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Episodes: June, 2013

June 28, 2013

Young Adult Fiction Attracting More Readers

Young adult fiction has grown up over the past decades, bringing in readers of all ages. 

The Toll Of Hydropower In China

A study of small hydropower projects in China shows they may take a bigger toll on the environment than we realize.

News Roundtable: June 28, 2013

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

June 27, 2013

Ted Wheeler On His Opportunity Initiative And More

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is pushing his Oregon Opportunity Initiative in the state legislature. We'll hear about that, and his other legislative priorities. 

Lawmakers Hash Out Final Budget Deal

Lawmakers are trying to reach an agreement on the final budget details before the end of the session.

Legislative Session Coming To A Close

The 2013 legislative session is coming to a close within the next week or two. What's left to figure out?

June 26, 2013

Reaction to the Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

We'll get reactions to two high-profile rulings from the Court regarding gay marriage. 

June 25, 2013

House Bill Seeks to Audit TriMet

A bill making its way through Salem would extensively audit the largest transit agency in the state

Talking Business

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

Parsing President Obama's Climate Plan

President Obama delivered a speech on climate change today where he announced tough new rules to reduce carbon emissions.

June 24, 2013

How the Cold War Created Environmental Science

In Arming Mother Nature Jacob Darwin Hamblin shows how military science aiming to kill millions allowed us to understand a changing earth.

Reporter Reveals Oregon Ties to Mexican Drug Cartels

For more than a year, senior investigative reporter for The Oregonian, Les Zaitz, followed the impact of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon.

June 21, 2013

Oregon Cattlemen Celebrate 100 Years

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in Baker City where the organization was founded.

Oregonian Publisher Talks About The Changes

The publisher of The Oregonian answers our questions about the upcoming changes to the paper.

June 20, 2013

News Roundtable: June 20, 2013

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

Oregonian Changes To Four Day Delivery

The Oregonian has announced some major changes to its business model, including a switch to three-day-a-week delivery.

June 19, 2013

Culture Club

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

Sarah Thebarge Talks About The Invisible Girls

Portland author Sarah Thebarge's memoir chronicles her experience with breast cancer, the relationship she developed with a Somali family, and her struggles with faith.

Does Barbie Go in the Recycling Bin?

What goes into the recycling bin can sometimes be confusing. A diaper shouldn't but what about a dog-food bag?

June 18, 2013

Changing the Legacy of the Vista Bridge

City officials and residents are exploring ways to reduce the number of suicides at Portland's Vista Bridge.

Homelessness Increasing In Portland

The results of Portland and Multnomah County's annual one-night count show an increase in homelessness.

June 17, 2013

Ithaka Examines The Life of Returning Veterans

A new play premiering at the Artists Repertory Theatre explores what it's like for soldiers to come home.

Lamprey Returning To Spawn

It's the time of year when lamprey are working their way back up the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to spawn. We'll get some background on the little-understood fish.

Coal: The Big Picture

A new EarthFix TV documentary travels from Wyoming to Washington to examine controversial coal export terminals.

June 14, 2013

David Cay Johnston Looks At The Fine Print

Pulitzer prize winning author David Cay Johnston joins us to talk about the subject of his latest book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" To Rob You Blind.

News Roundtable: June 14, 2013

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

June 13, 2013

Culture Club

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

Legislature May Intervene In Salem CCO Dispute

The coordinated care organization in Oregon's second-largest metropolitan area is having trouble getting providers to agree on its healthcare plans.

Graduation Stories

As graduation season is upon us, we'll look at who's graduating with non-standard diplomas and who's not graduating at all — and explore the implications.

June 12, 2013

Asking Questions About The City's Chief Administrative Officer

The City of Portland's auditor wants the investigation into Jack Graham's alleged financial indiscretion to be transparent.

Making Sports Safe for LGBT Athletes

With more LGBT professional athletes coming out, Cyd Zeigler wants to see youth sports teams welcome LGBT players

Klamath Can Expect More Droughts In Future

Some ranchers in the Klamath Basin are being cut off from irrigation water this year. Residents of the area can expect the problem to get worse.

Washington Legislature Enters Second Special Session

On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee announced the Washington State Legislature would enter a second special session to try to reach a budget deal.

June 11, 2013

Marking The Six-Month Anniversary Of The Clackamas Town Center Shooting

Today marks the six-month anniversary of the shootings at the Clackamas Town Center mall.

June 10, 2013

Controlling Wild Horse Populations

An independent panel has recommended the federal government rely on contraception, rather than roundups, to control wild horse populations.

Considering The Future of Bicycling

Two new reports, one from the City Club of Portland and one from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, lay out visions for the future of Portland's bicycle infrastructure.

Increasing Incentives for Energy Efficiciency

A new Oregon State University study finds an emphasis on renewable energy overshadows the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.

June 7, 2013

Spring Music Recommendations

OPB Music's Jeremy Peterson and The Oregonian's Ryan White will join us to play some of their favorite songs of the season.

Ducks Chase Track Triple Crown

The Oregon Ducks' women's track and field squad is in contention for a national championship. If they win, they'll have swept this year's track titles.

News Roundtable: June 7, 2013

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

June 6, 2013

Looking Into Single-Payer Health Care In Oregon

A bill in the Oregon Legislature would look into the possibility of single-payer health care in Oregon.

Drastic New Proposals For Timber Counties

Governor John Kitzhaber is talking about imposing a temporary income tax or even mobilizing the National Guard in cash-strapped timber counties.

Legalizing Pot Dispensaries

A bill in the legislature would legalize and regulate the pot dispensaries that have sprung up since medical marijuana was legalized.

June 5, 2013

Culture Club

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

Protecting Oregon's Elders From Abuse

This week the state legislature gave final approval to a bill that would expand the list of mandatory reporters for elder abuse.

Damascus Volunteers Quit In Protest

Fifteen volunteer Damascus city committee members resigned in protest of a behind-closed-doors, forced resignation of the city manager.

June 4, 2013

Charlie Hales on Covering Reservoirs And Assigning Bureaus

We'll talk with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales about covering reservoirs and his much anticipated bureau assignments. 

Jeff Merkley Holds Hearing On Middle Class

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has invited struggling Oregonians featured in the documentary film American Winter to testify before a Senate subcommittee on economic policy.

June 3, 2013

Citizens Take On Crime Prevention

Citizens in Josephine County have started a Facebook page to monitor and catch criminals.

Compost Kicked Out of North Plains City

After residents of North Plains City complained, Portland's commercial compost had to find a new home.

GMO Wheat Update

The discovery of genetically modified wheat in an Oregon field has led to more questions than answers for consumers, farmers, and federal officials alike.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In DNA Case

We'll talk with law professor Lisa McElroy about a high profile DNA case Justices ruled on today and other cases expected to be decided in June.

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