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New Play Looks Back On Portland's Past

OPB | July 31, 2015

A new play from Hand2Mouth Theatre imagines what the characters in the film, My Own Private Idaho, would be doing 25 years later.

News Roundtable: July 31, 2015

OPB | July 31, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

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Shell Icebreaker Remains In Portland

OPB | July 30, 2015

Shell's Fennica icebreaker ship has still not been able to depart to the Arctic for oil drilling, after local climate change activists and Greenpeace activists blocked passage at the St. John's bridge.

Oregon's High Hepatitis C Infection Rate And Why It Matters

OPB | July 31, 2015

A recent report by the state's health agency shows that Oregon's rate of hepatitis C is 50 percent higher than the national average. We talk to a public health worker about why it matters and what can be done about it.

Marijuana Remains Illegal On Grand Ronde Reservation

OPB | July 30, 2015

The Grand Ronde Tribal Council has determined that the cultivation and use of marijuana will remain illegal on the reservation.

Recruiting Workers For The Marijuana Industry

OPB | July 30, 2015

A Northwest company specializes in recruiting qualified people for all kinds of positions in the emerging marijuana industry — from bookkeepers to flavor scientists.

Portland Protesters Block Shell Icebreaker At St. John's Bridge

OPB | July 29, 2015

A coalition of climate change activists and Greenpeace are keeping Shell's Icebreaker ship from proceeding to the Arctic.

Should Doctors Be Using Their Smartphones In The Operating Room?

OPB | July 30, 2015

Do smartphones help or hinder healthcare professionals?

Metro Holds Trash Talks

OPB | July 29, 2015

This week and last, the Metro Council met to discuss the future of Portland's food waste.

Seattle's Inaugural Art Fair Raises Hopes and Questions

OPB | July 28, 2015

This weekend, the crème de la crème of the international art scene flock to Seattle to celebrate the inaugural Seattle Art Fair.

Mayor Charlie Hales Goes To The Vatican

OPB | July 28, 2015

We talk with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who just returned a summit with 60 mayors from around the world called by Pope Francis.

Talking Business

OPB | July 28, 2015

Scott Nelson, business editor at The Oregonian, stops in for our regular business news update.

Across The Country In A Covered Wagon

OPB | July 29, 2015

Several years ago, author Rinker Buck left his job, bought a covered wagon and some mules, and rode the length of the Oregon Trail with his brother.

Portland's For-Hire Transportation Experiment To Wrap Up Next Month

OPB | July 27, 2015

In April, Portland started a four-month pilot program deregulating the taxi industry and allowing ride services Uber and Lyft to operate legally for the first time.

Looking Ahead To Possible SCOTUS Nominees

OPB | July 27, 2015

We take a look at the short lists of possible Supreme Court nominees on both sides of the aisle.

The Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 25

OPB | July 27, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. We look back on what effect it has had.

Stacey Addison: To East Timor And Back

OPB | July 23, 2015

Stacey Addison recounts her experience detained in the country of East Timor for six months.

Rebroadcast: Nikki Giovanni

OPB | July 23, 2015

We listen back to our conversation with author Nikki Giovanni about her most recent collection of poems, essays, and stories, Chasing Utopia.

A New Oil Terminal In Vancouver?

OPB | July 24, 2015

We're in Vancouver to explore the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal and the impact of oil trains.

Rebroadcast: A Conversation With Author Katherine Boo

OPB | July 22, 2015

We revisit our conversation with Katherine Boo, author of "Behind the Beautiful Forevers."

What World War III Might Look Like

OPB | July 21, 2015

Defense expert Peter W. Singer imagines what World War III might look like in the new novel Ghost Fleet.

New Bills Reform Marijuana Sentencing

OPB | July 21, 2015

Oregon Senate Bills 3400 and 844 provide individuals with the opportunity to get certain marijuana related crimes expunged from their record.

Few Graywater Permits Issued Despite Drought

OPB | July 21, 2015

Oregon is one of a few states that allows residential drain water to be re-used for other purposes, but very few permits have been issued.

Rural Lawmakers Reflect On Legislative Session

OPB | July 20, 2015

Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, talk about the wins and losses for rural Oregonians this legislative session.

News Roundtable: July 17, 2015

OPB | July 17, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

Summer Fruit Ripens Weeks Ahead Of Schedule

OPB | July 17, 2015

After a warm spring and a scorching summer heatwave, crops across the valley are coming to fruition earlier than expected.

Oregon Moves Forward With Toxics Bill Based On Washington's Law

OPB | July 20, 2015

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill regulating a number of toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of children's products.

Chronic Pain Patients Try Alternatives But Keep Mum

OPB | July 20, 2015

A new study out published in a national health care journal indicates that a large number of patients suffering from chronic pain try alternative care but don't talk to their doctors about it. 

How Does Tuition-Free Community College Work?

OPB | July 16, 2015

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill offering nearly free community college to certain high school graduates. We'll hear how a similar program is working in Tennessee.

Report Shows Some Tobacco Retailers Are Not Following The Law

OPB | July 17, 2015

Multnomah County's report shows tobacco products are easily accessible to youth and more prevalent in neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color.

Gangs And Social Media

OPB | July 16, 2015

Prosecutors and police worry that social media use may actually be accentuating gang related violence in Portland.

Rebroadcast: How People Face The Challenges Of Caregiving

OPB | July 14, 2015

We talk with an audience about what it's like to to take care of a parent, a child, or a spouse.

