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Episodes: May, 2014

May 30, 2014

Clark County Releases Proposed Changes To Charter

FRIDAY: Voters will be asked to weigh in on a rearrangement of county government that would also cut commissioners' salaries in half.

Could the U.S. Supreme Court Rule On Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling?

FRIDAY: The National Organization for Marriage has filed an emergency appeal with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy over Oregon's legalization of same-sex marriage.

News Roundtable: May 30, 2014

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

May 29, 2014

Incoming And Outgoing Oregon Poet Laureates

THURSDAY: Peter Sears and Paulann Petersen talk about their own experiences and reflect on the past and future of the Oregon poet laureate.

Should Portland Move Ahead With The Proposed Street Fee?

THURSDAY: Portland's City Council is holding a public hearing on the proposed street fee Thursday at 2 p.m.

May 28, 2014

Portland Musician Janice Scroggins Dies

WEDNESDAY: Janice Scroggins, an accomplished Portland pianist, died Tuesday night at the age of 58.

Matika Wilbur Photographs America's Tribes

WEDNESDAY: Matika Wilbur is working on Project 562, a journey to photograph every Native American tribe in the U.S.

How Does Defensive Medicine Affect Health Care Costs?

WEDNESDAY: We'll explore the idea of defensive medicine, procedures that doctors order for patients out of a fear of malpractice lawsuits — not because they're medically necessary. 

May 27, 2014

Protecting The Owyhee Canyonlands

TUESDAY: Petitioners are attempting to use to Wilderness Act to turn the canyonlands into a wilderness area.

Election Monitor Talks Ukraine Election Results

TUESDAY: Reed College professor Paul Gronke fills us in on his experience as an election monitor for Ukraine's election this past Sunday.

How Did Portland's Roads Get So Bad?

TUESDAY: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick proposed a transportation user fee last week to help fix the city's roads.

May 26, 2014

Rebroadcast: Local Veterans Talk With Author Phil Klay

MONDAY: In this special rebroadcast, we explore the realities of war, the effects of loss and the challenges of reintegration with veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 23, 2014

Reed College Professor Helps Monitor Ukraine Election

FRIDAY: Reed College politic science professor Paul Gronke is one of 1,000 observers keeping an eye on Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday.

News Roundtable: May 23, 2014

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

Boil Water Notice For All Portland Customers

FRIDAY: The Portland Water Bureau announced this morning that there is now a boil water notice in effect for all water bureau customers.

May 22, 2014

Shortage of Execution Drug Could Affect Death With Dignity Patients

THURSDAY: Patients using Oregon and Washington's Death with Dignity laws want access to a drug that's currently tied up in a global political struggle over the death penalty.

OHSU Scientist Pushes Forward With Stem Cell Research

THURSDAY: Shoukhrat Mitalipov is one of the world's leading researchers on embryonic stem cells.

May 21, 2014

Kishi Bashi Performs In OPB's Studio

WEDNESDAY: Kishi Bashi brings his solo act to OPB to perform songs from his new album Lighght.

Analyzing Election Results

WEDNESDAY: We'll get reaction to the May Primary Election with Sarah Mirk and Jim Pasero.

May 20, 2014

Journalism Is Alive And Well At Grant High School

TUESDAY: Students who work on the monthly Grant Magazine say it's more like a job than a class, and that's what they love about it.

Environmental Update On Oil Trains, Coal & More

TUESDAY: We'll round-up some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.

HHS Nominee Wants Money Back From Failed Exchanges

TUESDAY: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nominee, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, says she'd like to retrieve federal money from states like Oregon whose healthcare exchange has failed.

May 19, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

MONDAY: Judge Michael McShane ruled on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday at noon.

May 16, 2014

WA High Schooler Throws 194 Pitches In One Game

FRIDAY: Rochester High School's coach has come under fire for not pulling the young pitcher out of the 15-inning game earlier.

