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When Can I Hug A Friend?

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When can I hug someone who doesn’t live in my house? Can my kids go on a playdate? Can I have my neighbors over for dinner? When can I start dating again? Even as state and local policies start to shift in terms of what is legally allowed during the pandemic, there are no clear answers to questions like these. But public health experts and infectious disease specialists can help us think through our choices about spending time with others. What questions are you facing in your personal life right now? Our guests are Washington County’s chief epidemiologist Kim Repp and John Townes, professor of medicine and medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at OHSU.

When can I hug someone who doesn’t live in my house? Can my kids go on a playdate? Can I have my neighbors over for dinner? When can I start dating again? Even as state and local policies start to shift in terms of what is legally allowed during the pandemic, there are no clear answers to questions like these. But public health experts and infectious disease specialists can help us think through our choices about spending time with others. What questions are you facing in your personal life right now? Our guests are Washington County’s chief epidemiologist Kim Repp and John Townes, professor of medicine and medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at OHSU.

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Portland, OR

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When can I hug someone who doesn’t live in my house? Can my kids go on a playdate? Can I have my neighbors over for dinner? When can I start dating again? Even as state and local policies start to shift in terms of what is legally allowed during the pandemic, there are no clear answers to questions like these. But public health experts and infectious disease specialists can help us think through our choices about spending time with others. What questions are you facing in your personal life right now? Our guests are Washington County’s chief epidemiologist Kim Repp and John Townes, professor of medicine and medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at OHSU.

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English

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Police Oversight in Portland

6/2/2020
As many as 10,000 people gathered in Portland over the weekend to protest police killings of Black people, and many are calling for police reform and additional oversight. Lakayana Drury is the co-chair of the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing, the group of community members tasked with making sure the Portland Police engagement plan meets the public’s needs. He joins us to discuss his thoughts on police oversight in Portland.

Duration:00:12:10

What Are Children Taking From The Protests?

6/2/2020
A week after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, protesters in Portland demonstrated for a fourth night in a row. Kali Thorne Ladd is the executive director and co-founder of KairosPDX, a public charter school focused on eliminating racial achievement and opportunity disparities. She says it’s vitally important to talk to children about the protests and what’s behind them. We ask her how she’s approaching these conversations at home with her own children and at KairosPDX.

Duration:00:18:05

Parents Struggle With Work And Children's Online School

6/1/2020
Many parents are figuring out how to work and facilitate distance learning for their children at the same time during the coronavirus pandemic. For some, juggling a job and helping with hours of online schoolwork is taking a toll. Others have been forced to reduce their hours or stop working altogether to keep their children on track. We hear how three parents — Freddy Kennedy, Ellie Hayes and Dorothy Anderson — are coping.

Duration:00:15:22

Portland City Leaders Call For Calm After Protests, Destruction

6/1/2020
Like many cities around the nation, Portland saw peaceful protest over the weekend, as well as more violent demonstrations. The events were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who was killed by a police officer. We talk with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner, Jo Ann Hardesty about the weekend’s events and where to go from here.

Duration:00:35:53

Oregon Runners React To Deaths Of Arbery, Floyd

5/29/2020
African-American runner Amaud Arbery was shot and killed in February by armed residents of the south Georgia neighborhood he was jogging through. This week, a white police officer in Minneapolis took the life of a black man named George Floyd. These events sparked protests not only in Minneapolis and Atlanta, but also in other U.S. cities including Portland. We talk with two African-American runners about how Arbery's killing affected them and what their experience has been running in...

Duration:00:16:51

News Roundtable 052920

5/29/2020
We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest news of the week with Christopher McKnight Nichols, Doug Badger, and Marisa Zapata.

Duration:00:16:28

Families Of Incarcerated Oregonians Are Concerned

5/29/2020
People whose loved ones are in prison in Oregon are worried about the spread of COVID-19 inside the state’s 14 correctional institutions. Last week, a man at the Oregon State Penitentiary died after testing positive for the virus. His is considered the first COVID-19-related death connected to the state’s prison system. Inmates are particularly at risk for contracting the virus because social distancing is often impossible inside prisons and jails. People who are incarcerated also often have...

Duration:00:17:48

REBROADCAST: Women Of Color In Politics

5/27/2020
In national and local races, more women of color are running for elected office and winning. Last fall, we sat down with four local leaders: Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, TriMet board member Kathy Wai and Color PAC executive director Ana del Rocio. We discussed their unique leadership styles, the challenges of being a non-white woman in office and the impact women of color have on politics in Oregon.

