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Episodes: January, 2012

January 31, 2012

Unionizing University of Oregon

University of Oregon faculty members have launched a unionizing effort. What difference would this for students and the university at large?

Survey Indicates a More Optimistic Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting and DHM Research conducted a survey to find out how Oregonians feel about state spending and policy issues.

Searching Electronic Devices Without a Warrant

A federal judge in Eugene has ruled that reviewing information from electronic devices without a warrant is a violation of Fourth Amendment rights.

January 30, 2012

Environmental Update

Cassandra Profita informs us of the commercial sized biofuel project coming to Boardman that will use breakthrough techniques to attain ethanol from trees and waste, financed partly with federal money.

Oregon Health Insurance Exchange

When will Oregonians be able to use an state sponsored online site to compare health insurance plans? How valuable will the information be?

Occupy's Latest

From establishing a new office space to preparing for the legislative sesssion, Occupy Portland continues to be busy. We'll find out the latest.

January 27, 2012

Our Town: Monument

In the next installment of the "Our Town" series, we'll hear about life in the small southeastern Oregon town of Monument on the John Day River.

January 26, 2012

Weekend Look-Ahead

How is your weekend shaping up? We'll discuss some options from the worlds of music and dance.

Oregon Sled Dog Race

The Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog race takes place this week in the Wallowas. It's the only Iditarod qualifying race in Oregon.

Guitar Zero

Psychology professor Gary Marcus went to great lengths to learn to play guitar — including joining a rock band of 11-year-olds at music camp. His book Guitar Zero explores the science of music and learning.

Death of Bradley Lee Morgan

Yesterday a police confrontation in Portland ended in the death of 21-year-old Bradley Lee Morgan. We'll find out what happened.

January 25, 2012

Health System Transformation

The state has been working to transform the way it delivers health care. We'll ask, how's it going?

State of the Union Roundtable

President Obama delivers his third State of the Union address Tuesday night.

January 24, 2012

Blueprints of the Afterlife

Sentient icebergs, a biological internet, and a full-scale replica of Manhattan in Puget Sound all play a role in Ryan Boudinot's rollicking, post-apocalyptic novel Blueprints of the Afterlife.

Teen Heart Screenings

What are the benefits — and drawbacks — of heart screenings for teenagers?

January 23, 2012

100 Climbs

Scott Peterson gave himself a challenge: 100 climbs in 100 days along 100 miles of the Columbia Gorge. He finishes his adventure on Sunday. We'll talk to him the morning after.

Soldiers, Veterans, and Abuse

According to newly released data, the rate of suicide among veterans has dropped (but risen among active duty soldiers), and the incidents of domestic abuse and child abuse among veterans have increased. We'll find out what's happening.

Civics Toolkit

The Oregon Secretary of State has created an Online Civics Toolkit. What will it teach students about how their government works?

January 20, 2012

1000 Mitzvahs

We'll speak to first-time author Linda Cohen about what inspired her book 1000 Mitzvahs, and how her life has changed since she began the project.

Guantanamo Lawsuits

Willamette University's International Human Rights Clinic has filed two civil suits against former U.S. government officials on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Flooding in Western Oregon

Western Oregon felt cold temperatures and got some snow earlier this week, and now is facing heavy rain and flooding.

January 19, 2012

Weekend Look-Ahead

It's time for the Weekend Look-Ahead. What are you planning on doing this weekend?

Whatever Happened To. . . Google+

Whatever happened to Google+?

Is the Housing Market Coming Back?

In 2011, more homes were sold in the Portland area than in 2010, but real estate prices continued to drop. What does that say about the health of Portland's real estate market?

January 18, 2012

Portland Mayoral Candidate: Eileen Brady

Wrapping up our series of conversations with Portland mayoral candidates, we sit down with New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady.

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith joins us to discuss local mergers and acquisitions, new exports at the Port of Portland, and increasing losses at the zoo and other Metro-run venues.

January 17, 2012

Candidate Conversation: 1st Congressional District

Candidates Rob Cornilles and Suzanne Bonamici discuss their intentions for Oregon's First Congressional District.

