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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

Overseas Voting Via Smartphone

10/21/2019
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Jackson and Umatilla counties will be giving their citizens who live overseas the opportunity to vote in special elections this November with smartphones. The Oregon counties are only the 4th and 5th juristictions in the U.S. to do this, partnering with Tusk Philanthropy. We talk with the Jackson County elections clerk Christine Walker, and the elections director who oversaw West Virginia’s smartphone voting program in 2018, Deak Kersey.

Duration:00:19:19

Oregon Glaciers

10/21/2019
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Oregon has 40 glaciers in the Cascades and Wallowa Mountains that are crucial to the health of rivers, local ecosystems and snowpack levels. But two scientists are concerned that the glaciers aren't being closely monitored. They say the lack of information means Oregonians can’t protect the glaciers and prepare for the effects of melting

Duration:00:13:31

East Portland Art Exhibit

10/21/2019
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Portland artist Sabina Haque began exploring the history of Portland east of 82nd Avenue for an art project two years ago. Since then, she’s interviewed various residents about their history in East Portland and their hopes for its future. She joins us to talk about her project and what she hopes to do next.

Duration:00:17:01

Indigenizing Love Toolkit

10/18/2019
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The Western States Center, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and other tribal groups have compiled resources to help Native American communities better support LBGTQ youth and, as they put it, reclaim indigenous ideas of love and gender. We talk with two of the creators of the toolkit.

Duration:00:14:16

Military Widow Karie Fugett

10/18/2019
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Karie Fugett grew up poor in Alabama. Now she lives in Oregon, has a Masters degree, and is a successful writer. She says she owes her success in life to the untimely death of her military husband. And she’s angry about it. Her recent essay was published in the Washington Post.

Duration:00:13:50

News Roundtable

10/18/2019
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We get analysis and opinion about some of the big stories of the week on the news roundtable, from Julie Parrish, Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Aaron Mesh.

Duration:00:21:57

Portland Author’s “Stumptown” Adapted For TV

10/17/2019
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The graphic novel series “Stumptown” is a detective story about a private investigator in Portland. Now, it’s been turned into a television show on ABC. We sit down with author Greg Rucka to talk about the series, the detective genre and adapting comics for television.

Duration:00:18:28

Giant Pumpkin Regatta

10/17/2019
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This weekend, hundreds of people will come to Tualatin to row boats carved out of giant pumpkins. Charity Marshall has come in second in the West Coast Pumpkin Regatta several times. This year, she’s hoping to win. Marshall also once held the world record for the longest distance a pumpkin had been rowed.

Duration:00:13:30

Examining Pedestrian Deaths

10/17/2019
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Angie Schmitt says that the rising number of pedestrian deaths in American cities is a product of inequality. Schmitt, the former editor of Streetsblog USA, visited Portland this week to talk about pedestrian deaths and what’s causing them. She joins us.

Duration:00:17:44

Author Richard Powers On The Overstory

10/16/2019
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Last year’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, “The Overstory,” takes place largely in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, the trees themselves are almost like characters in book. Author Richard Powers discusses his book, his life, and what forests can tell us about humanity.

Duration:00:51:11

Recovery High School Opens in Lake Oswego

10/15/2019
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Oregon’s first recovery high school started its school year this September. Harmony Academy is for students who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. So far, the school has about a dozen students and expects its enrollment to grow. Tony Mann, co-founder of Harmony Academy, and the school’s recovery coach, Ian Nisley, tell us about the school.

Duration:00:15:44

Advocating For Home Funerals

10/15/2019
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When Keelia Carver’s 4-year-old son Max died, she wanted to take his body home to bury him on the family’s ranch. She says state and hospital authorities stood in her way and she didn’t know her rights under Oregon law. Now Oregonians like Carver who want to take a do-it-yourself approach to funerals have a new resource. Oregon Funeral Resources & Education is a website aimed at educating people about their legal rights and providing practical "how to" information about home funerals. We...

Duration:00:21:32

Oregon Vaping Ban Explained

10/15/2019
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With vaping deaths nationwide and an Oregon ban on flavored vaping products, consumers have questions. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is holding daily meetings to figure out the answers. The agency has released new rules that go into effect Tuesday, which will cover everything from enforcement to what exactly constitutes a flavor. We’re joined by the OHA’s Dean Sidelinger and the executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Steve Marks.

Duration:00:12:46

There Is No ‘Planet B’ Tracking Earth’s Changing Climate From Space

10/14/2019
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What can observations of the earth from space tell us about the weather patterns and climate change? Former NASA Scientist Michael Freilich will answer that question in his talk on the Oregon State Cascades campus, called “There is no ‘Planet B’.”

Duration:00:15:32

Native American Play At Oregon Shakespeare Festival

10/14/2019
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The Native American sketch comedy group, the 1491s, initially said “no” when the Oregon Shakespeare Festival approached them about writing a play. But eventually the 5 member group relented, and tackled Native American history with humor in the play “Between Two Knees.” Bobby Wilson is a member of the 1491s and Robert Franklin is the Native American Student and Community Center at PSU, which is sending students down to Ashland to see the play.

Duration:00:23:14

Interstate 5 Series New ODOT Director

10/14/2019
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We conclude our series of conversations about the present and future of Interstate 5 with Kris Strickler, the incoming director of the Oregon Department of Transportation (pending state senate confirmation). We'll focus on the stretch of the highway that cuts through Portland, including the planned expansion in the Rose Quarter and the ongoing process to replace the bridge over the Columbia.

Duration:00:11:29

REBROADCAST Amanda To The Rescue

10/11/2019
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Amanda Giese is the star of the show, “Amanda to the Rescue,” which premiered last year on Animal Planet. Giese began rescuing animals more than a decade ago, and founded Panda Paws Rescue in Washougal, Washington to help some of the most medically challenged animals find their forever homes. We spoke to Giese last year. The second season of her show starts tomorrow night.

Duration:00:19:20

News Roundtable

10/11/2019
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We hear opinions and analysis on this week’s headlines from Eric Fruits, Mark Garber and Naseem Rakha.

Duration:00:22:46

REBROADCAST: The Dreamers

10/11/2019
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In her latest novel, Portland writer Karen Thompson Walker explores the terrifying possibility of a world altered by a highly contagious disease. The disease causes people to fall into a seemingly endless sleep. We’ll listen back to a conversation with Thompson Walker about her book, “The Dreamers.”

Duration:00:40:21

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness In Three Movements

10/10/2019
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Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky grew up with deaf parents. One of her previous films documented her parents getting cochlear implants. Irene Taylor Brodsky explores her son’s deafness, deaf culture and the idea of finding one’s creative voice in her new film: “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements.

Duration:00:15:54