People Rise Up
People Rise Up explored issues related to inter-human and -species fairness, preservation of the biosphere, and inclusive, participatory democratic self-organization to counter the dictatorial, military-industrial-corporate octopus.
September 17, 1997 - May 28, 2008
Opening theme based on ‘Full Moon Flow’ by Hamsa Lila
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In this final broadcast, Hope Shand, Research Director for the ETC Group and I discuss their new report describing efforts by the ag-biotech industry to patent 'climate-ready' genes which would theoretically allow our most common agricultural crops to continue thriving in the warm future confronting us all.
Building on the work of visionPDX, the Portland Plan is a citywide effort to guide the physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Portland over the next 30 years. City Repair, among many projects, seeks to activate people to be part of the communities around them, as well as part of the decision-making that shapes the future of their communities. So it was only natural to invite both Gil Kelly, Planning Director for the City of Portland, and Mark Lakeman from City Repair to talk about how these efforts can work together toward a better future Portland for us all.
Today I spoke with Michelle Richardson, Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, regarding the status of various domestic surveillance programs and tactics. Featured are the National Security Agency's 'Terrorist' Surveillance Program and the FBI's use of National Security Letters.
After years of equivocating behind the scenes, I have decided to cease production of this program as of the end of this month. This program provides a lot of context and my personal reflections on what this airtime has meant to me.
Here in the U.S. we've all noticed that food prices have significantly increased over the past months (years). However compared to the sometimes violent impact in dozens of countries around the world (1, 2, 3, 4), most of us in the U.S. are still faring pretty well. You've likely read about the supposed causes, but are demand from China & India, climate change and biofuels really the whole story? Not according to Anuradha Mittal, who on this show describes how decades of failed trade policies have contributed to the current situation, and offers many solutions.
A discussion with Michael Mariotte, Executive Director of the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, about the possibility of a nuclear power relapse in the U.S., and around the world.
A conversation with 2 organizers of the Towards Carfree Cities conference which Portland hosts in June.
A conversation wit Kyle Hence, Co-Founder of 911Truth.org and Executive Producer of 911 Press for Truth about a newly available FBI timeline which shows extensively detailed surveillance of many of the 19 alleged hijackers.
2/20 & 2/27
No show produced.
(Excerpts: Pentagon audio vs. Iranian Navy audio)
1/23/08 - No show.
A news wrap today. Stories broadcast under fair use included:
A look at the year in peak oil news with Steve Andrews from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas, USA (ASPO-USA). Read the City of Portland's report (pdf) about negotiating the transition away from oil and methane.
A conversation with Canupa Gluha Mani (aka Duane Martin Sr.) from the Strongheart Civil Rights Movement about the declaration (pdf) earlier this month by the Lakota Indian Nation of independence and secession from the United States. He was a member of the delegation which delivered the official documents to the U.S. State Department. The Lakota Freedom Movement has extensive documentation related to the reasons for their action.
A double header today. First a look at the (domestic) nuclear power industry, long thought dead, but poised for a possible resurgence thanks to congressional actions and the fear of climate change and global warming. But is it appropriate? That's what Michael Mariotte, Executive Director of the Nuclear Information & Resource Service, and I will discuss in the first half.
Then Bob Fitrakis from Free Press will join to discuss a report (pdf) released last Friday by Ohio's Secretary of State which confirmed the presence of "critical security failures” in Ohio's 2004 election. This has led the Secretary to call for a ban on touch-screen voting machines. And just yesterday Colorado's Secretary of State called into question the reliability and accuracy of most of their electronic voting machines.
Investigative journalist Tim Shorrock speaks about the new, but interrupted, National Applications Office (NAO). He has written extensively about the privatization of intelligence, and how private contractors drive domestic surveillance policy, and then secure lucrative contracts.
Featuring Emi Maclean, Staff Attorney with the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Today, CCR went before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue two cases (docket 1, 2) regarding Guantanamo detainees and habeas corpus. Described as "the showdown of the year" for the Court, the cases (Al Odah v. U.S. & Boumediene v. Bush) squarely challenge The Military Commissions Act of 2006.
Un(der)reported news from across the world.
9/26/07 (Membership Drive Special - 1 hour)
Today I feature The Portland Red Guide: Sites & Stories of Our Radical Past, written by Michael Munk. Portland enjoys a long radical history (for the Left Coast), and we'll talk about several places locals probably know and have been to, but may not know their significance to radical activist history.
10/3/07 (Membership Drive Special - 1 hour)
Today I will speak with Kevin Bales, Founder of Free the Slaves which works to end modern slavery. Yes, slavery is alive and well, having never truly disappeared despite numerous (1,2,3,4,5,6) national and international bans against it. We'll use Kevin's latest book, Ending Slavery, as a springboard for conversation about success stories.
Since Summer 2006, I've been fortunate enough to work here, but along with other factors, it has seriously inhibited my ability to maintain this page, which as you can see below, I greatly enjoyed doing.
I will soon again be able to dedicate (some) time to updating this tremendously out-of-date page, including posting audio RIGHT HERE. Check out the links above for your audio fix in the meanwhile. Thanks.
August 23, 2006 - MP3
The return of It Is Happening Here, my series based on the article Fascism Anyone? that explores 14 characteristics common to seven fascist states in the 20th century, and the extent to which the present-day U.S. government and society exemplify those same characteristics.
