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REBROADCAST: Sauvie Island Swim

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Last year, Cindy Werhane tried to become the first person to swim all the way around Sauvie Island. She swam for 20 straight hours — and almost completed the loop — before she had to call it quits. We listen back to our conversation with Werhane.

Last year, Cindy Werhane tried to become the first person to swim all the way around Sauvie Island. She swam for 20 straight hours — and almost completed the loop — before she had to call it quits. We listen back to our conversation with Werhane.


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Last year, Cindy Werhane tried to become the first person to swim all the way around Sauvie Island. She swam for 20 straight hours — and almost completed the loop — before she had to call it quits. We listen back to our conversation with Werhane.






Oregonians Seek Memorial to Lynching Victim Alonzo Tucker

The only documented lynching in Oregon’s history was committed in 1902 in Coos Bay. Now, a group of Oregonians are working to create a memorial to Alonzo Tucker, the man who was killed. They say it’s a way to educate Oregonians about the state’s racist history and bring restorative justice to the community. Jay Brown is a co-founder of the Alonzo Tucker Project, and Taylor Stewart is the founder of the Oregon Remembrance Project, which educates Oregonians about the history of lynchings.


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Court Waives Bar Exam Requirement for Oregon Law Class of 2020

This week, the Oregon Supreme Court granted 2020 law school graduates the ability to practice law without passing the bar exam. In June, law students and law school deans sent letters to the Oregon Supreme Court asking the justices to waive the Bar exam requirement due to coronavirus health hazards, and stress from the pandemic. We hear from 2020 University of Oregon law graduate Andi Pla and Lewis and Clark graduate Peter Raptis about the Supreme Court’s decision, and how institutional...


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Warm Springs Water Crisis Returns

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Equitable Giving Circle Raises Funds For BIPOC Community

Earlier this year, a group of Black women in Portland founded the Equitable Giving Circle to provide resources to Black, Indigenous and other people of color in Oregon. The group works with Black and Indigenous farmers to provide food to families in need, and has also raised about half a million dollars in funds to help people with other immediate needs. We talk with Equitable Giving Circle co-founder and director AJ McCreary and co-founder Dyvisha Gordon.


University Research Slowly Ramping Up After Shutdown

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Deschutes County Sheriff Offering Free Firearm Storage

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Lincoln County Faces Online Backlash For Mask Policy

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Profile Theater Releases Audio Play

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OSU President Ed Ray Stepping Down

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Teen Organizes Pendleton's First Pride Parade

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News Roundtable 062620

Kerry Tymchuck, Art Alexander, and Kimberly Wilson give us opinions and analysis on the news of the week.


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