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






News Roundtable

We get opinion and analysis on some of the biggest news stories of the week from Camilla Mortensen, Eric Fruits, and Marisa Zapata.


New Coronavirus Already Affecting The Oregon Economy

The global economic impact of the new coronavirus is already evident here in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Bob Whelan, senior economist with ECONorthwest, says that while the situation is not entirely predictable, it’s likely to further slow down the local economy. The loss of Chinese, Japanese and European tourists would hit Oregon particularly hard, and impact manufacturing and other industries as well.


A Bar Without Booze

When Andy McMillan quit drinking five years ago, he learned more about the evolving sobriety movement. For two years now he's been holding so-called "zero proof" events featuring mixed drinks that he hopes will appeal to everyone. Now he says it's the right time to open Portland’s first completely non-alcoholic bar.


Oregon Children’s Theatre Play Explores Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II

The Oregon Children’s Theatre is presenting “The Journal of Ben Uchida,” a play about a Japanese American family that is relocated from their home and imprisoned in detention camps during World War II. Actor David Loftus’s family was imprisoned in the World War II camps in California and Wyoming. He and the play’s director, Dmae Roberts, join us to discuss what audiences today can learn from the play.


District Faces Dilemma Over Problematic Murals At Grant High

Huge murals painted on the walls of the Grant High School auditorium nearly 90 years ago depict white settlers and Native Americans existing in peace and harmony. A planned restoration of these murals has ignited fierce opposition from many students at the school, including the Indigenous Peoples Student Union. They say the depictions are ahistorical and offensive, and they want the murals removed. The Alumni Association, which has raised money for the restoration with the approval of...


Aside From Cap And Trade, How’s The Legislature?

As a legislative stalemate brought the Capitol to a standstill this week, Republicans have been adamant: They’ll return to work, if Democrats agree to put their landmark climate change proposal before voters. In the meantime, only three bills have passed so far this legislative session. And many more are left on the table. OPB political reporter Lauren Dake tells us about all the other legislative efforts aside from Cap and Trade that are now at a standstill this session.


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...