Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser on his new book Command and Control

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, who talks about his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, a ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs in America's nuclear arsenal system. Schlosser discusses how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity in the nuclear area still poses a grave risk to mankind.  

From the front lines of anti-fracking resistance in New Brunswick, Canada. Paul Roland hosts.

Air date: 
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Canadians rise up against gas fracking in New Brunswick on the southeast coast.
Last week, images of burning police cars in a small rural community in the Canadian province of New Brunswick made the rounds of both corporate and social media. The issue--hydraulic gas fracturing ("fracking")--is one that has impacted communities across the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. The issues are similar to many other sites of resistance to fracking and other forms of fossil fuel extraction--companies coming in to poor rural communities and promising jobs and wealth, political forces permitting it to go forward without serious evaluation of either the real economic benefits or the environmental, social and cultural impacts. But in New Brunswick, as in a few other areas in the U.S.

Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

The ongoing government shutdown is affecting many of the agencies we depend on to keep workers, food, infrastructure and financial regulations in place. Don Merrill talks with Ronald White, Director of Regulatory Policy for the Center for Effective Government about some of those effects as the shutdown drags on.

Bees and Seeds

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:30am - 9:45am
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Bees and Seeds
Organizer and activist Tiffany Ayers talks about Bees and Seeds. Portland joins other cities in Oregon – throughout the Pacific Northwest, across the country, and around the world – to commemorate World Food Day 2013. BEES & SEEDS – World Food Day PDX is a family friendly event to celebrate farmers and producers and the healthy local, organic, and pesticide-free food that sustains us. The event includes a special tribute to our pollinator friends, the bees, because without them we can’t eat. And we’ll salute seed savers who are preserving our biological and cultural heritage

Richard Wolff on "How Is Capitalism Working?"

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Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Political Perspectives

From the series Economic Update host Richard Wolff, economist, writer and professor, presents an extended commentary on "How Is Capitalism Working." He says it's the underlying problem causing the political system not to work and the government to break down.

http://rdwolff.com/

Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall

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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Wireless Devices' Microwave Radiation and its Biological Effects with Barrie Trower and Martin Pall
Andrew Geller speaks with former British military microwave weapons expert Barrie Trower and Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. Trower and Pall have a public speaking engagement on Thursday October 10th at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, beginning at 7pm. http://wirelesseducationaction.org/ http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/09/425176.shtml http://rense.com/general96/trower.html

Political Perspectives on 09/25/13

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Wed, 09/25/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Labor writer Sarah Jaffe and Detroit activist Abayomi Azikiwe

In the first part of the show we hear an excerpt from Economic Update with host economist Richard Wolff. He speaks with labor writer Sarah Jaffe of In These Times about low paid US workers mobilizing. Hear audio at http://www.democracyatwork.info/radio/

In the second part of the show host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Abayomi Azikiwe of the Coalition for an International Peoples Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and the Pan African Newswire about the real picture of Detroit and the demand to cancel the debt to the banks and guarantee workers' jobs and pensions.

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InternationalPeoplesAssembly.org

Political Perspectives on 09/11/13

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Wed, 09/11/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Rania Masri on Syria: Beyond the Falsehoods and False Choices

Per Fagerng hosts an interview and call-in with Rania Masri, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand in Lebanon and currently visiting the U.S. The topics are the situation in Syria, a response to President Obama's speech to the nation and his call for Congress to authorize military strikes against Syria, and where does Syria go from here.

Masri says "There are a host of falsehoods being made about Syria. The issue is falsely being framed as either bomb or 'do nothing,' ignoring the host of diplomatic and nonviolent options ... "

Political Perspectives on 09/04/13

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Wed, 09/04/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives

Today's program has three segments:

Political Perspectives on 08/30/13

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Fri, 08/30/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Miko Peled speaks on The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Miko Peled, an Israeli writer and activist speaks on his book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a national and personal perspective.

This is a talk he gave at Portland State University earlier this year.

On his blog, Peled writes:

In my book, “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” I show how it is that the son of an Israeli General and a staunch Zionist came to these realizations.  Realizing that your side of the story is not the only side to the story, and then accepting rather than fighting this realization and in the end finding that the story upon which I was raised, was a lie – now that is an interesting journey.

Audio

[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.

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

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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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