Political Perspectives

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

Episode Archive

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 9:00am - 9:40am
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with writer Roy Scranton about his new book, Learning to Die in the Anthropocene.  Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. He explores what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving world, and responds to the existential problem of global warming by arguing that in order to survive, we must come to terms with our mortality.

On 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Political Perspectives on 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Reconnecting with nature, talking with Jon Young- tracker, mentor, and author.

Jon Young says that reconnection with nature helps people build empathy and actually live in their full potential.

Ani Raven Haines talks with Young about his work, and an upcoming weekend workshop entitled Music, Nature, and Storytelling.  More information on that workshop, including registration deadlines, may be found at  http://8spdx.com/

Jon Young is the author several books and audio tools, including, What the Robin Knows- How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

Economic Collapse and Possible State-Sponsored Mass Murder as the Climate Deteriorates

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Wed, 12/16/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Economic Collapse and Possible State-Sponsored Mass Murder as the Climate Deteriorates
Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith features Michael T. Snyder of the Economic Collapse blog, who explains the warning signs of another Depression. And Yale Professor Tim Snyder discusses the possibility of the return of state-sponsored mass murder as the climate deteriorates. 

www.ecoshock.info

Honoring John Trudell: For Future Generations

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Fri, 12/11/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Honoring John Trudell: For Future Generations

John Trudell passed away on December 8, 2015, at his home. Today we honor his memory by playing some of his talks, interviews and music.

In this hour we will hear "For Future Generations," a talk with poetry recorded on June 12th, 1998 at Westminister Church in Northeast Portland. This talk was recorded by Andrew Geller.

Lisa Rein on Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Digital Privacy, and Electronic Freedom.

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Wed, 12/09/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Lisa Rein on Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, Digital privacy, and Electronic Freedom.

Doug McVay interviews writer, teacher, and filmmaker Lisa Rein about Aaron Swartz, Edward Snowden, digital privacy, and electronic freedom. 

Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

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Fri, 12/04/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with journalist Steven Hill about his new book, Raw Deal: How the "Uber" Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers. Hill challenges conventional thinking about the "sharing economy" by showing why the vision of the "techno sapien" leaders and their Ayn Rand libertariansim is a dead end. Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fraud: the so-called "sharing economy," with companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit allegedly "liberating workers" to become independent and their own CEOs, hiring themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages while the companies profit.

Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion

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Wed, 12/02/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Chris Hedges on KBOO
Chris Hedges speaks with KBOO's Paul Roland about his latest book, 'Wages of Rebellion', and the state of the world today.

As Chris puts it:
In the face of modern conditions, revolution is inevitable. The rampant inequality that exists between the political and corporate elites and the struggling masses; the destruction wreaked upon our environment by faceless, careless corporations; the steady stripping away of our civil liberties and the creation of a monstrous surveillance system—all of these have combined to spark a profound revolutionary moment. Corporate capitalists, dismissive of the popular will, do not see the fires they are igniting.

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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."

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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."

Future of Boardman

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Wed, 06/16/2010
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Discussion on Israel's attack on Gaza aid flotilla

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Wed, 06/02/2010

KBOO speaks with Alison Weir of If Americans Knew, Peter Hart from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and Gaza-based independent journalist Rami Almeghari on the Israeli attack Monday May 31st on a humanitarian aid flotilla on its way to the Gaza Strip.  Includes updates on the attack, discussion of US media coverage, and a description of the impacts of the three-year long siege on Gaza.

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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