Sheareen Redlener loves to skateboard. But women skateboarders face challenges that men don’t, including stereotypes and safety issues at skate parks.

Sheareen Redlener loves to skateboard. But women skateboarders face challenges that men don’t, including stereotypes and safety issues at skate parks.

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  • We’ll hear about the role the St. Francis dining hall plays in the community. It’s one of the oldest soup kitchens in Portland. It serves about 100 hungry people — many experiencing homelessness — every day, but its future is uncertain. We talk with parishioner Jerry Harp and Seraphie Allen, a policy advisor with the mayor’s office, to hear how the issues are getting resolved.

 

  

  • Homeless people often pick up cans and bottles to make some money off of the deposits they get for returning them to a grocery store. Now, a new program called Ground Score is paying them to do this work cleaning up after outdoor events and keeping trash off the beaches along the Willamette River in Portland. We hear from Taylor Cass Talbott, development coordinator for Ground Score, and Christine Alix, who gets paid by the program to pick up and sort trash.

 

  

  • An article in this month’s Oregon Humanities Magazine focuses on women who love skateboarding. They face some challenges that their male counterparts don’t have to think about, including stereotypes and safety issues at skate parks. We hear from Jordan Hernandez, the author of that article, and from a mother and daughter who are both passionate about skating.

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