Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 02/02/11

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Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:40am - 10:00am
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Cynthia McKinney on her life and work

Former Congressional Representative Cynthia McKinney speaks on her life and work. Her talk was given as part of the "Rule of Law" panel at the conference called "How the World Changed after 9-11."

Political Perspectives on 02/02/11

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Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Alexander Cockburn on OBAMA'S PLACE IN THE GLOBAL EXPANSION OF CAPITAL

Alexander Cockburn speaks on "OBAMA'S PLACE IN THE GLOBAL EXPANSION OF CAPITAL & THE DEMISE OF THE WELFARE STATE" (from the series TUC Radio www.tucradio.org/

Alexander Cockburn says that the current economic crisis is the outcome of the neoliberal age that began in the seventies by promoting corporate power and eviscerating social services. He alludes to the role presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II have played in this neoliberal expansion and argues that Obama comes out in support of capital.

Political Perspectives on 01/26/11

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Wed, 01/26/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Saving old growth forests

Host Sue Surpriano speaks with environmental activist Samantha Chirillo of Eugene about biomass and the cutting down of old growth forests for corporate profit.

 

Political Perspectives on 01/26/11

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Wed, 01/26/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Single Payer Health Care

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

Political Perspectives on 01/19/11

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Wed, 01/19/2011 - 9:35am - 10:00am
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Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show

Host S.W. Conser speaks with actor Crispin Hellion Glover who is presenting Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show part 1 & part 2 at Cinema 21 this week. Crispin Hellion Glover performs a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. Following the dramatic performance, Mr. Glover will screen "What is it?" or "It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE", followed by a Q&A, followed by a book signing.

January 18 - 20
Showtimes: 7:00-8:00 Dramatic Performance
8:00-9:15 Film
9:15-10:00 Q&A
10:00-? Book Signing

Political Perspectives on 01/19/11

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Wed, 01/19/2011 - 9:00am - 9:35am
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The Economics of Happiness

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.

Political Perspectives on 01/12/11

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Wed, 01/12/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Daniel Lerch on "The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises."

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."

Political Perspectives on 01/05/11

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Wed, 01/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How to fend off the "pathological optimism" all around us.

Clinical psychologist Kathy McMahon speaks on PEAK OIL VERSUS "PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMISM," recorded in Vancouver, Canada on October 18, 2010.  Kathy McMahon has heard it all, through her blog Peak Oil Blues. She's been called "the Peak Shrink." She offers ways to fend off what she calls "pathological optimism" all around us. She also offers a new understanding of our reaction to learning about Peak Oil (or climate change, and the crumbling economy). These come from the many letters, sent in from all over the world, to McMahon's blog "Peak Oil Blues" (http://www.peakoilblues.com).

Political Perspectives on 12/29/10

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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Paul Pierson, co-author of Winner Take all Politics

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.

Political Perspectives on 12/29/10

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Wed, 12/29/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Sister Helen Prejean on Opposing the Death Penalty

In the first half of Political Perspectives we'll hear Sister Helen Prejean who spoke in Portland on October 21st of this year at the First United Methodist Church in support of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty ( www.oadp.org ). She is introduced by Nasseem Raka, author of "The Crying Tree."

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Political Perspectives on 10/27/10, interview with Bradley Burston

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Wed, 10/27/2010

Host Jacob Rosenblum interviews Israeli columnist and commentator Bradley Burston. Bradley Burston is a columnist for Israel's Haaretz Newspaper, and Senior Editor of Haaretz.com. During the first Palestinian uprising, he served as Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was the paper's military correspondent in the 1991 Gulf War. In the mid-1990s he covered Israeli-Arab peace talks for Reuters. He is a recipient of the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism, presented at the United Nations in 2006.

Bradley Burston will discuss “Pro-Mideast in America: Getting Past ‘Pro-Israel’ and ‘Pro-Palestine’” on Thursday, October 28th, 7:00 pm at Bridgeport United Church of Christ/Shir Tikvah. The event is hosted by J Street Portland. Bridgeport U.C.C./Shir Tikvah is at 621 NE 76th Avenue, Portland
  • Length: 30:35 minutes (28 MB)
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Political Perspectives on 10/20/10 with guest Richard Wolff

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Wed, 10/20/2010

The guest is Richard Wolff, author of the book "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It." Wolff is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate Program for International Affairs at the New School University in New York City. Video of his talk "Capitalism Hits the Fan" is available at: http://www.capitalismhitsthefan.com .

