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OPB's daily conversation covering news, politics, culture and the arts.

OPB's daily conversation covering news, politics, culture and the arts.
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Portland, OR

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OPB's daily conversation covering news, politics, culture and the arts.

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English

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Episodes

Protests Expected This Weekend In Portland

8/16/2019
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A former staffer for the conspiracy theory website Infowars is organizing a gathering in Portland this Saturday, along with members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that attracts white supremacists and has engaged in violence. OPB reporter Amelia Templeton brings us the details.

Duration:00:11:45

Portland Police And Community Oversight

8/16/2019
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Community oversight is a required part of the Portland Police Bureau’s settlement agreement with the federal government. That community oversight has taken several forms over the years. Currently, it’s led by the 13 member Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing, or PCCEP. Andrew Kalloch and Lakayana Drury explain what PCCEP does, and how they hope to improve relations between the police and the public.

Duration:00:14:30

News Roundtable

8/16/2019
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We hear opinions and analysis on this week’s news from Christy George, Doug Badger and Kalpana Krishnamurthy.

Duration:00:24:57

Oregon’s Young Migrant Leaders

8/15/2019
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Children of migrant farmers in Eastern Oregon do not always have access to college and career planning tools. Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute, a week-long summer camp serving migrant students in the area, wants to change that. We hear from OMLI Project Director Greg Contreras and student Cindy Quezada about how the camp creates opportunity for immigrant families.

Duration:00:17:17

Portland Community Groups Track Hate Incidents

8/15/2019
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Though reported hate crimes in Oregon rose125 percent between 2013 and 2017, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported. Portland United Against Hate is working to improve the way that the city responds to hate incidents, and launched an online reporting system to track hate incidents in Portland. We hear from two people involved in the group, Shweta Moorthy and Page Smith.

Duration:00:13:56

Women And Bike History

8/15/2019
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Tessa Hulls is a cyclist, a visual artist, a writer, a feminist historian and more. This week she’s riding her bike to Vernonia to join about 150 women for a gender-inclusive cycling summit. We talk with Hulls from the road about what she calls the “150-year story of the bicycle as a tool for social activism.”

Duration:00:18:40

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s New Artistic Director

8/14/2019
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new artistic director, Nataki Garrett, started her new job at the beginning of August. She’s also directing a play called “How To Catch Creation.” Garrett takes over from Bill Rauch who directed the festival for 12 years.

Duration:00:17:32

Sustainable Yak Farming

8/14/2019
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20-year-old Nick Hazelton always knew he would be a farmer — he just didn’t want to raise cows or chickens. When Nick was 15, he came across yaks while researching exotic farm animals online. Now, he has a herd of 25 yaks. We talk with Hazelton about the highs and lows of the yak business.

Duration:00:19:11

Trump Administration Changes Rules On Immigration and Public Assistance

8/14/2019
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The Trump administration announced policy changes that will make it harder for legal immigrants who use public benefits like Medicaid or food stamps to get green cards and U.S. citizenship. We get more on how these changes are likely to impact Oregon residents from Beth Englander, an attorney for the Oregon Law Center, and Estela Munoz Villarreal, Health Policy Coordinator for the Latino Health Coalition.

Duration:00:13:20

Trump Admin. Changes To ESA Protections

8/13/2019
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The Trump administration announced changes to how federal agencies will enforce the Endangered Species Act. Conservationists say that the president is putting the interests of industries like logging above the survival of endangered species. OPB environmental reporter Jes Burns fills us in.

Duration:00:19:50

Resident Owned Coop Transforms Longview Mobile Home Park

8/13/2019
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Coops are not just for childcare or food collectives. It’s actually a model that housing advocates are using to help insure the supply of some of the lowest rental housing around. We hear how the Columbia Trailer Court in Longview was transformed after residents bought the park, along with the help of a local Resident Owned Cooperative nonprofit. Our guests are Margaret Vockrodt, manager and resident of the Columbia Court Homeowners Cooperative and Miles Nowlin, with ROC Northwest.

Duration:00:16:01

Prescribing Nature For Holistic Health

8/13/2019
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Doctors in Washington and Oregon are starting to prescribe outdoor activity to patients. Research shows that spending time outdoors can improve mental and physical health. Dr. Atoosa Kourosh, a Seattle-based pediatrics and allergy immunology physician, fills us in on the outdoor Rx movement.

Duration:00:14:00

Tracking Down Disappearing Orcas

8/12/2019
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We explore what’s behind the dwindling of orcas, their significance and what’s being done to save them. We are joined by The Whale Trail’s Donna Sandstrom, who sits on Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Orca recovery task force and Kurt Russo, with the Lummi Nation.

Duration:00:16:34

Legislature Comes Up With New Plan For Shoring Up Levees In The Face Of Floods

8/12/2019
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Oregon legislature passed a law this session that will create a new district for managing and funding the levees on the Columbia river. Now, everyone who lives in the Multnomah County urban growth boundary could be on the hook to pay for levee upkeep and improvements. Jules Bailey, of Levee Ready Columbia tells us what’s at stake.

Duration:00:10:46

Interstate 5 Series: Tubman Middle School

8/12/2019
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This summer, we’re having a series of conversations about Interstate 5. This time, we’re talking about Harriet Tubman Middle School, which sits very close to the freeway. Portland Public Schools invested significant resources in the building before it re-opened last year, but school board members, students and parents are concerned about what a freeway expansion could mean for the future of the school. We hear from Malina Yuen, who will be an eighth grader at Harriet Tubman Middle School...

Duration:00:12:30

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Grants Pass Homelessness Policies

8/12/2019
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A judge has approved class action status for the plaintiffs in lawsuit against the city of Grants Pass challenging that city’s treatment of people experiencing homelessness. We hear more about the significance of this legal challenge from Sara Rankin, associate professor at Seattle University School of Law and director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project.

Duration:00:09:55

Recovering Sacred, Endangered Klamath Basin Suckers

8/9/2019
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Sucker fish in the Klamath Basin were once a primary food source for the Klamath Tribes. But the fish population has severely declined since the 1980s. We hear from the Klamath Tribes chairman Don Gentry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sucker Program Supervisor Evan Childress about the sucker’s history, and efforts to save it.

Duration:00:12:29

Oregon Governor Signs New Paid Family Leave Law

8/9/2019
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown is signing a new paid family leave law on Friday. The new policy goes into effect in 2023 and proponents are calling it the most progressive law of its kind in the whole country. It will provide 100% wage replacement for low-income workers and will also cover undocumented workers and includes paid leave options for domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors. We hear from Julia Goodman, assistant professor in the OHSU and PSU school of public health who advocated...

Duration:00:11:09

News Roundtable August 9, 2019

8/9/2019
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We hear opinions and analysis of this week’s news from Camilla Mortensen, Eric Fruits and Zakir Khan.

Duration:00:17:17

Anti-Oil Terminal Activists Surveilled

8/9/2019
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Law enforcement agencies have been actively monitoring and surveilling environmental and tribal activists who are working to stop the proposed Jordon Cove natural gas terminal in Coos Bay. We learn more details from Will Parrish, one of the freelance reporters who broke the story in The Guardian newspaper.

Duration:00:08:43