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Episodes: November, 2014

November 28, 2014

Interview And In-Studio Performance From Kishi Bashi

FRIDAY: Kishi Bashi brought his solo act to OPB to perform songs from his recent album Lighght.

Teacher And Writer Asks: Why Aren't There More Black People In Oregon?

FRIDAY: Walidah Imarisha has been sparking conversations with that question in a presentation she's been making all around Oregon.

November 27, 2014

Joshua Wolf Shenk On Creative Collaboration

THURSDAY: Shenk's new book "Powers of Two" analyzes how creativity and innovation work in partnership. 

November 26, 2014

Harvard Business School Finds Career Outcomes Split Between Male And Female Grads

WEDNESDAY: A new survey of 25 thousand Harvard Business School graduates, reveals gaping disparities between men and women's career expectations and outcomes.

Exploring The Urban-Rural Divide Of Childhood Hunger In Oregon

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear about how childhood hunger plays out in rural versus urban parts of Oregon.

News Roundtable: November 26, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

November 25, 2014

Portlanders Protest Peacefully Before Splinter Group Turns Violent

TUESDAY EVENING: In this special live 8 PM broadcast, we checked in on the Portland protest after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Gary Ferguson Talks About "The Carry Home"

TUESDAY: After his wife died in a canoeing accident, Gary Ferguson found solace and healing in the wilderness.

Big Changes Coming For Disability Services In Oregon

TUESDAY: We'll look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing services for seniors and people with disabilities in Oregon.

Portlanders React To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

TUESDAY: A small group of protesters gathered Monday night in Portland after learning a grand jury did not indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

November 24, 2014

Exploring Personal Perspectives On Faith

MONDAY: As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we're bringing together leaders from different religious traditions to ask how they define faith and how they assess its impact in their lives.

November 21, 2014

Researchers Discover Likely Culprit Behind Sea Star Die Off

FRIDAY: Since the summer of 2013, sea stars along the pacific coast have been wasting away by the millions. Now scientists at Cornell University think they know why.

President Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration Reform

FRIDAY: We get reaction to President Obama's speech, which outlined executive action to provide temporary relief for nearly five million immigrants who are in the country illegally.

News Roundtable: November 21, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

November 20, 2014

Ursula K. Le Guin Draws Spotlight At National Book Awards

THURSDAY: The legendary Northwest author delivered an impassioned speech last night at the National Book Awards, where she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Anti-Viral Drug Out Of Oregon Could Be Used To Treat Ebola

THURSDAY: Oregon State University professor Patrick Iversen helped develop a new anti-viral drug that could be used to treat Ebola.

Seattle Zoo Will Phase Out Elephant Program

THURSDAY: Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo announced Wednesday that it will find new homes for its two aging elephants and will not replenish their exhibit with new pachyderms. 

Is Your Credit Card Information Safe With The City Of Portland?

THURSDAY: A new audit shows that Portland is not doing all it can to keep the credit card information of its residents secure.

November 19, 2014

Could The Midterms Shakeup U.S. Foreign Policy?

WEDNESDAY: In the wake of a sweeping Republican victory on election night, we'll examine the implications for President Obama's foreign policy agenda.

City Rolls Out The Latest Portland Street Fee Plan

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, and critics of the latest version of the plan to pay for repairs and maintenance of city roads.

November 18, 2014

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Scott Nelson, business editor for The Oregonian, joins us for our regular business news update.

Portland's Professional Cuddler Opens A Storefront

TUESDAY: Samantha Hess has built a business that she says caters to people who need more cuddling in their lives.

Discussing Proposed Changes to PPS Transfer Policy

TUESDAY: We'll hear more about recommended changes to the transfer policy at Portland Public Schools from the district, parents, and the committee that made the recommendations.

November 17, 2014

Low Vacancy Rate In Bend Makes Finding Housing Difficult

MONDAY: The vacancy rate in Bend is about a half a percent, which means it is nearly impossible for many people there to find a place to live.

The Cost Of Food Waste

MONDAY: A new EarthFix series focuses on the high price of food waste, and looks into curbside composting programs in the Northwest.

Thirteen Thousand Oregonian Votes That May Not Count

MONDAY: We'll get an update about the the 13 thousand Oregon ballots that were contested because of signature problems, and whether those ballots could impact the outcome of Measure 92.

November 14, 2014

Winter Vinecki's Run Into The Record Books

FRIDAY: Last year, 14-year-old Winter Vinecki became the youngest person ever to run a marathon on every continent.

