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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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Episode Archive

Voices from the Edge on 10/09/08

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Thu, 10/09/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Are our politics determined by our hearts or our minds? An Interview with Drew Westen

The Democrats are riding a new wave of popularity this year. Are they winning new supporters because they have better policy positions than the Republicans or are they doing a better job of appealing to voters' emotions? Do we make our political choices based on reason or are we persuaded by messages that tap into positive associations in our minds?

Voices from the Edge on 10/02/08

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Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Saving the Economy or Saving the Rich? The $700 billion bailout plan.

The Bush administration says it needs $700 billion to avert the current financial crisis from turning into a global depression. Taxpayers see this as another use of their money to protect the wealthy. Congress is caught in the middle, trying to come up with a plan that will stop a financial meltdown without turning voters against. them.

Voices from the Edge on 09/25/08

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Thu, 09/25/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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On the Road with America's Poor: An Interview with Kath Weston

How far can you get on two tacos, one Dr. Pepper, and a little bit of conversation? What happens when you're broke and you need to get to a new job, an ailing parent, a powwow, college, or a funeral on the other side of the country? And after decades of globalization, what kind of America will you glimpse through the window on your way? This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave Mazza talks with Kath Weston, author of Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor. For five years, Kath Weston rode the bus across the country, absorbing the stories of layoffs, immigration raids, antiwar rallies and surviving Katrina.

Voices from the Edge on 09/18/08

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Thu, 09/18/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What should we do about prostitution in Portland?

Prostitution is flourishing in the Rose City. Some Portlanders blame it on city hall's decision to let the prostitution exclusion zones lapse. They want the zones back and more efforts made to put prostitutes in jail. Other city residents say that rehabilitation, not more police, is the answer. In the meantime, Mayor Tom Potter has announed a new initiative to fight prostitution on 82nd Ave. through enhanced enforcement and prosecution combined with treatment options. How should we deal with prostitution in our city? Do we really understand the problem of prostitution?

Voices from the Edge on 09/04/08

Air date: 
Thu, 09/04/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Mike Leachman, a policy analyst with Oregon Center for Public Policy, talks about their latest evaluation of Oregon's economy based on recently released census figures. As you can guess, Oregon wages are stagnant and fewer folks are covered by health care.

Voices from the Edge on 08/14/08

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Thu, 08/14/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
AIDS and Race

African Americans make up 13 percent of the total U.S. population yet they represent 49 percent of HIV/AIDS cases in this country. In Oregon, where African Americans make up only 2 percent of the population, 8 percent of Oregonians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are black. HIV/AIDS levels in the African American community are surpassing levels in several African nations currently receiving U.S. support to fight the disease.

Voices from the Edge on 08/07/08

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Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What to do about Oregon's sex offenders?

The Oregon Attorney General's Task Force is lobbying for passage of a law that would extend the statute of limitations on sex crimes. Proponents say the present time limits make it difficult to prosecute crimes that often take place over periods of many years followed sometimes by even longer periods before victims come forward to report the crime. But will more prosecutions create more justice for the victims and the community as well as address the underlying causes for this social problem?

Voices from the Edge on 07/31/08

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Thu, 07/31/2008 - 7:30am - 9:00am
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Another bad year for Oregon's initiative process?

Oregon's initiative process was supposed to give Oregonians power over special interests but in recent years the opposite seems to be the case. Jo Ann and Dave will talk with Marcy Westerling of the Rural Organizing Project about two Columbia County ballot measures that purport to deal with undocumented workers but which Westerling and others believe is about fueling animosity towards all immigrants in the county. Next, they will talk with organizers from Our Oregon and Rural Organizing Project about statewide ballot measures from Bill Sizemore and Kevin Mannix that could dramatically impact Oregonians should they pass in November.

Voices from the Edge on 07/24/08

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Air date: 
Thu, 07/24/2008 - 7:30am - 9:00am
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The Bush Legacy Tour

Over this summer, the Bush Legacy Tour Bus - a 45-foot long, biodiesel-fueled bus containing exhibits on topics ranging from Iraq to climate change - will be visiting over 150 cities to remind Americans about the disastrous policies of the past eight years and to make clear that those policies weren't just the work of President Bush, nor will they necessarily change when he leaves office. The bus visits Portland on July 23 and Salem on July 24. Jo Ann and Dave will be talking with the project organizers about how the tour can change the political landscape in 2009.

Voices from the Edge on 07/17/08

Air date: 
Thu, 07/17/2008 - 7:30am - 9:00am

Keeping the Oregon National Guard out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, "On the Road to Peace - Summer Theatre Arts Camp." Last May, over two-dozen Oregon-based community groups began working to keep the Oregon National Guard from being deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan by seeking resolutions and legislation that the state can use to challenge federalization of the Guard.

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Voices from the Edge on 05-24-12 Whose urban renewal?

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Thu, 05/24/2012

Whose urban renewal? A look at the mayor's education urban renewal area.

