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    Political Perspectives on 07/31/13

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    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Report From Afghanistan: Interview; Professor Zaher Wahab

    Report From Afghanistan! Obama talks withdrawal while over 100,000 US and NATO troops remain alongside an equal number of contractors. Plans for 9 permanent bases move forwards while the most intense fighting since 2001 rages out of control. Death squads & drone attacks continue, and fleeing Afghans make up the largest refugee asylum seeking population in the world today. Tune in to Political Perspectives, Wednesday morning, July 31st at 9am for Report From Afghanistan. Professor Zaher Wahab, returning from 5 Months in Kabul training teachers, will join host Linda Olson-Osterlund to report on the state of Afghanistan and the War. Then the phone lines will open up for your call. Tune In  & Call in!

    Political Perspectives on 07/24/13

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    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Pete Stauffer, Oceans Programs Manager for Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Summer Soiree

    This program highlights the upcoming KBOO co-sponsored event with an interview of Pete Stauffer, Ocean Programs manager for Surfrider Foundation by Ross Freeman Levin.

    On Thursday, July 25th the Port

    Political Perspectives on 07/10/13

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    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Noam Chomsky talks about "State Spying and Other Matters" with host David Barsamian

    Alternative Radio host David Barsamian recently interviewed noted scholar and professor Noam Chomsky about "State Spying and Other Matters."  Chomsky puts the Snowden revelations in the context of historical government spying. “If technology,” he says, “or other means of control and domination are available, then power systems are going to use them.” Chomsky relates the continuities between Bush and Obama in foreign and domestic policies. He examines Obama’s assault on civil liberties and the prosecution of whistleblowers. Israel, Palestine, events in Turkey and Syria are also discussed, along with the pitfalls of third parties in the U.S. and much more.

    (Recorded June 20th, 2013)

    Political Perspectives on 07/03/13

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    Wed, 07/03/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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    A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad

    The previously scheduled program on Self-evident Truths is not available. 

    Political Perspectives on 07/03/13

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    Wed, 07/03/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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    A Visit to the Oregon Food Bank

    The Oregon Food Bank distributes emergency food to hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

    KBOO reporter Ross Freeman Levin visited the WashMetro Dock at Oregon Food Bank to talk to volunteers and staff about their work and hunger in Oregon.

    Political Perspectives on 06/26/13

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    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Supreme Court Decisions

    This week the Supreme Court is making decisions that affect the future of the country in a profound way. On Tuesday they  gutted a core part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. On Monday they sent a case challenging affirmative action back to be re-examined by the Fifth Circuit federal appeals court on the grounds that the lower court did not review the University of Texas'affirmative action program carefully enough. Their decision on two same-sex marriage cases is due on Wednesday. Hear reaction to these decisions on this show. Call in with your thoughts.

     

    Political Perspectives on 06/19/13

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    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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    Solutions for Collapse

    We hear an excerpt from the series Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith

    Could you leave civilization and survive? Are we permanently plugged in? 

    You'll hear Sri-Lankan-American author Asoka Banadarage's solutions for collapse.

    Also a short interview with a young man who dropped out and lived in the woods on a remote island.

    Political Perspectives on 06/19/13

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    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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    Inteview: Victoria Brittain, Journalist & Author on justice denied at Guantamo

    Victoria Brittain,  joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund to discuss her recent article titled; Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How to Pre- Convict an American Muslim  on TomDispatch. Journalist and former editor for the Guardian, Ms Brittain is the author and co-author of 2 plays and four Books. Her latest is Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War onTerror. She'll talk about the extreme conditions American Muslims accused of "terrorism" are subjected to while awaiting trial. Held in solitary confinemen they and often their families are subject to " Special Administrative Measures" or SAP'S that serve to further isolate the accused.

    Political Perspectives on 06/12/13

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    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    The rise of the "National Security State" and the abuse of surveillance and "intelligence" gathering

    Host Paul Roland with live guests by phone: Christopher Simpson, Journalism Professor at American University in Washington, D.C. and Christopher Pyle, Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties at Mount Holyoke College. The program will focus on the vast expansion of electronic and telephone surveillance and "intelligence" gathering in historical perspective and in the light of the current controversy over whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and the privatization of surveillance.

    Political Perspectives on 06/05/13

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    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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    Joseph Stiglitz:"Freefall: America, Free Markets and the Sinking of the World Economy"

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    Wed, 05/12/2010

    With host Stefan Kamph, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz talks about his latest book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy.  Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia, is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics. He was chair of the Council on Economic Advisors under Clinton. He also served as senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank. His efforts to move the bank in a more progressive direction got him fired.  He is the author of Globalization and Its Discontents, The Roaring Nineties, and Freefall.