Duration:00:52:17

The Pandemic Is Changing How We Use Technology To Communicate

5/27/2020
During this time of social distancing, people are using video chats and other technology to connect with friends and family down the street and around the world. Anabel Quan-Haase, a professor of sociology and information in media studies at Western University in Ontario, Canada, studies the way technology influences society. She tells us how the pandemic is affecting the way we use technology and changing how we relate to one another even as we’re physically apart.

Duration:00:20:45

Iconic Portland Barbershop Closes For Good

5/27/2020
Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon served as a gathering place and institution in Portland’s black community for 30 years. The shop was opened by Paul Knauls Sr. and his wife Geneva, and operated by the Knauls family. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the family decided to close its doors permanently. Paul Knauls Jr. tells us why they decided to close and about the legacy Geneva’s is leaving behind.

Duration:00:16:21

How Contact Tracers Trace, And What Happens Next

5/27/2020
Washington County has applied for phase one reopening and is aiming to be ready to do that June 1. Contact tracing capacity is a big part of that. We hear from public health nurse and contract tracing supervisor for the county, Christine Keating, about what that process entails and exactly what happens after the trace is done.

Duration:00:13:09

Holiday Weekend Tests Reopening Plan

5/26/2020
The Memorial Day weekend was a test for counties that have entered phase one of Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s reopening plan. We talk with Umatilla County Chair John Shafer and Brianne Day, owner and winemaker at Day Wines, about how the weekend went and how they’re feeling about the weeks ahead. And OPB Central Oregon Bureau Chief Emily Cureton fills us in on a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Deschutes County.

Duration:00:21:10

Russian Old Believers Hit by Coronavirus

5/26/2020
Coronavirus concerns are prompting members of the Old Believers — a Russian Orthodox sect — in Marion and Clackamas counties to engage more with the world outside of their 10,000-person faith community. The group doesn't have data on their infection rate, but community leader Anna Kasachev says the virus has certainly spread in the community. We hear from Kasachev, president of the Russian Old Believer Community nonprofit, about how they are coping with the pandemic. Kasachev has been acting...

Duration:00:14:25

Whale Poop

5/26/2020
Whale researchers in the Pacific Northwest have a unique opportunity right now. Some scientists are studying how whales are responding to a decrease in vessel traffic because of the pandemic. Back in 2016 we talked to Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres about her research on whale feeding and behavior. We listen back to that conversation today

Duration:00:13:26

News Roundtable: May 22, 2020

5/22/2020
We get opinions and analysis of some of the week’s big stories with our news roundtable. This week we’re joined by former Oregon legislator Julie Parrish, political scientist Jim Moore and Lisa Bates, associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.

Duration:00:25:35

North Portland Neighborhood Associations Propose Action On Homelessness

5/22/2020
Five different neighborhood associations in North Portland have asked the city to get more involved in the creation of sanctioned homeless camps. That’s one of the suggestions in a new proposal from the groups, who want to meet with city leaders to discuss proactive solutions. Tom Hickey, chair of the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association, tells us about the collaborative work they have been doing.

Duration:00:09:45

Yakima Valley Fruit Packers Strike Over Inadequate Coronavirus Protections

5/22/2020
Hundreds of workers in fruit packing plants in Washington’s Yakima valley are on strike. They say they are not being adequately protected against the new coronavirus or being compensated for the increased risks they face. We hear more from Yakima Herald reporter Mai Hoang and talk with fruit packer Julieta Pulido about her working conditions and what it would take for her to feel safe enough to go back to work.

Duration:00:11:37

News Roundtable: May 22, 2020

5/22/2020
We get opinions and analysis of some of the week’s big stories with our news roundtable. This week we’re joined by former Oregon legislator Julie Parrish, political scientist Jim Moore and Lisa Bates, associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.

Duration:00:25:35

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen

5/21/2020
Two years ago, author Viet Thanh Nguyen joined us in front of an audience at Literary Arts in downtown Portland. Nguyen is the author of “The Displaced” and “The Sympathizer,” which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow and professor at the University of Southern California.

Duration:00:51:27

Nyssa Steakhouse Reopens After Losing $250,000

5/21/2020
Robert Holmes, owner of Bob’s Steak N’ Spirits in Nyssa, is happy to be back open after a long forced shutdown. But business in the 3,200-person Eastern Oregon town is still far from usual. We hear from Holmes about what it’s like to reopen in a pandemic, and how his restaurant will be impacted in the long term.

Duration:00:13:52