KXRW Vancouver Presents

The Common Good

Showcasing the collective achievements that contribute to a positive and well informed community.

2nd Thursdays at Noon

The Common Good

The Common Good

About The Show

We host interviews and tell short stories of non-profits, businesses, and dynamic individuals who are doing great things to positively contribute to the community. 

I Hope listeners get more plugged into the amazing things happening right here in their own community.  

Host

Joe Clemons

Host

Joe Clemons is the creator, host, and producer of The Common Good, a monthly show that showcases the collective achievements of our community through stories and interviews that contribute to a positive and well-informed community.  A native of Florida, Joe has resided in the Pacific Northwest in Southwest Washington for the past 7 years.  His passion for the community and those who are doing great things drives his desire to help tell the untold stories of sacrifice and good work that contribute to our overall commonwealth.

Episode Library

This month's guest host is Steena Trecha who sat down with Ricky Gaspar of Local Boy Tatau to talk about the Great River Arts Festival in downtown Vancouver that has resulted in dozens of new murals over the past two years. Steena also talked with Portland muralist Alex Chiu who is one of the dozen artists who designed and painted the new Leah Hing mural on 6th downtown between Washington and Main. Both artists talk about the burgeoning arts district in downtown Vancouver and their passion for community and conversation through art. You can find out more about the murals and the artists @Great_River_Arts_Festival ...
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This month’s guest on “The Common Good” is Keith Kopp, an award-winning director who lives in Bath, England but grew up in Vancouver, Washington. Our conversation with Keith takes us from Keith’s Vancouver roots, and his journey from Clark County to the United Kingdom, to his latest project, a feature length film called “Translations.” “Translations” is set in Wales - or Cymru – which has a distinct language and culture that many people aren’t aware of. We discussed the film and Keith’s personal connection with the Welsh landscape and language ...
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Our guest this week is Hector Hinojosa. Hector is the Founder and Vice President on the Board of Directors for Community Roots Collaborative, an organization in our community that provides housing solutions that are part of a community support network and a focal point for entities that deliver essential wrap around services to address underlying issues that result in folks being houseless. We'reexcited to welcome Hector to talk about this important work on this episode of The Common Good ...
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The Humane Society for Southwest Washington supports the animals and families of our community. Each year, HSSW provides thousands of pets with shelter, medical care, behavior support, and a second chance for a happy home. They also support the animals of our community through programs that help keep families together.In this episode, hosts Joe Clemons and Susan Galaviz sit down with Sam Ellingson, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington to talk about their programs and the upcoming Walk/Run for the animals event on May 7th.More info at www.hssw.org/walk ...
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Entering its 37th year, The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington connects people who care with causes that matter. And this helps them to do more good with the resources available. Their mission is simple: Inspire a Culture of Giving to create a vibrant and engaged community. Today we welcome Community Foundation for Southwest Washington's President, Jennifer Rhoads to talk about Give More 24! ...
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Imagine what it would feel like if you had enough money to survive a medical emergency or a short time out of work, or if you had enough money set aside to pursue your dreams or retire without worrying about money. In this episode, we're happy to introduce Julie Grandstaff who has literally written the book on how to do just that.Julie is the author of Save Yourself - Your guide to saving for retirement and building financial security ...
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As we emerge from the Pandemic, we're seeing statistics that show a surge in substance abuse across the Nation. And as you might imagine, recovery can be even more challenging in this environment.My guest this week is Dr. Eowyn Rieke. Dr. Rieke is the Outpatient Medical Director at De Paul Treatment Centers. Dr. Rieke joins me today to share insight on what the impact of the post-pandemic world may have on substance abuse and/or those in remission from substance use disorder, the challenges they may face, and how we as society can help ...
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Relay for Life is a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and many other Cancer related institutions, societies, and associations. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in over twenty countries. And this includes an event right here in our own community! In this episode, I am pleased to welcome the Relay for Life Committee Co-Chairs Lisa Houser and Libby Mongue-Wymore to learn more. More details about Clark County's Relay for Life fundraising event can be found atclarkcountyrelay.org and on Facebook @clarkcowarelay ...
