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Episodes: May, 2013

May 31, 2013

McMinnville Officers Sued For Alleged Brutality

We'll get the latest on a police brutality lawsuit in McMinnville.

Expanding Mental Health Care In Oregon

We'll find out more about a bill in the legislature that would significantly expand mental health services in Oregon.

News Roundtable: May 31, 2013

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

May 30, 2013

Our Town: Vanport

For the next installment of the Our Town series, we'll focus on a city that was destroyed in a flood 65 years ago: Vanport.

May 29, 2013

Shutting Down Poker Clubs?

Some lawmakers say poker clubs are operating outside the law and should be shut down, while players want the law to be changed.

Exploring Oregon's History Of Slavery

The journalist and historian Gregory Nokes explores Oregon's little-known history of slavery in his new book Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory.

Understanding PANDAS

The mother of the Albany high school student arrested for allegedly plotting an assault on the school says he has a rare condition linked to strep.

May 28, 2013

Exploring The Moral Roots Of What Divides Us

We'll talk with Jonathan Haidt, a social scientist who explores the moral roots of what divides us, from politics to religion.

Environmental News Round-Up

We'll talk with David Steves and Ashley Ahearn, both of EarthFix, about some recent environmental headlines they've been following.

Albany Student Accused In High School Bomb Plot

A 17-year-old high school student arrested last week in Albany is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

May 27, 2013

Stephen Greenblatt Discusses The Swerve To Modernity

On this Memorial Day holiday, we bring you a special encore presentation of our show with Pulitzer prize winning author Stephen Greenblatt about The Swerve. 

May 24, 2013

Buried In The Sky Sheds Light On Sherpas' Lives

Buried in the Sky tells the story of the sherpas and high-altitude porters who do much of the heavy lifting on the tallest — and most deadly — mountains in the world.

News Roundtable: May 24, 2013

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

May 23, 2013

Obama Addresses Military Policy

President Obama gave a speech today addressing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the use of drones.

Cracking Down On Insurance Companies

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would change the way insurance companies are regulated in Oregon.

Live In Salem With Governor Kitzhaber

We'll catch up with the governor about some of his priorities for the last month of the legislative session.

May 22, 2013

Culture Club

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

Lowering the Legal Limit for DUIIs

The National Transportation and Safety Board has made recommendations for states to lower driver's acceptable blood alcohol content to 0.05 percent.

Special Election Results

We'll discuss how some of the major ballot items across the state fared in the May special election.

May 21, 2013

Talking Business

Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith talks about local business news.

Transforming Schools Through Play

We'll find out why some schools are using a program called Playworks to reduce bullying and boost classroom learning.

May 20, 2013

Diversity and Hiring in Collegiate Sports

Oregon's state schools are under scrutiny for ignoring diversity and hiring laws.

Living In A Historic District

What are the benefits and drawbacks of living in a designated historic district?

New Rules In Washington For Legal Marijuana

Washington state has released new draft rules for its now-legal marijuana industry.

May 17, 2013

Michael Pollan Talks About Braises and Barbeque

Food guru Michael Pollan talked to Dave Miller at Portland's Newmark Theatre.

May 16, 2013

News Roundtable: May 16, 2013

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

Reading The Economic Tea Leaves

The state budget hangs in the balance as lawmakers pore over the latest revenue forecast released Thursday.

May 15, 2013

The Dalai Lama Part II

The second part of Dave Miller's conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

May 14, 2013

The Dalai Lama Visits Oregon

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama talks to Dave Miller during his visit to Portland.

May 13, 2013

Voting On Public Safety Funding

Voters around the state will decide on tax measures May 21 that would fund jail beds, law enforcement personnel and other public safety infrastructure. 

Dry Weather Impacting Water Users And Wildfires

We'll check in on how the dry weather is affecting Klamath Basin water users and the early wildfire season.

May 10, 2013

Tibetans Living In The Northwest

What is life like for Tibetans living in exile in the Northwest?

News Roundtable: May 10, 2013

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

May 9, 2013

Ashleigh Flynn Tells Stories In "A Million Stars"

Portland singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn profiles historical figures and draws on her own experience in her new album, A Million Stars.

Sexual Assaults Increasing In The Armed Forces

An alarming new study shows sexual assaults are on the rise in the military.

May 8, 2013

Dan Wieden Talks About W+K

We broadcast live from "the nest" at Wieden+Kennedy in conversation with the company's co-founder, Dan Wieden.


The five winners of Portland's Verselandia poetry slam competition bring their game to Think Out Loud.

May 7, 2013

Special Election: Fluoride

As the May special election nears, we'll check in with both sides of the water fluoridation debate. 

Changing And Implementing The Portland Arts Tax

The arts tax that Portland residents approved last fall is facing some legal and bureaucratic hurdles. We'll get an update.

May 6, 2013

Stephanie Lenox And The Poetry of Voice

The poet Stephanie Lenox joins us to talk about channeling the voices of other people, and telling her own stories, in her collection Congress of Strange People.

Environmental News Round-Up

We're bringing together our Ecotrope blogger and Earthfix editor to catch us up on some of the latest environmental news.

May 3, 2013

Seattle Vs. Portland Smackdown!

Today we go head-to-head with Puget Sound Public Radio's The Conversation over the great Northwest debate, which city is better: Portland or Seattle?

News Roundtable: May 3, 2013

We'll review the biggest national and regional news stories of the week with our colleages at KUOW's The Conversation.

Catching Up On Two Regional Stories

Our co-production between KUOW's The Conversation and Think Out Loud begins with a look at two top stories from our region. 

May 2, 2013

Culture Club

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

Increasing Penalties For Logging Protests

The Oregon House just passed two bills that would restrict protests that aim to block logging operations on state forest lands.

Sheriff Releases Report On Clackamas Town Center Shooting

The Clackamas County Sheriff has released a report on what happened before, during, and after the Clackamas Town Center shooting this past December.

May 1, 2013

Putting The Left Hand Of Darkness On Stage

Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin's groundbreaking 1969 science fiction novel is being staged by Hand2mouth Theatre and Portland Playhouse. 

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