Ayisha Elliott hosts the podcast Black Girl From Eugene, and runs Black Gold Culture Camp, a camping experience for BIPOC kids which emphasizes the positive attributes and contributions of Africian American/Black People to American society.
She is also the founder of Race Equity Matters, where she leads conversations and trainings on deconstructing white supremacy, and how to be Anti-racist.
And in her spare time (HA! She has no spare time!) Ayisha is writing a book.
In this episode, Ayisha shares her own experience with police abuse, and her pursuit of racial equity and inclusion. This poignant conversation is definitely one worth listening to.
In this episode, Adam interviews Springfield resident Athena Delene. She is a professional photographer who started and stayed local. You will often find her at local gatherings capturing those enduring moments with her uncanny ability of becoming a fly on the wall.
As a self proclaimed people person she uses photography to capture the underlying essence of a person’s personality. She relates this to why she loves to live in the Eugene/Springfield Area and her love of learning the craft.
Adam Wendt is the founder and CEO of Trifoia, a company that provides digital training and e-learning services, educational product design, and evaluation services to organizations worldwide. Trifoia is currently working on projects to train the nation’s early childhood workforce, teach effective parenting practices during separation and divorce, improve accessibility to mindfulness strategies for at-risk Americans, and promote school-wide positive behavior interventions and support and racial equity in K12 schools.
He has developed over 100 education technology and e-learning products funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, Universities, and corporations in need of custom solutions.
Adam is currently the Vice President of the Eugene Springfield NAACP and a volunteer contributor to EugCast.
Examples of Adam’s work at Trifoia can be found at:
In this episode, Adam Wendt talks with Eugene resident and octogenarian Herb Pendleton about growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in New York City. Herb reflects on his decision to join the military and pursue a career in the fledgling computer industry at IBM in the early 1960s. Herb was one of the first African Americans to work in the computer industry during the 1960s and then worked in telecommunications during the 80s and 90s. His career spanned almost 50 years working in the technology sector before retiring to raise his family in Eugene.
In this episode, Adam chats with Jefferson Goolsby. A Pacific Northwest intermedia artist and faculty in the Media Arts program at Lane Community College. His creative work integrates video (multi-channel, screen-based, expanded cinema, and live cinema); interactive systems; sound design; installation; performance; and image making. Jeff often works with his award winning music composer wife, Dr. Mei-Ling Lee.
Find out about the children stories they are working on. One is called, “The Ocean Thief.” A beautiful tale about the ocean taking stories. Somewhat performance art and hopefully coming to a book store near you. You may also get some insight on what it’s like to work with your partner. Good and bad.
In our latest episode JoJo and Ian Appow sit down to talk trees, wildfire prevention and the wonder of living in Oregon!
Ian Appow is the coordinator for the Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project. The mission of the project is to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of Eugene’s urban forest. It’s a collaborative effort to minimize its costs and liabilities by means of adaptive management and community engagement.
Ian shares his experience working with the pilot program and how important fire mitigation is in the time of climate change, deforestation and the buildup of fuel that feeds fires. With consistently drier summers and our urban growth boundary ever changing due to population growth we find ourselves facing new challenges when it comes to controlling wildfires.
Maura spoke with JoJo about her work as a Depth Psychologist. She explains the need to dive deep into our personal and generational stories to help us find our place in the world. They talk about what happens when we really embrace who we are, what connects us to the world and if we have an active sense of wonder.
Maura writes and speaks to the importance of our sense of place in the world. With her family hailing from Ireland and New York City, she gleaned that “home” could mean one place and many places. “Stories were always right around us,” she says, “just as stories could be far afield and at times unreachable.”
With the beautiful Pacific Northwest as their playground, Christy, Arnaud and Andrew created the Together Anywhere app, an Audio Guide that uses GPS locations to help you see the sights and hear the stories of the world around you. Find out how they took their dream and made it into reality.
Christy has always been passionate about traveling and storytelling and how when combined they can connect people through History and time. In this episode we find out how she took that passion with the help of her husband, Arnaud, and best friend, Andrew. Together they created a product that reinvents the road trip. In just under a year they were able to create, Together Anywhere, an Audio Guide app that uses GPS locations to help you see the sights and hear the stories of the world around you.
Christy talks about what it has been like being thrown into the world of entrepreneurship. From sleepless nights to the excitement she felt finally getting to share their product with friends and family for the first time.
Sit back, enjoy the conversation and if it inspires you to take a road trip you can download the app on the App Store or Google Play
JoJo talks with Magdalen Rose about what it’s like to be on and have a following on YouTube as a self-proclaimed lo-fi social commentator.
JoJo talks with Magdalen Rose about what it’s like to be on and have a following on YouTube as a self-proclaimed lo-fi social commentator. Magdalen has been making video content since 2011, the first show focusing on the history of old films: Silver Screen Reviews. The show’s content eventually shifted to a much broader scope including art, vlogs, politics, adventures in video gaming and her fav music Vaporware. We’re still not sure what that is, but she does try to explain it to us. We talked about the misogyny of being online and the pitfalls of being a person who has an opinion. You can find all videos on her YouTube channel and lets not forget the Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Cedar Caredio is a talented sculptor who works in wood and stone. As his neighbor, JoJo can tell you that his yard is full of large scale works of art.
Cedar begins with image drawings until he “hits upon it.” Then he searches for the right piece of wood to fit the figure. He chisels away the wood to reveal the shape inside. Often the grain of the particular wood modifies his original concept. He prefers working with different types of Northwest cedar Woods, particularly western red, yellow, and white ‘Port Orford’. Inlays of carved marble, stones, shells, or gems complete many of the pieces. Working in stone has been a relatively recent endeavor. Limestone, marble, slate and alabaster are the main types of stone he uses.
Both his Celtic heritage and his life in the Northwest guide Cedar to interpretations of myths with stylized creatures or designs. Influences include Northwest coastal Native Americans (totem images), Western European mysteries (like fairies), and Scottish wood and stone carving. Tying together these elements with dreams and spirituality has led him to his own unique style. He focuses on defining lines rather than minute details.
He also plays the bagpipes!
You can find more about Cedar and his art at his Studio.