Last week the Portland City Council approved the Portland Development Commission's Education Urban Renewal Plan "focused on expanding Portland State University as a leading engine of economic growth, prosperity and opportunity." The new urban renewal area will generate up to $169 million for investment in research facilities, "business accelerators," affordable housing and private development. The mayor sees the funds, which come from the property taxes collected in the area, as a strategic investment for the city.

But not everyone sees the creative use of the urban renewal process in the same positive light as the mayor. Among those voices concerns is the League of Women Voters of Portland who question how expansion of the university meets the "blight test" required by Oregon's Urban Renewal Law. The League is also concerned over the lack of details of exactly how these millions of tax dollars are to be spent. They are not alone. Other critics question how this investment can raise the overall tax base of the area - another requirement of the process - when the dollars are going to the expansion of a public university that is largely tax exempt?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Debbie Aiona and Shelley Lorenzen of the League of Women Voters of Portland's Action Committee to discuss their concerns for the plan and what can be done to rein in the council's use of Oregon's Urban Renewal Law.

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 05-24-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:53 minutes (52.99 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Daniel Suelo, the man who quit money

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Thu, 05/17/2012

Twelve years ago, Daniel Suelo left his life savings - thirty dollars - inside a phone booth and walked away. Since then, he has lived - to all appearances sanely and even joyfully - without money, credit, barter, or government support, fulfilling what he sees as a vision of the good life inspired by the teachings of Jesus, the Buddha and others. Suelo sees his path as one that has allowed him to live an engaged life on the personal, social and spiritual level. What does his experience tell us about modern American life?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk Daniel Suelo and with Mark Sundeen, the writer who has chronicled Suelo's experiences in The Man Who Quit Money. Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy says "... Daniel's story seems to offer some broader clues for all of us?" Is this level of withdrawal a solution to modern Americans' sense of alienation or an escape from the tougher challenge of being engaged with the world as it is?

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

  • Length: 33:33 minutes (30.71 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 05-10-12 Occupying the economy with Richard D. Wolff

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Thu, 05/10/2012

Occupying the economy with Richard D. Wolff

Three years into the government's announced recovery, working Americans find themselves poorer than when the recovery began. While the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression has exposed corrupt bankers, unregulated speculators and a government willing to serve the interests of the one percent regardless the cost, the wealthy continue to prosper. Economist Richard D. Wolff credits the occupy movement with exposing these symptoms of capitalism but believes we must go deeper to resolve the decades-old causes of the crisis, reaching back to the 1970s when a century-old pattern of rising wages for workers ended.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Dr. Wolff about the deep-rooted causes underlying the current crisis, how those cause have made economic injustice chronic and how we build on the occupy movement's initial steps to create a better future. Dr. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and regularly teaches at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. His most recent published work is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism which he co-authored with David Barsamian.

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 05-10-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:56 minutes (53.04 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 05-03-12 Blowing the lid off BP and other corporate criminals with Greg Palast

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Thu, 05/03/2012

Blowing the lid off BP and other corporate criminals with Greg Palast

Last month, award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast uncovered new evidence of a corporate-government cover-up in the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout that destroyed lives and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico. In an investigation that includes travel to - and deportation from - the Islamic republic of Azerbaijan, Palast and his team uncovered evidence of a 2008 blowout of a BP Caspian Sea rig from the use of the same faulty cement cap that led to the Gulf disaster. Even more disturbing is Palast's discovery of evidence implicating BP, Chevron, Exxon and the Bush State Department in a cover-up of the Caspian Sea disaster. Waterkeeper Alliance attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called the concealment "criminal," noting "we have laws that make it illegal to hide this."

This week, Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Greg Palast in a conversation about the cover-up and the incestuous relationship between corporate lobbyists and government which made covering up this criminal behavior possible. Greg will also talk about what changes are or aren't happening in the political landscape as the 2012 presidential race shapes up. Join us in this special conversation with Greg Palast as we kick off KBOO's spring membership drive.  

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 05-03-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 58:15 minutes (53.33 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 04-26-12 Finding justice in the Portland Harbor cleanup w/ Guest James Posey

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Thu, 04/26/2012

Finding justice in the Portland Harbor cleanup

Portland Harbor is the heavily industrialized portion of the Willamette River running north of downtown to Kelly's Point. Since it was listed as a Superfund site in 2000, cleaning up the toxins - ranging from heavy metals to pesticides - has been a source of contention between the city, state, industry and citizen groups. Now a "Portland Harbor Partnership" composed of government and industry representatives is moving towards a final plan for cleanup and future use of the area. What will be the effect of the cleanup and redevelopment of Portland Harbor on neighboring communities of color? Will the transformation of Portland Harbor offer economic and social opportunities for those communities or create more exclusive, upscale developments?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with local businessman James Posey, past president of the National Association of Minority Contractors Oregon. They'll explore the potential of the cleanup to address the economic disparities still facing black and other minority businesses of color. Do we find justice in the cleanup process or do we follow the same old formula? Join us in this important conversation.

