and Syria.

The Death of Nuclear Power

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Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Death of Nuclear Power
Lead author of "The World Nuclear Industry Status Reports" Mycle Schneider on new Nuclear Leap Forward in China. Famous activist Helen Caldicott on plan to make S. Australia a world nuclear dump; and dangerous nuke waste in St. Louis, Missouri. 

http://www.ecoshock.org/

Wall Street's Think Tank: the Council on Foreign Relations

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Wed, 01/20/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Project Censored Show

Project Censored Show hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff speak with historian Laurence Shoup. Shoup's new book, Wall Street's Think Tank, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations; Shoup describes the CFR as "the most influential private organization in the country," and traces how it connects major U.S. ocorporations with government, academia, and media. 

Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

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Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Presidential Candidates on Torture and Slaughter and Cynthia McKinney on the State of the Union

We speak with Rebecca Gordon about "American War Crimes, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" and what happens when a nation commits war crimes, and they are never prosecuted.

Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

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Wed, 01/06/2016 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Our Renewable Future - With Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg gives an analysis of fossil fuel supply and climate risk. Here now is his three level plan for the transition to renewable energy. He is touching on food production, transportation, housing, manufacturing, steel and cement construction mining, the internet and much more. He calls this the economic transformation for the remainder of our life time. 

Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Update on Mumia Abu Jamal and Interview with Miko Peled on "The General's Son"

From the series Law and Disorder we hear an update on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and an interview with Miko Peled, author of The General s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

Mumia Abu-Jamal has gone to federal court in Scranton, Pennsylvania to get an order compelling the state of Pennsylvania to provide him with medical care for Hepatitis C. Mumia has suffered symptoms of slurred words, elephants skin, scales and bloody cracks in his skin on 90 percent of his body. Other symptoms include extreme weakness, swelling of his limbs and loss of mental acuity. Mumia Abu-Jamal is being represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and by Robert Boyle a National Lawyers Guild lawyer and prisoner's rights advocate.

Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Albina Ministerial Alliance Press Conference on the Court Ruling on Reinstating Officer Frashour

The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a press conference on Thursday, December 31st, to draw attention to the reinstatement of white police officer Ron Frashour. 

Mr Frashour was fired in 2010 for killing an unarmed man.

A state arbitrator, however, ruled that Frashour wasn't out of line for shooting before seeing a weapon, and that Portland owes him his job and six years of back pay.

We'll hear the entire AMA Press Conference.
 

Political Perspectives on 12/30/15

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Roy Scranton about his new book, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene.  Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. He explores what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, and responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with our mortality.

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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.

  • Length: 28:29 minutes (26.08 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 11/16/11

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Wed, 11/16/2011

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and author Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter and winner of Canada’s top journalism’s prizes. Michelle is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, and, most recently, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

They will discuss "Decade of Fear," which has been described as a journalistic memoir. Shephard conducted hundreds of interviews worldwide and wove them together to describe the decade since 2001 and looked at how the West’s “solutions” for terrorism only served to exacerbate the problem.

Journalist Michelle Shephard on her book, "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone"

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Wed, 11/16/2011
Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and author Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter and winner of Canada’s top journalism’s prizes. Michelle is the author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, and, most recently, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

They  discuss "Decade of Fear," which has been described as a journalistic memoir. Shephard conducted hundreds of interviews worldwide and wove them together to describe the decade since 2001 and looked at how the West’s “solutions” for terrorism only served to exacerbate the problem. Temporarily banned from Guantanamo for her reporting she has interviewed leaders and common people from the cities and the border territories of Pakistan. She has repeatedly gone to Mogadishu, in embattled Somalia to tell the story of this war devastated country. She reported from the streets of Yemen covering the future Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman.

  • Length: 26:41 minutes (24.43 MB)
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Linda Neale and Luisah Teish from the Earth and Spirit Council

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Mon, 10/17/2011

 Hosted by Sue Supriano

Linda Neale from the Earth And Spirit Council brings us Luisha Teish, who will conduct a workshop this weekend.

