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Episodes: August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Community Service at UP

The University of Portland was ranked one of the best colleges in the country for community service. We'll talk to a student who taught business classes in Kakamega, Kenya. 

Nursing Instructor Shortage

Oregon is in line with the national trend threatening the nursing profession — a lack of instructors qualified to train new nurses. Will it affect patients?

College Football

Can the University of Oregon Ducks maintain its football prowess amid legal and ethical issues? 

August 30, 2011

Driving through Walgreens?

Walgreens wants to build a drive-thru at one of its Southeast Portland locations, but some neighbors say the project will bring pollution, noise, and traffic. Should Walgreens change its plans?

Bill Nye the Science Guy

What inspires kids to study science?

August 29, 2011

Environmental Update

We'll get an environmental update from Earthfix reporter Amelia Templeton about what Crater Lake is doing to preserve one of its resources: the sounds of nature.

History of Your Home

Have you ever wondered about the people who lived in your house before you?

Summer Recess: Jaime Herrera Beutler

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joins us to share her experiences from the year so far and to answer your questions. What would you like to ask her?

August 26, 2011

Oregon's Cash Crab Crop

Oregon's biggest seafood cash crop brought in $49 million for crabbers, making this season the second most profitable Dungeness crab haul in industry history.

Newspaper Bankruptcy

The publisher of The Bend Bulletin and other area newspapers filed for bankruptcy this week.

Summer Recess: Jeff Merkley

Senator Jeff Merkley visits Think Out Loud to share his experiences from the year so far and to answer your questions. What would you like to ask him?

August 25, 2011

Matt Love's Yaquina Bay Bridge

Newport author Matt Love joins us to talk about his love for what he calls "The Green Lady," the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport.

Reservoir Debate Rolls On

Will a review by the Environmental Protection Agency in New York delay Portland's mandate to cover its reservoir?

August 24, 2011

Talking Business

We begin a new regular segment where we check in on the local business buzz.

Revisiting the Rural Doctor Shortage

The rural doctor shortage continues throughout Oregon. How are you affected?

Libyan Rebels Invade Tripoli

Rebels in Libya moved into Tripoli on Sunday in what appeared to be the final days of the Qaddafi regime. But as of Tuesday morning, no clear victor had emerged. How are Libyans here reacting?

August 23, 2011

Rebroadcast: Alzheimer's Disease Coverage

We listen back to our series on Alzheimer's Disease, which explored new research into the disease and its effects on patients and families.

August 22, 2011

Rebroadcast: Josh Ritter

We revisit our conversation with singer/songwriter turned novelist Josh Ritter.

August 19, 2011

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

Forty years ago, a man jumped out of a plane in Oregon or Washington with $200,000. Who was D.B. Cooper, and what happened to him?

Summer Recess: Kurt Schrader

Representative Kurt Schrader visits Think Out Loud to share his experiences from the year so far and to answer your questions. What would you like to ask him?

August 18, 2011

Competitive Gospel

University of Oregon's Gospel Choir, directed by Andiel Brown, is gearing up to defend its national championship title next month.

Eruption Predicted!

A geologist at Oregon State University said the Axial Seamount underwater volcano would erupt before 2014. And it totally did!

Summer Recess: Peter DeFazio

Congressman Peter DeFazio joins us next in our series of summer recess conversations. What would you like to ask him?

August 17, 2011

Methadone Realities

Most people know of methadone as a treatment for heroin addiction. Its uses have broadened and a black market has followed. Last year in Oregon, it claimed more lives than heroin.

Police in Elgin

Earlier this month a man was fatally shot by a police officer in Elgin. Now some members of the community want to know: do they really need a police department?

August 16, 2011

The Helmet Debate

Some public health advocates consider wearing a bicycle helmet a no-brainer but not everyone is on board. When you cycle, do you always wear a helmet?


Some people who lost their jobs in the recession decided to start working for themselves. How are they doing?

August 15, 2011

Environmental Update

We continue our regular series of conversations checking in on OPB's environmental coverage. Today, we talk about the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history with EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Kip Kinkel

In 1999 Kip Kinkel was sentenced to 111 years in prison. Now his attorney is fighting for a transfer from the state prison to the state hospital. Should his case be heard?

Oregon's Nanotechnology

Portland is hosting the Nano 2011 confrence. What does nanotechnology mean for Oregon?

August 12, 2011

Forty Years in an Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest, a theme park south of Salem, celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. How did it become an Oregon landmark?

Talking Trash

Composting is gaining traction at Portland City Hall. What will this mean for you?

Furthering Fair Housing

What are Washington County and the City of Portland doing to meet their federal mandate of "affirmatively furthering fair housing"?

August 11, 2011

Summer Recess: Ron Wyden

Senator Ron Wyden visits Think Out Loud to share his experiences from the year so far and to answer your questions. What would you like to ask him?

Back to Life

Photographer Damian Mulnix shares his experience capturing the rescue of a 12-year-old boy from the Pacific Ocean.

Pendleton High Fashion

An historic Oregon brand is headed to the runways.

August 10, 2011

Summer Recess: Earl Blumenauer

Representative Earl Blumenauer visits Think Out Loud to share his experiences from the year so far and to answer your questions. What would you like to ask him?

Sidestepping DOMA?

Will a recent federal court ruling granting health benefits to a same-sex couple affect efforts to get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act?

August 9, 2011

Crisis in Somalia

People are dying in Somalia in the worst drought the Horn of Africa has seen in 60 years. How are Somalis who live in Oregon — and other Oregonians — reacting?

Economic Check-In

Stocks are plummeting in reaction to the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating. What does all of this mean for Oregon's economy? What's your current economic indicator?


How will the U.S. Postal Service's $8 billion dollar deficit affect a rural Oregon community?

August 8, 2011

Teenage Tobacco Use

It's getting harder for young people to light up in Oregon but there's a piece missing in the smoking cessation puzzle: enforcement.

Memories of Mark Hatfield

Political icon Mark Hatfield died on Sunday night at age 89. What are your memories of him?

August 5, 2011

SEIU Contract

The state's largest public employee union will vote later this month on a contract no one seems to like.

Where are We Failing our Kids?

Deborah Meier has spent nearly five decades as an educator — from preschool to college. We'll get her take on what she thinks is missing in this country's education system.

1st District Special Election Set

David Wu has officially resigned as Congressman representing Oregon's 1st District and a Special Election has been set. Where does this leave his constituents?

August 4, 2011

Ken Burns on Prohibition

Master documentarian Ken Burns talks about his new film Prohibition in front of a live audience at OPB. What would you like to ask him?

August 3, 2011

Military Families

How are military families handling multiple deployments of their loved ones? What do they need?

Changing Standards for Schools

Nearly half of Oregon schools failed to meet federal benchmarks this year. What's the alternative?

August 2, 2011

One Cake

How did one Vancouver mom's quest to find a cake end up changing the cottage food law for the state?

Where Credit's Due

What's your reaction to the latest debt ceiling news?

August 1, 2011

Environmental Update

We begin a regular series of conversations checking in on OPB's environmental coverage. Today, we get the lowdown from EarthFix investigative reporter Bonnie Stewart.


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