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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.

Join the conversation …

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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Episode Archive

Voices from the Edge on 07/28/11

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Thu, 07/28/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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How seriously will the Feds look at police practices?

Voices from the Edge on 07/14/11

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Thu, 07/14/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Walking with the homeless

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Voices from the Edge on 06/30/11

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Thu, 06/30/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Don't Call Them Post-Racial

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Don't call them "post-racial"

Those born after 1980 - the "Millennial Generation" - are the largest, most racially and ethnically diverse generation in our nation's history. They've been labeled "post-racial" by the media - a description that has only become more entrenched since the election of the nation's first black president. But what role do they see race playing in their lives?

Voices from the Edge on 06/23/11

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Thu, 06/23/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Understanding hunger in Oregon

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Understanding hunger in Oregon

Each month, nearly a quarter million Oregonians ate meals from emergency food boxes provided by the Oregon Food Bank network. Last year, the network moved a record 72 million pounds of food to hungry people. Who are these Oregonians? Are their numbers growing? Are the resources available to meet this growing need?

Voices from the Edge on 06/09/11

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Thu, 06/09/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Weathering Oregon's foreclosure tsunami

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Voices from the Edge on 05/19/11

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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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How well do we support those with mental illness?

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How well do we support those with mental illness?

An estimated 137,000 Oregonians suffer from serious mental illness and nearly 39,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. How well do we support these individuals and their families?

Voices from the Edge on 05/12/11

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Thu, 05/12/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Threats of Business and the Business of Threats

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with professor and author Richard Wolff.

Voices from the Edge on 05/05/11

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Thu, 05/05/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Finding Yashanee Vaughn

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Voices from the Edge on 04/28/11

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Thu, 04/28/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Has Mayor Adams fixed Portland JTTF's problems?

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Voices from the Edge on 12-29-11 The year in review: taking a look at Oregon's top stories in 2011

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Thu, 12/29/2011
The year in review: taking a look at Oregon's top stories in 2011
 
Occupy Portland. Federal investigation of Portland Police Bureau. Rep. David Wu's resignation. Kitzhaber's suspension of the death penalty. Oregon has had its share of big stories in 2011. But what headlines reflect real change and what important stories were underreported or overlooked? This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave takes a look at what was seen as Oregon's top stories of the year. 

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 12-29-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 53:16 minutes (48.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 12-22-11 Local Headlines on Homelessness & Gangs

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Thu, 12/22/2011

Jo Ann and Dave discuss a local headlines:  Portland City Council's 10 year plan to end homelessness and the Portland Police recent arrests of gang members.

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 12-22-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 54:45 minutes (50.13 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 12-15-11 Finding a new approach to Portland's gang problem

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Thu, 12/15/2011
Finding a new approach to Portland's gang problem: A conversation with Connected founder John Canda

Earlier this month, nearly 100 Portlanders gathered in Jefferson High School's cafeteria to talk about their concern over gang violence in Portland. Those concerns are not without foundation - 2011 has seen a rise in gang violence that includes a 14-year-old shot in the head near the Lloyd Center mall, the shooting of six teens in North Portland after a football game and the death of 13-year-old Julio Cesar Marquez, the city's youngest gang-related homicide. Even the police, after years of trying to suppress gang activity through expanded, more aggressive enforcement, admit law enforcement is at best a "band aid" to the problem.

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with long-time gang outreach worker John Canda about what it will take to tackle Portland's gang problem. Canda is the founder of Connected, an organization that seeks to, in Canda's words, "get moms and dads off the couches and into the streets where their kids are..." Canda believes the presence of adults in the city's "hot spots" can act as a deterrent to violence as well as provide the opportunity to start building new relationships that can address the underlying causes for the existence of gangs. Can getting "connected" with Portland's youth have an impact? Join us in the conversation.

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 12-15-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 56:26 minutes (51.66 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 12-08-11 How's your Government working for you?

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Thu, 12/08/2011

How's your Government working for you? Jo Ann and Dave discuss national and local issues, with callers, with a focus on the recent provision in the National Defense Authorization Act.

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 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

  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 55:12 minutes (50.53 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 12-01-11 Miracles Club

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Thu, 12/01/2011

Miracles Club: a comprehensive, culturally competent approach to addiction recovery

What started in 1993 with three men wishing to create a safe and sober environment to sustain the African American Community has evolved into the Miracles Club, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive support to individuals struggling to be free from alcohol and drug addiction. Earlier this summer, the Club passed a new milestone with the grand opening of its new location in northeast Portland that now provides 40 affordable housing units in a new sustainable facility as well as its traditional mentorships, clean and sober activities and family-oriented forums and presentations. Perhaps most important, the Miracle Club, which is open to anyone wishing to be successful in their recovery, provides culturally competent support to African American individuals that recognizes historic, economic and social factors affecting the recovery process.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Herman Bryant, executive director of the Miracles Club about the organization's unique history and approach to supporting those trying to recover from drug and alcohol use as well as reasons for the club's expansion of services to include affordable housing.

