Reading is a radical act. Books change people; people change the world. But Portland's high drop-out rate has means large numbers of adults in our community are stuck without high school diplomas and in low-wage jobs. In this celebration of Internatinal Litearcy Day, find out how to get involved in tutoring adults who need a GED or who want to learn to read. And: can books be dangerous? Get ready for Banned Books Week--Hear the latest about banned and challenged books.
Guests: Melissa Madenski, library adult literacy coordinator; Rosetta Pettijohn, director of a free Spanish language school completion program for adults; Kay Talbot, volunteer tutor trainer from Portland Community College.
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans five years ago this week. Katrina's impact went beyond the loss of life and property to reveal deeply rooted attitudes about race many Americans thought had withered away. Jo Ann and Dave talked about the various aspects of Katrina's impacts, including the permanent displacement of over 100,000 residents, the reshaping of the city and the federal indictments against the New Orleans police.
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Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Zaher Wahab, who just returned from five months in his native Afghanistan teaching other college professors at the country’s only graduate program in education.
Zaher Wahab was born and schooled in Afghanistan, received a B.A. in sociology from the American University of Beirut, an M.A. in comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in international development education from Stanford University. Since joining the faculty at Lewis & Clark College, Professor Wahab has designed and taught about forty different graduate and undergraduate courses ranging from educational anthropology to international political economy.
Joe returns from vacation to join Abe in taking a snapshot of the body politic.
It's summer. It's hot, it's sticky, and an election looms in November. What can we expect? Nearly halfway through President Obama's first term, what is the state of the American zeitgeist? Has the president delivered on his promise of hope and change? Are the Teabaggers worth taking seriously (no, really ...)? Have we shrugged off the toxic malaise of the Bush Years? What can we expect on Election Day?
And perhaps most importantly, do Abe and Joe have anything worth saying?
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.