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Episodes: October, 2014

October 30, 2014

David Wolman On "Epic" Story Of Pipino, Gentleman Thief

THURSDAY: Portland writer David Woman tells us about a new magazine focused on long-form, true stories, and about the piece he co-authored for it — about a successful Italian thief.

New Report Shows Adult Abuse On The Rise In Oregon

THURSDAY: WA newly released report from Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention & Investigation documents various forms of adult abuse in the state.

The Most Interesting Races On Washington's Ballot

THURSDAY: OPB reporter Austin Jenkins fills us in on the ballot measures and legislative races to watch.

October 29, 2014

Previewing The Upcoming Portland Trail Blazers Season

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk about expectation for the Portland Trail Blazers coming off a playoff series win.

Why You Might Not Want To Take That Receipt

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear about a new study that shows the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) found on receipts can get into the body very quickly if touched with greasy fingers — or hands cleaned with hand sanitizer.

Editors Defend Their Election Endorsements

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with three regional newspapers about their ballot measure and candidate endorsements and the reasoning behind them.

October 28, 2014

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.

How To Get Foster Parents For Kids In The OYA

TUESDAY: The Oregon Youth Authority hopes to bring in more foster parents to care for some of the hardest kids to place — those who are in the criminal justice system already.

Oregon's Ebola Response Plan

TUESDAY: State and local health officials have laid out Oregon's plan to deal with a possible Ebola outbreak.

October 27, 2014

The Past, Present And Future Of The South Waterfront District

MONDAY: We'll discuss the rapid rise of the South Waterfront neighborhood and what the future might hold for the area.

October 24, 2014

News Roundtable: October 24, 2014

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

Leon Panetta Takes Issue With Obama In "Worthy Fights"

FRIDAY: We catch up with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to talk about some of the issues in his new memoir.

October 23, 2014

Second Chance Summit Takes Up Employing People With Criminal Backgrounds

THURSDAY: The summit — a first of its kind in Oregon — will bring together businesses, government, and non-profit stakeholders to share best employment practices inclusive of those with criminal backgrounds.

Clark County Considers A New Charter

THURSDAY: Clark County has a new charter on the ballot this November that would change how its regional government operates.

M89: The Equal Rights Amendment Measure

THURSDAY: We'll hear arguments for and against Measure 89, which would amend the Oregon Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on gender.

October 22, 2014

Milwaukie's Davis Graveyard Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear from Chris and Jeff Davis, creators of a Halloween display that covers half an acre of their front yard and attracts thousands of visitors.

Metro Measure Explained

WEDNESDAY: OPB reporter Rob Manning gives us a primer on the Metro measure on Portland-area ballots.

La Grande Courthouse Will Replace Building Used By Domestic Violence Shelter

WEDNESDAY: County plans to demolish a building used by a domestic violence shelter to make way for a new courthouse have lead to a lawsuit and community outcry.

County Commission Race In Washington Draws Big Money

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with Vancouver-based OPB reporter Conrad Wilson about an unusual influx of cash in the Clark County Commissioner race.

October 21, 2014

Atul Gawande Talks About "Being Mortal"

TUESDAY: Surgeon and author Atul Gawande joins us at OPB with an audience to talk about his new book, "Being Mortal."

October 20, 2014

Lessons For Portland From The Christchurch Earthquake

MONDAY: We'll talk to the director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management about her fact-finding mission to Christchurch to see its response to the 2011 earthquake.

Can Portland Learn From San Francisco's Affordable Housing Crisis?

MONDAY: We'll learn about the similarities and differences between affordable housing in Portland and San Fransisco from housing activist James Tracy.

Two Gun Measures On Washington's Ballot

MONDAY: Voters in Washington are being asked to weigh in on two competing ballot measures on background checks for gun sales.

October 17, 2014

Minor Party Candidates For Governor Tackle The Issues

FRIDAY: We sit down with candidates from the Pacific Green, Libertarian, Progressive, and Constitution parties.

October 16, 2014

James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird" Reimagines Abolitionist History

THURSDAY: James McBride's novel "The Good Lord Bird"  is a darkly humorous dramatization of the story of fiery abolitionist John Brown. Reserve your free tickets here.