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

  • Title: VFE 04-26-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 56:43 minutes (51.93 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 04-19-12 Sexual assault and homeless women

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Thu, 04/19/2012

Sexual assault and homeless women: Addressing an ignored link

Women in an abusive relationship are often forced to choose between abuse at home or life on the streets. Demand far outstrips the supply of affordable housing or shelter space. A 2006 U.S. Conference of Mayors report found that 29 percent of shelter requests by homeless families were denied due to lack of resources. The link between domestic violence and homelessness is well documented. A recent study in Massachusetts found that 92 percent of homeless women had experience severe physical or sexual assault at some point in their life. San Diego's Regional Task Force on the Homeless found that 50 percent of homeless women are domestic violence victims. While the problem continues to grow, many lawmakers are pushing for reduced funding for what resources currently exist for battered women.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Doreen Binder, Executive Director of Transitions Project, and Jessie Mindlin and Laura Mahr, attorneys at the Victims' Rights Law Center about what is being done nationally and in Oregon to address the problem. Binder, Mindlin and Mahr recently presented at the World Conference of Women's Shelters on this issue.

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 04-19-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:39 minutes (52.79 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 04-12-12 Ending unjust deportations

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Thu, 04/12/2012

Ending unjust deportations

Most news stories of ICE raids on undocumented immigrants end with a headcount of people caught in the government's net. What's not seen on the evening news is the impact on communities where deportations tear families apart and create an environment of insecurity for those left behind. As deportations continue to occur in the Portland area, local communities are coming together to understand the issues driving these federal policies and to find solutions that are just and create true security.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Professor Rene Sanchez of the University of Portland and Aeryca Steinbauer of Causa Oregon to explore the moral, legal and political elements of this issue. Professor Sanchez and Ms. Steinbauer are organizers of Insecure Communities: A Community Forum on Ending Unjust Deportation taking place on Friday, April 13 at First Unitarian Church.

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 04-12-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 54:53 minutes (50.25 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 04-05-12 Official violence against African American men

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Thu, 04/05/2012

Campbell, Martin, Brisette and Madison: Official violence against African American men

The Portland police officer who fatally shot Aaron Campbell was recently reinstated. Florida's State Attorney is being investigated for interference in the police investigation of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Seven years after James Brissette and Ronald Madison were fatally shot by police officers from New Orlean's Danziger Bridge, the officers who pulled the triggers as well as those who covered up the killings have finally been convicted for their crimes. Different circumstances, different locations, but all three are connected by some form of official sanctioning of violence against African American men.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave will look more closely at these cases, the obstacles to achieving justice for the victims and what it says about the race and law enforcement in 2012.

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 development 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 04-05-12
  • Genre: Rock
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 45:10 minutes (41.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 03-29-12 Young voices for peace: Winners of PSR's Greenfield Peace Writing Contest

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Thu, 03/29/2012

Young voices for peace: Winners of PSR's Greenfield Peace Writing Contest

As the United States enters a second decade of Asian wars and channels 22 percent of the nation's budget into military spending, finding new voices to speak out for peace may be the most important task facing peace activists. One of the ways Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has taken on that task is their Greenfield Peace Writing Contest which encourages "the next generation of Oregon's leaders to consider their role in promoting peace."  This year's contest, starting with President Dwight Eisenhower's observation that "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies a theft form those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed," solicited essays, poems and stories from high school students that addressed the relationship between militarism and human needs. Five students who were selected from 57 entries from across the state will be honored at PSR's annual awards dinner on March 31.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave will be joined by four of the five honored: Alish Duff of West Linn High School; Alex Smith of Crescent Valley High School; Christine Trinh of De La Salle North Catholic High School; and Kelly Frank of Redmond High School. Also joining the conversation will be PSR's executive director, Kelly Campbell. 

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 03-29-12
  • Genre: Rock
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:31 minutes (52.66 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 03-22-12 What role should religion play in our politics?

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Thu, 03/22/2012

What role should religion play in our politics?

Judging by the statements made by presidential candidates and the media pundits providing minute-by-minute analysis of their comments, Americans want more religion in their politics. But a new poll by Pew Research indicates that a growing number of Americans are concerned about the degree to which politicians and the media have inserted religion into political discourse.

What role should religion play in our politics? The answer isn't easy. Despite the Pew findings, Americans continue to say that religion is an important part of their lives. Even in Oregon - which ranks 41st among states when considering religion's importance to its citizens - 46 percent of Oregonians see religion as essential to their lives. What does that mean for our politics? How do people bring important values into the public arena in a way that contributes to the greater good? Join us as we take a look at the Pew Research findings.

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 development 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 03-22-12
  • Genre: Rock
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 55:34 minutes (50.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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