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Episodes: January, 2014

January 31, 2014

Exploring The State of Jefferson

FRIDAY: Live from Jacksonville we explore the history of this secessionist movement and the political and cultural resonance of the "state" today.

January 30, 2014

Different Approaches To Homelessness In Eugene

THURSDAY: In Eugene, there are various options for people experiencing homelessness — both legal and illegal.

News Roundtable: January 30, 2014

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

January 29, 2014

Talking With Oregon's Elementary Principal of the Year

WEDNESDAY: Ericka Guynes says this year is one of the toughest she's faced as an educator.

Secretary Of State Releases TriMet Audit

WEDNESDAY: Secretary of State Kate Brown is releasing a top-to-bottom audit of the state's largest transit agency.

When Should You Not Call 911?

WEDNESDAY: The 911 service provider in Washington County is publishing the most ridiculous calls of the week in an effort to educate people about when not to call 911.

January 28, 2014

Ruth Ozeki On A Tale For The Time Being

TUESDAY: Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki, shares her thoughts on writing and the moments that make up a life.

January 27, 2014

Talking Business

MONDAY: In our regular business update, we'll discuss proposed methanol plants in Washington, a Portland-based digital currency, and more.

Navigating Nut Allergies In The Classroom

MONDAY: What's the best way to protect kids with severe food allergies while they're in school?

The Republican Challengers To Merkley And Kitzhaber

MONDAY: Differences among the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and Oregon Governor became clearer this weekend at a gathering of conservatives in Portland.

January 24, 2014

Curry County Hosts Public Safety Summit

FRIDAY: Public officials from Oregon's economically struggling timber counties and the state capitol are gathering in Curry County to discuss funding public safety

News Roundtable: January 24, 2014

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

Washington Legislature Divided During 2014 Session

FRIDAY: Lawmakers in Olympia are finishing up their second week of the 2014 legislative session, and a clear political divide is already evident.

January 23, 2014

Oregon Faces A Continued Dry Spell In 2014

THURSDAY: It's been a particularly dry winter for Oregon. Businesses from agriculture to recreation are feeling the repercussions of the dry spell.

Judge Rules Sandy River Hatchery Violates ESA

THURSDAY: A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a hatchery on the Sandy River run by NOAA violates the Environmental Protection Act.

January 22, 2014

One Year And Counting With Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with Portland mayor, Charlie Hales, about his accomplishments and challenges to date and his plans for the next three years.

Name That Bridge: The Four Finalists

WEDNESDAY: TriMet announced four top choices for naming the new bridge across the Willamette. Which one would you choose?

January 21, 2014

Woodburn Officers Allege Misconduct And Retaliation

TUESDAY: Police officers in Woodburn are suing the city, claiming the police department systematically ignores misconduct and retaliates against whistleblowers.

How Close Are Portland Public School Teachers To Agreement...Or A Strike?

TUESDAY: We'll talk with OPB education reporter Rob Manning to get the latest on the protracted labor dispute between teachers and the district.

DeFazio Speaks Out Against Proposed Free Trade Agreement

TUESDAY: U.S Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon is leading a contingent of environmentalists, labor groups, and internet freedom advocates in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

January 20, 2014

OPB's Geoff Norcross On Jeopardy! And Risking It All

MONDAY: OPB's Geoff Norcross recounts his experience on "America's Favorite Quiz Show," a dream he's had since he was a teenager.

Congressman John Lewis' Graphic Memoir

MONDAY: Rep. John Lewis reflects on the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and his own introduction to activism as a young man.

January 17, 2014

William Stafford Centennial

FRIDAY: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Stafford. You can join the conversation about his life and legacy at Portland's Central Library. Find out more here.

January 16, 2014

Eugene Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

THURSDAY: Following the lead of other progressive cities across the U.S., Eugene has decided to divest from fossil fuel companies.

What To Expect From The 2014 Legislative Session

THURSDAY: We'll check in with our Capitol reporter about the issues that will shape the 2014 legislative session.

News Roundtable: January 16, 2014

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

January 15, 2014

Could Tolling Save The Columbia River Crossing?

WEDNESDAY: Oregon lawmakers are looking at tolls as a way to fund the bridge project without resources from Washington.

Ranchers Concerned About Sage Grouse Conservation Plans

WEDNESDAY: Oregon cattle ranchers react to plans to reappoint some public lands currently used for cattle grazing as a protected habitat for the sage grouse.

The Salem Statesman Journal Adds Pages

WEDNESDAY: The Salem Statesman Journal is adding 60 pages a week to the paper in hopes it will increase circulation.

