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Episodes: March, 2014

March 31, 2014

How Do Religion And Spirituality Affect Your Health?

MONDAY: New research from Oregon State University dives into the effect that religion and spirituality have on your health.

The Best Way To Memorize

MONDAY: What's the best way to memorize something? Following the US Memory Championship, an expert shares his strategies.

How Do Portland Police Address Human Trafficking?

MONDAY: On Friday's show, Former President Jimmy Carter said that police are often complicit with prostitution. We'll get a response from Portland Police.

Jefferson County Ranks Last In Health

MONDAY: In a study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Jefferson County in central Oregon was identified as one of Oregon's least health counties.

March 28, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter Issues A Call To Action

FRIDAY: Former President Jimmy Carter's new book addresses discrimination and violence against women around the world.

News Roundtable: March 28, 2014

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

March 27, 2014

The Next Tsunami

THURSDAY: Bonnie Henderson's new book, The Next Tsunami: Living On A Restless Coast, explores how our understanding of seismic activity has changed over 50 years.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Oregon Case

THURSDAY: Justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that grew out of a 2004 protest in Southern Oregon.

Cover Oregon Extends Enrollment Deadline To April 30

THURSDAY: The enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act is March 31st, but Oregon's problem-plagued program has received a month-long extension.

March 26, 2014

"Comics For Change" Profiles Oregon Activists

WEDNESDAY: A collection of mini-comics brings together Portland authors and artists to highlight the work of ten different community organizers.

When Will Portland Get A Bike Share System?

WEDNESDAY: As bike share programs crop up around the country, Portland's program still hasn't gotten off the ground.

Rescue And Recovery Continues In Washington's Deadly Mudslide

WEDNESDAY: We'll get the latest on the rescue and recovery efforts in rural Washington state where a mudslide has left 14 dead and more than 176 as yet unaccounted for.

March 25, 2014

St. Vincent Creates The World She Wants To See

TUESDAY: Annie Clark has found new ways to shatter pop conventions over the course of four albums as St. Vincent.

Court Ruling Says Judges Can Force Some Defendants To Take Anti-Psychotic Drugs

TUESDAY: The Oregon Supreme Court ruled March 20 that judges can order mentally ill defendants to take anti-psychotic medication under certain circumstances.

Oregonian Plans New System For Compensating Reporters

Reporters soon will be compensated based on how their stories play online.

March 24, 2014

Ariel Gore's Memoir Explores The Complex Role Of Caregiver

MONDAY: In her new memoir, The End of Eve, Ariel Gore chronicles the experience of caring for her dying mother with both honesty and humor.

The Tricky Ins And Outs Of Investing In The Pot Industry

MONDAY: Investors are weighing the risks and benefits of backing the burgeoning medical and recreational pot markets.

108 Unaccounted For In Washington Landslide

The number of people unaccounted for in the Snohomish County landslide is described as "soft" but the situation is grim.

March 21, 2014

Report Finds Many Flaws In Cover Oregon Oversight

FRIDAY: An independent analysis of Oregon's health insurance exchange finds state agencies and Oracle were both responsible for Cover Oregon's failures.

News Roundtable: March 21, 2014

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

March 20, 2014

The Lives Inside Oregon's Rummer Homes

THURSDAY: Think Out Loud is exploring life inside a Rummer home and the legacy of its builder. In anticipation, we tour four Rummer homes in the Oak Hills neighborhood.

Cover Oregon: What Went Wrong?

THURSDAY: The results of an independent review into what went wrong with Oregon's health insurance exchange was released today.

March 19, 2014

Sen. Wyden On The Tensions Between Liberty And Security

WEDNESDAY: Ron Wyden (D-OR) is one of the Senate's most vocal watchdogs on the issue of data collection by intelligence agencies.

Local Governments Weigh Options For Dispensaries

WEDNESDAY: Cities and counties in Oregon are deciding whether to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, add regulations to them, or allow them to move forward under a new state law.

How Property Taxes Are Influencing The Housing Market

WEDNESDAY: According to a new report from the Northwest Economic Research Center, Oregon's property tax system is skewing the housing market.

March 18, 2014

Author Phil Klay In Conversation With Local Veterans

TUESDAY: We explore the realities of war and reintegration with veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

March 17, 2014

Mississippi Records Reissues Anthology of American Folk Music

MONDAY: Portland-born Harry Smith's influential Anthology of American Folk Music is being reissued by Portland's Mississippi Records.

Environmental Update

MONDAY: We'll talk with the EarthFix team about China's ban on West Coast shellfish, a lost ski season for Mt. Ashland, and more.