January 16, 2012

Alexis Smith's "Glaciers"

Alexis Smith joins us to talk about her native Alaska, the inner lives of vintage clothes, and her debut novel "Glaciers."

The Legislature's Racial Equity Report Card

A coalition of Oregon community groups has created a report card that grades the Oregon legislature on its efforts to address racial inequity. How did the lawmakers fare?

January 13, 2012

Live: State of the State

On Friday you can tune in to OPB Radio at 12 p.m. and hear Think Out Loud with live coverage of Governor Kitzhaber's State of the State speech.


Water Bureau officials say there is no public health threat from trace amounts of the parasite cyptosporidium found in Portland water. But what does it mean for Bull Run's clean water variance?

Rural Doctors Say Goodbye

A married couple of doctors are getting ready to move from Madras to Seattle. How has 15-years in the community influenced their lives, and how has their service impacted the town?

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions and Arguments

We'll ask U.S. Supreme Court scholar Lisa McElroy about the recent court decisions and about the arguments just made in the FCC indecency case.

January 12, 2012

Weekend Look-Ahead

What are you doing this weekend? We'll talk about some possibilities for playing outside and enjoying music inside.

Employers Unable To Find Skilled Workers

Even though unemployment remains high in Oregon, some businesses within the state are struggling to find skilled workers to hire.

Living in Haiti

What are conditions like in Haiti, two years after the country's devastating earthquake? We'll ask a member of Medical Teams International who's lived in the country for more than a decade.

January 11, 2012

Cuts to Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation has come up with a list of proposed cuts (at the request of the city council) — they include cutting daily trash pick up and closing park bathrooms and facilities like the Fulton Community Center.

School Funding in the Courts

Washington's state Supreme Court ruled that the state is not meeting its constitutional requirements to fund education.

Layoffs at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tillamook Cheese has announced that it will be cutting 50 positions at its factory in Tillamook.

January 10, 2012

Environmental Update

Cassandra Profita updates us on the many controversies surrounding wolves in the western states.

Sustainable Building?

The Oregon Sustainability Center is designed to boost the economy and reflect of the state's commitment to the environment, but critics question the project's financing and feasibility.

Shots Fired

There were six shootings in Portland on Sunday and Monday and another one on Tuesday. What happened?

January 9, 2012

Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?

We talk to filmmaker Michele Mitchell about her documentary exploring how money has been spent to help victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake. 

Portland Mayoral Candidate: Charlie Hales

Continuing our series of conversations with Portland mayoral candidates, we talk with former City Commissioner Charlie Hales.

January 6, 2012

Gov. Gregoire Endorses Marriage Equality

This week, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced she will introduce a bill to legalize marriage equality.

End of Life Decisions

A new study looks at Oregon's registry for people who have made decisions ahead of time about what kind of medical treatment they want at the end of their lives.

January 5, 2012

Weekend Look-Ahead

What are your plans for the first weekend of the new year?

On The Job: Cartography

We ask nationally recognized cartographer, Dave Imus: What's it like to make maps for a living?

Inequality: Perceptions and Reality

Why do many Americans misjudge the level of wealth inequality?

January 4, 2012

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith joins us to discuss business news in 2012.

Curbside Composting

Two months into Portland's controversial new program cutting back on garbage pick ups and encouraging food composting at the curb, we'll see how it's going.

Iowa Recap

Iowans gather on Tuesday night for the first electoral event in the Republican presidential campaign: the Iowa caucuses.

January 3, 2012

Portland Mayoral Candidate: Jefferson Smith

This month, we'll talk with each of the three major candidates in the Portland mayor's race. First up is State Representative Jefferson Smith.

Eating for Brain Health

A new study suggests that avoiding trans fats and eating certain nutrients may help maintain cognitive function and brain health.

January 2, 2012

Rose Bowl 2012

The Oregon Ducks are taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl. What can fans expect?

Max Williams Exits Corrections

We'll talk to Max Williams, who has lead the Oregon Department of Corrections since 2004, about his tenure, the state prison system, and his upcoming plans.

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