    PDX Bike Ride 3/27 for Iraqi Refugees; and their fate in Iraq, the Middle East and the U.S.

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    Wed, 03/24/2010
    Host Tim Calvert interviews Zahra Alkabi, Director of Save Refugees about the Bike Ride for Iraq, a Benefit for Iraq Refugees and Protest Against the Iraqi People. They will also discuss the fate of Iraqi refugees in Iraq, the Middle East and the United States.
    The Bike RIde for Iraq is Saturday, March 27th.
    11am-2pm Gather at the foot of SE Salmon by the Vera Katz Statue
    1:30pm-2pm Decorate BIkes with Iraqi Flags and signs
    2pm-3pm-Ride South on the Springwater Corridor
    3pm-"The Riders for Iraq" and others gather at the Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane for information, fundraising and potluck.

    Sponsored by Saverefugees.org and the Portland Iraq Solidarity Committee. 

    Economist Joseph Stiglitz: "Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy"

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    Wed, 03/24/2010

     Host Stefan Kampf interviews Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz about his recent book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, an account of the financial meltdown that criticizes the Obama Administration for 'muddling through' rather than pushing aggressively for change. Stiglitz is a University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia.

     

    13 Indigenous Grandmothers: "Mother Nature is angry. We must change. All of us."

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    Wed, 03/10/2010

    Stephanie Potter speaks with Carole Hart, director and producer of "For the Next 7 Generations," and Linda Neale, founder and board member of the Earth and Spirit Council. "For The Next 7 Generations," a documentary film chronicling the efforts of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from the four directions to heal the earth & her inhabitants, will show at 4 pm on 3/14 at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 Southeast Clinton Street, Portland 97202.

     

    A fundraiser for the Earth & Spirit Council, the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and The Oregon Food Bank. Tickets $8 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $10 at the door. Please bring non-perishable food item(s) for donation. For preview info go to http://www.youtube.com/carolehart.

    PDX Walk for Water event to aid families in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Wed, 03/10/2010

     

     

    Host Crystal Leighty interviews Eric Mwarabu, an intern from Tanzania who is working to increase awareness of Walk for Water on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Drawing attention to the plight of millions of people whose access to safe drinking water is severely limited, Walk for Water will raise funds to benefit Water For All, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to families in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to raise $14,000 needed to build a water pump in Tanzania.  The Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S, Earl BlumenauerOregon’s U.S. Representative from the 3rd District, Mayor Sam Adams of Portland, plus other will be the keynote speaker at the event. For more information:  http://www.worldwaterdaypdx.com/speakers 

     

    Film maker Jihan El-Tahri on “Behind the Rainbow," an exploration of South Africa’s ruling party

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    Tue, 03/02/2010

     On the Part Two of the Feb 10, 2010, Political Perspectives we hear from filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri about her documentary, “Behind the Rainbow,” which explores the transition of the African National Congress from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party. The film was shown in Portland as part of the Cascade African Film Festival on Thursday February 11th at 7:30PM

    Brad Friedman of Brad Blog discusses rightwing activist James O'Keefe's felony arrest

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    Wed, 02/10/2010

    In part one of the Feb 10, 2010 Political Perspectives, Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews blogger Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog about the case of rightwing activist James O'Keefe, his federal felony arrest late last month, and his infamous secretly taped video interviews filmed inside ACORN offices. 

    Kanaan Kanaan on Art and Diversity

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    Wed, 02/03/2010

    Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm in the Find out more about Kanaan Kanaan's work at http://www.kanaankanaan.com/joomla/

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    Sauvie Island's Donna Matrazzo on "Wild Things: Adventure's of a Grassroots Environmentalist"

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    Wed, 01/13/2010

      Host Allison Miliones speaks with Donna Matrazzo, a science, environmental and history writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and in national park visitor centers and museums around the country. She has lived on Sauvie Island for 20 years. Her book, Wild Things: Adventures of a Grassroots Environmentalist, was a finalist for a Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.

    David Swanson

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    Wed, 01/06/2010

     

    David Swanson, author and activist talks about his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming A More Perfect Union." The host is Marianne Barisonek.

     Swanson talks about how the office of Presidency has acquired more and more power while Congress neglects its duties. He offers ideas on how we the people can rebalance the political structures.

    Powers taken by George Bush will become cemented into place during the Obama administration unless Congress takes action. The aberrations of the Bush years will become norms and now is the time to undo the damage.

    Many of the abuses committed by the Bush presidency were given legitimacy by the actions of his predecessor, Bill Clinton. 

    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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