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Voices from the Edge

About the program …

Community dialogue is important. At 8am every Thursday Voices from the Edge lends a KBOO microphone to informed guests you might not hear anywhere else. With an hour to invest, the call-in format engages listeners in meaningful conversations about crucial issues like racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice and politics on local, state and national levels. Join lively discussions about concerns that are important to you and our community. Together we’ll make Oregon and our nation a better place for a larger number of those living here.

About the host

Jo Ann Hardesty is Principal Partner at Consult Hardesty. She serves as a subject matter expert on a myriad of issues and is available as a speaker, facilitator and campaign planner. A long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice, Jo Ann was three times elected to the Oregon legislature and for many years Executive Director of Oregon Action. She’s been called on by the City of Portland to help re-write the City Charter and organizes those on the downside of power to pursue their interests from the local to the federal level. She is particularly committed to leadership development and in holding those in power accountable.

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Join the conversation every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m. by calling 503-231-8187. Keep the conversation going after the program at our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

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Voices from the Edge on 08/02/12

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Thu, 08/02/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Police Plan to Address Racial Profiling, Three Years Later

Host Jo Ann Hardesty & Guest Co-host Roger David Hardesty discuss the 2009 passage of a city ordinance implementing a plan to address - not eliminate, but address - racial profiling by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

READ THE PLAN HERE www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm

Voices from the Edge on 07/12/12

Air date: 
Thu, 07/12/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Redefining our relationship with the homeless

Redefining our relationship with the homeless

Last year, Portland City Council approved a pilot "overnight sleeping" program that would permit churches and other non-profits to make their parking lots available to people currently living in their cars. The measure, loosed based on a similar program in Eugene, was intended to offer refuge for those on the brink while more permanent support was found. When Sellwood's Moreland Presbyterian Church announced earlier this spring their intent to be the first church to carry out the program - in their case for a single woman living in her car - a vocal minority raised a sufficient ruckus that the church delayed implementation of its plan.

Voices from the Edge on 06/28/12

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Thu, 06/28/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Checking in with the Supremes

Checking in with the Supremes

This Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling on whether President Obama's health care law is constitutional. While the most watched and awaited, its one of several key decisions by the court this week. On Monday, the court delivered a split decision on Arizona's 2010 immigration law, sustaining its centerpiece - the requirement that state law enforcement officials determine immigration status of those they stop or arrest where reasonable suspicion exists.

Voices from the Edge on 06/21/12

Air date: 
Thu, 06/21/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Why are Portlanders so upset about flash mobs?

Why are Portlanders upset about flash mobs?

Silent disco. Worldwide pillow fights.

Voices from the Edge on 06/14/12

Air date: 
Thu, 06/14/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Subsidizing segregation: Portland's fair housing failure

Subsidizing segregation: Portland's fair housing failure

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was intended to help break down the walls of segregation and poverty by protecting the fundamental right of anyone, regardless of color, to have the opportunity to live where they choose. Over the past 44 years, millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to advance that goal through ensuring affordable housing is part of every neighborhood. But a new report by the Oregonian that examined metropolitan area public housing records found that far from breaking down segregation and poverty, Portland and other local governments have reinforced it.

Voices from the Edge on 06/07/12

Air date: 
Thu, 06/07/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
How did Portland police fare in new report on officer-involved shootings?

How did Portland police fare in new report on officer-involved shootings?

<>The Portland City Auditor released on May 30 a new report by outside experts that examined officer-involved shootings of "individuals experiencing some level of mental or emotional crisis." The investigation also scrutinized communication at the scene of critical events. Among the cases examined was the shooting death of Aaron Campbell.

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Voices from the Edge on 03-15-12

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Thu, 03/15/2012

Sizing up Oregon's 2012 annual legislative session

Last week, Oregon lawmakers adjourned the state's first-ever annual session. Among the legislation passed by gavel's fall were bills to create a health insurance exchange, reorganize and expand state early childhood programs, increase the number of tax-friendly enterprise zones, protect homeowners facing foreclosure, and establishing new marine reserves off the coast. Lawmakers also revised the 2011-13 state budget to reflect an estimated $340 million revenue shortfall.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with State Rep. Tina Kotek (D-HD44), Democratic Caucus Leader, about what was - and what wasn't accomplished during this new annual legislative session.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 03-15-12
  • Genre: Rock
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 40:42 minutes (37.26 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 03-08-12 Young Women and Reproductive Rights

program date: 
Thu, 03/08/2012

Young Women and Reproductive Rights

Host Jo Ann Hardesty speaks with Deborah Westlight, a young volunteer at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, about her views on issues related to young women and reproductive rights.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppcw/

