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Episodes: April, 2011

April 29, 2011

Northwest Passages: Susan Mach

Playwright Susan Mach won an Oregon Book Award this week for her story about an 1874 kidnapping, The Lost Boy.

Northwest Passages: Graham Salisbury

In this next installment of Northwest Passages we'll speak with Graham Salisbury, a five time winner of an Oregon Book Award.

Rejoining the JTTF

Portland City Council voted on Thursday to rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force. We'll find out why.

April 28, 2011

Live from Salem

We'll broadcast live from the Capitol to catch up on some of the bills we've been following throughout the 2011 legislative session and discuss some new legislation that came to floor this week.

April 27, 2011

Kids in Crisis

The recent disappearance of one Portland teen and the shooting death of another have shaken some of the city's youth. What's the best way to help kids deal with trauma such as the death of a peer?

Own or Rent?

We'll check in with an Oregon real estate expert about how the market looks — for buying, selling and renting.

April 26, 2011

Oregon Graduation Rates

At 9 a.m. today the Oregon Department of Education released statistics on the number of students in Oregon who graduate in four years with high school diplomas. We'll discuss the news.

What's in Our Cows?

The USDA tested cows around the country last year and found illegally high levels of antibiotics and other drugs. What questions does this raise for you?

Governors Release CRC Plan

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire now have a design for the Columbia River Crossing. What do you think of it?

April 25, 2011

Hermiston Tops Pendleton

Hermiston has earned the distinction of Eastern Oregon's largest city, according to 2010 Census reports. The city beat out Pendleton by 133 people, posing the question, does size matter?

Opting Out

In the emerging online market for your personal information are we forced to participate or can we opt-out?

Money (or Not) for Schools

How will districts around the state fare under the K-12 state budget Governor Kitzhaber just signed?

April 22, 2011

Avel Gordly

Avel Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate, joins us to talk about her new book Remembering the Power of Words.

State Bank

Would a state-owned bank bolster the growth of farmers and small business owners?

April 21, 2011

Revisiting the Rajneeshees

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Rajneesh commune in Eastern Oregon, we'll talk to the Oregonian reporter who followed the story then and now.

Searching for a New Chief

What are members of the Wasco Tribe considering as they choose a new chief?

April 20, 2011

Staying in the System

Why do generations of the same family show up repeatedly in the family court system?

April 19, 2011

Volunteer Boards

The governor makes appointments to more than 200 voluntary boards. How much power and influence do they hold and why do they do it?

Washing Out Wind?

The Bonneville Power Administration may ask wind companies to cut back on energy generation to allow the grid to absorb an excess of hydro power.

April 18, 2011

Taxes Tidbits

How do tax credits change how Oregonians spend their money?

Captured by the Taliban

Journalist, author, and University of Oregon graduate, Jere Van Dyk, shares his stories of being captured by the Taliban.

April 15, 2011

Todd Haynes

The Portland-based filmmaker Todd Haynes on film, television, and directing women.


We'll talk with the mother of missing 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn, and check in with the police about the status of the investigation.

April 14, 2011

Live from Salem

We'll be broadcasting again from the Capitol, talking about freedom of expression, ethical issues in the Treasury and meeting a new Capital Person.

April 13, 2011

Sexual Assault at College

How should colleges deal with complaints of sexual assault?

Car Sharing

How easy should it be to rent or loan your car to someone for a fee?

April 12, 2011

Confronting Northwest Gangs

What's being done to combat gang activity in Northwest communities?

April 11, 2011

Shooting in Waldport Revisited

As Lincoln City police officer Steven Dodds returns home, the prime suspect in his shooting, David Duhram, is still at large.

Zoning Out Drugs

Portland Mayor Sam Adams is pushing for revised drug free zones to combat crime. Will they work? Are they constitutional?

April 8, 2011

Start Seeing Robots

Meet two members of Team Mean Machine from Camas High School. They are headed to the World Robot Competition in St. Louis this month to see if their robots, Wallace and Gromit, can play nice with other robots.

Devin Phillips

Jazz saxophonist brings creative and classic sounds to Portland's Soul'd Out Music Festival on April 11 and April 16.

Government Shutdown

We discuss the politics behind the possible federal government shutdown and the potential effects on Oregon.

April 7, 2011


How have you grown, or changed, from failure?

April 6, 2011

County Health Rankings

Where are the healthiest counties in Oregon?

Rural Emergency

How do ambulance companies operate sustainable businesses in rural areas of the state?

April 5, 2011

Got Radioactive Milk?

Radiation leaks from a nuclear power station in Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami have left many questions and concerns here in the Northwest.

Legislating Wolves

Oregon ranchers want to see changes to state laws that protect wolves.

April 4, 2011

An NCAA Marvel

A high school librarian beat 3 million people in her NCAA Tournament Bracket by focusing on the fundamentals: mascots and numerology.

Standoff in Stanfield

The Pilot Travel Center in Stanfield is threatening to close if the Eastern Oregon city doesn't repeal its gas tax.

Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau has proposed a rate hike of 85 percent in the next five years. Is it avoidable?

April 1, 2011

The Oregon State Hospital Today

We'll speak to the new Superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital about the state of the State Hospital.

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