Local Folks

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Driving an elderly person to the doctor, sitting with a terminally ill patient so their care giver can take a much-needed break, gleaning and distributing surplus food and firewood to needy households, reading to elementary school children: These are all ways local people work as volunteers to solve local problems and make Corvallis Oregon, my home, a better place to live. What they do, what they learn from the experience, and the satisfaction they gain from helping other people are the warp and weft of the community I live in. The goal of “Local Folks” is to tell their story. I hope you will find what they have to say as inspiring and informative as I do, and maybe help you as you work to solve local issues and problems in your community.

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Local Folks Podcast Season 3: Helping The Homeless, Episode 3

Airs at: Sun, 12/01/2019 at 6:30pm - Thu, 12/31/2020 at 6:30pm
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There are so many obstacles to providing services to the homeless. They are often hard to contact because they do not have an address or a phone and they often don't have the documentation that we take for granted such as a driver’s license or a birth certificate. Couple th... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season 3: Helping The Homeless, Episode 2

Airs at: Fri, 11/01/2019 at 7:00pm - Mon, 11/01/2021 at 7:00pm
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Before I started this project, I was aware that there were homeless people in my community, but even though I would see folks collecting cans, or come across their camps at various locations around town, I had no understanding of what their daily lives were really like. In ... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season 3: Helping The Homeless, Episode 1

Airs at: Tue, 10/01/2019 at 6:00pm - Thu, 10/31/2019 at 6:00pm
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There are homeless people in just about every town and city in America, and my community of Corvallis is no different. Season three of Local Folks Podcast focuses on the Corvallis Daytime Drop in Center – an organization who’s mission is to provide needed services to people... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Insert Edition, Episode Five

Airs at: Mon, 09/02/2019 at 6:00pm - Mon, 09/30/2019 at 6:00pm
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Science has told us a lot about the nature and history of life, the Earth, and the Universe. Is it possible to use that knowledge to create a personal moral code that helps us to live in harmony with the Earth, each other, and the rest of life? My answer to that question is... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Insert Edition, Episode Four

Airs at: Thu, 08/01/2019 at 6:00pm - Sat, 08/31/2019 at 6:00pm
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After he recovered from the wounds, Mickey returned to civilian life. He used the GI bill to go to school where he learned to be a machinist, met and wooed the love of his life, and became a sculptor. In this episode he talks about meeting his wife, the beauty of machining ... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Insert Edition, Episode Three

Airs at: Mon, 07/01/2019 at 5:45pm - Wed, 07/31/2019 at 5:45pm
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Mickey served in the army in World War II, experienced combat in Belgium and was seriously wounded. Those events took place over 70 years ago, but his memories of them are as clear and immediate as if they had just happened yesterday. In this episode, he recounts how he was... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Insert Edition, Episode Two

Airs at: Sat, 06/01/2019 at 6:45pm - Sun, 06/30/2019 at 6:45pm
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They are in all of our communities and we see them all the time, elderly local folks. Most of them do not look particularly remarkable as they go about their daily activities, but all of them have lived remarkable, eventful lives and have gained considerable wisdom as a res... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Insert Edition, Episode One

Airs at: Wed, 05/01/2019 at 6:00pm - Fri, 05/31/2019 at 6:00pm
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Pura Vida! You hear this phrase a lot in Costa Rica, but what does it mean? A literal translation is pure life, but the actual meaning of the phrase is a good deal more subtle and complex. Costa Ricans are some of the happiest people I have ever met, and even though they ma... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season Two, Episode Seven

Airs at: Tue, 01/01/2019 at 6:00pm - Thu, 01/31/2019 at 6:00pm
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I think what makes the combination of the hard work, enthusiasm, and community spirit of gleaners with the support and assistance from Linn Benton Food Share is just this: it is a true partnership between equals. Gleaners are powerful, independent people who are proud of wh... Read more

Local Folks Podcast Season Two, Episode Six

Airs at: Sat, 12/01/2018 at 6:00pm - Mon, 12/31/2018 at 6:00pm
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Enthusiasm, grit, determination, intelligence and creativity are all qualities gleaners bring to their work gathering food and firewood to help low income people feed their families and heat their homes. But in the face of all the requirements and issues gleaners have to de... Read more