Perspectives

Perspectives is a twice-a-month current events public affairs show hosted by Joan Herman.

On air and streaming online: Friday from 9:30-10:00 am on KMUN and KTCB.

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Joan Herman interviews Clatsop County Community Development Director Gail Henrikson about a housing study the county has begun as well as new ordinances for vacation rentals and other land-use issues. listen 06/01/2018
Perspectives host Joan Herman speaks with Astorian Karen Mellin about a band of rebel Punjabi Sikh Indians, who are credited by many with planting the seeds of a revolution in 1913 in Astoria to overturn British rule of their homeland. listen 03/30/2018
This week on Perspectives with Joan Herman, Joan speaks with two Astoria High School freshman who helped organize the 17 minute walk-out earlier this month to remember the 17 students and staff killed at a Florida high school. listen 03/23/2018
Join Coast Community Station Manager Graham Nystrom and Perspectives Host Joan Herman for a chat about local political coverage coming up on Perspectives in this Midterm Election Year. listen 03/16/2018
Host Joan Herman speaks with Sheila Roley and Craig Hoppes, Superintendents of Seaside and Astoria schools respectively about school safety in the wake of the recent shooting at a school in Florida. listen 03/09/2018
Host Joan Herman speaks with Molly Pringle the new director of The Harbor. listen 02/22/2018
Host Joan Herman speaks with Clatsop County Public Health Director Mike McNickle about the ongoing influenza outbreak and the expansion of a syringe exchange program for IV drug users.   listen 02/09/2018
Joan Herman speaks with Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear about a lack affordable housing and other challenges facing the town in light of her announcement she will not seek reelection.   listen 01/27/2018
Joan Herman speaks with a proponent and opponent of Measure 101 on the January 23 ballot that would continue Medicaid coverage for some 350,000 Oregonians.  listen 01/16/2018
Host Joan Herman discusses Time magazine's Person of the Year, the #MeToo movement, with guests Dr. Margaret Frimoth and Mindy Stokes.   listen 12/29/2017
Host Joan Herman speaks with interim Astoria Police Chief Geoff Spalding and Astoria Police Detective Kenny Hansen about a variety of public safety issues facing the community as well as recent transitions within the department. listen 12/15/2017
This week on Perspectives, host Joan Herman speaks with the superintendents of the Astoria and Seaside school districts about the 324 students in Clatsop County classified as homeless.  listen 12/01/2017
Joan Herman speaks with Clatsop County Public Health Director Mike McNickle about the county’s new syringe exchange program for intervenous drug users and other health concerns facing the North Coast. listen 11/28/2017
Perspectives host Joan Herman interviews veteran journalist Jim Van Nostrand, who became editor of the Daily Astorian in in August.  listen 11/10/2017
Join host Joan Herman and her three guests in a dialogue about race and racism in light of a hateful slur that was found recently by a boy of color in Nehalem, Oregon. listen 10/27/2017
Join host Joan Herman in a discussion about plans to transform the long-vacant and dilapidated Waldorf building into 36 much-needed workforce housing units as well as retail space in Astoria. listen 10/20/2017
Join host  Joan Herman for her discussion with guests about a referendum on the November ballot in Gearhart that would repeal restrictive rules on short term rentals. listen 10/13/2017
Host Joan Herman speaks with Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis and ACLU Oregon Director David Rogers about the advocacy organization’s campaign to educate voters about the role of district attorneys. listen 10/06/2017
Host Joan Herman speaks with the director and a volunteer advocate for the Clatsop Court-Appointed Special Advocates program, or CASA, which provides a voice for abused and neglected children in the courtroom. listen 09/21/2017
Host Joan Herman speaks with two local women who are advocating for undocumented immigrants, in the midst of a string of ICE arrests on the Long Beach Peninsula. listen 09/08/2017
Host Joan Herman interviews Dr. Scott Borg of the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs about research being conducted in Antarctica that has ramifications for all of us.  Dr. Erhard Gross of Clatsop Community College's Encore program explains how the program happened to bring Dr. Borg to the North Coast.   listen 08/24/2017
Eclipse Prep 101 in special edition of Perspectives, Host Joanne Rideout interviews Tillamook County Emergency Manager Gordon McCraw about the upcoming Eclipse. listen 08/18/2017
Host Joan Herman interviews Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis and Astoria defense lawyer Mary Ann Murk about new Oregon laws that reclassify possession of small amounts of hard drugs as misdemeanors and require recording of grand jury proceedings. listen 08/18/2017
Host Joan Herman interviews Clatsop County District Medical Examiner Dr. JoAnn Giuliani about a highly potent, potentially lethal new drug known as "pink."     listen 07/28/2017
Joan speaks with Sue Farmer, interim director of the Harbor.   listen 07/14/2017
Joan talks with Mike McNickle, Dir. Clatsop County Health and Services listen 06/30/2017
Joan speaks with supporters and opponents of an effort to repeal recently enacted restrictions to vacation rentals in Gearhart. listen 06/16/2017
