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Episodes: March, 2012

March 30, 2012

Culture Club

Our weekly conversation about some of the most talked about stories of the week.

Demand For Housing Counselors

A new Oregon law has troubled homeowners clamoring for housing counseling services.

Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Check-in

What happens to Oregon's newly formed Health Insurance Exchange if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns all or part of the Affordable Care Act?

March 29, 2012

Movie Theaters in the Age of Netflix

In the age of Netlix, Redbox, and Hulu, are movie theaters becoming a thing of the past?

Occupy Boise

Despite efforts by Idaho's state government, Occupy Boise is still camping at the capitol, long after most other occupations were evacuated.

Supreme Court Wrap

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have now heard all three days of arguments over the Affordable Care Act. We'll get reactions and predictions.

March 28, 2012

Steroid Lessons

What did the MLB's steroid scandal look like though the eyes of a seven-year-old?

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith joins us to talk about the latest business news.

Coos Bay LNG

We'll get the latest on plans to build a liquified natural gas terminal in Coos Bay.

March 27, 2012

Barefoot Running?

A new study says that running shoes make running more efficient than running barefoot.

Pink Slime or Lean Finely Textured Beef

Schools and grocery stores are dumping so-called "pink slime" in droves. What caused the uproar, and is the meat product really all that much worse than other processed foods?

March 26, 2012

Challenge to the Affordable Care Act

The biggest case to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent memory is being argued starting on Monday.

Environmental Update

We check in with OPB reporter Jessica Robinson about a Supreme Court case regarding two Idaho property owners.

The New Blazers Interim Coach

Kaleb Canales is the new interim head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. What are his plans for the team?

March 23, 2012

Culture Club

Our weekly conversation about some of the most talked about stories of the week.

Sharing N. Williams Ave.

A committee has voted to change the way bikes and cars share the road on North Williams Avenue in Portland. 

Supreme Court Cases

We'll check in on some interesting cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

March 22, 2012

Sentencing Juvenile Offenders

How should age affect sentencing when juveniles commit murder?

A New Horse Slaughter Facility?

The last two horse slaughter plants in the country were closed five years ago. Now, an Eastern Oregon man wants to open one in Hermiston.

U.S. Imposes Tariffs on China

This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will impose tariffs on Chinese-made solar products.

March 21, 2012

Living with Down Syndrome

What's it like to raise a child with Down Syndrome — or live with the condition?

March 20, 2012

TAL's Mike Daisey Retraction

What does This American Life's retraction of its Mike Daisey hour tell us about journalism, theater, and our expectations of truth?

Sexuality at George Fox University

A group of George Fox University alumni is asking the school to reconsider its policy on sexual conduct on campus.

March 19, 2012

The Undecideds

How are undecided Republican voters figuring out whom to support?

State Corruption Study

The State Integrity Invesigation took a look at the risk of corruption in all 50 states. We see how Oregon fared.

March 16, 2012

Cheryl Strayed

Portland author Cheryl Strayed's new memoir chronicles her journey along the Pacific Crest Trail at a critical time in her early twenties.

March 15, 2012

Bull Run Variance

The Portland Water Bureau just found out it will not have to treat Bull Run water for cryptosporidium — the state granted the variance officials were seeking.

Wrongful Birth

Parents of a child with Down syndrome won $2.9 million in a "wrongful birth" lawsuit last week.

March 14, 2012

Eagle Rebound

The bald eagle is no longer listed as a threatened species in Oregon.

Faded: Girls + Binge Drinking

The new documentary Faded follows four girls through their teenage years to explore the causes and consequences of binge drinking.

Oregon Sustainability Center Update

The 2012 legislative session came and went without authorizing funding for the Oregon Sustainability Center. What's next? Is the project still alive?

March 13, 2012

On The Job: Speechwriter

Jim Pasero spent over a decade working in national politics, and the majority of these years were spent writing speeches and one-liners for various politicians.

Native American Mascots

The Oregon State Board of Education is considering a ban on Native American mascots in public schools.

Remembering Peter Goodwin

Peter Goodwin was one of the first physicians to voice support for Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law. On Sunday, he used the law to end his own life after suffering from a terminal brain disease.

March 12, 2012

Prepping for a Pacific NW Tsunami

Oregon State University's coastal hazards specialist Patrick Corcoran just returned from a disaster symposium in Japan. We'll get an update about what he learned and what lessons it holds for the Pacific Northwest.

New DOC Director: Colette Peters

Colette Peters started her new job as director of the Oregon Department of Corrections about a month ago. She is the first woman in state history to hold the position.

Killings in Afghanistan

An Army staff sergeant from Joint Base Lewis McChord allegedly killed at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan yesterday.

March 9, 2012

Culture Club

Our weekly conversation about some of the most talked about stories of the week

Monument Kids in China

Seven high school students from the small town of Monument, Oregon are half a world away on a school trip to China. We'll hear their impressions of the trip so far.

Timber Payments and Curry County

We'll get the latest on the plans to extend federal timber payments and the idea of a local sales tax to shore up the budget in Curry County.

March 8, 2012

Our Town: Warm Springs

We're heading to Warm Springs for the next in our Our Town series. Do you live in Warm Springs? Have you visited?

March 7, 2012

Part Wild

Author Ceiridwen Terrill blends memoir and science writing in her book about wolves, dogs and raising a wolfdog.

Super Tuesday

From Super Tuesday to the candidate filing deadline here in Oregon, there's lots of politics to talk about. We'll parse it all!

March 6, 2012

On The Job: End-of-Life Care

We continue our On The Job series with three people who work in the field of end-of-life care.

March 5, 2012

Betty Feves

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the work of the late Eastern Oregon artist Betty Feves.

Oregon History Comics

A series of 10 short comic books highlights the lives of loggers, women's suffrage, Black Panthers in Portland and other stores from Oregon's past.

What's the Holdup?

What are lawmakers fighting over as they prepare to wrap up the legislative session?

March 2, 2012

Culture Club

Our regular discussion about some of the most talked about stories of the week.

The Cost of College

What can be done to make college more affordable?

Washington Caucuses

The candidates competing to be the Republican presidential nominee have one more contest before Super Tuesday: The Washington Caucuses.

March 1, 2012

Washington Sales Tax Exemption

The Washington legislature may repeal the long-standing sales tax exemption for out-of-state visitors. We'll check in on that and other bills lawmakers have taken up in their short session.

Beer at Food Carts?

One food cart pod wants to be allowed to serve beer and wine, but Portland city officials don't like the idea.

Legislative Check-In

When will the short session wrap up and what's still on the table?

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