After returning from Europe last month Wolff said "These are historic days and weeks in Europe. Unprecedented trade union unity across industries, unions, and countries -- with massive support from students, retirees, churches and public opinion polls -- directly confronts governments, demanding an end to making ordinary people pay for a capitalist crisis. The terms of public debate, policy and social change are shifting in directions not seen or believed possible in Europe for decades."

In June and July he gave a series of talks in Europe, including at the University of Athens and University of Paris, meeting with many of the people organizing the protests.

  • Length: 42:18 minutes (38.73 MB)
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Die German Stunde talks about Immigration

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Fri, 09/24/2010

 Former German central banker Thilo Sarrazin has provoked a heated debate in Germany with the publication in August of his book:  Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab -- or Germany Does Away with Itself. In the book Sarrazin says Muslims are either unwilling or incapable of integration and that immigrants are more of a negative than a positive for the country. Politicians roundly condemned the statements, but some Germans say Sarrazin has publicly stated what many actually think. Host Miriam Widman discusses the book and immigration with Feridun Bek, a German of Turkish descent who is an auto industry executive now living in Detroit and with Sergey Lagodinsky, a Russian-Jewish immigrant to Germany who is a lawyer and member of the Social Democratic Party. He is currently at Yale University as part of the Yale World Fellows Program. Here are some links for this program.

Thilo Sarrazin:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thilo_Sarrazin

Sarrazin's Book:   http://www.amazon.de/Deutschland-schafft-sich-unser-setzen/dp/3421044309

Sergey Lagodinksy:  http://www.gppi.net/about/team/sergey_lagodinsky/

Feridun Bek:  http://tacam.org/board/

 

Robert Bowman on Peace, Patriotism, Activism and 9/11

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Wed, 09/15/2010

Host Sue Supriano interviews longtime peace activist Robert (Bob) Bowman, a former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He was an early public critic of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has been active with Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World

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Wed, 08/18/2010

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Stan Cox, Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)

Stan Cox looks at the consequences on our environment and on our health of air-conditioning in this enlightening study. He documents how greenhouse emissions increased and ozone depletion skyrocketed once air conditioners became prevalent.

He explores air conditioning as a potential spreader of contagions—of asthma and allergies and possibly even sexual dysfunctions.

Before joining the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, as senior scientist in 2000, Stan Cox worked as a U.S. Department of Agriculture geneticist for thirteen years. His environmental writing has been widely published. He is the author of Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine.

 

  • Length: 26:05 minutes (23.88 MB)
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Better Not Bigger - Reshaping the Economy for a Finite World

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Wed, 08/11/2010

 Rob Dietz, the director of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, spoke on achieving a steady-state econmy on May 12th at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. His talk was recorded and produced by Roberta Hall, host of Health and Healthcare Forum.   According to Dietz, in a steady-state economy, energy and resource use are reduced to a level that is within ecological limits and the goal of maximizing GDP is replaced by the goal of maximizing quality of life.

Michael Meade on Ecstatic Soul

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Wed, 07/07/2010

Host Lyn Moelich speaks with mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade about how a sense of myth and story is required for making sense of the rapid changes in the world and for sustaining a sense of meaning and purpose in our individual lives. They also discuss his July 7th appearance at the Old Church in Portland with evening of ecstatic poetry and sacred music. Meade says that in dark and troubled times ancient peoples turned to the poets and mystics, not to escape reality, but to find solace, understanding, and inspiration. The mystics say that something that turns within us helps to make the world turn. They say that there is a "light seed grain inside; you fill it with yourself, or it dies."

  • Length: 26:55 minutes (12.32 MB)
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The Oregon Food Bank and Hunger in Oregon

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Wed, 06/30/2010
Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Rachel Bristol, chief executive officer of the Oregon Food Bank, about hunger in Oregon at the present time. High unemployment and a tough economy has forced record numbers of people to seek emergency food. The Waterfront Blues Festival is the Food Bank's biggest fundraiser.
 
 
 

H.P. Albarelli, author of "A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments"

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Wed, 06/23/2010

 Host Marianne Barisonek interviews H.P. Albarelli, author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments.  Albarelli writes about the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including several who actually oversaw the CIA’s mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s.   H. P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and newspapers across the nation and is the author of the novel The Heap. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Matt Briggs on his documentary "Deep Green"

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Wed, 06/23/2010
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews local filmmaker Matt Briggs about his new documentary "Deep Green," which explores sustainability in 9 countries.  From the website: "Accompanied by an international team of award-winning cinematographers, filmmaker Matt Briggs takes us on a compelling journey to nine countries, including China, to uncover the best people with the best ideas, strategies and cutting-edge technologies that can get the job done… if we start now."

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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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