Deborah was recently profiled by Youth Empowered Action Camp, a leadership summer camp for 12-17 year olds who want to make a difference in the world. http://www.yeacamp.org

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Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 03-08-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 56:15 minutes (51.5 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 03-01-12 Oregon lawmakers don't make the grade on racial equity

program date: 
Thu, 03/01/2012

Oregon lawmakers don't make the grade on racial equity

Communities of color are the fastest growing communities in Oregon, more than doubling in size - 21.5 percent of the total population - in the last two decades. But racial disparity continues to run deep despite this change. Many communities of color experience poverty rates two to three times higher than white Oregonians. Although the futue of Oregon's prosperity depends on fair opportunities and economic stabilty for all Oregonians, state lawmakers continue to fall short in dealing with these racial and economic gaps.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Western States Center's Kalpana Krishnamurthy the recently released 2011 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity which evaluates the performance of state lawmakers in tackling this problem. Do our legislators make the grade? Join us in looking at where the 2011 Oregon Legislature succeeded and failed in facing up to our state's racial equity problem.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 03-01-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 56:42 minutes (51.92 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 02-23-12 Gwen Trice and a Forgotten African American Community

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Thu, 02/23/2012

Gwen Trice and a Forgotten African American Community

You won't find African American loggers or Oregon's only segregated school in the public murals or other memorials to our state's history. It took a black woman from La Grande who was interested in her father's early years in Oregon to bring to light the story of Maxville, a company town near Wallowa in eastern Oregon where 50-60 African Americans lived and worked in the timber industry.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Gwen Trice whose queries about her father turned into the documentary The Logger's Daughter. Her interviews with former Maxville residents and their descendants captures a unique time and place in Oregon history and reveals our state's past is far more diverse than we know.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 02-23-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 55:07 minutes (50.46 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 02-16-12 Exploring fear and loathing on the Populist Right with Arthur Goldwag

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Thu, 02/16/2012

Exploring fear and loathing on the Populist Right with Arthur Goldwag

Its no surprise that the confluence of the internet and the 24-hour news cycle has enabled extreme groups once relegated to the fringe of American politics to enjoy unprecedented influence on political discourse. The paranoia and scapegoating of today's Tea Party, however, reflect a disturbing pattern in our history that fueled hysteria about the Illuminati of the 1790s, anti-New Deal forces of the 1930s, and McCarthyism of the 1950s. What is new about the "new hate" is its ability to project itself and the willingness of politicians to exploit it for their own purposes.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave discuss this disturbing political trend with Arthur Goldwag, author of The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right. Goldwag is a freelance writer whose other works include Cults, Conspiracies and Secret Societies and -Isms and -Ologies. He will be reading from The New Hate Thursday evening at Powell's Books.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 02-16-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 52:45 minutes (48.3 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 02-02-12 The case against austerity: A conversation with David Cay Johnston

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Thu, 02/02/2012

The case against austerity: A conversation with David Cay Johnston

At last month's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, austerity was repeated like a mantra by bankers, economists and politicians. The idea that governments, like families, must cut back when income declines is so entrenched in the public discourse that few in public office or the media are willing to challenge it. Yet the austerity mantra ignores the basic economic principle that "spending equals income and income equals spending." Cutting spending means income will fall, yet in this election year, our leaders continue to push for firing teachers, firefighters, government clerks and others without heeding the consequences on our economy.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston about why the austerity mantra appeals to the top one percent while offering disaster for the rest of us. A 13-year veteran of The New York Times, Johnston won the Pulitzer in 2001 for uncovering loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code. He is the author of several best-selling books, including: Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) and the soon-to-be released The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on the issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right corner of the KBOO website to find out how).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 02-02-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 43:07 minutes (39.48 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 01-26-12 Life in and after a cult

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Thu, 01/26/2012

Life in and after a cult: A conversation with a former member of "The Move"