Grants Pass To Open Sobering Center

OPB | July 14, 2015

The city of Grants Pass was awarded a grant by the Legislature to set up a sobering center.

Central Oregonians Debate OSU-Cascades Campus

OPB | July 15, 2015

Supporters and opponents of Oregon State University's campus in Bend, OSU-Cascades, discussed the incoming branch Tuesday night.

Working to Overhaul 'No Child Left Behind'

OPB | July 14, 2015

We check in with Education Week reporter Lauren Camera on Congress' current efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Environmental Update: Forest Legislation, Forest Fires

OPB | July 13, 2015

Our regular check in with OPB's environmental reporters about a few stories they’ve been following.

A Vision For Portland's Jade District

OPB | July 13, 2015

Community members are finding creative ways to reimagine a multicultural neighborhood centered around SE 82nd and Division as Portland's "Jade District."

How Portland's New Comprehensive Plan Affects You

OPB | July 13, 2015

Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan — the multifaceted documents will guide the way the city develops for the next two decades.

Portland Couple Takes 'Dangerous Dogs' Cases To Court

OPB | July 10, 2015

Some dogs are deemed so dangerous that they are ordered by the courts to be euthanized. One Portland couple thinks that's wrong, and they're taking the dogs' cases to court.

News Roundtable: July 10, 2015

OPB | July 10, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

Restaurateur Chooses To Raise Minimum Wage For Employees

OPB | July 16, 2015

Kurt Huffman is paying his The Loyal Legion employees starting wages between $15-18 to assure them a livable income.

Hot Weather Stresses Oregon Farmers

OPB | July 09, 2015

Temperatures in Eastern Oregon have been over 100 degrees for the last week, and that can make life difficult for farmers.

Hemp Farmer Celebrates Bill's Defeat

OPB | July 09, 2015

A bill that would have put a temporary halt to industrial hemp production in Oregon failed in the final days of the legislature.

6 Conversation Starters For This Weekend

OPB | July 10, 2015

Whether you're going on a date or headed to the beach with your family, Think Out Loud brings you six conversation starters for this weekend.

Looking Back On 40 Years Of Midwifery

OPB | July 10, 2015

Dr. Carol Howe just retired from her career as both a practicing midwife and a pioneer in the field of nurse midwifery education.

Writer Explores History Of Oregon's French, Native American Families

OPB | July 08, 2015

Native Oregonian Melinda Jette traces her family roots back to early French Canadian trappers who settled down in the French Prairie in Oregon Country with Native American women.

Oregon Schools Chief Salam Noor Moves Into Position

OPB | July 08, 2015

Salam Noor brings varied experience in the education field to this new job as deputy superintendent of Public Instruction.

Teen Becomes National Guard's 1st Female Combat Engineer

OPB | July 08, 2015

Damascus resident Mackenzie Clarke has enlisted to become the Army National Guard's first female combat engineer.

Fighting Fires During A Heat Wave

OPB | July 07, 2015

How have the record temperatures in the Northwest affected the spread of fires and the people fighting them?

What Passed And Didn't Pass In Oregon's 2015 Session

OPB | July 07, 2015

We talk to two capitol reporters about the highlights and lowlights of the 2015 legislative session, which ended at 6:04 p.m. Monday.

LaMarcus Aldridge Exits The Blazers

OPB | July 06, 2015

After LaMarcus Aldridge announced this weekend that he will be signing with the Spurs, where are the Blazers headed?

Beaverton Family Farm Celebrates 150 Years

OPB | July 07, 2015

Mid Valley Farm is celebrating its 150-year anniversary of being a family-owned operation.

Talking Business

OPB | July 09, 2015

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

National Weather Service Says To Expect More Heat

OPB | July 06, 2015

Forecasters say to expect 90+ degree weather at least until Friday.

Report Highlights Economic Benefits Of Deeper Columbia

OPB | July 06, 2015

A new report into the economic consequences of deepening the Columbia River to from 40 to 43 feet indicates a strong return on investment.

Neighborhood Coalition Plans To Redevelop Former Strip Club

OPB | July 06, 2015

A coalition of neighbors and community groups recently purchased the former Sugar Shack strip club as part of an effort to revitalize Portland's Cully neighborhood. 

Pasco Police Shooting, 5 Months Later

OPB | July 07, 2015

In February, police shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, sparking an investigation into the officers' conduct. Today, we check in with local reporter Anna King about the state of the case.

Supreme Court Mercury Ruling May Impact Climate Change Regs

OPB | July 02, 2015

This week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the EPA's regulation of mercury may have lasting impact climate change policy.

At Home With A Language's Last Native Speaker

OPB | July 02, 2015

Verdena Parker lives in Winston, OR, and is the last living native speaker of the Hupa language.

'Essentially Ellington' Winners: Live Performance And Interview

OPB | July 03, 2015

American Music Program's national award-winning Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra comes to the OPB studios.

How Can Portland Become More Bike-Friendly?

OPB | July 01, 2015

Activists and city leaders are debating the future of Portland's bike infrastructure.

Happy Valley Creates Amnesty Program to Collect Illegal Fireworks

OPB | July 01, 2015

Happy Valley has a zero-tolerance policy on use and possession of fireworks within city limits, and has created a "no-questions-asked" firework collection program.

Legal Marijuana In Oregon

OPB | July 01, 2015

Recreational marijuana is officially legal in Oregon as of July 1. We talk to people around the state about how things will change.


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