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Episodes: June, 2014

June 30, 2014

Wading Into Smith Henderson's Fourth of July Creek

MONDAY: We'll talk to the Portland author about his debut novel and the critical acclaim it's received.

U.S. Supreme Court Wraps With Hobby Lobby And Union Cases

MONDAY: We'll analyze the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby case about contraceptive mandates and look back at the term with two law professors.

June 27, 2014

New Vancouver Fireworks Law Limits Sales And Use

FRIDAY: This year, Vancouver, Washington residents will only be able to set off fireworks on July 4.

What Is The State Of Black Newspapers?

FRIDAY: The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, holds its convention in Portland this week.

News Roundtable: June 27, 2014

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

June 26, 2014

Death Cafes Find Home In Portland

THURSDAY: In just three years Death Cafes have become a global movement with Portland as the epicenter in the U.S.

New Recreation Trail Would Go From Valley To Coast

THURSDAY: The planned Salmonberry Corridor would trace 86 miles from Banks to Tillamook, often following railroad lines.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules On Obama Appointments, Abortion Protests And More

THURSDAY: We'll get analysis of some big Supreme Court rulings this week with our go-to court watcher, Lisa McElroy.

June 25, 2014

Dean Hall Swims The Willamette

WEDNESDAY: A Gresham man battling cancer is swimming the entire length of the Willamette river.

Washington Gears Up For Marijuana Sales

WEDNESDAY: Washington's first licenses for marijuana stores will be issued on July 7. We'll explore how store owners and growers are getting ready.

Addressing Growing Poverty In Multnomah County

WEDNESDAY: A new report shows poverty in Multnomah County is growing. We'll break down the data and talk about how the county can address the issue.

June 24, 2014

Can Playing With Barbies Limit Girls' Career Choices?

TUESDAY: We'll explore new research that shows playing with Barbies could affect the jobs girls think they can do in the future.

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, talks about the business stories on her radar.

University Of Oregon Players Suspended From School

TUESDAY: Three University of Oregon students accused of sexual assault earlier this year have been suspended from school for at least four years.

Report On Oregon's New Medicaid System Is Mixed

TUESDAY: The report shows primary care visits are up, but accessing care is a problem for some patients.

June 23, 2014

PSU Uncovers Tapes Of RFK, Toni Morrison, Carl Sagan, More

MONDAY: The Portland State University archives also contain lectures by regional luminaries like Vera Katz and Sen. Wayne Morse.

Decoding The Eucalyptus Tree

MONDAY: We'll learn more about the international effort to map the genome of the eucalyptus tree, the world's most planted hardwood.

Does Mandatory Sick Leave Work For Everyone?

MONDAY: A proposed mandatory sick leave ordinance in Eugene is modeled off the one that passed in Portland last year.

June 20, 2014

Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing Comes To Hillsboro

FRIDAY: We'll learn about new affordable housing in Hillsboro that could save tenants hundreds of dollars on energy bills.

Bend Plans For Road Upgrades

FRIDAY: The city of Bend is planning for upgrades to their streets, specifically in the city center, in order to increase bikers and pedestrians.

News Roundtable: June 20, 2014

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

June 19, 2014

The Social And Economic Effects Of The World Cup

THURSDAY: What are the socioeconomic effects of mega-sports events like the World Cup on the host country and the world?

Hillsboro City Council Approves E-Cigarette Ban In Parks

THURSDAY: The Hillsboro parks department is concerned about toxins in e-cigarette vapor, and the possibility the devices could be confused for traditional cigarettes.

Oregon's 911 System

THURSDAY: Another outage with local 911 systems this week brought up questions about how state agencies and private companies work together to provide 911 service.

June 18, 2014

Number Of Stay-At-Home Parents In Oregon Increasing

WEDNESDAY: Stay-at-home moms still vastly outnumber stay-at-home dads, though the number of fathers staying at home with their kids is increasing.

Searching For Support For Gay Kids And Their Families

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk to a Portland mom who looked for support when her 8-year-old daughter came out as gay — and couldn't find it.

Cover Oregon Transitions To The Federal System

WEDNESDAY: We'll get a progress report on Oregon's switch over from the state's failed health insurance exchange website to the federal healthcare.gov.

June 17, 2014

Parental Responsibility When Kids Gain Access To Guns

TUESDAY: Should parents be held legally responsible when a minor accesses a parent's gun without permission?

Hunting And Fishing In Oregon Dip To A 30-Year Low

TUESDAY: We explore why Oregonians aren't hunting or fishing as much as they used to.

What To Do With Wapato Jail

Multnomah County officials have turned down seven ideas of what to do with Wapato Jail. We'll talk about them and find out what happens next.