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My guest this week is Adam Kurtz, owner of Fusion CBD. CBD tinctures and related hemp products are helping people in many ways and a growing number of people are discovering the health benefits of CBD without the side effects of THC. Together Adam and I explore the world of CBD, what it is, what it isn't, and dispel some common misconceptions ...
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On Nov. 24, 1971, a middle-aged man known only as “D.B. Cooper” hijacked a Boeing 727 class jet between Portland Ore. and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The mysterious man held hostage the fate of the flight, its 36 passengers and six crew members. He parachuted over Southwest Washington from the rear of the airplane with $200,000 tied to his body. Although a few bundles of eroded 20-dollar bills were found years later, Cooper and the rest of the money never were.Written by Dan Wyatt Jr., WSU alumnus and owner of Kiggins Theatre, “The Skyjacker” seeks to make sense of the Cooper story. This performance considers Cooper’s exploit with research, creativity and historical imagination.This performance of “The Skyjacker” will be the first time a performance is offered simultaneously on multiple radio stations. Previously, Re-Imagined Radio offered live re-enactments of classic radio dramas at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington.“Many people ...
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First up this week, we welcome Sheryl Thierry and Dawn Montgomery from Clark County CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates.  Sheryl and Dawn tell us about the Clark County CASA volunteer and mentor volunteer program.    In the second half of our show, we're joined by Susan Bladholm, Founder and President of Friends of Frog Ferry.  Susan joins the program to talk about the recent completion of a Ferry Feasibility study that was just published that encourages the launch of passenger ferry service in Vancouver and Portland.   ...
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Interview with Maury Harris Our first guest this week is Maury Harris. Maury is the Senior Communications Officer for Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Entering its 36th year, The foundation connects people who care with causes that matter. Today, we'll highlight our region's largest giving event scheduled for later this week - Give More 24. In the second half of our show, we'll be joined by Jaelyn Sotelo, Washington State Ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco Free kids. Jaelyn shares her story as a young person contributing to great things in our community. About us KXRW Vancouver We are committed to sharing knowledge and information to build a stronger community, based on inclusion, diversity and social justice in Southwest Washington and beyond.  Read Our Story Sustaining Members are our backbone Donate Your donation will provide equipment upgrades and needed on-air talent/producer training. Monthly operational costs to keep KXRW sustainable; and ...
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We call this show The Common Good, because we know there is much that contributes in a positive way to the Common wealth of our community.  Unfortunately however, there are times when we need to - get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  On this program, we believe that Black Lives Matter.  We believe that we do have systemic racism.  Period.  We can work to make progress - but we have to do it together.  My first guest this week is Barb Seamen who recently covered two events that represent the massive support the community has in the fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion of black, indigenous, and people of color.  That overwhelming show of support and solidarity is starkly contrasted by the words and actions of a relative few who work to undermine any progress through willful ignorance and a flat out refusal to listen.  This is a vivid reminder of just how much work we ...
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The show this week comes to you live from the comfort of Joe's home studio, broadcasting over the telephone.  Like you, we're doing our part to support physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID19.  And even though we're six feet apart, we're closer than ever in supporting the health and safety of our community.  Joe's first guest this week is Jeff Shapiro with Community Connection.  Their mission is simple:  "to bolster the capacity, cooperation and financial resources of local service programs.”   Joe and Jeff talk about one of Community Connection's latest successful programs - a mobile shower unit - filling a huge need for the community.    In the second half of our show, Joe is joined by John Chapman and Beth Sale with Villages Clark County.  John and Beth explain how Villages Clark County supports seniors by giving them the assistance that allows them to independently and ...
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The first half of the program highlights the great work being done by Meals on Wheels People. The second half welcomes back Charles Humble with Tax-Aide, AARP Foundation's tax assistance program ...
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The news is flooded with so much negative content.  Yet I find in our local community, we are surrounded by amazing people doing some pretty amazing things.  I thought, we have a great commonwealth and from there, The Common Good was born.  – Joe Clemons