 

Luisah Teish will speak at The Natural Way about learning to love the Earth, our Mother, and will share her personal stories of growing up in the South and her relationship to the land. She will recount and examine cultural myths that have mis-educated us into alienation from Our Mother Earth. Teish will identify the affects this estrangement has on the individual, the human community and the Earth Herself, help us contact this wounding and to begin to release it through visualization, chanting and conversation. Her teaching is based on material from the upcoming book "On Holy Ground: Committment and Devotion to Sacred Land," co-authored with Leilani Birely, a Hawaiina Kahuna and Hula teacher. LuisahTeish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, and she holds a chieftaincy title (Yeye’woro) from the Fatunmise Compound in Ile Ife, Nigeria.

Location: Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR

 

 

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann interviewed by Andrew Geller

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Fri, 09/30/2011
  • Length: 55:41 minutes (50.99 MB)
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Backbone Campaign: Organize to oppose tar sands pipeline

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Fri, 09/16/2011

KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg speaks with Bill Moyer and Jay Marx of the Backbone Campaign about their organizing efforts to oppose the tar sands pipeline from Alberta Canada to the Gulf Coast.

  • Length: 15:16 minutes (13.98 MB)
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Michael Ruppert: Can we shift out of our "economic Ponzi scheme?"

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Wed, 09/07/2011

"Unless you change how money works, you change nothing. We live in an infinite growth economy, in other words -- a ponzi scheme. Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible. Those species who cannot get out of their paradigm are doomed to go extinct. Can we disengage from our paradigm?" Host Per Fagering speaks with Michael C. Ruppert, who is probably best known for having accurately predicted the 2008 financial crash, Peak Oil and its impacts. In April of this year he issued a compelling and detailed alert on Collapsenet that warned of a major economic implosion, followed by massive civil unrest starting in late July which is still unfolding and leading to “the collapse of human industrial civilization”.

Michael C. Ruppert, author of “Crossing the Rubicon”, “Confronting Collapse” and the subject of the 2009 critically acclaimed global documentary sensation “Collapse” spoke on the collapse of human industrial civilization, relocalization and a new species he calls Post-Petroleum Human at the First Unitarian church on the tenth anniversary of the attacks which changed the world forever. His appearance also marked the tenth anniversary of his lecture before 1,000-plus at PSU which became the world-famous video “Truth and Lies of 9-11

Over a long career, Ruppert, currently the Founder and C.E.O. of Collapse Network with members in 65 countries, and host of the hit Lifeboat Hour on the Progressive Radio Network, has been a pioneering investigative journalist breaking major exposés including the cover-up of the friendly-fire killing of pro-football star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan.

Far from being a pessimist, Ruppert is optimistic for the future of those, especially younger, generations who can see and adapt to a new and rewarding way of life centered around local food production, community, and balance and dialogue with the Earth that gives us life. An adherent of Gaian spirituality, Ruppert has been recently featured in the just-released critically-acclaimed Australian documentary Anima Mundi  which also includes interviews with David Holmgren – co-founder of Permaculture, John Seed – Deep Ecology, Stephan Harding – Gaian Ecology, Vandana Shiva – Human Rights, Michael Reynolds – Earthships (as seen in the movie Garbage Warrior), Noam Chomsky – Activism, Dr Mark O’Meadhra – Integrative Medicine, and Dr Christine James– Psychology

Protester arrested at BP headquarters in New Orleans

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Mon, 08/08/2011

 

Three people were arrested in New Orleans Thursday outside the headquarters of British Petroleum in an act of non-violent civil disobedience.

KBOO interviewed one of those arrested.

They were protesting the ongoing refusal of BP to acknowledge the extent of damage from last year’s oil spill, and the recent declaration of the company that the disaster is over, and no further compensation is needed.
 
In the last few weeks, videos and photos have been posted on the internet by local fishermen and residents showing dripping tarballs up to two feet long that have been washing up on the shore.
 
Activists brought some of these tarballs to the protest at BP yesterday, but company officials refused to examine this evidence of ongoing contamination.

The three arrested protesters were released today, and face charges of ‘trespassing’. 
 
No BP officials have yet been charged for the worst oil spill in history, and BP continues to operate in the Gulf. 

 

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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