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OPB's daily conversation covering news, politics, culture and the arts.






REBROADCAST - Preparing for Census 2020

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...


REBROADCAST: Labor Trafficking Task Force Aims To Prosecute Perpetrators

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 and its goals.


Leap Day History Makes Light of Women Proposing Marriage To Men

February 29, also known as “leap day,” comes once every four years. Historian Katherine Parkin has studied a leap day tradition that was popular in the early 20th century: women proposing marriage to men. The gender role reversal was more of a joke than an actual tradition, promoted by a popular form of communication at the time: postcards. Parkin joins us to talk about her research.


Oregon Senate Republicans Walk Out Over Cap and Trade Bill... Again Oregon Senate Republicans Walk Out Over Cap and Trade Bill... Again

Oregon Senate Republicans have walked out of the legislative session over a cap and trade bill. The Democrats’ signature climate change bill is headed to the Senate floor, but Republicans aim to stop its passage by denying Democrats the quorum they need. We discuss how this legislative walkout compares to past walkouts in Oregon and around the nation with Jim Moore, Director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University, and Andrew Downs, the Director of the Mike Downs...


What Would The Cap And Trade Bill Do?

Oregon Democrats are working to pass a bill that would set a statewide cap on carbon dioxide emissions, and require some polluters to get allowances for their emissions. OPB reporter Cassandra Profita fills us in on what the bill would do.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires First Resident Intimacy Director

Sarah Lozoff is the first resident intimacy director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She will be working with actors on scenes involving everything from sex to assault. Lozoff talks to us about her unique new role and how it will impact the upcoming season.


Corvallis Violin Teacher Works With Student In Chengdu

A violinist in Corvallis has been teaching a student in China over skype for several years. Earlier this month, Anthea Kreston realized her student, Kevin, was living under quarantine for coronavirus in Chengdu. Kreston decided to set Kevin a special challenge to help the time pass faster.


Student Newspaper Works On Trust In Journalism

Trust in journalism in the U.S. continues to erode, but a new Trust Project at the independent student newspaper at the University of Oregon is responding to the problem head-on. It’s educating the paper’s readership about how reporters and editors make decisions, soliciting feedback and increasing transparency about errors and corrections. The Daily Emerald’s editor-in-chief, Michael Tobin, and journalism instructor and researcher Lisa Heyamoto join us to discuss the project and what the...


OHSU Doctor Studies HPV Infection In Native Americans

Native Americans in Oregon get cervical cancer 1.5 times more than the general state population and die from it two times more often. A gynecologic oncologist at OHSU just got a prestigious fellowship to find out why. Dr. Amanda Bruegl has been studying HPV infection among Native Americans in Oregon.


Washington Bill Would Outlaw Discrimination Based On Hairstyle

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban discrimination based on hairstyles associated with ethnicity or race. The bill, sponsored by the Clackamas Democrat Janelle Bynum, has passed the House and is now headed to the Senate. We talk with Bynum about her experience with this kind of discrimination and why she’s pushing for a new law to explicitly protect hairstyles.


Sustainable Agriculture Collaborative Uses Funds to Support Minority Farmers

A group of non-profits are working to increase the number of minority-led sustainable farming businesses in Oregon. Latino residents make up over 12 percent of the state's population. Yet only 3% of the state’s total of farms are owned by people of color. We talk with Marissa Zarate, Executive Director of Huerto de la Familia, about why she thinks the collective’s work is important.


News Roundtable For Feb. 21, 2020

We hear opinions and analysis on this week’s regional news from George Rede, Jason Conger and Kalpana Krishnamurthy.


REBROADCAST: Opera For Everyone

We listen back to a conversation from last month, when Portland Public School students were treated to a live performance from an opera singer. It was 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.


Oregon Legislature Update

Oregon lawmakers are approaching the halfway point in this year’s short legislative session, the Republican minority is seeking to slow the pace. Almost all of the Republican house members declined to show up for an evening floor session on Tuesday and they are insisting that all bills be read in full, which can take a very long time. Democrats are still hoping to pass the cap-and-trade bill that failed in the last session after a Republican walkout. OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart...


Mt. St. Helens At Portland Art Museum

A new exhibit at the Portland Art Museum marks the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. It features art made before, during, and after the eruption. The curator, Dawson Carr, has been interested in volcanoes since he was seven years old.


Pilot Program Trains Dental Therapists

More than 1 million Oregonians live in an area with a shortage of dental care providers. A new program at Pacific University aims to bolster the dental workforce. The first cohort of the university’s dental therapy pilot program started their training on February 1. Dental therapists are mid-level practitioners who can provide dental services at a lower cost than dentists. We talk with Amy Coplen, program director of the School of Dental Hygiene at Pacific University.


Doulas Work To Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates for Black Mothers

Black and indigenous women in the U.S. are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. But studies have shown that culturally specific doulas can improve outcomes for black mothers. Sacred Roots Doulas at the Black Parent Initiative is the only culturally specific doula program in Portland. We talk with program manager Linda Bryant-Daaka.


Major Changes Coming To Mount Hood Area Search And Rescue

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office is planning to overhaul its approach to search-and-rescue efforts. As first reported by the Oregonian/OregonLive, Sheriff Craig Roberts says he wants to stop working with outside groups of trained volunteers like Portland Mountain Rescue and instead rely on his own in-house team. The change is likely to take place over the next six to 18 months and threatens the existence of independent groups that have been doing difficult rescues on Mount Hood and...


Oregonians Brace For New Immigration Rule

A controversial rule affecting immigrants seeking green cards will go into effect later this month. The Trump Administration has a new interpretation of an existing policy known as the “public charge rule.” The new interpretation would allow immigration officials to reject applications from people deemed likely to become dependent on public assistance benefits. The rule is facing legal challenges from several states, including Oregon. But a recent Supreme Court ruling allows the new...


Long-Term Consequences Of Flooding In Eastern Oregon

Flooding in northeastern Oregon destroyed homes and displaced residents across Umatilla County. Now that floodwaters have largely receded, the county, along with the city of Pendleton, is starting to pick up the pieces and look ahead to long-term recovery plans. This includes fixing levees, finding housing solutions and helping people whose jobs were impacted. We hear from Pendleton Mayor John Turner about how the recovery is going.