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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

Preventing Homelessness In The Portland Tri-County Region

8/20/2019
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The Portland State University Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative has come out with its first official deep dive into homelessness and housing insecurity. Director Marisa Zapata says the hope is that by analysing the social and economic factors related to homelessness and laying out the resources that could be used to tackle them, the report can will help spur a region-wide effort to address the growing problem.

Duration:00:18:23

Oregon Lottery Poised To Launch Sports Gambling

8/20/2019
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The Oregon Lottery is getting ready to launch sports gambling in the state. We’ll hear how it will work, and what longtime oddsmaker and sports betting consultant James Murphy thinks the state should be doing differently.

Duration:00:19:03

Oregon Labor Commissioner Concerned About Proposed Changes To Apprenticeship

8/20/2019
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The Trump Administration wants to loosen regulations around apprenticeship programs. Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle is concerned. She’d like to see the apprenticeship model applied to more industries, but says high standards must protect workers from exploitation and unsafe working conditions. We hear from Hoyle about how apprenticeships work in Oregon, and what new federal rules could mean for the future.

Duration:00:12:39

Weekend Protests Analysis

8/19/2019
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The highly anticipated clash between right-wing groups affiliated with white supremacy and left-wing counter protesters this weekend was mostly nonviolent. Portland police were successful in preventing the group of approximately 200 Proud Boys and supporters away from the counter-demonstrators — who outnumbered them by several fold. We’re joined by Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw and Portland mayor Ted Wheeler.

Duration:00:18:55

Pacific Lamprey At The Oregon Zoo

8/19/2019
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The oldest species in the Northwest is at the Oregon Zoo for the first time. The Pacific lamprey is a native species that has survived more than 400 million years until declining significantly in the early 2000s. After a long effort to increase populations, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Oregon Zoo and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service have collaborated to introduce five Pacific lampreys to the zoo in hopes to raise awareness of their crucial role. We talk with...

Duration:00:15:52

Oregon Ranchers Struggle With Tariff Fallout

8/19/2019
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U.S. beef producers are accustomed to uncertainty, but ranchers are concerned about recent fluctuations in beef prices due to tariffs from China and other Pacific Rim countries. A recent fire at one of the largest American beef processing plants has only added to the uncertainty in the beef market. We talk with Jerome Rosa, executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association about how Oregon ranchers are faring.

Duration:00:15:25

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