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Episodes: July, 2011

July 29, 2011

Master Clockmaker

For the past two years, Master Clockmaker Ed Beacham has been working on his masterpiece.

Naming Names

A report went public this month that named the gang affiliations connected with suspected gang-related violence. This broke standard operating procedure. Was it helpful to the public, police and gang outreach efforts?

Last Thursday

One of the best known street fairs in Portland is also the only one of its size that operates without a permit. What's ahead for Last Thursday?

July 28, 2011

Revved up for Motorsports

Why do we love to watch big things crash into each other — and what motivates a driver to compete?

Progress on Prostitution?

Is the City of Portland making headway in its fight against prostitution?

Whistleblowing at Hanford

We'll get an update about the serious concerns that have been brought to light about the safety of the clean-up at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

July 27, 2011

Sacred Music

An Eastern Oregon University professor brought his music to the Vatican and got an audience with the pope.

Retangling the Willamette River

Some environmental advocates think we should reconnect parts of the Willamette River with its traditional floodplains. How would this change the river as we know it?

Listening for an Alzheimer's Strategy

How are the state and national strategies for dealing with Alzheimer's disease being developed?

July 26, 2011

Living with Alzheimer's Disease

What's it like to have a parent or someone you love develop Alzheimer's disease? What help is out there?

The Debt Ceiling

How will Oregonians be affected if Congress can't reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling by August 2?

July 25, 2011

The View Point Inn

The View Point Inn, a 1920s hotel that once hosted presidents, celebrities and dignitaries, now sits empty after a fire and financial crisis. What will become of this Nationally Registered historic landmark?

New Directions in Alzheimer's Research

The Alzheimer's Association International Conference just wrapped up in Paris. What stood out there — and what new directions are being explored in Alzheimer's research in general?

Northwest Congressional Seats

We'll get the latest on embattled Congressman David Wu and find out how the Northwest Congressional political races are shaping up in advance of the 2012 primary season.

July 22, 2011

Explosions and Gunfire in Norway

We speak with two Norwegians affected by the attacks in Oslo and Utoya. 

Dispensing with Dispensaries

"Pot clubs" in Oregon are closing their doors after receiving strongly worded letters from the U.S. Attorney.

Medford Mourns

The stabbing death of a mother and her four young children earlier this week has led to the biggest homicide investigation in Medford history.

July 21, 2011


Have you ever mistaken an advertisement for news?

Bike Race

A bike lane project in Portland has been put on hold to address gentrification and race issues. What are the connections between cycling and race?

July 20, 2011

Starting Up

How do new companies use public and private funds to help get their ideas off the ground?

Changing Water Use

Are increasing water rates changing the way you use tap water?

Tentative Union Deal Struck

Unionized public employees have been working without a contract for two-weeks now — we'll find out what the new tentative deal looks like.

July 19, 2011

The Cost of Recruiting

About a dozen enlistees in the Oregon National Guard claim they did not a receive the signing bonuses they were promised.

Timber Payments?

Timber payments are set to expire at the end of September — what's happening in Congress to come up with a solution?

July 18, 2011

Box Stores in the City

How do national big box stores customize themselves for urban settings?

Caylee's Law

Does Oregon need a law requiring parents to report a missing child within 24 hours?

Yashanee Vaughn

We'll bring you the latest on the case of 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn. She disappeared four months ago. The search began again on Friday in the Rocky Butte neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

July 15, 2011

JAW: A Playwrights Festival

What makes Portland's annual playwrights festival, JAW, worth experiencing?

South Sudan's Independence Day

South Sudan gained its independence on July 9. What does this mean to Oregonians with a connection to the world's newest nation?

July 14, 2011

Josh Ritter and "Bright's Passage"

Musician and writer Josh Ritter joins us to talk about his songs, his life, and his new novel.

July 13, 2011

"Voodoo Vintners"

Writer Katherine Cole takes us behind the scenes of Oregon's burgeoning biodynamic wine world.

Summer Jobs

Only one in four teenagers is expected to be employed this summer. Why are teen employment rates hitting record lows?

July 12, 2011

Helping Your Troubled Teen

If you have a severely troubled teenager, where do you turn for help? How do you know who to trust?

July 11, 2011


Oregon businesses are split on the use of an online government system to verify an employee's legal status.

Mount Bachelor Academy

Nine former students of Mount Bachelor Academy are suing the school, alleging that they suffered emotional distress, battery and negligence while there. Did you, or anyone you know, attend Mount Bachelor? What's your experience?

July 8, 2011

Waiting for Help

What happens when you call 9-11, but no officers are available to help?

Green Chemical Potential

Portland State University released a white paper on Oregon's potential to be a leader in green chemistry. What does that mean exactly?

NASA's Final Shuttle Launch

On Friday the space shuttle Atlantis blasted off for the last time, marking the end of the Space Shuttle program. Where has the space shuttle taken the human race? What will space exploration look like without it?

July 7, 2011

Managing Pain

How do you deal with chronic pain — besides prescription drugs?

Noncustodial Parenting

We're accustomed to hearing about separated parents battling over custody of their children, but some parents voluntarily give up physical or legal custody because they believe it's in the best interest of their children.

July 6, 2011

Tracking Your Prescriptions

We'll find out about Oregon's new prescription monitoring system, just getting underway. 

Jack Bogdanski

Portland blogger Jack Bogdanski writes about whatever is on his mind: city politics, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the curse of fruitful plum trees. He's in the news himself this week for a post that sparked a federal investigation.

July 5, 2011

To Pledge or Not to Pledge?

The Eugene City Council got national attention this week for a vote on whether or not to start their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance.

NOAA in Newport

As of July 1st, Newport is home to the National Oceanic and Atmoshperic Adminstration's Pacific Fleet. How is that affecting the Port? Scientists? Newport-at-large?

Legally Competent

Is condemned murderer Gary Haugen competent enough to be executed?

July 4, 2011

Keith Scribner and 'The Oregon Experiment'

Corvallis author Keith Scribner joins us to talk about his latest book The Oregon Experiment.

July 1, 2011

Idolizing Musicians

American Idol is not the only musical talent show on television, nor was it among the first. But that won't deter gobs of performers from lining up at the Rose Garden on July 2 to audition for their 15 minutes of fame.

Simon Says

Meet Michael Simon, Oregon's newest federal judge, who will be sworn in June 30. What would you like to ask him?

Sine Die

As the legislature adjourns, we look at what got accomplished and what loose ends were left hanging until 2012.

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