News Roundtable: November 14, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Sen. Wyden Pushes Two Key Bills Through Committee

FRIDAY: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is hoping to pass legislation to increase logging in public forests and manage water in the Klamath Basin before the end of the year.

November 13, 2014

Can Oregon Make It To the First-Ever College Football Playoffs?

THURSDAY: The Ducks are currently ranked #2 in the country, and are poised to make the brand new four-team BCS playoff.

Uber Launches In Portland Suburbs

THURSDAY: Ride-sharing is coming to four cities in the Portland metro area, even though it's still prohibited within the city of Portland.

What's Happening With Development In The Lents Neighborhood?

THURSDAY: The Lents Neighborhood in Southeast Portland has struggled to become economically viable, despite an influx of money intended to revitalize it.

November 12, 2014

Searching For The Sound Of Celilo Falls

WEDNESDAY: A new project tries to capture the sound of the iconic Celilo Falls.

Parents Object To New PPS Transfer Policy Proposal

WEDNESDAY: Concerned parents attended a school board meeting on Monday night to comment on proposed changes to the transfer policy at Portland Public Schools.

Portland Airbnb Hosts Are Slow To Comply With Regulations

WEDNESDAY: The city of Portland passed new rules regulating short-term rentals in August, but few people have applied for the necessary permits to make their rentals legal. 

US and China Pledge New Goals On Climate Change

WEDNESDAY: The U.S. and China announced an ambitious new commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the effort to curb climate change.

November 11, 2014

High School Filmmaker Wins National Award

TUESDAY: A Clackamas High School student took home the award for best music video at the 2014 All American High School Film Festival.

New Report Says The U.S. Lagging Behind In Internet Speed And Cost

THURSDAY: A new policy paper from the Open Technology Institute says internet access in many U.S. cities is both costly and slow.

The 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry Regiment Turns 150

TUESDAY: We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the 1st Volunteer Oregon Infantry Regiment, which patrolled the Oregon Trail during the Civil War.

November 10, 2014

Hales And Novick Reveal Street Fee Update

MONDAY: We'll talk with Portland transportation commissioner Steve Novick about the latest proposal to fund maintenance and repairs to the city's streets.

Pot Attitudes Unlikely To Affect Workplace Anytime Soon

MONDAY: We'll talk to an employment attorney about what is likely to change — and not change — after the passage of recreational marijuana in Oregon.

Oregon Braces For Open Enrollment With Federal Website

MONDAY: Open enrollment begins November 15. That's when Oregonians who previously enrolled in a private plan using Cover Oregon must re-enroll via

November 7, 2014

Federal Judge Says Secular Humanism Is A Religion

FRIDAY: A federal judge ruled that a case brought by a prison inmate who identifies as a secular humanist can go forward.

10 Barrel Brewing Sold To Anheuser-Busch

FRIDAY: What happens when a beer giant buys an Oregon craft brewery?

News Roundtable: November 7, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

November 6, 2014

New Study Testing Brain Injury Drug Casts A Wide Net

WEDNESDAY: Oregon Health & Science University will lead a new study aiming to improve outcomes for victims of traumatic brain injury. Anybody is a potential subject, unless they opt out.

U of O Debating How To Reduce Sexual Assault On Campus

THURSDAY: We'll talk with members of the University of Oregon Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Assault and Survivor Support about how the university is moving forward.

November 5, 2014

Analyzing Northwest Election Results

WEDNESDAY: We'll sort through election results and look ahead to the political future. 

November 4, 2014

OPB Election Coverage

TUESDAY: Tune in to OPB for live updates and analysis on election night.

"Lowriders In Space" Is A Unique Graphic Novel For Kids

TUESDAY: "Lowriders In Space" follows the interstellar adventures of mechanic Lupe Impala and her sidekicks El Chavo Flapjack Octopus and Elirio Malaria.

Educating Landlords On A New Fair Housing Law

TUESDAY: Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries is conducting statewide trainings to get landlords up to speed on a new fair housing law.

Talking With Oregon's 2015 Teacher Of The Year

TUESDAY: Michael Lindblad, from the Gresham-Barlow School District, was named Oregon's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

November 3, 2014

Charles D'Ambrosio Talks About Writing, Family, And Faith

MONDAY: Charles D'Ambrosio's new collection of essays is called Loitering.

New Report Measures "Sheltered" And "Unsheltered" Oregonians

MONDAY: The latest national federal report on homelessness suggests Oregon's attempts to reduce homelessness have had mixed results.

Young Woman's Choice Prompts Coversations About Death With Dignity Law

MONDAY: Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life Saturday. She was terminally ill and moved to Oregon to use the state's Death with Dignity Law.

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