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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 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

Voices from the Edge on 11-17-11 Is fluoridation a public health threat or panacea?

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Thu, 11/17/2011

Is fluoridation a public health threat or panacea? A conversation with Dr. Paul Connett.

 

 

Oregon ranks 48th among states in percentage of residents with fluoridated water and Portland is the second largest metropolitan area without community fluoridated water. Public advocacy groups like Upstream Public Health argue Oregon children suffer from unacceptably high rates of dental decay and tooth loss as a result. The group met with City Commissioner Randy Leonard earlier this fall and is working with political consultant Mark Weiner on the issue.

But there are other voices who say that in the case of fluoridation, the cure is worse than the disease. Dr. Paul Connett, of the Fluoride Action Network has been a vocal opponent to the introduction of fluoride into drinking water, citing extensive research that fluoride is responsible for far more health risks - cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, and damage to developing teeth - than the questionable benefits it brings. Dr. Connett, who is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry (environmental chemistry and toxicology) at St. Lawrence University joins Jo Ann and Dave this Thursday to talk about what should and shouldn't be in our drinking water.  

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 11-17-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 57:43 minutes (52.84 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge 11-10-11 Our families: A look at Oregon's LGBT communities of color

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Thu, 11/10/2011

Our families: A look at Oregon's LGBT communities of color

LGBT people of color in Oregon face the challenge of overcoming discrimination for their sexual identity and the color of their skin. As former state senator Avel Gordley observed about her son: "This can be a hostile walk in the Portland community just being black and male, so to be black and male and gay adds to the fear I've felt sometimes for his safety..."

 

  • Title: VFE 11-10-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 55:19 minutes (50.64 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 11-03-11 Civil Liberties Ten Years After 9/11

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Thu, 11/03/2011

Civil Liberties Ten Years After 9/11: Can We Be Safe and Free?


Ten years and two administrations after 9/11, the U.S. government continues to use torture, targeted killings, extraordinary rendition, military commissions, political surveillance and religious discrimination as policies to keep Americans "safe." Do such policies truly make us safe - and if the price is our civil liberties than safe from what?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with National Lawyers Guild attorney Steven Goldberg, whose litigation successfully challenged the NSA warrantless surveillance program, and withBrandon Mayfield, a local Muslim attorney falsely accused and imprisoned on terrorism charges. Join us as we discuss the disturbing direction "national security" continues to take as we look at whether we can be safe AND free.

You can also join a larger discussion of this issue on Tuesday, Nov. 8th at "Civil Liberties 10 Years After 9/11: Can We Be Safe and Free," a forum sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, ACLU of Oregon and other local civil rights organizations. The event, taking place at 7:30 pm at the Portland Building Auditorium will include in addition to Goldberg and Mayfield, Federal Public Defender Steven Wax who has represented Guantanamo detainees, Oregon ACLU's David Fidanque, and Center for Intercultural Organizing's Kayse Jama. Jo Ann will be presenting opening remarks and moderating the discussion.

Mark your calendar! If you enjoyed Jo Ann's conversation with Greg Palast last week, don't miss hearing him in person at a special KBOO fundraising event on Nov. 13 at the Bagdad Theater. Greg will be launching the kick-off of the Vultures' Picnic book tour - and net proceeds from the event go to support KBOO 90.7 FM and the Portland Alliance. Tickets are on sale now!   

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 11-3-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 52:42 minutes (48.26 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 10-27-11 More on Occupy Portland

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Thu, 10/27/2011

As a follow-up from last week's live remote broadcast from the Occupy Portland encampment, Jo Ann and Dave continue the conversation and take a look at what's currently happening in Portland and the national picture of the Occupation.

Dave and Jo Ann ask KBOO listeners:  Why have been to the camp, and if not, why not?

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 10-27-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 52:47 minutes (48.32 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Jo Ann and Dave visit Occupy Portland

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Thu, 10/20/2011

Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza conduct on-the-spot interviews on Day 15 with residents at the Occupy Portland encampment.  How is the occupation creating community, meeting needs, repairing our broken society? How can it challenge the power of the 1%?  What's next?

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