Political Perspectives

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Episode Archive

Michael Parenti on Capitalism vs. Reality

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Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on Capitalism vs. Reality

Dr. Michael Parenti provides a critique of capitalism as the driving logic of empire, which motivates global exploitation and growing inequality everywhere. While contemporary economics typically defends the benefits of free-market capitalism, Parenti argues that global capitalism is run by and for transnational corporations. While any good that exists within the Capitalist State is the result of hard won labor and democratic struggles against the owners of Capital.

Recorded at the University of Illinois Springfield on October 6th, 2015.
Produced by WZRD in Chicago.

TUC Radio presents Ricarda Winkelmann on The Melting of Antarctica

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Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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TUC Radio presents Ricarda Winkelmann on The Melting of Antarctica
A fairly unknown scientist - at least by US standards - took the lime light in major media in the US in September 2015. The New York Times - and also Democracy Now - quoted her this way:

“To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all,” said Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a paper entitled: "Combustion of available fossil fuel resources sufficient to eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet," in an article published on September 11, 2015, in the journal Science Advances.

Winkelmann is Junior Professor of Climate System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Her research areas are Anthropogenic climate change; Tipping elements; Antarctic ice dynamics and Sea-level rise.

Salvatore Gencarelle: Ancient wisdom for the modern world

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Wed, 11/18/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Salvatore Gencarelle discusses his book, "A Man Among the Helpers"

In the latest Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders drew a link between climate change and international conflict, and even the Pentagon has consistently called this a "threat multiplier."  The root of our problems, according to Salvatore Gencarelle, arises out of the "disconnection disease" that pervades modern society. He asserts that Indigenous cultures have a higher understanding of survival and connection and it is time we sought their wisdom. 

The Occupiers: A Making of the 99 Percent Movement

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Wed, 11/11/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Author/Historian Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky
Author, Michale Alexander Gould-Wartofsky stopped by KBOO to speak with Krisin Yount about the book he wrote as an observer participant in New York during the Occupy Wall Street campaign. Gould-Wartofsky, a PhD candidate at New York University, used his skills as a social scientist to carefully interview participants from around the world and collect primary sources for this work. He will be signing books and sharing stories along with Arun Gupta at the Q Center at 4115 N Mississippi Ave, on Wednesday November 11th at 7:00. People are encouraged to bring their stories and perspectives about being par tof the 99 percent. 

Whirlpool Corporation crushes dissent in Benton Harbor Michigan

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Wed, 11/11/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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An interview with Joe Peary about the case of Edward Pinckney
"Here, Whirlpool controls not only Benton Harbor and the residents, but also the court system itself. They will do anything to crush you if you stand up to them. That's why it's so important to fight this. I'm going to fight them until the end. This is not just an attack on Rev. Pinkney. It's an attack on every single person that lives in Benton Harbor, in the state and around the country."   - Rev. Edward Pinkney

Ray Raphael on "The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began"

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Fri, 11/06/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ray Raphael on "The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began"

Host Gene Bradley speaks with renowned historian Ray Raphael about the book, The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began, co-authored with his wife Marie Raphael. In the book the Raphael's shift the spotlight from such well-known historical moments as "one if by land, two if by sea,” to some lesser-known but equally consequential events that traditionally don’t make it into our history books. 


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Wed, 11/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Rick Dobin about the therapeutic uses of MDMA

3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine is also known by its initials: MDMA, though it's better known to the public as Ecstasy. MDMA was first synthesized in the early 1900s in Germany, and began to be used in psychotherapy in the 1970s. In 1985 the Drug Enforcement Administration banned it, placing MDMA into Schedule One. A number of therapists and researchers feel that the DEA is wrong, and that the current schedule of drugs is based largely on misinformation, misunderstanding, and prejudice.

How Policies and Actions of the Global North Negatively Impact Communities in Central America

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Fri, 10/30/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How Policies and Actions of the Global North Negatively Impact Communities in Central America

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Grahame Russell of Rights Action, a U.S. and Canadian based human rights organization, (www.rightsaction.org), that provides direct funds to and does solidarity work with grassroots indigenous and non-indigenous community organizations in Central America and Mexico.

Drug Policy Expert Sanho Tree on the Drug Czar's Office

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Wed, 10/28/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Drug Policy Expert Sanho Tree on the Drug Czar's Office
The Office of National Drug Control Policy, (the Drug Czar's office), is required by law to produce an annual national drug control strategy report. Their deadline is supposed to be February 1st each year. The last annual strategy report was released in July of 2014. The federal fiscal year ended on September 30th, so for the feds, 2015 is over.

U.S. Psychologists Face Lawsuit for Human Experimentation in CIA Torture Program

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Wed, 10/21/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Inteview: Steven Watt ACLU Attorney on CIA Torture Lawsuit

U.S. Psychologists Face Lawsuit for Human Experimentation in CIA Torture Program,

Guest: ACLU Attorney Steven Watt

James Mitchell and John Jessen, psychologists who designed and ran the CIA's Torture operation, are being sued by the ACLU on behalf of three men who were tortured using the methods developed in the illegal program. These two psychologists devised and supervised an experiment to break Human Beings mind and body.


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.

Phyllis Benning discusses 8th anniversary of Iraq war & continuing occupation, PDX march & rally March 19

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Wed, 03/09/2011

Host Will Seaman speaks with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies about the upcoming 8th anniversary of the war in Iraq, the continuing occupation of Iraq, President Barack Obama's foreign policy and the uprisings in Middle Eastern countries.

Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement. She continues to serve as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.

(Stay up to date on events in the Middle East with Phyllis Bennis' free newsletter (delivered 1-2x a month).)


DATE:  Saturday, March 19, 2011
TIME:  12:30pm Music  /  1:00pm Rally  /  1:30pm Peace march
LOCATION:  Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill & Broadway

State Bank of Oregon Community Forum

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Wed, 03/02/2011

State Bank of Oregon Community Forum

A public forum on the Oregon State Bank and a proposal to create a publicly owned bank modeled after the highly successful Bank of North Dakota was held on February 1st.

Forum speakers were Barbara Dudley, Co-Chair of the Oregon Working Families Party; Jim Houser, Co-owner of the Hawthorne Auto Clinic and Co-Chair of the Main Street Aliiance of Oregon; Teresa Retzlaff, Farmer at 46 North Farm in Astoria and member of Friends of Family Farmers; and State Representative Jefferson Smith.

Only North Dakota has a state bank.  At the moment, a State Bank of Oregon is only an idea.

North Dakota's state bank was formed in 1919.  When Alaska and Hawaii joined the union, they did not have a state bank - and still do not (as with the rest of the 47 states).

Recording: Oregon State Bank: Putting our money to work for us

Public Forum, February 1, 2011 at New Song Community Church, NE Portland

Forum Hosts: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Oregon Working Families Party, Oregon Action

website:  http://oregoniansforastatebank.org/

photos on this page by Steve Hughes


Recorded and produced by Mel Reslor.

  • Length: 78:33 minutes (53.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Political Perspectives with guest guest is David Lively, discussion about the Organicology conference

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Wed, 02/09/2011

The guest is David Lively, Marketing Director of the Organically Grown Company in Eugene. He will talk about the Organicology conference going on in Portland this week and about current issues in the organic foods movement including the controversial "coexistence” deal between some organic companies and big-time genetically engineered company Monsanto and USDA secretary Tom Vilsack.

David Lively became involved in organic agriculture after becoming convinced that the best place to affect social change was in the dirt - and at farm level - and dropping out of social work school.  He moved to Oregon and became a partner in Thistle Organics and later created a joint venture with Riverbrook Cooperative, Thistle-Brook, that was the largest fresh-market organic farm in Oregon at that time.
In 1984, he became an employee of OGC and in the 21 years since, he has served as warehouser, field manager, production coordinator, buyer, account representative and marketing director.
He has also served as a certification inspector, a member of the steering committees for the Alliance of Organic Certifiers, Organically Grown in Oregon and the Tri-State Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture, and on the boards of OGC, Oregon Tilth and by Governor Robert's appointment the Center for Applied Agricultural Research.

Political Perspectives on 01/26/11

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Wed, 01/26/2011

Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with Dr. Margaret Flowers. congressional fellow for the 18,000-member Physicians for a National Health Program, about a single-payer health care program.

She will be one of the speakers at the Single Payer Health Care: State Wide Conference on Saturday, January 29th at the First Unitarian Church 1211 SW Main Street Portland, OR

National and local speakers, including:
• U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Author of HR 676, The National Single Payer Bill
• Dr. Margaret Flowers, Maryland Pediatrician & Congressional Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Program
• Katie Robbins, Healthcare-NOW! national single payer advocacy group
• Mark Dudzic, Labor Campaign for Single Payer national organizer


  • Length: 54:50 minutes (25.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Helena Norberg-Hodge on "The Economics of Happiness"

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Wed, 01/19/2011

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Helena Norberg-Hodge about her new film "The Economics of Happiness," a documentary about the devastating effects of globalization and the need for localization. Norberg-Hodge will be in Portland this Friday for a special screening and discussion of the film. The event is this Friday, January 21st, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Main Street Sanctuary, First Unitarian Church, Portland, 1011
SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is an internationally renowned environmentalist and a pioneer of the localisation movement. She is a leading critic of conventional notions of growth and development. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize. She is founder and director of
the International Society for Ecology and Culture and author of "Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh."


Daniel Lerch on Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises

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Wed, 01/12/2011

  Host Sue Supriano speaks with Daniel Lerch, Program Director of Post Carbon Institute about his book, The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises.

Daniel Lerch is the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007), the first major municipal guidebook on peak oil and global warming, and the lead editor of The Post Carbon Reader (2010), a collection of original essays by some of the world's most provocative thinkers on the 21st century's interconnected sustainability crises. One of the few experts specializing in local government responses to global fossil fuel depletion, Daniel has delivered presentations and workshops to elected officials, planners, and other audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and Spain. He has been interviewed in numerous radio, video, and print outlets, and has been quoted in major publications including The New York Times and Business Week.

Daniel has worked with urban sustainability and planning issues for nearly fifteen years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Master of Urban Studies from Portland State University in Oregon.


Paul Pierson: "How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class"

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Wed, 12/29/2010

Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, was in Portland at the end of November and spoke with host Stephanie Potter. In an innovative historical departure Pierson and his co-author, Jacob Hacker, trace the rise of the winner-take-all economy back to the late 1970' when big business and conservative idealogues organized themselves to undo the regulations and progressive ta policies that had helped ensure a fair distribution of economic rewards.  Deregulation got underway, taxes were cut for the wealthiest, and business decimated labor in Washington.  By showing how our political system has been hijacked by the superrich, Pierson and Hacker point the way to rebuilding a democracy that serves the many, rather than just the wealthy few. 


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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