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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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Wildfire Response Council Estimates $4 Billion To Better Prepare State For Fires

12/12/2019
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After over nine months of work, Governor Brown’s Wildfire Response Council has released a report detailing how the state can be better prepared for catastrophic fires. The price tag is at least $4 billion. Matt Donegan is chair of the council and tells us about their final report and recommendations.

Duration:00:18:58

Teen Archer

12/12/2019
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Maya Reddy decided to try archery because she wanted to emulate The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. Now, the 16-year-old is on the Cadet USA Archery Team, and is ranked fourth in archery in the nation.

Duration:00:16:03

Law Library Resources Now Online Available For Prisoners

12/12/2019
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People in state custody are required to have access to legal resources. But the legal books available to prisoners can vary widely at different institutions. Now, prisoners across Oregon will be able to look up legal resources online in a new secure web portal. Cathryn Bowie is the state law librarian. She coordinated with Kelly Raths, an administrator for the Department of Corrections, on this project.

Duration:00:14:40

Spike in Vole Population Causes Crop Damage

12/11/2019
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A spike in the population of voles is causing problems for farmers in the Willamette Valley. The rodents are causing costly damage to grass seed, hazelnuts and other crops. Dan Edge, the associate dean for the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, tells us about the region’s vole problem.

Duration:00:09:53

How Oregon Officials Sent Foster Youth Out Of State

12/11/2019
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Over the past several years, workers with the Oregon Department of Human Services grew increasingly reliant on a private, out-of-state, for-profit company to house the state’s most vulnerable children – and once Sequel Youth and Family Services earned Oregon’s business, emails show, the state placed a lot of trust in the company making money off the state to ensure the children received the care they needed.OPB Political Reporter Lauren Dake fills us in.

Duration:00:15:15

Dangerous Conditions At Troutdale Amazon Warehouse

12/11/2019
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A recent investigation by Reveal exposed the human toll of Amazon’s speedy delivery times. Reveal journalists found that workplace injury rates are above average for the 23 Amazon warehouses it examined around the country, but the one in Troutdale is by far the worst. Portland Mercury news editor Alex Zielinski spoke to a worker at that facility and she joins us to share what she learned.

Duration:00:09:40

Bend Police Wellness Program

12/11/2019
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The Bend Police Department gives its officers yoga and mindfulness classes, and free health screenings. They say the program doesn’t just improve health, but can make them better police officers. The program has received national praise, and Portland Police are now modeling their own wellness program after the one in Bend. Lt. Brian Beekman tells us how the program works.

Duration:00:14:54

Umatilla Warming Center

12/10/2019
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The Umatilla Indian Reservation has created a warming station, named Cmuytpama, for homeless tribal members to take shelter during the winter. We talk to James Rinehart about the center and how it went from a possibility to a reality in one week.

Duration:00:07:33

Clara Honsinger Competes in Cyclocross National Championships

12/10/2019
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Clara Honsinger won a national title in women’s Cyclocross last year. This week, she’s competing in the National Cyclocross Championship and hopes to win again. Honsinger joins us to talk about the sport and her upcoming race.

Duration:00:20:51

Police And Fire Unions Concerned About Portland Street Response

12/10/2019
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Portland's police and firefighter unions have concerns about Portland Street Response, a new pilot project to send an emergency medical specialist and a crisis expert to respond to non-emergency 911 calls, instead of police officers. We hear from president of the Portland Firefighters’ Association Alan Ferschweiler, Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner and Karly Edwards, chief of staff to Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

Duration:00:21:39

The Future Of Dams

12/9/2019
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Some environmentalists argue that hydroelectric dams are a great source of carbon-free energy in a time of climate crisis. Meanwhile, some Northwest tribes are calling for dams to be taken down to help endangered salmon populations survive. We hear from Kurt Russo, senior policy analyst with the Lummi Nation and Kurt Miller, the executive director of the industry-backed group Northwest RiverPartners, about the cultural, environmental, and economic issues at stake.

Duration:00:19:23

REBROADCAST: News Inside

12/9/2019
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There’s a new print publication geared towards a specific audience. “News Inside” is aimed at informing and inspiring people who are in prison. The Marshall Project, the nonprofit news organization behind it, has put Lawrence Bartley in charge of the project. Bartley was recently released after 27 years behind bars and he says he’s excited to be distributing “News Inside” to 30 facilities in 19 states, including Oregon and Washington.

Duration:00:19:04

Deschutes Library Prepares For Population Growth

12/9/2019
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By the end of next year Central Oregon’s population is likely to have grown by nearly 85 percent since 2000. That kind of growth can have a huge impact on public services, including libraries. The Deschutes Public Library is holding a series of public hearings over the next few months to learn how the library can adapt to the changing needs of its patrons.

Duration:00:11:55

Internationally Acclaimed Cowboy Poet

12/6/2019
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A.K. Moss joins us to talk about her CD, “The Truth.” On November 14th it won the International Western Music Association’s 2019 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year Award. She told the Blue Mountain Eagle, “It’s kind of like the Grammy’s.”

Duration:00:15:01

Security Cameras In Cave Junction

12/6/2019
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The Southern Oregon city of Cave Junction has gotten a lot of media attention lately for a proposal to install security cameras as part of a new public safety effort. The small city does not have 24-hour law enforcement and a volunteer citizen group fills in the gaps. It’s unclear what kind of access this group might have to security camera footage once the cameras are installed. Josephine County Commissioners must first approve the city’s plan. We hear from Cave Junction Mayor Meadow...

Duration:00:14:30

News Roundtable Dec. 6, 2019

12/6/2019
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We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest regional stories of the week from Julia Silverman, Naseem Rakha and Eric Fruits.

Duration:00:20:41

What Science Fiction And Fantasy Can Tell Us About Our World

12/5/2019
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The writer Ursula le Guin said that fantasy and science fiction genres allow writers to talk about “human life as it is lived, and as it might be lived, and as it ought to be lived.” Oregon State University recently hosted a conference to explore what speculative fiction call tell us about the world we live in today. Philosophy professor Jose Antonio Orosco organized the conference, and gave a talk about Star Trek. Mohammed Shakibnia is a graduate student who writes about Star Wars.

Duration:00:10:51

Scott Kalama Raps About Life on Warm Springs Reservation

12/5/2019
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In 2015, rapper Scott Kalama wanted to write a song that captured life on the Warm Springs Reservation where he grew up. The resulting song and music video, called “Rez Life,” won a national Native American Music Award in 2016. Kalama, who performs under the name Blue Flamez, released a new album in 2018, called “Rez Star,” and is working on his next.

Duration:00:12:36

Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly On Changes To Neighborhood Groups

12/5/2019
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Portland is making changes to the way it relates to neighborhood groups. This includes neighborhood associations and the community safety program formerly known as "neighborhood watch." We'll sit down with Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly to talk about the philosophy behind these changes.

Duration:00:12:03

Ambassador Sondland Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations

12/5/2019
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Last week Portland Monthly and ProPublica published three women’s accounts of sexual misconduct by Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Spokesperson Jim McCarthy responds.

Duration:00:14:20