Portland Radio Project's show exploring social topics and urgent cultural events in the Portland community, hosted by Veronica Bisesti.
In this episode we speak with leaders from LEAP (the Leadership Equity and Advocacy Project), the arm of MusicPortland dedicated to identifying and championing equity issues within Portland's music community. We discuss the history and future of making these issues heard in city government, as well as how we might hope to make music's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic an equitable one. Featuring guests Sarah Clarke, David "O.G.ONE" Jackson, and Jamie Dunphy.
Guest host Rebecca Webb interviews Julianne Johnson-Weiss about her new documentary Tipping Point, an attempt to archive the 2020 racial justice protests in Portland. Weiss speaks at length about her experience with protest as well as her ongoing work with the Old Church Concert hall, which produced the documentary.
Hard Questions about Race
We introduce a new segment, “Hard Questions” about race with guest hosts Rebecca Webb and Julianne Johnson-Weiss, who began discussing race in Portland 16 years ago. They’ve seen times change profoundly, and wonder if public outrage at police brutality will open the door to lasting public policy change. Then, Dr. Rosa Colquitt talks about leading the Oregon delegation to a historic nominating convention – and how youth are getting involved in the political process and inspiring change.
The Future of Our Independent Music Venues
We speak with the leaders of Portland’s music industry about the future of our independent venues. Venues are the fabric of Portland’s music culture, providing a powerful platform for emerging and independent artists, and connecting live acts to thousands of fans, at an affordable rate. With venues at risk for permanent closure due to the COVID-19 shut down, our guests talk about what’s needed to save them. Featuring guests Jim Brunberg, Meara McLaughlin, Lori Hughs Killen, and Malachi Graham.
A New Wave of Change
In the first episode, host Veronica Bisesti speaks with non-profit leader and recent Metro candidate Cameron Whitten, licensed professional counselor and trauma worker Chanel Walker-Harris, and award-winning writer and published author S. Renee Mitchell about the social unrest and long-overdue changes in status quo brought about by the killing of George Floyd.