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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

Rock of Ages Exhibit

1/23/2020
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Portland artist and activist Isaka Shamsud-Din has captured the lives and histories of African Americans in paintings throughout his life. He draws on his experiences growing up in Portland for his work. His exhibit, “Rock of Ages,” is currently on display at the Portland Art Museum.

Duration:00:23:14

Oregon Graduation Rates

1/23/2020
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Oregon’s high school graduation rate is the highest it’s ever been, at roughly 80 percent. But some districts are still struggling. OPB’s education reporter Elizabeth Miller fills us in.

Duration:00:08:56

Opera For Everyone

1/23/2020
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This week, Portland Public School students were treated to a live performance from a Grammy Award winning opera singer. It’s part of a program from Portland SummerFest Opera to expose more people to the music of opera. Soprano Angela Brown performed her one woman show, “Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View,” at Roosevelt and Franklin high schools this week.

Duration:00:17:08

Preparing for Census 2020

1/22/2020
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The 2020 census is still a few months away from arriving at households across the country, but efforts to get the word out about the census is underway in many states. Oregon has spent nearly $8 million on outreach efforts to historically under-counted communities. We Count Oregon is working to ensure that those communities are represented on the 2020 census. We speak with We Count Oregon campaign manager Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett, APANO’s census equity manager Mar Hirshfield and Shana...

Duration:00:28:50

Jury Selection Begins for Jeremy Christian Trial

1/22/2020
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Jury selection began this week for the trial of Jeremy Christian in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Christian is charged with stabbing three men, killing two, on a Portland MAX train in May 2017. OPB’s Meerah Powell is covering the trial and joins us for an update.

Duration:00:04:01

Native American Organization Helps Tribal Members Gain Economic Agency

1/22/2020
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Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) connects Native Americans with small businesses, entrepreneurs, and educational classes so they can grow their own businesses in Oregon and southwest Washington. We talk with the CEO of NEO Designs Palani Bearghost and James Parker, executive director of ONAC.

Duration:00:18:02

Labor Trafficking Task Force Aims To Prosecute Perpetrators

1/21/2020
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Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has created a new task force to address labor abuse. We talk to Chanpone Sinlapasai, an immigration attorney, on the Labor Trafficking Task Force’s goals and why this group is important to have in Oregon.

Duration:00:15:05

Proposed Tuition Freeze At UO And Similar Past WOU Program

1/21/2020
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The University of Oregon is considering a program that would allow incoming undergraduate students to lock in their tuition amount for 5 years. We talk with Roger Thompson, the University of Oregon’s VP of Student Services and Enrollment Manager to find out how it would work, and get the perspective of student Sarah Pishionari, part of member of a campus group opposed to the change. We also talk with Dave McDonald with Western Oregon University to hear about its tuition guarantee program.

Duration:00:20:55

National Climate Change Lawsuit Dismissed

1/21/2020
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We talk to the named plaintiff, Kelsey Juliana, in the climate change lawsuit that was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We also talk with Andrea Rodgers, senior attorney with Our Children’s Trust, the group that filed the Juliana case — and others around the country — in an effort to force the federal government to address the policies that contribute to the climate crisis.

Duration:00:14:09

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