Political Perspectives

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

Coming Soon

Ai-jen Poo on The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America
Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford talks with Don Merrill
Angela Davis at PSU in January 2015
 

Episode Archive

Ralph Nader and Bill McKibben on "Why Technology Will Not Save the World"

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Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ralph Nader and Bill McKibben on "Why Technology Will Not Save the World"

From the recent Teach-In on "Why Technology Will Not Save the World," we hear Ralph Nader of the Center for Responsive Law and author of many books including, most recently, Unstoppable, and Bill McKibben of 350.org. and author of The End of Nature and numerous other books.

Wolf PAC's Campaign for Free and Fair Elections in America

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Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The campaign for free and fair elections in America
KBOO speaks with Colby Clipston, Oregon Director of Wolf-PAC, and Chris Agudelo,  Lead Organizer & Educational Advisor at Wolf PAC, and Dave Carlson, Wolf-PAC Volunteer, about their campaign for Free and Fair Elections in America. They are working to pressure State Legislators to pass a Free and Fair Elections Amendment to the Constitution.

http://www.wolf-pac.com/

The Borneo Project, Stopping the Construction of 12 Megadams in Sarawak State

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Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:35am - 10:00am
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The Borneo Project, Stopping the Construction of 12 Megadams in Sarawak State

We speak with John Paisley and Joe Lamb of The Borneo Project, which brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights in Borneo.

The Borneo Project is hosting a fundraising event on December 14th at Mississippi Pizza to support the movement to stop the construction of 12 megadams in Sarawak under a governmental program called SCORE.

The Borneo Project, Stopping the Construction of 12 Megadams in Sarawak State

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Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The Borneo Project, Stopping the Construction of 12 Megadams in Sarawak State
We speak with John Paisley and Joe Lamb of The Borneo Project, which brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights in Borneo.

The Borneo Project is hosting a fundraising event on December 14th at Mississippi Pizza to support the movement to stop the construction of 12 megadams in Sarawak under a governmental program called SCORE.

Political Perspectives on 12/10/14

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Wed, 12/10/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

For Whom: We Rise Together, International Human Rights Day

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Wed, 12/10/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Joseph Gonzalez, of Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines on violations of rights
Joseph Gonzalez, organizer, and Angelica Lim, media representative with the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, (PCHRP), talk about “For Whom: We Rise Together, International Human Rights Day” today (December 10th) at 6:30pm in the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University.

The cultural event aims to reach a broad audience from Portland and to build bridges and solidarity across communities in an effort to raise awareness about human rights violations nationally and globally.

Why Technology Will Not Save the World, Part 2

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Wed, 12/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Why Technology Will Not Save the World, Part 2

We hear excerpts from a conference sponsored by the International Forum On Globalization. Scholars and activists provide an analysis of why immediate change is required in our thinking, behavior, values and economies.

Speakers are David Ehrenfeld of Rutgers University on: De-Extinction and Its Residue Problems; Doug Thompkins of the Foundation for Deep Ecology on Technology & Nature/Clash of Concepts and Wes Jackson of The Land Institute on Nature Is The Final Measure.

Indigenous Voices on A Colonial Holiday

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Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
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Conversations on how to Decolonize Thanksgiving and Beyond!
Listen to the full 4 hour broadcast above, or click on the different programs bellow to listen to individual recordings.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks but for many the problematic history of the creation of this holiday casts a shadow on what Thanksgiving is supposed to represent.  On Thanksgiving morning, on KBOO, we bring you Indigenous voices on a Colonial Holiday. 

Vernellia Randall on Ferguson

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Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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Vernellia Randall on Ferguson
We hear another reaction to the failure to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. Ian Masters of Background Briefing speaks with VERNELLIA RANDALL, emeritus professor of law at the University of Dayton and the author of the book Dying While Black.

Glenn Greenwald interviews James Risen

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Wed, 11/26/2014 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Glenn Greenwald interviews James Risen

Glenn Greenwald interviews James Risen, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner, who sounds off on the government's attempt to imprison him, profiteering in the War on Terror, and his radicalization process.  
​(From Ian Masters at KPFK, Los Angeles)

James Risen covers national security for The New York Times. He was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism, and he is the coauthor of Wrath of Angels and The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB. - See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/James-Risen/28023961#sthash.q8On3cWj.dpuf

Photo Credit: Vincent Serrano

Audio

Yves Engler on "Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay"

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Thu, 07/07/2011

  Yves Engler, co-author of Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay spoke at Laughing Horse Books on June 21st. He and his co-author Bianca Mugyenyi documented an anthropolicical tour of the land of Homo Automomotivis and argue for moving beyond the private automobile. Stephanie Potter attended the talk, which was given in a parking lot around the corner from Laughing Horse. She recorded and produced this program. (Music by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com)

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them. In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Yves Engler and Bianca Mugyenyi argue that the automobile’s ascendance is inextricably linked to capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue, backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic corruption, third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction and war. When we challenge the domination of cars, we also challenge capitalism. An anti-car, road-trip story, Stop Signs is a unique must-read for all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto insanity.

Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler is a Montréal activist and author. He has five published books: Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi), The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority and the just released Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.

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

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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)

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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.

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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