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Episodes: October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Paranormal Investigators

Have you ever wondered if your house or business was haunted? Who did you call?

Comparing Occupy and the Tea Party

Do the Tea Party and Occupy movements have anything in common? A representative from each group will tell us.

Studded Tires

Should the state ban studded tires?

October 28, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead 10/28

Barry Johnson walks us through some of his top picks for the weekend and beyond.

The Class of Shakespeare

The new movie "Anonymous" is about to bring a long-standing debate about the authorship of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets to a popular audience. What are the class implications of the fight?

Primary Conversations: 1st Congressional Republicans

The leading Republican candidates in the First Congressional District special election join us to share their perspectives on why they should be the state's next member of Congress.

October 27, 2011


Lucia Greenhouse, the author of fathermothergod, joins us to talk about her experience growing up in a Christian Science household.

9:06 Stories

A week after recieving all the amazing photos from our 9:06 a.m. project, we explore a few stories behind the pictures. 

October 26, 2011

Talking Business

Robin Doussard, editor-in-chief of Oregon Business Magazine, joins us for our regular business chat. What business news are you paying attention to this week?


Should "counter-recruiters" who are skeptical of the benefits of military service have the same access to highschool students as military recruiters?

Obama's Mortgage Proposal

What's the likely impact of President Obama's plan to help underwater homeowners with their mortgages?

October 25, 2011

Oregon City Schools Opt Out of Grant Money

The Oregon City School District opted out of a $2.54 million grant because it required performance-based compensation for teachers. Do you agree with the district's decision?

Primary Conversations: 1st Congressional Democrats

If you're voting in the First Congressional District primary election, what is most important to you as you decide how to cast your vote?

October 24, 2011

Teen Access to Birth Control

Canby School Board just voted against providing access to birth control prescriptions at Canby High. Now we want to know: what role should schools have in providing birth control options or promoting reproductive health?

October 21, 2011

Rare Salmon Disease in B.C.

A virus that has devastated Atlantic salmon populations was discovered in two sockeye salmon in British Columbia.

TV Recommendations for Babies and Toddlers

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with TV recommendations for babies and toddlers — in short: turn off the TV for kids under two.

A Bigger Urban Growth Boundary

Where will Portland area's urban growth boundary be expanded and why?

October 20, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead: The Restaurant Edition

If you're going out for a meal, where are you planning to eat this weekend?

Gravel Mine on Grand Island

Baker Rock Resources hopes to open a gravel mine on Grand Island — but farmers on the Willamette river island object. 

Gadhafi is Dead

Deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed this morning. We'll get reactions.

October 19, 2011

Ismet Prcic's "Shards"

The Bosnian-born Portlander Ismet Prcic joins us to talk about his first novel, Shards.

Right 2 Dream Too

There's a new homeless campsite in the middle of downtown Portland.

October 18, 2011

Turning Away Patients for Refusing Vaccines

There is a growing trend among some pediatricians to turn away families who refuse to vaccinate their kids.

Missing Evidence Found

The Attorney General's office discovered four boxes of evidence that were believed to have been destroyed in the Philip Scott Cannon triple homicide. What happens next?

October 17, 2011

Environmental Update

EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt updates us on energy and resource projects in the Northwest.

Smoking in Parks

The City of Vancouver is considering legislation that would ban smokers from lighting up in parks. What do you think of this?

Halloween At School

Should children wear their Halloween costumes to school?

October 14, 2011

Barbara Roberts

Oregon's only woman governor, Barbara Roberts, joins us to talk about her life, her career as a woman in politics and her new book that chronicles it all, Up the Capitol Steps.

October 13, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead 10/14

We're well into October. What fall activities do you have planned this weekend?

Defamation Online

Where is the line between opinion and libel when it comes to blogging or tweeting about how someone does their job?

Occupy Portland Arrests

After several arrests this morning, Main Street is now open to traffic. What does it mean for the future of the protest?  

October 12, 2011

National Book Award Finalists

In partnership with Literary Arts and the National Book Foundation, we're announcing the finalists of the National Book Awards. For full details of the show check out this site.

October 11, 2011

Digital Literacy for Kids

Cathy Davidson talks about her new book, Now You See It, and shares her views on how the education system nees to be digitally retooled.

Oregon's Wine Forecast

What are experts and growers predicting about the quality of Oregon's wine crop this year?

October 10, 2011

On The Job: Emergency Volunteers

In this installment of our On the Job series, we talk with people who volunteer to be emergency responders.

Inside the Oregon State Hospital

Documetarian and PSU professor Jan Haaken made a film about the lives of patients at the Oregon State Hospital.

October 7, 2011

Weekend Look-Ahead 10/7

We're going to take a look at what's worth exploring this weekend around the Northwest. 

Oregon Lottery Online

The Oregon Lottery is getting ready to launch some new games online. But the Lottery says those are not to be confused with "online gaming."

On the Scene with Occupy Portland

We check back in with Occupy Portland to see how the protest is going 21 hours in.

October 6, 2011

Jane Goodall

The primatologist and activist Jane Goodall joins us to talk about chimps, humans, war and peace.

The Legacy of Steve Jobs

We discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs, who died yesterday of cancer at age 56.

October 5, 2011

Oregon Field Guide Preview

What does the next season of Oregon Field Guide hold for viewers?

Award-Worthy Books

In anticipation of next week's announcement of the National Book Award finalists right here on TOL we want to know from you: what have you read this year that you think is award-worthy.

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith returns to discuss the latest business news — economic repercussions of the NBA lockout, what it means that Onex bought Jeld-Wen, and more.

October 4, 2011

Occupy Portland

Occupy Portland is planning a protest this Thursday in camaraderie with Occupy Wall Street. What exactly are they protesting?

EcoChallenge 2011

Participants from around the world take part in the annual EcoChallenge to reduce their environmental impact for two weeks.

Biomass Power in Vancouver?

What's at stake in the decision on whether or not to allow a biomass power plant in Vancouver?

October 3, 2011

Your Placenta

Our show on the licensing of midwives introduced us to the idea of lotus-style births. That's when the baby remains attached to the placenta for sometimes days after birth. It made us wonder: what did you do with your placenta?

The Doris Diaries

Writer Julia Park Tracey recently found herself in charge of her great-aunt's diaries. What she discovered surprised and delighted her.

Handguns on University Campuses

An Oregon court has ruled universities cannot prohibit students from carrying concealed handguns on campus.

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