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Episodes: August, 2012

August 31, 2012

Republican National Convention: Recap and Look Ahead

At the end of our week at the Republican National Convention, we review what happened, preview the Democratic Convention, and follow the money.

August 30, 2012

Circumcision Decisions

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics has reignited the debate over whether or not boys should be circumcised.

Talking Business

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

Republican National Convention: Truth & Fiction

We get an update from Tampa as delegates at the Republican National Convention prepare for Mitt Romney's big speech.

August 29, 2012

Republican National Convention: Profiles

Today at the Republican National Convention we'll profile a young Republican, a comedian, and Congressman Greg Walden.

August 28, 2012

Same-Sex Couples & Immigration

Same-sex couples face difficult choices when one partner is from another country.

Republican National Convention: The Platform

In the latest update from Tampa we'll find what's in the Republican platform this year.

August 27, 2012

The Wrecking Crew

We revisit one of our favorite music shows — an interview with the author of The Wrecking Crew about the little-known session musicians from the 60s and 70s who recorded dozens of smash hits.

Environmental Update

Reporter Ashley Ahearn gives us the latest on coal exports in the Northwest and the Elwha Dam removal.

Republican National Convention Preview

Host Dave Miller is in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. 

August 24, 2012

Third Parties: Progressive Party

We wrap up our series on Oregon's Third Parties with a look at what makes the Progressive Party — and its chosen presidential candidate — unique.

News Roundtable

We'll review the top local and national news of the week.

August 23, 2012

Culture Club

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

Teisha Helgerson's Music

Portland-based musician Teisha Helgerson died last year after a long battle with lukemia, but her friends have just released the music she was working on before she passed away. 

Hanford Nuclear Waste Leak

The first nuclear waste leak from a double-shell tanker has apparently been detected at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

August 22, 2012

All Songs Considered

We invite the guys from All Songs Considered to pick 13 songs from the 13 years they've been producing the NPR online music show. 

Third Parties: Constitution Party

Our series on Oregon's minor parties continues with a look at what makes the Constitution Party of Oregon unique.

August 21, 2012

Amanda Coplin

University of Oregon graduate, Amanda Coplin, talks about her debut novel, The Orchardist.

Failure to Appear in Court

Warrants are piling up in cash-strapped Josephine County, where defendants are skipping their scheduled appearances in court.

Rebuilding Vernonia's School

The city of Vernonia has completely rebuilt its schools after a 2007 flood wreaked havoc on the district.

August 20, 2012

Third Parties: Libertarian Party

Our series on Oregon's minor parties continues as we sit down with the Libertarian Party of Oregon and the party's presidential candidate, Gary Johnson.

Oregon's Delegates to the National Conventions

Oregon is sending over a hundred delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Who are they? What do they hope to get out of the experience?

August 17, 2012

Third Parties: Working Families Party

Our series on Oregon's minor parties continues with a look at what makes the Working Families Party unique.

Terri Horman Civil Suit

Kyron Horman's mother is suing his stepmother in civil court over her son's 2010 disappearance.

News Roundtable

We'll review the top local and national news of the week.

August 16, 2012

Culture Club

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

Bill McKibben

We're talking with Bill McKibben about the Rolling Stone cover story that went viral and his continuing activism about climate change.

Washington Wildfire

The Taylor Bridge fire has burned more than 28,000 acres in Central Washington.

August 15, 2012

The Sikh Religion

After the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, we take a deeper look at the Sikh religion, people, and culture.

Third Parties: Independent Party

We continue our series of conversations talking with members of Oregon's minor parties. Today we'll chat with the Independent Party of Oregon.

New Immigration Law

Today is the first day that young immigrants can apply to live and work without fear of deportation under a new Obama policy.

August 14, 2012

Expired Medications

Drug shortages are leading some Oregon ambulances to resort to carrying expired medications.

Fluoride in Portland Water

Portlanders have rejected proposals to fluoridate the water supply three times — most recently in 1980. How might a new effort be different?

Update on Port Dispute

The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling in the dispute between two unions at the Port of Portland.

August 13, 2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Now that Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate, what might that choice mean for Northwest voters?

Third Parties: Pacific Green Party

We're starting a series of conversations talking with members of Oregon's minor parties. Today we'll chat with the Pacific Green party, first founded in this state in 1990.

August 10, 2012

Culture Club

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

Climate Change Heat Waves

We'll discuss how recent weather events — like the record heat in North America — are related to climate change and what the political response could be.

August 9, 2012

The Best Summer Music

What are the new songs, bands, or artists that are the soundtrack to your summer so far?

Youth and Religion

Lewis and Clark professor Monica Miller wants to know how young people in Portland think about religion and faith.

August 8, 2012

On the Job: Falconer

What is it like when your co-workers are birds of prey?

Rudy Crew on Education Goals

New state school's chief Rudy Crew says Oregon school districts are setting their educational standards too low. 

Talking Business

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

Eagle Scout Medals Returned In Protest

Former Eagle Scouts have been publicly returning their medals to protest the Boy Scouts of America's continued ban on openly gay members and parent leaders. 

August 7, 2012

Bob Holo's Guitars

Local luthier Bob Holo builds gypsy jazz guitars played by musicians around the world.

University of Portland's Strong Olympic Showing

Yesterday's Olympic women's soccer battle between the U.S. and Canada pitted two University of Portland alumni against each other.

What Can Nature Teach us about National Security?

Rafe Sagarin argues that the officials at the Pentagon could learn a thing or eight from an unlikely source: the octopus.

August 6, 2012

How We Live: Houseboat

In the next installment of our How We Live series, we find out what it's like to live in a floating home.

Mars Landing

After a nearly nine-month journey, the NASA rover Curiosity made its much-anticipated landing on Mars. 

Washington Primary

Tuesday is Washington's primary election. What are the biggest races?

Local Sikh Community

We'll talk with a member of a local Sikh temple about the community's reaction to yesterday's shooting at a temple in Wisconsin.

August 3, 2012

Radiolab

An encore presentation of our conversation with Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad from Radiolab.

August 2, 2012

Philosophy Talk

An encore presentation of our conversation with John Perry and Ken Taylor from Philosophy Talk.

Improving Oregon's Child Welfare System

A state audit prepared by Secretary of State Kate Brown's office recommends improvements to the child welfare system in Oregon.

August 1, 2012

More StoryCorps

It's an encore presentation of our conversation with Dave Isay, the founder of public radio's much-loved StoryCorps.

An Update on the Lane County Jail Crisis

The Lane County Jail was forced to close 96 beds in late June due to budget cuts. Now it's seeing a revolving door of inmates. 

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