Sam Fife began offering his vision of divine rule on earth in his small New Orleans church in the 1960s. By 1979, when Fife died in an airplane crash, The Move of the Spirit had grown into an international ministry that included thousands, many living separated from society in communal farms. The Move taught that members were creating a society in which people were free to hear and be led by divine prophecy. Ex-members, however, paint a different picture: a corrupt system of leadership that used physical, sexual and psychological abuse to maintain control.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Lisa Kendall about her experience as a member of The Move. Kendall was nine years old when her mother joined the cult, spending her formative years on a communal farm without access to the outside world. Seeing the heartbreak of the children she grew up with motivated Kendall to raise awareness about this little known issue. She is currently working on a network of resources for people challenged by the unique lifestyle of an extreme religious cult.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on the issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right corner of the KBOO website to find out how).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 01-26-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 55:10 minutes (50.52 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 01/19/12 Stories from Survivors of the Sex Trade

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Thu, 01/19/2012

Stories from Survivors of the Sex Trade

Portland prides itself on an open attitude about personal choice. A dark side of the city's libertarian bent has been a long-thriving sex trade. Until last year, the city held the dubious honor of second place for juvenile sex trafficking arrests and numbers for those over 18 involved in prostitution remain high. Despite, growing awareness of the nature of sex trafficking, a broad misconception remains that prostitution is a matter of choice. Jeri Williams, a survivor of the trade, notes "in reality, most of these girls are forced into it, sometimes even sold into it by a parent.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Ann Singer and Rachel Cerise Indigo Baum of Lunacy Stageworks production, Stories: From Survivors of the Sex Trade. Part of the Fertile Ground Festival, "Stories" presents readings, autobiographical sort stories and interviews from sex trade survivors, providing audiences an unfiltered look at life in the trade. Singer is Lunacy Stageworks' artistic director and Baum is a survivor sharing her story in the production."Stories" is being presented Jan. 27-28 at the Sellwood Masonic Temple.
 
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on the issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right corner of the KBOO website to find out how).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson
 
 
 

  • Title: VFE 01-19-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 56:23 minutes (51.63 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 01-12-12 Police accountability and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thu, 01/12/2012

A look at where we are with police accountability and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
How to make police more accountable to the community remains a hot-button issue in Portland. While the number of fatal police shootings was down in 2011, the ability change the culture of the police bureau through effective citizen oversight remains a bone of contention for the community, elected officials, and the police union. What progress has been made? What are the challenges in the coming months? 

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Senior Pastor of the Allen Temple Christian Episcopal Church and Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Church. Both men are leaders in the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coaltiion for Justice and Police Reform and long-time police accountability advocates. They'll talk about recent gains and targets for the coming year that could create institutional changes in how Portland polices the community.

Also this Thursday, the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (Jan. 19) offers an opportunity for Jo Ann, Dave and their guests to look at what lesson's Dr. King's life and contributions offer to today's civil rights movement.
 
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on the issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right corner of the KBOO website to find out how).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson
 
 
 

  • Title: VFE 01-12-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 35:13 minutes (32.25 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 1-05-12 Will Occupy Portland "occupy" Oregon's next legislative session?

program date: 
Thu, 01/05/2012
Will Occupy Portland "occupy" Oregon's next legislative session?
 
The encampment is gone but the movement isn't. Occupy Portland has spent the weeks following the police closure of the downtown encampment engaging Portlanders in a conversation about where the movement goes from here. Like its decentralized fellow Occupy groups, OP isn't sticking to one argument or one solution. Among the areas of action being considered in making the power of the 99 percent felt more strongly in Salem during the legislative session. A forum is taking place on Jan. 8 to provide Portlanders an opportunity to shape the agenda of an OP legislative campaign.
 
This week, Jo Ann and Dave speak with Occupy Portland members about how to mobilize Occupy Portland in ways that can shape legislative action in Salem and what role a legislative agenda will play in the broader goals of OP. Join the conversation will be Heidi Sackos, a wife, grandmother and semi-retired employment and mental health counselor who was drawn to OP by the movement's ability to "communicate that it saw the same injustices" she had been seeing. Also joining the conversation will be Alex Pio, who has served in a OP in various positions since its inception and sees the movement as key to advancing ecological economics, sustainability and electoral reform. To learn more about what OP is doing, visit their online media outlet, thePortland Occupier, and the OP online calendar page.
 
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years
 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on the issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right corner of the KBOO website to find out how).
 
Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson
 
 
  • Title: VFE 01-05-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 55:42 minutes (50.99 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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