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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 04/14/11

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Thu, 04/14/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Remembering the Power of Words: An interview with Avel Gordley
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Remembering the Power of Words: An interview with Avel Gordley

Avel Gordley was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate, a distinction earned through years of struggle. Gordley's experience growing up black in the Portland of the 1950s and 1960s illuminates an important piece of city and state history as well as casting a light on "the politics of being an African American woman."

Voices from the Edge on 04/07/11

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Thu, 04/07/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Harming poor kids: a look at Gov. Kitzhaber's proposed "reform" of TANF
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Harming poor kids: a look at Gov. Kitzhaber's proposed "reform" of TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, better known as TANF, provides poor families with cash assistance for basic necessities while also offering parents job training to get them into the workforce. Even in the best of economic times, it is an essential safety net for thousands of Oregon families.

Voices from the Edge on 03/31/11

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Thu, 03/31/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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How do we solve Oregon's sex-trafficking problem

 

Voices from the Edge on 02/10/11

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Thu, 02/10/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health

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Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system

Voices from the Edge on 02/03/11

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Thu, 02/03/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Historic agreement or hollow victory? The city's $5 million contract with the Portland Police Bureau
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Historic agreement or hollow victory? The city's $5 million contract with the Portland Police Bureau

Portland City Council ratified a three-year, $5 million contract with the Portland Policy Association this week.

Voices from the Edge on 01/27/11

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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The man who talked with terrorists: an interview with journalist Reese Erlich
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The man who talked with terrorists: an interview with journalist Reese Erlich

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Voices from the Edge 08-11-11 Getting Portland back on track

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Thu, 08/11/2011

Getting Portland back on track

Wednesday morning federal agents raided the office of the city's parking manager as part of a growing public corruption investigation. The city pursues a $52 million renovation of the Memorial Coliseum while access to affordable housing continues to shrink. Recent budget tracking shows massive investments downtown while residential streets in east Portland remain unpaved. How did we end up with these priorities and how do we get back on track as we approach another round of city elections next year?

This week on Voices from the Edge, we look at the crisis in city leadership and at what issues need to be part of the public discourse as candidates begin ramping up their city council campaigns. We'll also look at whether the current problems reflect a deeper problem in our city, requiring reform of municipal government infrastructure Join us in considering how to get Portland back on track.

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Bowman

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 08-04-11 Turning up the volume for the DOJ

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Thu, 08/04/2011

Turning up the volume for the DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that their plan for investigating policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether individual's civil rights are being violated allocates only six hours to meeting with the community. Such a narrow window has raised concerns with community leaders who have been pressing for the investigation and fears within the community that the investigation is yet another paper chase.

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave continue the conversation about the DOJ investigation, the importance of substantive community feedback and what the DOJ can do to allay community fears. The co-hosts are encouraging listeners with personal stories that would be relevant to the DOJ investigation to call in and share those stories. We will be providing the DOJ with a podcast of the program to make sure they hear your story as well (If you are calling with a personal story, please let our engineer know so he may place you at the head of the queue). We also encourage listeners with comments or concerns to contact the DOJ directly at 1-877-218-5228 or online at community.portland@usdoj.gov.

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how).

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

Voices from the Edge 07-28-11 US DOJ investigation into police practices and policies

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Thu, 07/28/2011

How seriously will the Feds look at police practices?

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is beginning an investigation into the policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether officers routinely use excessive force to violate Portlanders' civil rights. Community leaders who have been calling for such an investigation were finally joined in their request by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the January 2010 police killing of Aaron Campbell. While the DOJ determined no federal law had been violated in the Campbell case, the agency did feel a review of bureau policies and practices are needed. This investigation will take place while the DOJ is also investigating whether the state mental health system is violating the rights of institutionalized Oregonians.

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave look at the scope and structure of the DOJ investigation. How broadly will federal investigators cast their net? How aggressively will they go into affected communities to obtain testimony from Portlanders and will these efforts seek to overcome the reluctance of many residents to speak out publicly against the police?

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how).

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

Voices from the Edge 07-21-11 Columbia River Crossing

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Thu, 07/21/2011

This week on Voices from the Edge, host Jo Ann Boman asks, "Can Oregon afford the Columbia River Crossing?"

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how).

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

  • Title: VFE 07-21-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 54:11 minutes (49.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge 07-14-11 Walking with the homeless

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Thu, 07/14/2011

Walking with the homeless

Oregon's homeless struggle every day for food and shelter. They also struggle with the wounds of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. Oregon Housing and Community Services' one night homeless count last year, identified 1,684 homeless Oregonians, out of a total count of 19,208, as victims of domestic violence. Tracking such trauma among the homeless is difficult at best and often not tracked at all in cases involving homeless adults who were abused as children. Worse still, homeless victims are often unable to find support or even recognition of their trauma.

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave talks with Compassionate Gathering founder Virginia Jones about her efforts to create support for the homeless in this struggle. Israel Bayer, editor of Street Roots, will also join the conversation. Jones' and Bayer's organizations are sponsoring a July 18 "Walk with the Homeless" as part of Compassionate Gathering's ongoing "walks across Oregon" to stop abuse and heal wounds.

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how).

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

  • Title: VFE 07-14-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 55:47 minutes (51.08 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Winners and losers in 2011 Oregon legislative session

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Thu, 07/07/2011

Host Jo Ann Bowman conducts a review of the recent 2011 Oregon legislative session.  Tax payers are funding more for prisons, and less for just about everything else -- we can thank Kevin Mannix and the passage of his measure 57 for mandatory sentences. Also thank legislators who "passed the buck" on this issue.  Minority and ethnic groups lost out when House Republicans voted against a cultural competency bill.

 

 

Voices from the Edge 06-30-11 Don't call them "Post-Racial"

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Thu, 06/30/2011

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?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Dominique Apollon of the Applied Research Center and author of "Don't Call Them Racial," a new report by the center that examines how those under 30 see race affecting their lives and explores the diversity of views held by this generation on the extent and significance of race in our society and its institutions.

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how).

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

Voices from the Edge on 06-23-11 Understanding hunger in Oregon

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Thu, 06/23/2011

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?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave speak with Rachel Bristol, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank about understanding hunger in Oregon and how we reduce the number of Oregonians going to bed hungry each night. Laura Golina de Lovato, Oregon Food Bank's development director, will also join the conversation to talk about the upcoming Waterfront Blues Festival, the Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraiser (And don't forget that KBOO will be broadcasting the festival live July 1-4).

Jo Ann Bowman 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" on our website to find out how). 

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

Voices From Edge 06-16-11 RANTS Edition!

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Thu, 06/16/2011

This week's "Rant" edition topics included Commissioner Fish's response to the housing audit, the attempt by the legislature to make it easier to conceal campaign contributions and money spent on the Columbia River Crossing and more.  Listeners joined the conversation with their rants.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president 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" on our website to find out how).

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

*NOTE - the original air check for this week's show failed, so this edition's audio is from the back-up archival server, which is much lower quality audio.  Our apologies.

  • Title: VFE 06-16-11
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 54:49 minutes (50.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 06-09-11 Oregon's Foreclosure Crisis

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Thu, 06/09/2011

Foreclosure filings are soaring and lawmakers are balking.  Voices from the Edge hosts JoAnne & Dave talk with Economic Fairness Oregon's Angela Martin about what needs to happen to protect Oregonians from the foreclosure tsunami.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president 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" on our website to find out how).

Voices from the Edge

KBOO Community Radio

Portland 90.7 fm  Hood River 91.9 fm Corvallis 100.7 fm

Livestream kboo.fm

Studio call-in 503-231-8187

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

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