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Episodes: December, 2013

December 31, 2013

What Song Captured Your Year?

TUESDAY: We're looking back at 2013 by asking you to share the song that most resonated with you this year.

December 30, 2013

Rebroadcast: Malcolm Gladwell

MONDAY: This year Dave sat down with Malcolm Gladwell to discuss his most recent book, David and Goliath, in which Gladwell dismantled conventional thinking on topics ranging from education to criminal sentencing to basketball strategy.

Oregon Scientist One of 11 Trying To Build A Better Condom

MONDAY: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding 11 different efforts to try to create a condom men will be more likely to wear.

December 27, 2013

News Roundtable: Year In Review

FRIDAY: Our news roundtable takes a look back at the year's big stories.

December 26, 2013

TOL Producers Share Their Favorite Moments

THURSDAY: For a special end-of-the-year program, Think Out Loud producers gather around the microphone to share their favorite moments from 2013.

December 25, 2013

Rebroadcast: Ann Patchett Talks About Writing, Marriage And More

WEDNESDAY: Ann Patchett, the author of many award-winning novels, talks about her latest nonfiction book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

December 24, 2013

We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford

TUESDAY: We'll talk to some of the student poets whose work appears in the new anthology inspired by the writing of Oregon's former poet laureate.

Second Megaload of Oil Refinery Equipment Hits The Road

TUESDAY: The trucking company hauling massive oil refinery equipment across Eastern Oregon is gearing up for protests along the way.

Remembering George Azumano

MONDAY: George Azumano was a businessman and a pillar of Portland's Japanese-American community. He died earlier this month at the age of 95.

December 23, 2013

The Truth About Santa

MONDAY: Today we rebroadcast a holiday classic: the truth about Santa.

Examining The Promise Of XRAY.FM

MONDAY: We'll talk to Jefferson Smith about the new progressive, independent radio station launching in the new year.

December 20, 2013

Rebroadcast: The Evangelicals You Don't Know

FRIDAY: Tonight, we listen back to our conversation at Imago Dei church about what it means to be an evangelical Christian.

News Roundtable: December 20, 2013

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

December 19, 2013

Should Health Insurance Pay For Telemedicine Visits?

THURSDAY: Northwest-based ZoomCare would like to change Oregon law to require insurance companies to reimburse for virtual visits to the doctor.

Francis Bacon Triptych Comes To The Portland Art Museum

THURSDAY: The most expensive painting ever sold at auction, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," will be on display at the Portland Art Museum starting this weekend.

Environmental Update On Tree Sits And China's Ban On NW Shellfish

THURSDAY: We'll hear from two of our EarthFix reporters about tree-sit protests and China's ban on shellfish from the Northwest.

December 18, 2013

OHSU Discovers Possible Treatment For Chemo-Induced Fatigue

WEDNESDAY: A recent study suggests a brain protein that regulates sleep and wakefulness could help reverse fatigue brought on by chemotherapy.

Portland Defender Of Sex-Abuse Victims Passes Away

WEDNESDAY: Portland attorney Kelly Clark, who made a career defending victims of sexual abuse, passed away Tuesday at the age of 56.

Some Native American Tribal Members Face Disenrollment

WEDNESDAY: Some tribal members in the Northwest are facing tribal disenrollment. We'll talk with two regional reporters about the cultural and financial implications.

December 17, 2013

Oregon Man To Cross The Country On Horseback

TUESDAY: Sam Hopkins-Hubbard is taking a leave from his job as city councilor in Milton-Freewater to get himself — and his horses — prepared to ride across America.

Federal Judge Rules Some NSA Activity Likely Unconstitutional

TUESDAY: A federal judge says the National Security Agency's metadata collection program is likely unconstitutional.

U.S. And Canada Seek To Modernize Columbia River Treaty

TUESDAY: The U.S. and Canada are entering negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty for the first time since its ratification a half century ago.

December 16, 2013

Talking Business

MONDAY: In our regular business update, we'll discuss the labor deal at the Port of Portland, federal money for NuScale, and more.

Flavel Due In Court Over Dilapidated Astoria Mansion

MONDAY: Mary Louise Flavel was due in court over her family's mansion and two other commercial buildings that have fallen into extreme disrepair and have racked up city fines totaling $5.6 million.

