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Episodes: June, 2012

June 29, 2012

Our Town: Bend

For the next stop in TOL's Our Town series, we'll head to Oregon's high desert to visit Bend.

June 28, 2012

Health Care Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. What's your reaction?

June 27, 2012

Invasive Species Found On Japanese Dock

Scientists at Oregon State University have identified as many as 50 different species from the Japanese dock that washed up on Oregon's coast in early June.

Multigenerational Households

Living under one roof with your parents might have gotten rough at times, but what happens when you add extended family members into the mix? 

June 26, 2012

Minor League Baseball May Come to Hillsboro

Professional baseball sets its sight on the Portland metro area with the minor-league Yakima Bears accepting an offer to play in Hillsboro. Do you look forward to having them in town? 

Arts in Oregon Schools

The Oregon Arts Commission has created a new database that allows users to search the types of arts courses offered in Oregon Schools.

Proposed Portland Arts Tax

On Wednesday, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to refer a new citywide $35 income tax to the November ballot.

June 25, 2012

Having It All

"Why Women Still Can't Have It All," Anne-Marie Slaughter's recent article in The Atlantic, adds a new twist to the ongoing discussion about how to balance work and family life.

Environmental Update

Will the Supreme Court take up the issue of whether or not logging roads should be subject to the Clean Water Act?

June 22, 2012

Culture Club

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

Northwest Favorites

Are you making plans for the summer? What's at the top of your list of things to do and see in the Pacific Northwest?

Farm Bill Passes out of Senate

The Farm Bill passed out of the Senate on Thursday, but may now face a harder battle in the House.

June 21, 2012

Insurance Coverage for Autism

Applied behavior analysis — a treatment for people with autism — will now be covered by health insurance plans for City of Portland employees and their families.

Title IX at 40

What difference has federally mandated education gender equity made over the last 40 years?

Wingard Won't Run

After allegations of sexual misconduct emerged last week, Oregon Representative Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) announced he will not run for reelection.

June 20, 2012

Rich Fellers

Oregon native and horse trainer Rich Fellers will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games with the U.S. Equestrian Team in London.

Talking Business

We check in with Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith about the latest business news.

Under the Bridges Tours

What do tours of homeless camps mean to those inside and outside of the homeless community?

June 19, 2012

PPB Ramps Up Gang Enforcement

Portland Police Bureau is redistributing resources to target gang violence prevention this summer.

Tubes: Where is the Internet?

Andrew Blum's new book, Tubes, seeks to answer the question: Where is the internet?

June 18, 2012

Distressed Oregon Counties

We'll check in with Curry county which — like many timber-dependent counties — appears to be on the brink of financial disaster — and we'll talk with the Oregon Secretary of State about the health of all 36 counties.

Fetal Genetic Testing Breakthrough

University of Washington researchers recently determined the first genome of a fetus. We'll discuss how they did it and what's in store for the future.

Gas Tax Alternative

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a new pilot program to create a way to tax drivers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

June 15, 2012

Culture Club

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

Crime Victims and Criminal Rehabilitation

How do crime victims view their offenders' rehabilitation? How do survivors deal with the lasting impacts of a crime?

Obama Changes Deportation Policy

The Obama Administration announced this morning it will change its deportation policy for undocumented youth.

June 14, 2012

Ruling on Access to Boy Scouts Documents

A ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court today disappointed media organizations, including OPB, which wanted access to files in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts over sexual abuse. 

Writing Myself

Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom's new documentary offers a window into a playwriting class at an alternative high school.

Blumenauer's 40 Years of Public Service

2012 marks Representative Earl Blumenauer's 40th year in public office. What has changed for him and the state in those four decades?

June 13, 2012

Learning With Less

Wednesday is the last day of school for kids in the Portland and Beaverton districts. We'll look back on how education fared during a tough economic year.

June 12, 2012

Conversation with a Convicted Child Molester

The CDC estimates that one in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused. That means there are a lot of offenders out there. Can they be rehabilitated?

Slang for English Learners

You can go to class to learn English grammar and vocabulary, but how do you learn slang and its appropriate uses?

The Japanese Dock on the Oregon Coast

We'll find out what's next for the Japanese dock that washed up on Oregon's shores recently. 

June 11, 2012

Apple Developers Conference

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday in San Francisco. What are you hoping to hear about the company's new technology?

Sea Lion Deaths in the Northwest

What do we know about the deaths of 20 sea lions in the past two months in Oregon and Washington?

Herpes Lawsuit

A Beaverton woman won a $900,000 lawsuit against the man who she says gave her herpes. Will this set a precedent?

June 8, 2012

Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility

From inside Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility we ask inmates: what is happening in prison to make them better citizens when they are released?

June 7, 2012

Culture Club

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

The $100 Startup

Portlander Chris Guillebeau's latest book is all about turning dreams and ideas into a dependable income.

Same-Sex Marriage in Washington

Opponents of Washington's same-sex marriage law blocked it from going into effect this week by turning in signatures to put the law to a vote in November.

June 6, 2012

Bike Insurance

Bike insurance is coming to Oregon. Are you considering it?

Fair Housing in and around Portland

The Oregonian has been running an investigative series on fair housing in the Portland area. What did they discover?

Police Video Surveillance

Portland City Council votes on an ordinance that, if passed, will allow police to install video surveillance cameras on private property in Old Town/Chinatown.

June 5, 2012

Facebook's New Direction

We'll be talking about the "new" Facebook and its implications on our daily lives. 

Tuition Costs Increase

Last week, the Oregon University System announced another round of tuition hikes. What does this mean for students and their universities?

June 4, 2012

Free-Range Parenting

Are you a free-range parent? We'll find out what the term means and explore how this kind of parenting plays out in families around the region.

Overnight Parking

The City of Portland passed a resolution allowing homeless motorists to sleep in church parking lots. Now one church is allowing it and some neighbors are pushing back.

June 1, 2012

Our Town: Roseburg

  The next stop in our Our Town series is Roseburg, OR.

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