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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

REBROADCAST: Author Mohsin Hamid

11/20/2019
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Mohsin Hamid has lived in Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain. His fiction and nonfiction explores the contradictions and complexities of globalization. His works include the essay collection “Discontent and its Civilizations,” and the novels “How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia,” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Hamid’s latest book, “Exit West,” was Multnomah County’s 16th annual Everybody Reads book, and PBS News Hour’s book club selection for March 2018. We spoke to Hamid in front of an...

Duration:00:50:26

TriMet Steps Up Fare Enforcement

11/19/2019
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Last month, TriMet announced that it would be adding nine new fare enforcement officers to stop riders from using buses and trains without paying. The agency says riders have complained about other riders who don’t pay. But advocates say that fare enforcement unfairly targets people of color and people who can’t afford to pay the fair. Bernie Bottomly, Executive Director of Public Affairs at TriMet, and Huy [HOO-ey] Ong, Executive Director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon join us to...

Duration:00:32:02

Portland Public Defenders Push Against Cash Bail

11/19/2019
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Public defenders in the Portland metro area are working with a national advocacy organization to reform the cash bail system in Oregon. We talk with two of the people leading the push: Carl Macpherson, the executive director of Metropolitan Public Defender, and Tara Mikkilineni, a senior attorney with Civil Rights Corps. We’re also joined by Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton.

Duration:00:19:18

Rural Reporting On Climate Change

11/18/2019
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While she was an environmental reporter, contributing stories to OPB, Ashley Ahearn was based in Seattle. She also had a podcast called Terrestrial. A couple of years ago, she uprooted her life, moved east and became part of a small rural community in Washington’s Methow Valley. She’s continued to report on environmental issues, including climate change, contributing to the local newspaper and public radio outlets, as part of a year-long rural reporting fellowship funded by Ecotrust. That...

Duration:00:24:23

Report on Healthcare for Trans and Non-binary Youth

11/18/2019
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A new report from OHSU’s Gender Clinic found that 75 percent of transgender and non-binary youth in Oregon have not received medical care for their transition. We talk with Kara Connelly, medical director of OHSU’s Doernbecher Children's Hospital Gender Clinic, and Jess Guerriero, a social worker for the OHSU Transgender Health Program, about the survey and healthcare for trans youth.

Duration:00:15:05

Defensive Training for Paramedics

11/18/2019
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Paramedics at American Medical Response have been learning defensive tactics since July to better prepare for violent outbursts from patients having mental health crises. American Medical Response operations manager Rob McDonald, who has taken the trainings and was part of their development, sits down with us to talk more about the program.

Duration:00:10:38

Ambassador Susan Rice Knows How To Take A Hit And Keep Going

11/15/2019
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Former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has written a new memoir called "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For." We spoke to her this past weekend at the Portland Book Festival.

Duration:00:51:20

City Commissioner Remembers Father’s Role In Nixon Impeachment

11/14/2019
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Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish keeps a gavel in his office from the Nixon impeachment hearings. It belonged to his father, Hamilton Fish Jr., who served on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 and was one of six Republicans who voted to approve articles of impeachment. Commissioner Fish joins us to look back on his father’s role in the impeachment process following the Watergate scandal.

Duration:00:17:53

Portland Demolition Safety

11/14/2019
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In 2018, the city of Portland passed an ordinance that required inspectors to be present “during demolition activities” for houses. The rule was meant to prevent lead dust from spreading when older homes were demolished. But freelance journalist Daniel Forbes found that the city has failed to analyze how often inspectors were onsite when buildings were destroyed. Forbes joins us to discuss his reporting, which was recently published in Willamette Week.

Duration:00:16:54

What Do Premature Birth Rates Mean?

11/14/2019
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A recent state-by-state comparison of premature birthrates in the U.S. put Oregon at the top of the list, with lowest premature birth rate. But looking more closely, those rates remain high for Oregon women of color. We’ll dig into the factors at play with the head of Obstetrics at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Aaron Caughey, and ask why the U.S. has a relatively high rate overall compared with other developed countries.

Duration:00:15:44

Willamette Falls Paper Company

11/13/2019
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A West Linn paper mill that went out of business in 2017 has a new investor. The Willamette Falls Paper Company re-opened in August and now employs over a hundred people. We talk with Ken Peterson about his investment and how the company is experimenting with alternatives to wood pulp.

Duration:00:12:57

Feral Cat Problem In Grants Pass

11/13/2019
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Feral cats are taking over the City of Grants Pass. City Councilor Valeria Lovelace talks to us about efforts to control the overpopulation.

Duration:00:11:25

Gender Nonbinary In Lane County

11/13/2019
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Earlier this year, Jones Hollister filed a petition in court to legally change their gender to nonbinary. The judge in Lane County denied the petition. Hollister has appealed the decision. We hear from them and their lawyer, Lorena Reynolds.

Duration:00:14:06

Oregon Doctor Accused of Implanting Unnecessary Pacemakers

11/13/2019
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An Oregon doctor is accused of implanting more than 100 patients with unnecessary pacemakers at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, Oregon. A whistleblower alleged the cardiologist Emilia Arden took kickbacks and bribes from device maker sales representatives in a federal lawsuit filed last month. Portland Tribune reporter Nick Budnick fills us in.

Duration:00:11:35

REBROADCAST - Barry Lopez

11/12/2019
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We listen back to an interview from last spring with one of Oregon’s most celebrated writers and thinkers, Barry Lopez. His new book, “Horizon,” knits together his decades of travel all around the world. It’s a book full of wonder and sadness, hope and despair, about the natural world – and the way humans are changing it.

Duration:00:51:08

Thank You For Your Service

11/8/2019
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As Veterans Day approaches, we listen back to a conversation between Conrad Wilson, and guests who have served in the military about what the phrase “thank you for your service” means to them. We’re joined by Judy Johnston, a retired army staff sergeant who served in the Vietnam War, Robert Stearns, an Iraq War veteran who served as a combat infantryman from 2006-2007 and deployed during the surge, and Juan Velez, who served as U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class before he was honorably...

Duration:00:27:28

News Roundtable

11/8/2019
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We discuss some of this week’s big news with George Rede, Lori Chavez-Deremer and Eric Ward.

Duration:00:23:18

Feeding Hungry People In Public Parks

11/7/2019
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The Portland Parks Bureau is rolling out new permit limits and requiring insurance for those providing free food to those in need in public parks, including volunteers with the ad hoc group Free Hot Soup. We talk with bureau director Adena Long and with volunteers with Free Hot Soup, Susie Snortum and Austin Bennington, who feed hungry people in Director Park downtown.

Duration:00:19:32

New Editor For Central Oregon Papers

11/7/2019
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The Bend Bulletin and the Redmond Spokesman newspapers are under new management and, as of September, the papers have a new editor. Gerry O'Brien is the former general manager and editor of the Herald and News in Klamath Falls. We'll ask him about his vision for covering central Oregon.

Duration:00:15:14

Washington Historical Society Hires Tribal Liaison

11/7/2019
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The Washington State Historical Society has hired a tribal liaison to help make sure that the stories they tell about Washington state history include a tribal perspective. Michael Finley, who has served on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation tribal council, explains what he hopes to do in this new role.

Duration:00:15:04