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Sage Van Wing


Sage Van Wing is the executive producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

She has produced daily news programs at other NPR affiliate stations Vermont Public Radio, KUOW in Seattle and KQED in San Francisco.

She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in anthropology.

While in Vermont, she became an expert sledder. While in Seattle, she learned to bike in the rain. Sage hopes someday to become an expert taxidermist.

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Think Out Loud

Live From Portland Design Week

OPB | April 21, 2017 noon | Portland

"Think Out Loud" is live from the headquarters of Portland Design Week Friday, April 21, 2017.

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Portland's Emergency Response | Left Lane Law | Dahlak Brathwaite

OPB | April 19, 2017 noon

How can Portland's emergency response improve? Should the left lane on the highway be restricted to passing only? Then, we talk with hip-hop artist Dahlak Brathwaite.

News | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Disability Rights Lawsuit | Soul'd Out 2017

OPB | April 18, 2017 noon

We get business news from the editor of the "Portland Business Journal," then turn to a new lawsuit brought by disability rights advocates. We end the hour with a preview of the Soul'd Out music festival.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Suicides In Prison | Train Whistles In La Grande

OPB | April 14, 2017 noon

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, we look into a spike in inmate suicides in Washington. We'll also hear about an effort to silence train whistles in La Grande.

News | Think Out Loud

Geek Love Exhibit | Distracted Driving | Syrian Photographer

OPB | April 13, 2017 noon | Portland

We explore a new exhibit dedicated to the celebrated book “Geek Love," a proposal in the Oregon Legislature to tighten distracted driving laws, and a new photography show featuring Syrian refugee children.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Legislative Update | The Nez Perce War

OPB | April 12, 2017 noon | Portland

The Nez Perce were driven out of Oregon's Wallowa Valley by a man who had dedicated his life to equality for America's former slaves. Also, we get an update on what bills are still alive in the Legislature.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Migrant College Program | Bridging The Budget Gap | Sandy Hook Parents

OPB | April 11, 2017 noon

Alissa and Robbie Parker, whose daughter Emilie was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, share their story. Also, a college program for migrant farm workers in Eastern Oregon, and a new report suggesting ways to bridge the state's budget gap.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Life In A Town For Sale | Education Goals In The Oregon Legislature | Prison Lockdown | Oregon Dept. Of Energy

OPB | April 10, 2017 noon

A small town in Southern Oregon is for sale. What are the legislature's statewide education goals? How does the Oregon Dept. of Corrections handle riots? An overhaul of the state Department of Energy is being proposed.

Think Out Loud

Death With Dignity Report | Elliott Smith Reissue | Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

OPB | April 6, 2017 noon

A new report on Death With Dignity, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and a concert to celebrate the remastered edition of Elliott Smith's classic album "Either/Or."

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Housing Recovery | Cities And Self-Driving Cars | Paige McKenzie Sunshine Girl

OPB | April 5, 2017 noon

New homes are getting built, but is it enough? What will our cities look like when self-driving cars really become a reality? And the young Oregonian behind the Sunshine Girl YouTube phenomenon joins us to talk about her latest book.

News | Think Out Loud

Child Welfare Report | Steve Novick's Recommendations For Portland | Klamath Falls Organ

OPB | April 4, 2017 noon

A new report offers a grim look at Oregon's child welfare system. A former Portland commissioner offers a vision for how to fix city hall. A church in Klamath Falls gets an organ it has been waiting for for nearly 100 years.

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Music Inspired By The Forest | Cycling In The Forest | Playing Music In The Forest

OPB | April 3, 2017 noon | Portland

Musician DJ Spooky was inspired by time he spent in the Western Cascades. Portland has a new plan for off-road cycling throughout the city. And jazz musician Darrell Grant performed music in Elliot State Forest. 

News | Think Out Loud

Ducks In Final Four | Office Of Outdoor Recreation | News Roundtable

OPB | March 31, 2017 noon

We talk about Ducks basketball, a proposed Office of Outdoor Recreation, and big news stories from the week.

News | Think Out Loud

Private Prison Study | Clark County Farmland | AG On Sanctuary | Japanese Garden Opening

OPB | March 30, 2017 noon

A study on private prisons, a look at farmland in Clark County, an attempt to understand how the federal government will respond to sanctuary states and a preview of the new Japanese garden.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Grand Jury Transcripts | Concealed Carry Reciprocity | Medicine Costs

OPB | March 28, 2017 noon

The latest local business news, a movement to extend reciprocity between states for concealed carry permits, grand jury transcripts in the Quanice Hayes case, and an in-depth look at how pharmaceutical companies set the prices for drugs.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

SCOTUS Ruling On Special Education | Right 2 Dream Too | Japanese Internment & Resistance

OPB | March 27, 2017 noon

We learn what a recent SCOTUS ruling means for students with disabilities, what's next for a Portland homeless camp, and how Oregonians fought against discrimination during WWII.

NW Life | News | local | Think Out Loud

A Man, A Plan, A Palindrome: Oregonian Mark Saltveit

OPB | March 22, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregonian Mark Saltveit is defending  his title as the reigning world champion palindromist this weekend.

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Pre-Paid Mail-In Ballots | Palindromes | Tides

OPB | March 22, 2017 noon | Portland, Oregon.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal: What's a Palindrome? Also today, we learn about the science and mystery of ocean tides. And we hear about a bill that would include pre-paid postage for Oregon's mail-in ballots.

Think Out Loud

Klamath Tribes' Perry Chocktoot | Feminist Lindy West

OPB | March 21, 2017 noon

A new Oregon Experience documentary about Native Americans in Oregon aired last night. We listen to an extended interview with Perry Chocktoot with the Klamath Tribes. Then it's a conversation with writer Lindy West.

News | Think Out Loud

Climate Change Bills | Music Of Grief | Sports Marketing | World Championship Irish Dancing

OPB | March 16, 2017 noon

We hear what climate change bills lawmakers are thinking about. We discuss the music of grief. Then we turn to the business of university sports marketing. We end the hour with an in-depth look at the Irish Dancing World Championship.