June 16, 2014

Environmental Update On Cormorants And Starfish

MONDAY: Members of our EarthFix team will give us an update on the disease affecting sea stars in the Pacific ocean and a plan to kill thousands of birds preying on endangered salmon.

Jackson County's New Health Clinic For Employees Only

MONDAY: We'll learn about Jackson County's new health clinic for public employees, and what kind of savings officials are hoping for.

Humanitarian Crisis In Iraq Intensifies

MONDAY: One of the first responders for Mercy Corps recently returned from Iraq and joins us to talk about what things look like there.

June 13, 2014

When Wild Animals Come To The City

FRIDAY: After a bear was removed from a tree in NE Portland this week, we wanted to know what kinds of policies are in place to deal with wildlife in urban areas.

Analyzing Media Coverage Of School Shootings

FRIDAY: We'll talk to Al Tompkins with the Poynter Institute about the issues reporters and editors face when covering school shootings.

News Roundtable: June 13, 2014

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

June 12, 2014

Going To College Inside Prison

THURSDAY: During finals week, we go inside the Oregon State Penitentiary to find out about the College Inside program.

June 11, 2014

Program Helps Patients Communicate Their End-of-Life Wishes

WEDNESDAY: The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment program helps patients design a plan for their end-of-life care.

Supreme Court Rulings On Immigration And Drinking Water

WEDNESDAY: We'll dig into recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings with our legal expert Lisa McElroy.

What We Know So Far About The Reynolds High Shooting

WEDNESDAY: A gunman opened fire at Reynolds High School on Tuesday morning. Fourteen-year-old Emilio Hoffman was killed.

June 10, 2014

Healthcare News Update

TUESDAY: We check in with The Lund Report's executive editor about Cover Oregon, hospital mergers, health insurance rates, and more.

Reactions To Reynolds High School Shooting

TUESDAY: We will get updates on this morning's shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon.

June 9, 2014

What It's Like When Your Spouse Is A War Reporter

MONDAY: Nathan Deuel chronicles his experience as a new dad in the Middle East while his wife, Kelly McEvers, was covering the Arab Spring for NPR.

How Do Fish Use Magnetism To Navigate?

MONDAY: Scientists at Oregon State University are figuring out how migrating fish like salmon and steelhead use magnetism to navigate around the globe.

Containing The Two Bulls Fire Near Bend

MONDAY: We'll find out how firefighting efforts are going in Central Oregon and what the blaze could suggest for this summer's fire season.

June 6, 2014

What A New Oregon Arts Leader Will Mean

FRIDAY: We'll talk with State of Wonder's April Baer about Brian Rogers, who was chosen this week to head the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Sea Star Disease Hits Hard On Oregon Coast

FRIDAY: The disease has ravaged the Oregon coast over the past two weeks, afflicting 30 - 50 percent of one species of sea stars — a crucial predator in coastal ecosystems.

News Roundtable: June 6, 2014

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

Update On The Shooting At Seattle Pacific University

FRIDAY: A gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday. We'll hear how the campus is responding.

June 5, 2014

How Can We Design A Better Hospital?

THURSDAY: Researcher Roger Ulrich is in Portland to meet with his research partners at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, as they launch studies about the effects of nature on health.

Oregon Has the Lowest Percentage of Prisoners Serving Maximum Sentences

THURSDAY: A study by The Pew Charitable Trusts found that less than half a percent of state prisoners serve their maximum sentence.

Idaho Town Cancels Celebration Amid Bergdahl Controversy

THURSDAY: Residents of Bowe Bergdahl's hometown are defending their support of the recently released soldier as more details emerge about the circumstances of his capture.

June 4, 2014

Sebastian Junger Talks About Korengal

WEDNESDAY JUNE 4: Award-winning journalist, Sebastian Junger, talks about Korengal, his new documentary about the Afghanistan War.

June 3, 2014

Class Of 2025 At Earl Boyles Elementary School

TUESDAY: We'll talk with some of the first graders in the class of 2025, their parents, teachers, principal, and others in the audience.

June 2, 2014

Local Veterans Experience Health Care Delays

MONDAY: In the wake of the national VA scandal, we'll find out what Oregon veterans think of their health care.

Talking Business

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

What Are The Legal Hurdles For The EPA's New Carbon Regulations?

MONDAY: The Obama administration announced plans to cut coal power plant emissions by 30 percent by 2030. What legal challenges will the rules face?

Bowe Bergdahl Released

MONDAY: Sgt. Bergdahl has been a prisoner of war for nearly five years. Now, his parents are preparing to welcome him home to Hailey, Idaho.

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