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Minimum Wage | Police Chief Retires | Talking Business | Editorial Changes

OPB | June 27, 2016

The Portland police chief retires, minimum wage goes up, and the editor of the Oregonian's opinion page goes East. Also, we catch up on the latest business news.

Brexit | News Roundtable | Native American Law

OPB | June 24, 2016

Our panel of news watchers discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Also, the president of the National Native American Law Students Association is a UO student.

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Mosier Derailment Update | Self Driving Car Ethics | All Day Kindergarten | Wash. Gun Measure

OPB | June 23, 2016

This morning, the Federal Railroad Administration released a report saying that Union Pacific failed to maintain the track at Mosier. We'll also learn about the ethics of self driving cars, a possible ballot initiative in Washington state that would allow guns to be taken from people who might prove to be violent. Also, we'll hear about how the first year of all-day kindergarten affected some kids and teachers in the state.

Supreme Court | Remembering A WWII Hero | 'Back Seat With Fish'

OPB | June 22, 2016

We get an update on U.S. Supreme Court cases and hear the story of a decorated WWII soldier who passed away this weekend. Also, author Henry Hughes joins us to talk about his new book extolling the wonders of fishing: "Back Seat With Fish."

Deschutes DA Re-examines Cases | Vancouver Affordable Housing | Gov. Brown's Transparency

OPB | June 21, 2016

We learn more about the affordable housing tax measure Vancouver residents will vote on in the fall. And we discuss the state of Oregon's public records laws. We also learn about why the Deschutes County district attorney is re-examining over a thousand cases.

Madras High School Teaches Native Languages

OPB | June 14, 2016

Arleta Rhoan teaches her native Ichishkiin language to Madras High School students.

An Affordable Electric Car | More Gun Control In Oregon? | Darcelle XV

OPB | June 20, 2016

We'll talk to the man who wants to bring a new, cheaper electric vehicle. Two Oregon lawmakers join us to discuss possible legislative action in response to the massacre in Orlando and other mass shootings. And we end the hour with a conversation with the oldest living performing drag queen in the country. 

Oregon's Soviet Diaspora: 25 Years Later, The Refugee Community Wants To Be Known

OPB | June 06, 2016

It's been almost 25 years since the Soviet Union dissolved, so Think Out Loud asked the immigrant community in the Portland area about their lives in America.

Homeless Campus | News Roundtable | Native Fashion Now

OPB | June 17, 2016

Developer Homer Williams joins us to talk about a new way to address wide-spread homelessness. We discuss some of the biggest stories of week with our panel of news watchers. And we wrap up the hour with a look at the Portland Art Museum's exhibit of Native American designers.

Zombie Homes Update | Pendleton May Lose Airport | Mary Roach On Her Book 'Grunt'

OPB | June 16, 2016

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales discusses the city’s new approach to foreclosures on abandoned properties. And best-selling author Mary Roach joins us to talk about her latest book, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War.”    

After Orlando Shooting, Christian Activist Urges Religious Compassion

OPB | June 14, 2016

The activist and author of "God and the Gay Christian" spoke to Think Out Loud host Dave Miller ahead of his Portland event promoting an inclusive Christian view of sexual minorities.

Willamette River Cleanup Plan | On The Road: US Route 395

OPB | June 15, 2016

We learn about the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft clean-up plan for the Willamette River Superfund site. And we take you on a radio road trip down route 395 from Pendleton to John Day.

Denser Portland? | Gay Christians | Native Language Teacher

OPB | June 14, 2016

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, we talk to a gay Christian reform activist about religion and sexuality. We also learn about new plans that might allow for denser residential development in close-in Portland. And we hear from one of the last speakers of the native language Ichishkiin.

PPS Superintendent Didn't Ask For Results Of Lead Tests

OPB | June 10, 2016

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith says even though she knew lead testing was taking place at a Portland school, she never asked to see the results of those tests.  

The Invisible World Of Imaginary Friends

OPB | June 09, 2016

At least 65% of children have imaginary friends. And that's a good thing, says a University of Oregon professor who runs the Imagination Research Lab.

Reacting To Orlando Shooting | Healthy Cops | Soviet Diaspora: Mail-Order Bride

OPB | June 13, 2016

Portlanders discuss their reaction to the tragic shooting in Orlando over the weekend. We talk to a Russian woman who was a mail-order bride and to a researcher whose study found ways police could improve their health.

PPS Superintendent Carole Smith | News Roundtable: June 10 | Aquatic Squatters Update | Mailbag

OPB | June 10, 2016

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith tells us what she’s doing in the wake of lead being found in multiple Portland schools. We dig into some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. And we get an update on people living in boats on the Willamette River without permits.

Oil Trains In Washington | Earthquakes In Indian Country | Imaginary Friends | Soviet Diaspora: Family

OPB | June 09, 2016

We explore oil train traffic on the Washington side of the gorge, how Native American tribes are preparing for a Cascadia earthquake, the psychology of imaginary friends, and how post-Soviet immigrant families navigate generational and cultural divides.

Bringing Refugees To Oregon | Soviet Diaspora: Education | Talking Business

OPB | June 08, 2016

We'll talk to two faith leaders from Eugene who are working to bring refugees to Oregon. We'll continue our series on this state's Soviet diaspora with a conversation about education. And we'll catch up on the latest regional business news.

Lindy West On Being An Outspoken, Fat Feminist

OPB | June 07, 2016

Lindy West doesn’t like euphemisms. Call her fat. Call her a feminist. Call her outspoken. Call her “Shrill,” the title of her new book. We talk to her about it.

'Shrill' Author Lindy West | UO President Michael Schill

OPB | June 07, 2016

We talk to writer Lindy West about her new memoir called "Shrill," and University of Oregon president Michael Schill fills us in on his first year on the job.

Mosier Oil Derailment Update | Oregon's Soviet Diaspora

OPB | June 06, 2016

The mayor of Mosier fills us in on recovery efforts there, and we learn more about oil train safety issues. Also, we launch a new series of interviews about Oregon's Soviet diaspora.

News Roundtable | Lead Paint At Portland School | 'The Jungle'

OPB | June 03, 2016

Our news roundtable kicks around some of the big stories of the week. A former Alameda parent says Portland Public Schools was slow to respond to lead paint contamination at her son's school. We talk to a Seattle reporter about an enormous homeless camp there.

Lead In Schools | The Disappearing West | Marijuana Ice Cream | Comic Amy Miller

OPB | June 02, 2016

We talk with a Portland Public Schools board member about lead and radon and get insights on disappearing land in the American west. We'll also hear about marijuana-infused ice cream and talk to Amy Miller, named Portland's funniest person in 2015.

PPS Update | Oregon Air Quality | Portland State University Overview | Taxes

OPB | June 01, 2016

We get an update on the controversy over lead in the water at Portland Public Schools. The Department of Environmental Quality joins us to discuss air quality monitoring. We also check in with the President of Portland State University, and learn about what could be the most contentious issue on Oregon's November ballot.


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