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
Short Description: 
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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[Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson

program date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011

The guest is S. Brian Willson, local anti-war activist and member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. He'll talk with KBOO host Sue Supriano about his new autobiography, "Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson."

In 1987, while engaged in a protest of U.S. weapons to Central America, Willson and other members of a Veterans Peace Action Team blocked railroad tracks at the Concord, California Naval Weapons Station. An approaching train did not stop, and struck the veterans. Willson was hit, ultimately losing both legs below the knee while suffering a severe skull fracture with loss of his right frontal lobe. Subsequently, he discovered that he had been identified for more than a year as an FBI domestic "terrorist" suspect under anti-terrorist task force provisions and that the train crew that day had been ordered not to stop the train to prevent any hijacking attempts.

  • Length: 26:28 minutes (36.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

"Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

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Wed, 06/08/2011

Stanford University Professor of Middle East History, Joel Beinin speaks on "Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and Equality"

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford.

Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa; co-edited with Frédéric Vairel and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt. His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The Nation, Middle East Report, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout North America, and in France, Egypt, Singapore, and Australia, and has given frequent interviews to the global media. In 2002 he served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

This talk was given at Portland State University on June 4th.  The sponsor was the newly formed Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Co-sponsoring this event were Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies (Portland State University), the Portland Branch WILPF -- Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Portland Code Pink, War Resister League of Portland, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, and others.

  • Length: 57:16 minutes (78.65 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Open Reservoirs and Governments (27 minute Morning Show)

program date: 
Fri, 05/20/2011

 

Open Reservoirs and Governments 

This edition of Democracy Here explores the difference between engineered- and informed consent of the governed using the context of Portland’s current plans to take open reservoirs off-line and replacing them with new underground storage tanks.

The plan to bury the reservoirs is controversial: the city says they are forced to spend a half a billion dollars in order to comply with a federal regulation, while citizen groups say that the water bureau is fast tracking projects to the same cozy consultants who wrote the regulation and that the water bureau could work more earnestly on obtaining relief.   

This edition of DemocracyHere! features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;

and

Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     
 


Engineering techniques to look for in the interviews include:

Emotional appeal trumps reasoned argument;

Government is your daddy;

and

Hurry up, its an emergency

leading to

Its a done deal!

Medical Delegation Reports on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

program date: 
Wed, 05/18/2011

Physicians for Social Responsibility Members Speak about their Recent Trip

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Gerri Haynes and Laura Hart about the health threats they witnessed on their January 2011 medical delegation visit to Gaza. Portland nurse practitioner Maxine Fookson, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, is also a guest.

Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant who has taught mental health classes in Gaza and organized trips to the Middle East since 1992. Gerri is a past president of Washington PSR and a former National PSR board member.

Laura Hart is a board member and past president of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is a part time urologist and a full time social activist who is collaborating with Gazan health care providers to develop comprehensive pelvic health care for women in Gaza. 

 

Open Reservoirs and LT2 in 12 Minutes

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program date: 
Mon, 05/16/2011


This special 12 minute express edition of DemocracyHere! explores Portland's plan to spend $500 million dollars to take our open reservoirs off line are replace them with new underground tanks and features:

Interviews with public health and infectious disease specialists;

Sounds from the earth-day rally at city hall in support of our natural water system;

Information on how lower income citizens will be affected by the increase in water rates;

Interviews with Floy Jones for the citizen-activist perspective and Kent Craford for an alliance of local businesses;

and

Voices of government officials ranging from Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to the EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.     
 

  • Length: 11:50 minutes (10.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Democracy Here: Portand and the Joint Terrorism Task Force

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Wed, 04/20/2011
KBOO's Joe Meyer digs into the move for Portland to rejoin the Joint Terrosism Task Force.

He includes audio from City Hall vox pop, the ACLU, citizen testimony, and concludes with a Greg Kafoury interview.


Tunisians to US: "Hands off our revolution!"

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Wed, 04/13/2011

Local attorney Steven Goldberg talks about being part of a recent delegation of lawyers and academics to Tunisia. The members of the group from the US, UK and Turkey have been investigating US and European complicity in human rights abuses committed by the Ben Ali regime and will be making strong recommendations to their respective governments to allow the Tunisian revolution to develop into a genuine democracy. The group wanted to show support for the revolution in Tunisia, explore the involvement of Western governments with the prior Ben-Ali regime and try to understand the changes which are happening in the Middle East. 

Radiation issues with Fukushima, HAARP

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Wed, 04/06/2011

Host Sue Supriano speaks with Leuren Moret, a geoscientist who has worked around the world on radiation issues, educating citizens, the media, members of parliaments and Congress and other officials. She formerly worked at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab where she became a "whistleblower" some years ago. They will discuss radiation issues in light of the recent damaged Fukushima reactors in Japan including matters such as HAARP (The High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program). 

Die German Stunde

program date: 
Fri, 04/01/2011

How difficult is it to be a Jew in Germany and be critical of Israel? Host Miriam Widman speaks with Rabbi Ben Chorin, a board member in Germany of the progressive political group JCall. JCall is Europe's answer to JStreet, the U.S. political group supported by many progressive Jews in the States. Other guests include Amy Spitalnick, spokesperson for JCall, David Cemla, general secretary of JCall in France and Toby Axelrod, correspondent for the Jewish news agency, the Jewish Telegraphic  Agency in Berlin.

Damaged nuclear reactors in Japan--a hazard here in the NW?

program date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

The damaged nuclear reactors in Japan are leaking radioactive material. Does this pose a health hazard here in the Pacific Northwest? If we had a similar earthquake, would we be subjected to high levels of radioactive fallout? Dr. Rudi Nussbaum and Lloyd Marbet will join host Marianne Barisonek for a discussion of radioactive contamination past, present and future. Dr. Nussbuam has studied the health effects of radiation on Hirsoshima-Nagasaki survivors and military personnel exposed to radiation at Hanford. Lloyd Marbet is known for his successful efforts to shut down the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.

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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