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Episodes: September, 2013

September 30, 2013

Cover Oregon Goes Online

People can begin shopping for insurance through Cover Oregon — the state's health insurance exchange — starting October 1.

Oregon Legislature Convenes For Special Session

At the behest of Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregon lawmakers return for a special session on Monday, October 30th. OPB Salem correspondent Chris Lehman joins us from the capitol.

September 27, 2013

Toro Bravo Secrets Revealed

John Gorham reveals the stories behind his award-winning restaurant, Toro Bravo, in his new book Toro Bravo. Stories. Recipes. No Bull.

The New Science Of Fighting Wildfires

As another deadly and expensive fire season comes to an end, scientists are trying to better understand how fire spreads.

News Roundtable: September 27, 2013

We review some of the biggest state, national and international news stories of the week.

September 26, 2013

The Wildlife In The Backyard

Lyanda Lynn Haupt's The Urban Bestiary urges us to consider, and appreciate, the wildlife in our cities.

Governor Kitzhaber Discusses Special Session

Governor John Kitzhaber hopes to get his "grand bargain" on public employee pension cuts and taxes in a September 30 special legislative session.

September 25, 2013

Brian Druker Talks About A Billion Research Dollars

We'll talk with cancer researcher Brian Druker about the surprise half billion dollar challenge from philanthropists Phil Knight and his wife Penny.

Rule Changes Could Give Chinook Tribes Federal Recognition

An overhaul of Bureau of Indian Affairs rules could provide the Chinook Indian Nation with Federal recognition as an official tribe.

Debate Over GMO Crops Enters Special Session Bargaining

A GMO bill that died in the House during the regular session has been resurrected in the horse trading regarding the special session.

September 24, 2013

Biometric Security Comes To Your Smartphone

The new Apple iPhone 5S's fingerprint scanner has generated a flurry of interest in biometric security features on mobile electronic devices, but are these new systems really more secure?

Oregon Convention Center Hotel Moves Forward

Should the government subsidize a hotel to serve visitors to the Oregon Convention Center? We'll hear why some people think its a good idea — and others do not.

September 23, 2013

Artists Using 3D Printers

How does 3D printing technology change the way an artist works?

Father of Bullied Teen Continues Cross-Country "Walk for Change"

Joe Bell's cross-country journey is a tribute to his son, Jadin. He began in La Grande, Oregon on April 21, 2013 and is currently in Denver, Colorado.

Kenneth M. Pollack Talks About The Unthinkable

Author and former CIA intelligence analyst Kenneth Pollack is coming to Oregon this week to talk about the subject of his new book, Unthinkable: Iran, The Bomb and American Strategy.

September 20, 2013

Oregon Opens A New State Park, On The John Day River

Oregon is about to open its newest — and soon to be second-largest — state park: Cottonwood Canyon, on sixteen miles of the lower John Day River.

Marissa Madrigal Is Interim Multnomah County Chair

Hoping to move Multnomah County past the scandal that ended her predecessor's time in office, Marissa Madrigal takes on her new role as interim County Chair.

News Roundtable: September 20, 2013

We review some of the biggest state, national and international news stories of the week.

September 19, 2013

Our Town: Longview

For the next stop in the Our Town series, we visit the city of Longview, Washington.

September 18, 2013

City of Portland Has Money to Spare: How Will It Be Spent?

A surplus in Portland's annual budget sparks discussions about how and where the extra funds should be spent.

Do Minimum Wage Increases Help The Poor?

On Tuesday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced a 15 cent increase in the state's hourly minimum wage for 2014.

Update From Salem

Will there be a special session to create a new "grand bargain" on pension cuts and taxes?

September 17, 2013

The Psychology of Climate Change

What are the psychological blocks that make dealing with climate change so difficult?

New Malpractice Law Raises Concerns

A consumer advocacy group is worried about how medical malpractice cases will be tracked under a new Oregon law.

September 16, 2013

Documentary Sheds Light on Lives of First Hanford Employees

An Oregon Experience documentary looks at the planning and implementation of World War II’s biggest, most highly classified project.

Bringing Students Back To School

Portland Public School staff and volunteers are going door-to-door to bring dropout students back to school.

Understanding the Common Core

The new Common Core standards will raise academic expectations for standardized testing significantly.

September 13, 2013

Is Portland's Entertainment District Working?

Weekend street closures in downtown's busiest nightlife area get mixed reactions from police and business owners.

News Roundtable: September 13, 2013

We review some of the biggest national stories of the week.

September 12, 2013

Mitchell S. Jackson's Novel Focuses On Residue Years In Portland

Mitchell Jackson's semi-autobiographical debut novel recalls a northeast Portland damaged by drugs and the drug war.

September 11, 2013

Right 2 Dream Too Seeks New Home

The downtown Portland homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too may be relocating to a spot under the Broadway Bridge.

Reactions To President Obama's Syria Speech

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday evening making his case for military action in Syria. We'll get reaction.

September 10, 2013

Grading Oregon Students

The way Oregon school districts assess student performance is changing.

Talking Business

In our regular business update we'll discuss the lucrative business of college sports team branding, Portland's forthcoming James Beard Public Market, and Northwest bank mergers and rebranding.

A War Memorial Sparks Controversy

A cross atop a Vietnam War memorial in a Coos Bay park has become the center of a dispute.

September 9, 2013

Thorns Finish First Season As Champions

Portland came out on top in the National Women's Soccer League's inaugural season.

Labor Unions Want City Of Portland's Outsourced Jobs

Members of a local labor union say they should be getting the jobs that the City of Portland has been outsourcing to inmate work crews.

Portland Hosts Conference On Climate Change Science

EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita discusses developments at the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference.

September 6, 2013

Luke Burbank Leads Live Wire! Into 10th Year

Portland's homegrown radio variety show Live Wire! heads into its 10th year with a new host, Luke Burbank.

News Roundtable: September 6, 2013

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

September 5, 2013

Oregon's First Tea Crop Goes To Market

Tea may be about to join coffee, beer, wine and spirits as the Northwest's next homegrown beverage.

Summer Recess Conversation: Jeff Merkley

Our series of congressional recess conversations concludes with Oregon's junior U.S. senator, Jeff Merkley.

September 4, 2013

Economist Uses Comedy As A Teaching Tool

Economist Yoram Bauman combines his experiences as a professor and stand-up comedian to reach audiences all over the world.

Musicfest NW Takes Over

Musicfest Northwest features over 150 bands — both homegrown and imported — in venues around Portland this week.

Congressional Representatives on Syria

We talk with Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici about how they will vote on authorizing a military response to Syria's chemical weapons attack.

September 3, 2013

Teaching Teachers

With the Oregon public schools about to begin a new year, we'll talk with some teachers around the state to get their thoughts on teacher preparation.

Promoting Responsible Choices Is Key To Addressing Student Drinking

Many higher education schools in the Northwest have found it's more realistic to promote responsible drinking among students instead of discouraging it altogether.

Representative Kurt Schrader on Syria

We talk with Kurt Schrader about how he will vote on authorizing a military response to Syria's chemical weapons attack. 

September 2, 2013

Michael Pollan On Cooking

In this rebroadcast, food guru Michael Pollan talked to Dave Miller at Portland's Newmark Theatre.

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