October 15, 2014

Christopher Rauschenberg Talks The Changing Field Of Photography

WEDNESDAY:  The co-founder 0f Blue Sky, a gallery in Northwest Portland, talks about the dynamic history of photography and where the medium might be headed.

Poll Shows Marijuana And GE Food Labeling Likely To Pass

WEDNESDAY: A new poll released by OPB and Fox 12 shows Measures 91 and 92 could be likely to pass, but the driver card measure may fail by a large margin.

Gubernatorial Republican Candidate: Dennis Richardson

WEDNESDAY: Republican Dennis Richardson is challenging Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the November election.

October 14, 2014

Oregon Considers Replacing National Statues In Congress

TUESDAY: Oregon is considering replacing the statues currently at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Oregon Supreme Court Hears Arguments On PERS

TUESDAY: The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments today on new legislation aimed at cutting costs to the state's public employee retirement system (PERS).

Oregon Statehouse Races And The Balance Of Power

TUESDAY: We'll get analysis from political scientist Jim Moore about how the November legislative races are shaping up

Kitzhaber And Merkley Ahead In The Polls

TUESDAY: A new poll released by OPB and Fox 12 shows Democratic incumbents for statewide office in Oregon are in the lead.

October 13, 2014

Author David Mitchell Discusses Language, Autism, And Mortality

MONDAY: David Mitchell discusses his work, his writing influences, parenting a child who has autism, growing up with a stammer, and the spiritual themes that inform his work.

Environmental Update On Vanishing Starfish And Coal Terminals

MONDAY: We'll hear why starfish are disappearing along North America's Pacific shoreline and the future of coal terminals. 

October 10, 2014

2014 Gubernatorial Debate

FRIDAY: Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson will weigh in on issues that matter to Oregonians.

October 9, 2014

Senate Republican Challenger: Monica Wehby

THURSDAY: Republican Monica Wehby is challenging U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley in the November election.

News Roundtable: October 9, 2014

THURSDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the last week, including Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes admitting she illegally married an 18-year-old immigrant so he could stay in the U.S.

October 8, 2014

The Social Study Of Ebola Critical In Fighting Outbreak

WEDNESDAY: Medical anthropologists and married couple, Bonnie and Barry Hewlett, study the cultural and political side of ebola outbreaks.

Responses To Gang Violence: The GIFT Program

WEDNESDAY: We'll learn about an inter-agency effort to prevent gang violence in Multnomah County: the Gang Impacted Family Team (GIFT) program.

October 7, 2014

Talking Business

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

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Announces Retirement

TUESDAY: Portland Police Chief Mike Reese will retire in early 2015.

M86: The Scholarship Measure

TUESDAY: We'll hear arguments for and against Measure 86, which would allow the state to borrow money to create a scholarship fund for Oregon students pursuing college or career training.

October 6, 2014

Oregon Podcast Highlights Lesser-Known Inventors

MONDAY: Portland-based radio show and podcast Destination DIY's "Oregon Inventors" series profiles three innovators you might not have heard of.

Seismic Retrofitting For Oregon Buildings

MONDAY: We'll hear about how prepared Oregon buildings are to withstand a major earthquake, and which ones may be getting upgrades.

U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Fall Term Begins

MONDAY: We'll talk with U.S. Supreme Court watcher Lisa McElroy about the start of the new term this week.

October 3, 2014

News Roundtable: October 3, 2014

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

University Of Oregon Surveys Students On Sexual Assault Experiences

FRIDAY: The University of Oregon recently commissioned a task force to examine the issue of sexual assault on campus. We'll discuss the findings of a new survey.

October 2, 2014

M91: Marijuana Legalization In Oregon

THURSDAY: We'll hear arguments for and against Measure 91, which would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

Following The Money In Oregon Races

THURSDAY: OPB reporter Chris Lehman fills us in on the money flowing into campaigns in Oregon ahead of the November election.

October 1, 2014

The Changing Landscape of Beekeeping In Portland

WEDNESDAY: Multnomah County is reevaluating the way it enforces backyard beekeepers.

M90: Top Two Primary

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear arguments for and against creating a nonpartisan primary for all candidates. The top two would advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Sentencing For Man Who Plotted To Bomb Holiday Tree Lighting

WEDNESDAY: Mohamed Mohamud, the young Beaverton man convicted of trying to bomb Portland's annual tree lighting ceremony in 2010, could face a sentence of life in prison.

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