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Episodes: January, 2013

January 31, 2013

Culture Club

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

Why Do We Watch Violent Entertainment?

Violent videogames and movies have faced criticism in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook. Why is there a market for that media in the first place?

January 30, 2013

Bringing The Issue Of Homelessness To The Stage

Feral is a play highlighting the lives of hundreds of Portlanders who are experiencing homelessness.

Gauging Oregon's Rental Market Economy

What does Oregon's tight rental market mean for renters, property owners, and the rest of the economy?

Exploring The Second Amendment And The Supreme Court

We'll check in with U.S. Supreme Court watcher Lisa McElroy about the current interpretation of the "Right To Bear Arms" and if it's likely to change. 

January 29, 2013

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith joins us for a business news update.

Oregon GOP Will Choose A New Leader

The Oregon Republican Party will vote to select a new chairman this weekend, which could determine a new direction for the party.

What's the Future of the U.S. Postal Service?

A journalist from Oregon is wondering if the U.S. Postal Service will survive — and what it will look like if it does.

January 28, 2013

Whitney Otto's Portraits Of Eight Girls Taking Pictures

Portland author Whitney Otto's latest novel, Eight Girls Taking Pictures, is based on the real lives of 20th century women photographers.

The Latest On The Mohamed Mohamud Trial

We'll get an update from OPB reporter April Baer on what's been happening in the courtroom over the past week.

January 25, 2013

Ira Byock Advocates Better Care At The End Of Life

Palliative care doctor and advocate Ira Byock is in Oregon to explain how we could be doing better caring for people at the end of their lives.

News Roundtable

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

January 24, 2013

Al Letson Visits Peninsula School

State of the Re:Union host Al Letson is working with sixth and seventh graders this week to help them tell stories about their families.

January 23, 2013

Possible Routes For High-Speed Rail In Oregon

The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council is considering four possible routes for high-speed rail in Oregon.

Watching And Waiting On The Sellwood Bridge

We'll hear the latest on the replacement of the Sellwood bridge, the state's most heavily traveled two-lane bridge.

Should Portland Mandate Sick Leave?

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has a proposal to mandate all Portland employers offer sick leave to employees.

January 22, 2013

Environmental Update

What are the implications of mining coal on public lands?

Christopher Stowell Leaves The Oregon Ballet Theatre

Long-time artistic director Christopher Stowell resigned in December. We'll hear why he left and what's next for him.

Ten Officers Placed On Leave After Shooting

What happened at a domestic disturbance call over the holiday weekend that caused 10 law enforcement officers to fire their weapons?

January 21, 2013

What Are Your Hopes For The Next Four Years?

We're broadcasting on MLK Day from the 28th Annual "Keeping Alive the Dream" celebration, and getting reaction to President Barack Obama's Second Inaugural. 

January 18, 2013

Should Students Be Reading Less Fiction?

There's a movement in schools across the country to emphasize non-ficiton, or "informational texts," in students' education. 

An Update On The Mohamed Mohamud Trial

We'll get the latest from OPB reporter April Baer who has been in the courtroom every day this week.

News Roundtable

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

January 17, 2013

Culture Club

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

Ioan Grillo Investigates Mexico's Drug Trade

Journalist Ioan Grillo has spent more than a decade looking into Mexico's drug trade.

January 16, 2013

Are Violent Video Games Related to Violence in Real Life?

Violent video games are often blamed for violence in the real world. How much of an influence do these games have?

Exit Interview: Paul De Muniz

Paul De Muniz recently retired after serving as an Oregon Supreme Court justice for more than a decade.

January 15, 2013

TriMet Union Responds To Driver Fatigue Issue

Following an investigation by The Oregonian the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 is calling for changes to rules governing working hours for drivers.

Peter Laufer Wants Yesterday's News Tomorrow

Noted journalist Peter Laufer advocates a movement toward Slow News — both a media critique and a nod to the Slow Food movement.

January 14, 2013

2013 Legislative Session Kicks Off

We'll broadcast live from Salem with lawmakers and political watchers to look ahead to the legislative session that starts Jan. 14.

January 11, 2013

Oregon Bans Transgender Health Care Discrimination

New regulations prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to transgender individuals.

Mohamed Mohamud Trial Begins

The trial of a young man accused of trying to set off a bomb at Portland's holiday tree-lighting ceremony in 2010 begins this week.

News Roundtable

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

January 10, 2013

Culture Club

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

Jake Dekker Talks About One Kid At A Time

In this memoir, Jake Dekker tells the unlikely story of how he ended up adopting his son Danny from the foster care system in Washington. 

January 9, 2013

Getting Mental Healthcare To Transition Age Youth

Several years ago, the state found that Oregon youth age 16-25 were 80 percent less likely to get the mental health care they need compared with other age groups. How have things changed since then?

January 8, 2013

Overtime At TriMet Leads To Tired Drivers

An investigation by The Oregonian reveals exhaustion is a common problem among TriMet drivers.

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith joins us for a business news update.

What Effect Will California's Cap-And-Trade Law Have?

California's new cap-and-trade market is active. What impact could it have on the future of carbon?

January 7, 2013

Do Gun Laws Need To Change?

After recent mass shootings, people are answering this question in very different ways.

January 4, 2013

Karen Brooks Investigates The Mighty Gastropolis

What turned Portland into a national food destination?

News Roundtable

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

January 3, 2013

Amber Case Talks About "Cyborg Anthropology"

Amber Case says that our relationship to technology is changing who we are — and that we need a new set of terms to understand it.

Exit Interview: Chris Gregoire

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire leaves office January 16th. What will her legacy be?

January 2, 2013

What Mental Health Resources Do Parents And Kids Need?

What resources do parents need when their kids struggle with behavioral or emotional problems?

Three Oregon Congressmen Vote Against Fiscal Cliff Compromise

Oregon Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader — all Democrats — voted against the fiscal cliff compromise.

January 1, 2013

Sherman Alexie Talks About Reading, Writing And More

We'll listen back to our conversation with writer Sherman Alexie.

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