Joan Herman speaks with Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear and Library Director Jimmy Pearson about plans to remodel the 50-year-old library--without raising a dime of tax dollars.   listen 06/02/2017
Joan Herman speaks with David Rogers, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, of Oregon about the group's recent efforts around immigration, travel, and free-speech rights.  listen 05/19/2017
Interviews with candidates for Clatsop Community College Board of Directors.  From 9-9:30: Position 2 incumbent Patrick  Wingard  and challenger Pamela Mattson McDonald; 930 to 10: Position 5 incumbent Rosemary Baker-Monaghan  and challenger Mary Beth Cottle. listen 05/12/2017
A one-hour election edition of Perspectives, Joan Herman interviews candidates in the two contested races for the Astoria school board.  Hear a discussion of school board issues in Part 1with position 4 incumbent  Jeanette Sampson and challenger Andy Davis, and then with position 5 incumbent Jenna Rickenbach and challenger Bob Goldberg. listen 05/05/2017
A special one hour election edition of Perspectives: host Joan Herrman interviews Port of Astoria commission incumbent Jim Campbell and challenger Steve Fulton from 9-930. Then from 930-10, Clatsop Care Health District incumbent Mike Aho and challenger Jacqueline DeVaney discuss privatization of management  at the publicly funded health District. listen 04/28/2017
In a special one hour show, Joan Herman talks with candidates from the races for the Port of Astoria Board of Commissioners, May 16 election.  From 9-9:30, Joan talks with Position 2 incumbent Dick Hellberg and challenger Dirk Rohne; from 9:30 to 10, Position 5 incumbent Pat O’Grady and challenger Frank Spence. listen 04/21/2017
Joan Herman interviews incumbent Karen Burke and challenger Mindy Stokes in the race for Position 1 on the Clatsop Care Health District’s Board of Directors. listen 04/14/2017
Joan Herman discusses the impacts of President Trump's plans to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. What could this mean for small rural stations like Coast Community Radio? Guests: Joann Rideout, CCR Station Mgr, Roger Rocka, Tillicum Foundation Board Member; Doug Sweet, former CCR Station Mgr. listen 04/07/2017
Airbnbs, or homestays,  are becoming increasingly popular, but some worry they take away housing from  permanent residents.  To discuss the issue, host Joan Herman welcomes guests Astoria City Council member Cindy Price, Astoria contractor and Airbnb advocate Kris Haefker,  and Astoria City Planner Nancy Ferber.    listen 03/24/2017
For the first time in its 38-year history, the publicly owned Clatsop Care Health District will be managed by a private company beginning April 1. Guests:  Karen Burke, Dr. Roy Little, and Mark Remley.   listen 03/10/2017
Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear and Councilor Tom Brownson discuss the City Council's 2017 goals to  firm up plans to renovate  the aging library and complete the Astoria waterfront vision plan. listen 02/24/2017
Joan Herman talks with Laurie Caplan and Deb Vanosse about the Indivisible Movement listen 02/10/2017
Joan Herman, continues her occasional series on the north coast’s housing crunch. Today, a look at the shortage of affordable housing for residents at the lowest income levels. listen 01/27/2017
Homeless on the North Coast Joan Herman talks with Alan Evans, Ex Dir. Helping Hand Reentry, Elaine Bruce of Clatsop Community Action, and Brian Mahoney, Volunteer and Board member, Astoria Warming Center.   listen 01/13/2017
Joan Herman interviews a supporter and an opponent of the mega-retailer Walmart, which broke ground on a supercenter store in Warrenton in November.   listen 12/30/2016
Host Joan Herman interviews Dan Serres and Hobe Kytr, advocates for removing dams on a river tributary, as the federal government seeks public input for restoring the once world-record salmon runs. listen 12/16/2016
Joan Herman speaks with Clatsop Community College President  Chris Breitmeyer and Dean of Students Chris Ousley about the free tuition program for recent high school graduates, trending fields of study, and the college budget in the wake of Measure 97’s defeat. listen 12/02/2016
Joan Herman moderates a panel discussion on what many say is the largest problem facing the north coast: a shortage of available housing.Guests: David Pero, Editor/Publisher The Daily Astorian; Kevin Leahy Ex Dir. Economic Resources; Heather Hansen, Community Development Dir. Clatsop County     listen 11/18/2016
Guests: Attorneys Ron Brown and Dawn Buzzard discuss their work prosecuting what has been called one of the worst cases of child abuse in Clatsop County history.   listen 11/11/2016
Guest host Joanne Rideout talks with Linda Kozlowski, president of the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay. They'll discuss the evolution of this group, arguably the most prepared volunteer first responders on the coast, and the tornado that hit Manzanita in October.  listen 11/04/2016
Measure 97 - With the general election just 11 days away, Joan Herman hosts Skip Hauke and Otto Schell in a discussion of the pros and cons of Measure 97.   listen 10/21/2016
Astoria residents will elect a new member to the city council. Journalist Joan Herman talks with retired Coast Guard Commander Bruce Jones and Jewell music teacher Corey Pederson are running for the Ward 4 position. Learn about where they stand on the community’s housing crunch, library renovation and more. listen 10/07/2016