Retirement Is Up Among Oregonians

MONDAY: Looming cuts to public pensions and an improving economy are prompting more Oregonians to retire.

December 13, 2013

Reading Poetry To Ferns

FRIDAY: A small arts organization in Corvallis is convening a poetry reading this Friday — to ferns. We'll talk to one of the three readers and find out what appealed to her about the idea of reading poetry to a leafy plant.

New Rules for Oregon's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

FRIDAY: The rules that will govern Oregon's medical marijuana dispensaries are far from perfect, according to members of the committee that created them.

News Roundtable: December 13, 2013

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

December 12, 2013

Controversial Tactics Used In ATF Stings In Portland And Elsewhere

THURSDAY: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has been using what it calls "rogue tactics" in stings across the country.

Is There Fire Where There's Vapor?: The E-Cigarette Debate

THURSDAY: Following a national trend, some Oregon state legislators have introduced proposals for greater regulation over the sale of e-cigarettes.

Some Of America's Worst Charities Are Fundraising In Oregon

THURSDAY: Some of the 50 worst charities in America raise funds from Oregonians. Oregon has a new law that encourages residents to avoid these kinds of charities.

December 11, 2013

The Oregon Lottery Under Jack Roberts

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with the newly confirmed head of the Oregon Lottery, former Labor Commissioner, Jack Roberts.

Revisiting the Clackamas Town Center Shooting One Year Later

WEDNESDAY: It's been a year since a gunman opened fire at the Clackamas Town Center mall, killing two people before shooting himself.

December 10, 2013

Live In Studio With Portland Guitarist Marisa Anderson

TUESDAY: Guitarist Marisa Anderson has had a prolific year. We'll hear a few songs and talk with her about her music.

Right 2 Dream Too Still Looking For New Place To Pitch Tents

TUESDAY: Right 2 Dream Too is still looking for new location, sixty days after the city agreed to come up with an alternative to the parking lot under the Broadway bridge known as "Lot 7."

December 9, 2013

Smoking Cessation Drug Chantix Tied To Violent Side Effects

MONDAY: A Harrisburg woman alleges side effects from a smoking cessation drug caused her husband to murder their 13-year-old son before committing suicide himself.

Bruce Goldberg Takes On Cover Oregon

MONDAY: Bruce Goldberg is on leave from the Oregon Health Authority to take over as acting director of the state's beleaguered health insurance exchange. What will he do differently?

Kitzhaber Announces His Run For Fourth Term

MONDAY: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this morning that he will run for a fourth term in office.

December 6, 2013

Brian Doyle's Defense Of The Suburbs

FRIDAY: The suburbs are the focus of a lot of criticism in popular media, but author Brian Doyle argues much of it is undeserved.

News Roundtable: December 6, 2013

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

December 5, 2013

Beaverton Church Closes Warming Shelter For Homeless

THURSDAY: A church in Beaverton says it can no longer operate the city's only emergency warming shelter due to safety concerns.

Oregon's Cities 40 Years After Land Use Laws

THURSDAY: How have Oregon's cities been affected by the state's land use laws, signed 40 years ago?

Will Oregon's Christmas Trees Be Affected By Root Rot?

THURSDAY: We'll check in on the state of Oregon's Christmas trees in light of recent national reports about threats to the industry from phytophthora root rot.

December 4, 2013

Should Animals Have Legal Personhood?

WEDNESDAY: An animal rights group has filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a chimpanzee named Tommy, in an effort to take him from his owners and have him put in a sanctuary.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Oregon Case

WEDNESDAY: A 2004 protest in Jacksonville, Oregon is at the center of a Supreme Court case involving qualified immunity for Secret Service agents.

The ACLU Wants More Restrictions On License Plate Data

WEDNESDAY: The ACLU of Oregon wants to create a state standard for how law enforcement uses the data gathered from automatic license plate readers on police cars.

December 3, 2013

Sheri Speede Writes About Chimpanzees as "Kindred Beings"

TUESDAY: Former Portland veterinarian Sheri Speede has a new book about how she moved to Cameroon to start a chimpanzee refuge.

Washougal Discusses Abortion And Community Center Funding

TUESDAY: One Washougal city councilor found herself grappling with her beliefs about abortion in deciding whether to fund a local social service agency.

December 2, 2013

Our Town: Fields

MONDAY: The Our Town series continues with its smallest destination yet — Fields, Oregon.

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