January 14, 2014

Lawrence Wright Investigates Scientology

TUESDAY: We're live from Literary Arts with Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief. Reserve your tickets here.

January 13, 2014

What Should Be Done With The Portland Building?

MONDAY: Portland is facing a $95 million tab in repairs to a municipal building many consider an eyesore. Should it be fixed or torn down?

Environmental Update On Oil-By-Rail In the Northwest

MONDAY: Increasingly, trains are carrying crude oil across the Northwest. After derailments in other places, lawmakers are asking for more information and better safety standards.

The Battle Over Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

MONDAY: The American Civil Liberties Union and the state of Oregon are challenging the federal government's attempt to access data in the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

January 10, 2014

Lane County Sees Results Of Public Safety Levy

FRIDAY: In Lane County, a public safety levy passed in May means more jail beds and fewer early releases, but so far the crime rate has not gone down.

How An Ashland Train Robbery Helped Establish Forensic Science

FRIDAY: Early forensic science helped solve a train robbery outside of Ashland, OR in 1923. It was one of the first uses of what would become an essential crime solving tool.

News Roundtable: January 10, 2014

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

January 9, 2014

Why Are So Few People Taking The HIV Prevention Drug?

THURSDAY: A daily pill to prevent HIV infection has been on the market since 2012. So why aren't more people taking it?

Intel Bets On Wearable Technology

THURSDAY: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's keynote address at this year's Consumer Electronics Show introduced a shift in focus for the PC microprocessor giant.

Conflict Minerals: The Human Cost of Consumer Tech

THURSDAY: While the ubiquity of smart technology has led to greater awareness of human rights issues worldwide, obtaining the metals used in these devices often comes with a terrible human cost. 

Oregon State Student Media Adviser Appeals Denial Of Public Records

THURSDAY: OSU student media adviser Kate Willson made a series of public records requests from the university and was denied. She filed an appeal this week.

January 8, 2014

Portland Cuisine To Watch (And Taste) in 2014

WEDNESDAY: Two food critics talk about what they ate last year and what they're looking forward to in 2014.

Deadline Passes For Cover Oregon Enrollment Starting In January

WEDNESDAY: Oregonians hoping to enroll in Cover Oregon by Jan 1 had until Monday. How many made the deadline?

January 7, 2014

Talking Business

TUESDAY: In our regular business update, we'll discuss high stocks for Oregon companies in 2013, whether people are keeping their health plans, and more.

Emergency Room Visits More Frequent On Oregon Health Plan

TUESDAY: A new report shows emergency room visits are more common for those on Oregon's Medicaid program.

Benefit Corporations Aim To Balance Profit With Public Good

TUESDAY: Oregon has just joined a growing number of states that allow businesses to register as a Benefit Companies — meaning corporations can be defined not only by profit-making but by social goals as well.

January 6, 2014

Do Brain Training Games Actually Work?

MONDAY: Do games that claim to help improve your memory or cognitive functioning actually work?

Looking Back On Tonya Harding And Nancy Kerrigan 20 Years Later

MONDAY: It's been 20 years since Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked after practice in Detroit, leading to a global scandal.

OPB's Class of 2025 Project

MONDAY: Oregon aims to have all students in the class of 2025 graduate high school. Those kids are in first grade now and OPB is following their progress toward this goal.

January 3, 2014

Wind Energy Tax Credit Expires

FRIDAY: We'll explore the effect of the expiration of the federal wind energy tax credit, and the role that subsidies play in energy production more broadly.

Oregon Among FAA Drone Testing Sites

FRIDAY: The Federal Aviation Administration accepted an application from Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon to test unmanned aircrafts in an effort to integrate them into the nation's airspace.

News Roundtable: January 3, 2014

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

January 2, 2014

Lauren Kessler On Turning Time Counterclockwise

THURSDAY: We're replaying an earlier interview with Eugene author Lauren Kessler. Her 2013 book, Counterclockwise, recounts her year of personal research into the world of anti-aging.

Union Vote Will Determine Boeing's Next Move

THURSDAY: Boeing machinists will vote Friday on a contract that has serious implications for the region's aerospace industry.

New Oregon Laws Take Effect

THURSDAY: Several new laws take effect in Oregon with the new year, including a ban on teens using tanning beds, an increase in fines for texting while driving, and a law that allows new moms to take their placentas home with them.

January 1, 2014

Rebroadcast: Life At Crane Union School

WEDNESDAY: This New Year's Day, we're revisiting one of our favorite remote shows from 2013, at one of the few public boarding schools in the country.

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