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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

Photography Exhibit Documents the Gay Rodeo

9/17/2019
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A photography exhibit showing at the University of Oregon’s depicts life at gay rodeos from the 1980s and 1990s. We talk with photographer Blake Little about the photos and the time he spent traveling with the rodeos.

Duration:00:15:35

Oregon Cities, Counties Declare Addiction A Public Health Crisis

9/17/2019
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After Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared addiction a public health crisis in the state in 2018, cities and counties are following suit. We talk with Mike Marshall, executive director of Oregon Recovers, and Reginald Richardson, the executive director of the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, about the declarations and the state’s efforts to combat addiction.

Duration:00:14:19

Larnell Bruce Jr. Foundation

9/17/2019
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Three years ago, Larnell and Natasha and Bruce’s son, Larnell Bruce Jr., was killed by a white supremacist in Portland. The Bruces have since advocated for stronger hate crime laws, education and culturally-appropriate therapy. We hear from them about their work to pass a new Oregon hate crime policy — which Gov. Brown signed into law Monday — and the larger goals of their nonprofit, The Larnell Bruce Jr. Foundation.

Duration:00:20:14

Low Income Housing Uses Single Room Occupancy Model

9/16/2019
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A new housing complex in the Kenton neighborhood is using an old idea to house low-income people. It's using the model of single room occupancy or SRO -- basically small rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms. George Devendorf, director of Transition Projects tells us about what advocates are calling SRO 2.0.

Duration:00:20:05

Funeral Home Inspections

9/16/2019
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The state isn’t inspecting funeral homes as often as it’s supposed to. And it can be hard for consumers to find out information on how funeral homes and crematoriums are performing. Statesman Journal reporter Ben Botkin tells us about the lack of oversight in the funeral home industry.

Duration:00:11:59

Can We Recycle More Plastic?

9/16/2019
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China stopped accepting recyclable plastics from the U.S. last year. Now, Metro is partnering with private industry groups to try to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfills. We hear from Pam Peck, resource conservation and recycling manager at Metro, about the pilot project and what else the regional government is doing to address problems with plastic recycling.

Duration:00:18:01

Origami Experts Come To Portland

9/13/2019
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This weekend, origami experts from around the world will be coming to Portland to attend the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention, where enthusiasts can take classes and view their exhibits. Robert J. Lang, a leading origami artist and former physicist for NASA, will showcase his work at the convention. We sit down with Lang to talk about how the mathematics and beauty behind origami can be used to solve real-world problems.

Duration:00:14:11

Oregon Health Authority On Vaping

9/13/2019
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The Oregon Health Authority is still investigating the death of an Oregonian earlier this summer after the person purchased vaping products from a licensed dispensary. This comes amid news of severe lung illnesses and deaths in several states. We talk with OHA deputy health officer and epidemiologist Tom Jeanne about the investigation and the current vaping regulations in place.

Duration:00:13:20

News Roundtable For September 13, 2019

9/13/2019
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We get analysis and opinions on some of the big stories of the week from Zakir Khan with the Western States Center, journalist Beth Slovic and former Tualatin mayor Lou Ogden.

Duration:00:21:50

Monitoring Mt. Hood

9/12/2019
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A recent New York Times report warned that active volcanoes in the Cascade region are not being monitored nearly as closely as they should be. We hear from Seth Moran, Scientist-in-Charge at the Cascades Volcano Observatory, about how his agency is working to monitor active

Duration:00:11:48

Documentary Explores Faith-Healing Religious Group in the West

9/12/2019
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The Emmy-nominated documentary “No Greater Law” explores the lives and beliefs of the Followers of Christ, a religious group in the American West that doesn’t believe in the use of modern medicine. Jesse Lichtenstein is the producer of the documentary. He joins us.

Duration:00:20:01

Banfield Lanches Campaign To Combat High Veterinarian Suicide Rates

9/12/2019
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According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among veterinarians are two to three times higher than that of the general population. We explore why this might be and talk to The Banfield Pet Hospital about the new program they released today to respond to the problem in its more than 1,000 U.S. locations. And we talk with a veterinarian and educator Melanie Goble about her experience working in this field.

Duration:00:18:07

George Orwell’s ‘1984’ On Stage

9/11/2019
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George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 has been adapted for the stage. The play is being performed by Artists Repertory Theatre and opens this Friday Sept 13. We talk with ART artistic director Dámaso Rodríguez, who also directed this production, and actor Claire Rigsby about how the themes of “Newspeak,” “thought police” and “Big Brother” are resonating right now.

Duration:00:20:37

The Western Pond Turtle

9/11/2019
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The western pond turtle is a native turtle listed as endangered in Washington and threatened in Oregon. on Tuesday, the Turtle Haven Invasive Species Control and Restoration Project released western pond turtles back into the wild after a long, ongoing collaboration to rehabilitate them. Although the turtles have survived for millions of years, challenges such as shell disease and habitat loss are threatening them to near extinction. Sara Woods, land trust stewardship coordinator for Friends...

Duration:00:14:12

Klamath County Murder

9/11/2019
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Timathy Taylor shot and killed his neighbor in an isolated, rural Klamath County community in 2016. Taylor claimed the murder was out of self-defense, and his 2018 murder trial ended in a split-jury mistrial. Tuesday afternoon, Taylor pleaded no contest to one count of criminally negligent homicide. We hear from Emma Marris, a Klamath Falls-based freelance journalist who looked into the case for her Atavist Magazine article, “Outlaw Country.”

Duration:00:15:23

Washington State Considers Changes To Cannabis System

9/10/2019
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Washington state officials are considering changes to the state's cannabis system seven years after voters legalized recreational use. We hear from the director of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board about what the board calls "Cannabis 2.0." We hear from the board’s director, Rick Garza.

Duration:00:16:00

Oregon Public Records Advocate Resigns

9/10/2019
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Oregon public records advocate Ginger McCall abruptly announced her resignation Monday. McCall cited irreconcilable differences with Governor Brown’s staff as her reason for stepping down. We hear from Ginger McCall about her decision.

Duration:00:17:57

How Soon Before All Cars Are EVs?

9/10/2019
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The state of Oregon has some ambitious goals for increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2020. And state officials say they want 90 percent of all vehicles sold in Oregon to be EVs by 2050. We sit down with Jeff Allen, the executive director of Forth, an EV industry group, to talk about how far the state has gotten on its goals and what barriers stand in the way of achieving those goals.

Duration:00:16:03

Phoenix-Talent Schools Drop Extracurricular Fees

9/9/2019
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The Phoenix-Talent School District in southern Oregon recently decided to drop all “pay-to-play” fees for students involved in sports and other extracurricular activities. Officials say Phoenix-Talent families had been paying up to $200 per year in fees. We hear from Phoenix High School assistant principal and athletic director Dave Ehrhardt and 25-year boys’ head soccer coach Dennis Flenner about how the change will impact students.

Duration:00:09:09

How To Replace Crumbling Dams

9/9/2019
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The city of Newport’s water supply depends on two dams which, like more than 70 others in the state of Oregon, are considered “high hazard” dams. Recently city officials conducted a public tour to highlight structural instability that would result in catastrophic failure in the event of certain — even moderate — earthquakes. The legislature allocated $4 million toward dam replacement, but the overall funding for the project is close to $70 million. They’re still years away from fully funding...

Duration:00:15:24