August 16 - MP3
People from around the country will help with the barnraising for a new low-powered FM (LPFM) radio station in Woodburn, Oregon this coming weekend with help from the Prometheus Radio Project. KPCN-LP will be operated by PCUN, the labor union for Oregon's farmworkers and treeplanters. I spoke with representatives from both organizations about the project, its greater context, and how you could participate.
August 9 - MP3
There's been several stories recently regarding 9/11 military response (and lack thereof), as well as how the military intentionally lied to the 9/11 (c)Ommission. I'll discuss these, and other developments regarding finding out what really happened on that day, with my guests.
August 2 - MP3
The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (1975) prohibits any signatory from ever developing, producing, stockpiling or otherwise acquiring microbial or other biological agents that have no peaceful purpose. The U.S., through the Department of Homeland Security, is claiming that its plans to build an unusually secretive National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center qualify under this exception. But critics claim that the facility will violate the Convention, and further spur an expanding global interest in producing biological weapons. Ed Hammond from the Sunshine Project joins me to discuss this particular issue, and biological weapons research in general.
Sunshine Project - Biodefense
The Secretive Fight Against Bioterror
US Begins Building Treaty-Breaching Germ War Defence Centre
US Map of Biodefense Facilities
FAS - Biosescurity Resources
Genetically Enginerred Biological Weapons?
Biological Threat Agents Information
Relevant US Legislation, Ex. Orders...
Assessing the Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism Threat
July 26 - MP3
July 12 - MP3
Today, I addressed recent climate change news with Kevin Trenberth, Head
of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Then Matthew Koehler from the Wildwest Institute joined in to discuss a new report
linking climate change to larger, more frequent and more intense western US wildfires.
July 5 - MP3
A news show...
Patriotism and the Fourth of July
Homelessness a Threat for Iraq Vets
Rumsfeld Subpoenaed Over Abu Ghraib
Bush Directed Cheney to Counter War Critic
Spy Agency Sought US Call Records Before 9/11, Lawyers Say
Governor's Office Tracking Political, Anti-War Groups
US Grants First License for Major Nuclear Plant in 30 Years
Climate Change Could Cause Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions, Scientists Say
Global Warming Surpassed Natural Cycles in Fueling 2005 Hurricane Season
The Freedom of Information Act Turns 40
RFK Jr., FL Law Firm to File Federal Whistleblower Suits Against Two Voting Machine Companies
Stories Not Broadcast (due to time)
Air-conditioning: Our Cross to Bear
The Terrorism Index
The '06 Stakes Just Got Raised
Rescuing a Planet Under Stress
War on Afghan Opium Farming an 'Absolute Disaster'
June 28 - MP3
We investigated efforts within Congress ( HR 3277, HR 2470, S 3521) to create a sunset commission, despite broad public opposition, which could force federal programs to plead for their existence before an unelected body with the power to recommend whether they live, die, or are minimized. The Bush plan is led by Clay Johnson III (also), Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (wiki).
Robert Shull, Director of Regulatory Policy with OMB Watch joined me to discuss current congressional activities related to this issue, and you can learn more at OMB's sunset commission resource center (6-27 update).
June 21 - MP3
Today I continued my series, It Is Happening Here, featuring discussion of the sixth characteristic (of 14) displayed by seven modern fascist states according to Fascism Anyone?, written by Lawrence Britt. 'Controlled mass media,' is the topic, and my guests were Norman Solomon, syndicated media critic and author of many books, as well as Brent Cunningham, Managing Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review (read CJR Daily).
Greater government control of information (sources)
Journalists for Open Government
CIA claims right to decide what is news
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
Media Tracker (by zip)
Same day, two stories
June 14 - MP3
Network neutrality is a hot topic across the political spectrum, with the House approving one bill, without an important amendment (PDF), and not granting another (PDF) a vote. The issue has moved to the Senate where competing bills (Stevens, Snowe/Dorgan) are moving through committee, with full floor votes anticipated in July. If you use the internet (and you are now), you should take a look at this issue, as it will likely impact your future ability to ramble around the internet in the way you've been accustomed. Jeanine Kenney, Senior Policy Analyst with Consumers Union was my guest today.
June 7 - MP3
The state secrets privilege (also), created from a 1953 Supreme Court ruling (U.S. v. Reynolds) that hinged on fraudulent testimony (1,2,3,4) is a series of United States legal precedents allowing the federalgovernment the ability to dismiss legal cases that it claims would threaten foreign policy, military intelligence or national security. The Bush administration has employed this tactic vastly more frequently than any other, contributing to elevated concern regarding its commitment to constitutional rule.
Joining the program are William Weaver, among the few to write about the privilege from an academic perspective, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas - El Paso, and Michael Avery, a Suffolk University law professor who has been involved with the Center for Constitutional Rights on a lawsuit recently challenged by a Justice Department petition (pdf) based on the state secret privilege.
May 31 - MP3
It Is Happening Here, my year-long look at characteristics of fascism in U.S. government and society continues today with Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director of Poverty, Education, and Social Justice Programs at the Institute for Women's Policy Research discussing rampant sexism.
Today I first spoke with Steven Jones, physics professor at Brigham Young University, and author of "Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?." He speaks on June 2 at the 911 - Revealing the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future conference.
Later, Michael Berger, media liaison for the conference joined in to speak about its purpose, content, and slate of activities.
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