OSU Group Wants To Promote Healthy Masculinity

FRIDAY: An OSU men's program hopes to promotes healthy, responsible masculine identities, and educate men about sexual violence.

News Roundtable: May 16, 2014

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

May 15, 2014

NOAA Taps OSU's Rick Spinrad

THURSDAY: Oregon State University's Vice President of Research, Rick Spinrad, will serve as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fatal Birth Defects Prevalent in Three Washington Counties

THURSDAY: Families and state officials are eager to find the source of a cluster of rare birth defects in three Central and Eastern Washington counties.

FCC Votes On Net Neutrality Rules

THURSDAY: The FCC's vote Thursday approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's controversial new internet rules for public comment.

May 14, 2014

How People Face The Challenges Of Caregiving

WEDNESDAY: We're talking with an audience about what it's like to to take care of a parent, a child, or a spouse.

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Is Back In Court Today

WEDNESDAY: Judge Michael McShane ruled today on the National Organization for Marriage's motion to intervene in the case.

May 13, 2014

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Scott Nelson, business editor for The Oregonian, joins us for our regular business news update.

Winning Lincoln High School Constitution Team Talks Civics

TUESDAY: Members of Lincoln's Constitution team discuss civics education in light of a new poll suggesting Oregon voters are woefully lacking knowledge in the subject.

Primary Election Preview

TUESDAY: Jim Moore, Director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Pacific University, speaks about some of the races in the upcoming primary.

May 12, 2014

George Saunders Reflects On Writing And Kindness

MONDAY: George Saunders has become one of the most popular writers in America for his short works of fiction and non-fiction.

May 9, 2014

Republican Primary 5th Congressional District Candidates

FRIDAY: Republicans Tootie Smith and Ben Pollock are vying for the chance to face off against Democrat Kurt Schrader in November.

News Roundtable: May 9, 2014

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

May 8, 2014

Initiative Would Ban GMO Crops in Jackson County

THURSDAY: An initiative to ban genetically engineered crops in Jackson County has garnered interest from farmers on both sides of the issue.

Exit Interview With Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia

THURSDAY: After 20 years at the paper, editor Peter Bhatia is leaving The Oregonian and leaving Portland. We'll hear his reflections on journalism in the digital age.

May 7, 2014

Portable Classrooms Come With Hidden Costs

WEDNESDAY: Our EarthFix team looked into the environmental impacts and other costs associated with teaching and learning in temporary spaces.

Jackson County Responds To Gang Activity

WEDNESDAY: A gang task force spent two years studying community members' perceptions of gang activity in the Southern Oregon county.

UO Basketball Players Accused Of Rape Won't Be Charged

WEDNESDAY: Three University of Oregon students on the Ducks basketball team will not be charged with rape for an incident that occurred this spring.

May 6, 2014

Republican Primary Candidate For Senate: Monica Wehby

TUESDAY: Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby is vying for the chance to face off against incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley in November.

The Blazers Take On The Spurs In Second Round Action

TUESDAY: The Portland Trail Blazers are in the Western Conference semifinals, and face the San Antonio Spurs.

May 5, 2014

Combatting Sexual Assault On College Campuses

MONDAY: University of Oregon professor Jennifer Freyd worked on the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Candidates Face Off In Washington County Commission Race

MONDAY: Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse is challenging incumbent Washington County Commissioner Bob Terry.

May 2, 2014

New Documentary Highlights The Carter Family's History and Influence

FRIDAY: Oregon filmmaker Beth Harrington's documentary about the history of the Carter and Cash families and their effect on music — country, Americana and more — debuts this Saturday in Portland.

News Roundtable: May 2, 2014

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

May 1, 2014

Caring For Babies Born Prematurely

THURSDAY: Premature births represent about 12 percent of all births in the U.S. We'll hear about one couple's experience with their son who was born five weeks early.

Oregon Presents New Plan To Evaluate Teachers

THURSDAY: After being granted extra time to meet federal standards, a group of Oregon education professionals has drafted a new plan for how teachers are held accountable.

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