I don't get to listen very often, but what I like about the premise of this show that none of the other shows mentioned here offers, is dialogue with our neighbors about topics that are different here in Oregon than they are for the rest of the world. Fixing foster care looks different in our town and State, for example, than it would in London.
Another thing that I like, is that this show allows people to tell about their own personal experiences and stories--local stories that are relevant to the rest of us because we're neighbors. THAT is engaging. Hearing the stories of my neighbors is one of my favorite past times, if they are respectful, insightful and candid. Maybe those three things are hard to find, but it's worth a shot.
Topics about the future, about how are kids are going to deal with the growing social, economic, and environmental problems that are rising now, are of interest to me. I like that others are interested in talking about natural disaster preparedness, peak oil and farms, healthcare and schools. Lets keep revisiting these discussions as things improve or decline! As a parent, it is always so encouraging to hear that I am not the only one disappointed in the way we do school and healthcare these days, and the way we do them both differently for different economic classes.
Similarly, I'd like to hear and talk about the state of housing facilities that are available to our aging parents in Portland and other places in Oregon. What are people doing, how are they being creative about finding more caring options than your average assisted living facility with underpaid staff and very little to stimulate the minds and engage the hearts of our loved ones? Two years ago I took a second job in a very expensive Portland facility and I was horrified. I'll never put my parents in a place like that.
Speaking of housing facilities, I'd love to hear more about all of these "shared living" communities popping up all over Portland and Oregon, where kids play in a central common area and meals and yardwork and other things are shared with neighbors... and variations on this theme.
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