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Episodes: June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Spotted Owl Recovery Plan

A new Recovery Plan for the Spotted Owl is being announced today. What does it mean?

Hermiston Homeless Shelter Breaks Ground

Hermiston's first and only homeless shelter will break ground this month. What difference will it make?

The Blazers This Week

The Blazers have a lot going on this week. We'll check in with a sportswriter from The Oregonian about the draft, Greg Oden, and the possibility of a lockout.

June 29, 2011

The Nature of Intelligence

How is intelligence linked to memory?

The Meaning of Mensa

This year the American Mensa Annual Gathering is taking place in Portland. We'll explore what it means to be a part of this "forum for intellectual exchange."

Reactions to NY's Same-Sex Marriage Law

New York lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on June 24. What will it mean for Oregon?

June 28, 2011

Kayaking Waterfalls

A 19 year-old injured his back this weekend while kayaking down Bridal Veil falls. We'll talk to someone who teaches people how to run waterfalls.

Creating Jobs in Rural Oregon

What are rural communities in Oregon doing to create jobs?

Library Voices

We'll talk to Portlander Molly Raphael who's the new president of the American Library Association and Laura Moulton who lends her collection of paperbacks out to people living on the street.

June 27, 2011

Health Insurance Exchange

Now that Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to establish a Health Insurance Exchange, what happens next to make it a reality?

Living Without Health Insurance

What is it like to live without health insurance?

Remembering Betty Roberts

Betty Roberts died this weekend at age 88. We'll reflect on her life in law and politics.

June 24, 2011

Whither Women of Wal-Mart

What are the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart could not proceed?

Crooked River Roundup

The Crooked River Roundup takes place in Prineville this weekend. We'll find what effect the rodeo has on this depressed Central Oregon town.

Bill Blocks New Hookah Bars

If signed into law, a bill that just passed in the Legislature would prevent new hookah lounges from opening in the state. How would this affect you?

June 23, 2011

Vanessa Veselka's "Zazen"

Portland author Vanessa Veselka's debut novel Zazen offers a bleak but not quite hopeless look at a dystopian world eerily similar to our own.

Afghanistan Drawdown

What's your reaction to the announcement by President Obama of a troop drawdown in Afghanistan?

June 22, 2011

Shakespeare Festival Disrupted

What will a damaged theater mean for patrons of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival?

Global Grain

How is Oregon grain linked to the state's relationship with China?

Claire Bolderson

BBC Newshour host Claire Bolderson joins us to discuss her visit to Oregon.

June 21, 2011

Office of Equity

What will the City of Portland's new Office of Equity look like?

Higher Education Update

With state lawmakers expected to wrap up the legislative session early, which bills and budgets affecting higher education are still on the table?

June 20, 2011

Building Space

What happens when industrial designers, woodworkers, architects and other creative folks all go to work in the same communal space?

Elizabeth Hovde's Recovery

Oregonian columnist Elizabeth Hovde suffered a traumatic brain injury from a skiing accident in January. She's recovering now and looking at life through a different lens.

Mental Health Crisis Center Opens

What difference will Portland's new Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center make?

June 17, 2011

Rebroadcast: Food Access

A rebroadcast of our show looking at what difference access to grocery stores makes in the lives of Oregonians.

June 16, 2011

Breast Milk Banking

Experts say that breast milk is best for babies. If a mother cannot provide breast milk, are there safe and comparable options?

The Cost of Business

What are state and local governments doing to lure businesses to Oregon?

June 15, 2011

My Heart Is An Idiot

A new documentary follows Found Magazine's Davy Rothbart as he searches for love.

Dignity Village and Ending Homelessness

Where does Dignity Village fit into the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness?

June 14, 2011

Rebroadcast: Paulann Petersen

Oregon poet laureate, Paulann Petersen, calls herself an ambassador for poetry in Oregon. We explore what that means to her.

June 13, 2011

Selling Stumptown

Who is calling the shots at Stumptown Coffee Roasters?

Nicholas Kristof

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof is best known for his columns in the New York Times. He grew up in Yamhill County and joins us from there to answer your questions.

June 10, 2011

The Value of Mount Hood

We're live from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to find out what the mountain means to you.

June 9, 2011

Live from Salem

We'll broadcast live from Salem to talk about what's on legislators' minds as the 2011 session enters the home stretch and we'll meet a lobbyist who developed an app to track votes.

June 8, 2011

Rising Rivers

Unless you work on the water, it's easy to ignore gradual changes in river levels. But as several rivers in Oregon approach and exceed flood stage, some people are starting to take notice.

Gang Shootings

Since last Friday there have been four three suspected gang-related shootings in Portland. What's happening? And how are you reacting to the violence?

June 7, 2011

Background Checks

Should elected officials undergo the same scrutiny as people who serve on volunteer committees?

Employee Benefits

Mayor Sam Adams wants to expand health benefits for city employees to include sex reassignment surgery. How do employers decide what should be covered by their health plans?

June 6, 2011

Gender-Neutral Parenting

Should your child's gender influence how you raise them?

June 3, 2011

Big Fears About Microplastics

What are tiny piece of plastic in the ocean doing to the marine life... and to us?

Carcinogenic Phones?

A new report by the World Health Organization says radiation put out by cell phones may be "carcinogenic to humans."

Tuition Increases

Why are Oregon's public universities raising tuition?

June 2, 2011

Northwest Passages: Ellen Waterston

Through her life and her writing, Ellen Waterston captures change in Central Oregon.

June 1, 2011

Oregon Insurer Raising Rates

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon wants to raise their rates 22%. The public will have a chance to weigh in this week.

Women, War and PTSD

A new study finds women returning from war are more likely than their male counterparts to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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