Hear in the Gorge
Stories that will change your Sense of Place

A series of radio-documentary styled podcasts that tell compelling and under-recognized stories of the cultural history and life in the Columbia River Gorge region, home to a landscape that inspires and a community that shares a deep connection to the region and to each other. The Gorge has a rich cultural and natural history so that no matter who you are or where you are in the Gorge, that sense of place is inescapable–especially as you learn more about the region.

These podcasts are audio companions to the acclaimed Gorge Owned (GO!) Sense of Place lecture series, that delve into and reveal stories unique to the Gorge: the experience of the region’s Japanese American residents during World War II, the Crag Rats – oldest mountain rescue team in the country, tribal village life at in-lieu sites along the Columbia River, and Woodie Guthrie’s month-long Columbia River songwriting experience for the BPA. They highlight archival audio, as well as storytelling from locals and experts, creating gripping and moving nonfiction narratives about the Columbia River Gorge and its heritage.

UPDATE: CRAG RATS (the 2nd PODCAST) has LAUNCHED

New podcasts in the first series will be released the 3rd Thursday of each month, May-August. Subscribe now to get them delivered automatically so you can enjoy them immediately.
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The Stories

Hear in the Gorge, Podcast Episode #2: Crag Rats

GO Releases 2nd Hear in the Gorge Podcast on the Crag Rats, the oldest mountain search & rescue team in the country

In the summer of 2013 a father and son set out on their first camping trip together. They did what millions of people do every year and headed to Mt. Hood. For the 10-year old boy, it was a dream come true and he was prepared, but then the trip took a turn they never saw coming. In this episode we hear from two Crag Rats and the father of the boy, to learn just what happens when things go wrong in the wilderness. 

Hear in the Gorge is a new series of radio-documentary styled podcasts that delve into the stories unique to the Gorge: the experience of the region’s Japanese American residents during World War II, the Crag Rats – oldest mountain rescue team in the country, Woodie Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs, and tribal life at in-lieu sites along the river. The podcasts highlight archival audio, as well as storytelling from locals and experts, creating gripping and moving nonfiction narratives about the Columbia River Gorge and its heritage. Podcast will be released the third Thursday of every month May-August. 

AVAILABLE HERE

Japanese History in the Hood River Valley

Masuo Yasui

“Local immigrant story becomes a national narrative”

The first Oregonian to ever receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, was born and raised in Hood River. But the story of Min Yasui really starts with his father, Masuo. It includes FBI spying, unexpected death, the largest mass incarceration in U.S. history, and a small town in Oregon struggling with newfound notoriety. This is an immigrant story turned national narrative, one still relevant more than a century later.

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Crag Rats: Mountain Search & Rescue

Photo courtesy of The Gorge Magazine

“The oldest mountain search & rescue team in the country”

In the summer of 2013 a father and son set out on their first camping trip together. They did what millions of people do every year and headed to Mt. Hood. For the 10-year old boy, it was a dream come true and he was prepared, but then the trip took a turn they never saw coming. In this episode we hear from two Crag Rats and the father of the boy, to learn just what happens when things go wrong in the wilderness.

AVAILABLE NOW

Woody Guthrie and the Columbia River Songs

“America’s protest folksinger goes to work for the federal government” 

When folksinger Woody Guthrie strolled into the Bonneville Power Administration in 1941, he played a song or two on his guitar, filled out some paperwork, and was hired by the federal government.  In 30 days Guthrie wrote 26 songs about the Columbia River Gorge.  And then, just as abruptly as it began, this odd-couple story came to an end.  We track down the man who rediscovered this complicated history and get to the heart of what caused the federal government to hire a “scruffy folksinger” to write songs about the promise of dams in the Pacific Northwest.

COMING IN JULY 2017

Tribal Life on the Columbia River: Living at In-lieu Sites

Lone Pine In-lieu Site

“It’s not an in-lieu site, it’s our home.”

Just hearing the word home can give people a feeling of warmth, peace, comfort. Maybe you picture your house, the front door, or the garden where you spend your free time. Which makes you wonder why so many tribal members, up and down the Columbia River, choose to live in decrepit trailers with unsanitary conditions, blue tarp walls, and broken windows. In this episode we join a tribal member and visit an in-lieu site to find out why so many persist in calling these places home.

COMING IN AUGUST 2017

“Hear in the Gorge” Podcast Launch & Listen Party

The public is invited to the launch of Hear in the Gorge”, a new series of radio-documentary styled podcasts that delve into and reveal stories unique to the Gorge. No matter who or where you are in the Columbia River Gorge, a sense of its rich cultural and natural history is inescapable–especially as you learn more about the region. Join us for the Launch and Listen Party at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the Dalles on Wednesday, May 17th, 6-8 pm, where you can hear outtakes from interviews that capture the history and spirit of the Gorge, download the first podcast, and subscribe to the series.

Delve into the experience of the region’s Japanese American residents during World War II; the Crag Rats – oldest mountain rescue team in the country; tribal village life at in-lieu sites along the Columbia River; and Woodie Guthrie’s month-long Columbia River songwriting experience for the BPA. These podcasts highlight archival audio, as well as storytelling from locals and experts, creating gripping and moving nonfiction narratives about the Columbia River Gorge and its heritage. Hear in the Gorge is an audio companion to the acclaimed Gorge Owned (GO!) Sense of Place lecture series.

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen and learn about some of the seminal, yet under-recognized stories from the Gorge’s storied history.  join your neighbors for light appetizers and a no-host bar while you listen to a preview of what’s to come this summer, and subscribe to the new podcasts that will be released the third Thursday of every month, May-August!

Hear in the Gorge is made possible by a grant from Travel Oregon and sponsorship support from Portland Spirit Cruises and Events, Mt Adams Chamber of Commerce, Maryhill Museum of Art, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Wet Planet Rafting & Kayaking, Bridgeside and Riverside Restaurants, The Griffin House, and Griffith Motors. It could not have happened without the talent and energy of Sarah Fox, Lloyd DeKay, and the dedicated team of Columbia Gorge Arts and Culture Alliance.

“Hear in the Gorge” Podcast
Launch & Listen Party

Where: Discovery Center, The Dalles
When: 6-8 PM,  Weds, May 17th
Website: GorgeOwned.org/Hear-in-the-Gorge

Car-free options Portland/Hood River to/from The Dalles:
 Greyhound: Depart Portland (10A, 12:10P) or Hood River (11:10A, 1:20P), Arrive The Dalles (11:40A or 1:50P)
 CAT: Depart Portland (departure schedule) or Hood River (departure schedule)
Overnight The Dalles (contact The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce for lodging options)
 Greyhound: Depart The Dalles (3:30A, 2:40P, 4:25P)
 CAT: Depart The Dalles (6:35A, 12:56P, 5:58P) – Arrive Hood River (arrival schedule) or Portland (arrival schedule)

Getting around The Dalles:
 5 Dollar Taxi (541) 296-8900
 Dalles Taxi LLC (541) 296-3965
 The Dalles Taxi (541) 296-3965
 Pacific City Taxi (541) 965-2204

Subscribe to the entire Hear in the Gorge podcast series

New podcasts in the first series will be released the 3rd Thursday of each month, May-August. Subscribe now to get them delivered automatically so you can enjoy them immediately.

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Poignant, historical, and educational, these podcasts will give you new insights into the culture and heritage of the Columbia River Gorge region.

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