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Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

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

Booked & Buried: Investigating Northwest Jail Deaths

1/17/2020
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OPB and the Northwest News Network spent a year documenting the rising death toll inside county jails across Oregon and Washington. The findings of that investigation have been staggering: More than 300 people died in the past decade, jails are struggling to keep suicidal inmates safe and death rates are on the rise even as communities try to slow mass incarceration. In this audio documentary, public media journalists Conrad Wilson and Austin Jenkins compile the best of their reporting and...

Duration:00:51:53

Washington Legislative Session Starts

1/16/2020
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The Washington legislative session kicked off this week and lawmakers have a lot on their plates. Homelessness, gun control, and the potential expulsion of a state representative are all looming large as the 60-day session gets under way. OPB reporter Austin Jenkins joins us.

Duration:00:14:56

Out Of State Law Firms Give Big To Oregon Politician

1/16/2020
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Since a 2008 law change, class action law firms from around the country have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Oregon politics. Some of those same firms wind up winning the rights to represent the state in large lawsuits. Recipients of the money — largely Oregon treasurers and attorneys general — say donations haven’t influenced the state’s choices, but evidence suggests the law firms’ generosity has its perks. OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart joins us to talk about his...

Duration:00:17:38

Oregon High School Recognized For Inclusivity

1/16/2020
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South Salem High School encourages inclusiveness by pairing students who are disabled and students who are not disabled together to play sports. We talk to two students, Gabby Baker and Jackson Campbell, and Brennan Young the coordinator for the program.

Duration:00:17:22

Min Jin Lee

1/15/2020
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Author Min Jin Lee’s latest novel, “Pachinko,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. It’s an epic story about four generations of one family through migration, heartbreak, oppression, financial success, and trauma. Think Out Loud talks to Lee in front of an audience at Franklin High School in Portland.

Duration:00:51:11

Tierra del Mar Residents Protest Facebook Cable

1/14/2020
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Facebook has bought property in the small coastal town of Tierra del Mar to use as a landing site for an undersea cable connecting the U.S. and Asia, but residents are concerned the cable would change the character of the Oregon town. We’re joined by Tierra del Mar homeowner Jeff Bryner, and Nicole Starosielski, an associate professor of media, culture and communications at New York University.

Duration:00:18:08

High Rates Of Heart Disease In Malheur Count

1/14/2020
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We talk with Malheur county public health nurse and emergency preparedness coordinator, Angie Gerrard. We hear about the reasons behind the county’s high rates of heart disease and the approach that public health workers are taking to combat the problem.

Duration:00:09:19

Former Student Sues Catlin Gabel Over Sex Abuse

1/14/2020
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A former student is suing Catlin Gabel, claiming the prestigious Portland private school failed to protect her from sexual abuse. Kim Wilson was in the sixth grade when she says her math teacher abused her repeatedly. Her lawsuit comes after an independent report found several instances of sexual misconduct by former Catlin Gabel employees. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office recently opened an investigation into the allegations. OPB education reporter Elizabeth Miller joins us to go over...

Duration:00:04:29

Coping With Climate Change Stress

1/14/2020
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In a recent piece for The New York Times, Southern Oregon-based writer Emma Marris laid out her five-step plan to deal with the stress and guilt many people associate with the climate crisis. She argues that we need to fight for systemic change, rather than feeling shame about our own carbon footprints.

Duration:00:17:56

Lost In The Woods

1/13/2020
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Duration:00:19:20

Salem Homeless Camping Ban Backfires

1/10/2020
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In December 2019, the Salem city council voted to ban tent camping in the city. But the ban has backfired, leaving people sleeping in downtown Salem without shelter. Business leaders have threatened to leave downtown if the issue isn’t resolved. We hear from Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and Jimmy Jones, executive director of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.

Duration:00:12:08

REBROADCAST: Unclaimed Dead

1/10/2020
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A former foster care child herself, Deb Stone worked to locate and place children with family members instead of in the system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Now, she uses her experience in genealogy to locate relatives of the unclaimed dead. Cases can take between 15 minutes and two years to solve. There are five people she still hasn’t located relatives for. In her unpublished book, Stone dives into the details of 12 cases, including a Jonestown survivor and a woman who was...

Duration:00:15:41

News Roundtable

1/10/2020
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We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest regional news stories of the week from Jim Pasero, Zakir Khan and Camilla Mortensen.

Duration:00:21:57

The Lost Apple Project

1/9/2020
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We talk to two apple detectives about their search for types of apples thought to be extinct. E.J. Brandt is a Vietnam veteran who currently works as an emergency medical technician. David Benscoter is a retired FBI agent and IRS criminal investigator. They are both part of The Lost Apple Project.

Duration:00:10:32

REBROADCAST: Washington Supreme Court Judge

1/9/2020
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When she was sworn in to the Washington Supreme Court earlier this week, Raquel Montoya-Lewis became the first Native American justice in the state’s history. Montoya-Lewis was formerly a superior court judge in Whatcom County. We talked to her in December.

Duration:00:21:30

Iranian American Portlanders Discuss U.S.-Iran Tensions

1/9/2020
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After a U.S. airstrike killed Iran’s top military official last week, tensions between the two countries have escalated. Iranian Americans have been left with anxieties and questions about how conflicts between the countries could impact them and their families. We talk with two Iranian Americans in Portland, Siamak Shirazi and Nina Khanjan.

Duration:00:17:48

Students’ Beagle Bill Becomes Law

1/8/2020
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Dogs and cats that have been tested on in labs must be put up for adoption after the tests, thanks to a new Oregon law. That law is the work of a Beaverton fifth grade class, who proposed the idea for the so-called “Beagle Bill.” We talk with Elmonica Elementary School teacher Courtney Yeager, whose class started the project, and her former student Ethan Pak.

Duration:00:09:59

Photography And Oregon Women’s Collectives

1/8/2020
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In the 1970s and 80s there were dozens of women’s communes in Southern Oregon. These were more than just living spaces. They also hosted workshops on everything from feminism to photography. A new book, Notes on Fundamental Joy, explores the photography produced in these workshops, and the difference between the way men pictured women and the way the women saw themselves. Carmen Winant is the artist who produced the new book. Carol Newhouse is one of the founders of a commune called...

Duration:00:21:04