Exploring Student Free Speech Rights And Twitter

MONDAY: We examine free speech issues raised by the ACLU after at least 20 public High School students were suspended for retweeting a rumor about a teacher.

March 14, 2014

What $20 Million In Affordable Housing Could Mean

FRIDAY: Following the call by Mayor Charlie Hales for additional money for inner N/NE Portland, we'll dig into the history of affordable housing in the area and ask where new money might go.

News Roundtable: March 14, 2014

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

Washington Legislative Session Wraps

FRIDAY: The Washington legislature has reached an agreement on the state budget.

March 13, 2014

Examining The Historical Context For Ukrainian Unrest

THURSDAY: We'll talk with author and Portland State University associate professor Natan Meir about the history of the former Soviet republic.

PSU Faculty May Strike Within A Month

THURSDAY: Portland State University's full-time faculty voted overwhelming to approve a strike, which could begin in early April.

Is Central Oregon's Economy Turning A Corner?

THURSDAY: Recent unemployment figures suggest that Central Oregon's economy is improving. It was one of the hardest hit by the recession and housing bust.

March 12, 2014

Masha Gessen On Speaking Out In Putin's Russia

WEDNESDAY: Masha Gessen has long been a critic of Vladimir Putin's government, but it wasn't until recently that she felt threatened enough to leave Russia.

Who's Running?

WEDNESDAY: We'll get some analysis of state and local races following Tuesday's candidate filing deadline.

How Does Pot Affect The Body And Brain?

WEDNESDAY: Due to pot's illegal status at the federal level, research on the effect of the drug is limited.

March 11, 2014

Talking Business

TUESDAY: In our regular business update, we'll discuss the urban renewal area near PSU, Hanjin's decision to stick with the Port of Portland, and more.

A Dive Into The Hip-Hop Scene In St. Johns

TUESDAY: Portland's St. Johns neighborhood is the epicenter of a growing hip-hop scene.

Is Open Source Software The Answer to Oregon's IT Problems?

TUESDAY: One longtime information technology executive, consultant, and educator says Oregon isn't investing enough in open source solutions.

March 10, 2014

Recounting The Lost Pacific Empire of Astoria

MONDAY: Peter Stark tells the adventure-filled story of John Jacob Astor's audacious but doomed plan to create a commercial fur empire in the northwest.

How Did Oregon's 2014 Legislative Session Play Out?

MONDAY: The Oregon Legislature adjourned on Friday. What did they accomplish?

March 7, 2014

Timbers Kick Off 2014 Season

FRIDAY: The Portland Timbers play their first official game of the 2014 season against the Philadelphia Union at Providence Park this Saturday.

Safeway And Kroger Won't Sell GE Salmon

FRIDAY: Two of the country's largest grocery chains have joined a long list of stores that won't sell genetically engineered salmon.

News Roundtable: March 7, 2014

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

March 6, 2014

A Northeast Portland Follow-up: Development And Trader Joe's

THURSDAY: We'll hear from business owners and residents who support a new Trader Joe's on the vacant lot on NE MLK Jr. Blvd. and Alberta St. in Portland.

Competing Republican Events Highlight Differences In Party

THURSDAY: A group of conservatives upset by the agenda for an annual gathering of Oregon Republicans have organized their own competing event this weekend.

March 5, 2014

States Struggle To Make Higher Ed Affordable

WEDNESDAY: Oregon has a few proposals on the table to make higher education affordable, but it's still unclear if any of them can make a dent in what students pay for college.

Portland African American Leadership Forum Talks Gentrification and Development

WEDNESDAY: PAALF is holding its second community conversation about what to do with the vacant lot on NE MLK Jr. Blvd. and Alberta St. — and other similar sites.

March 4, 2014

Are Hip-Hop Shows Targeted By Portland Police?

TUESDAY: Portland MCs say police arbitrarily harass people who attend hip-hop shows, but PPB says they are concerned about large crowds of all kinds.

What Would Google Fiber Bring To Portland?

TUESDAY: Portland is one of nine metropolitan areas where Google hopes to introduce super-fast internet. We'll hear what that could mean.

March 3, 2014

OSU Pitcher's NCAA Suspension Causes Outcry

TUESDAY: Oregon State University pitcher Ben Wetzler will sit out 11 games for violating NCAA draft negotiation rules.

What's Still On The Table In Washington's Legislature?

MONDAY: With about two weeks left in Washington's 2014 legislative session, we'll get an update from Olympia-based reporter Austin Jenkins.

New Efforts Aim To Curb Absenteeism At Community Court

MONDAY: The Chronic Offender Pilot Project, used by Portland-area police and prosecutors to get more people to show up for community court, is raising some eyebrows.

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