Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 09/17/14

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond
We speak with Simon Tam and Sandy Polishuk about the People's Climate March in Portland on Sep 21st. Marchers join the nation to demand action on climate change.

We also speak with Diane Hodiak of co-organizer of the Central Oregon Climate March.

Central Oregon Climate March
Bend, Oregon, start at 11:30 am, Sunday September 21,
BEGIN 1125 NE 2nd Street END 520 NW Wall.  


Portland People's Climate March
Sunday, September 21, 3:00 PM  
Gather for a walk and rally in Portland’s Waterfront “Bowl,” south of the Hawthorne Bridge, SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison.
http://www.350pdx.org/

Kshama Sawant, extended interview

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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kshama Sawant, extended interview
Chris Andreae presents her extended interview with Kshama Sawant, of the Seattle City Council, the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since 1916.

Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for Mike Brown

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Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for MIke Brown
We speak with local people involved with Don't Shoot Portland about Justice for Mike Brown; the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere; and ending systemic violence upon communities of color. Guests are Jessie Sponberg (Community Activist); Teressa Raiford (Political Activist, Organizer); Katrina Calhoun (NAACP member Community Organizer); and Ben Glas (Student, Videographer working on documenting the group's efforts). 

From the High Arctic to Eco-Anxiety

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Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From the High Arctic to Eco-Anxiety

We'll hear the latest episode of Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith.

The program features disturbing climate news from high Arctic with scientist Paul Beckwith, who is just back from the glaciers of Alaska,.and advice on handling eco-anxiety with Susie Burke of Australian Psychological Society.

http://www.ecoshock.org/

Hawaii judge overturns local measure regulating GMOs and pesticides

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Maui activist Sam Small
A federal judge in Hawaii this week overturned a Kauai County ordinance that regulates the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and pesticides in the county. We'll speak with Maui-based environmental activist Sam Small about the implications of the ruling.

More on the Kauai County ordinance

Article on the judge's ruling in this week's Huffington Post


Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream, a documentary about foreclosure crises

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream, a documentary about foreclosure crises
We speak with Patrick Lovell, a former television producer. After the market crash of 2008 he lost his job and could not pay his mortgage. Armed with a camera he set out to discover why the American Dream failed him and millions of others in "Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream," a documentary about foreclosure crises.
"Forward 13" shows next Thursday, September 4th at  7pm at the Clinton Street Theater.


Jeff Jones - Bernadine Dohrn - Bill Ayers: at Oregon Country Fair, July 11th 2014

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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jeff Jones - Bernadine Dohrn - Bill Ayers, a conversation from OCF July 2014

Jeff Jones, Bernadine Dohrn, and Bill Ayers spoke from the Front Porch Stage at the Oregon Country Fair July 11th, 2014. Many will remember these amazing people from their days in the SDS and the Weather Underground. I recorded this 'conversation' with the audience in attendance, and they chose to speak about current social justice issues and activism. This was their third straight year at OCF, so I really wanted to capture this and hope you enjoy!

Gaza Strip: Truce breakdown and US complicity

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Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An update from Gaza
A ceasefire in Gaza that was extended several times has broken down, with no long-term truce deal in sight.  As the ceasefire drew to an end at midnight Tuesday night, Israeli forces launched twenty five airstrikes into Gaza, killing five people including a small child, and wounding more than thirty.

Palestinian fighters launched several dozen rockets into Israel, causing no injuries or damage.

For more on the level of destruction in the Gaza Strip over the past month, KBOO speaks with Mohammed Nabeel from Gaza, as well as independent journalsit Rania Khalek.

Political Perspectives on 08/13/14

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Wed, 08/13/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
News and views on current politics.

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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

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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

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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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