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Episodes: August, 2014

August 29, 2014

Natural Grocers Coming To NE Portland Site

FRIDAY: We'll talk with the head of the Portland Development Commission and others about the deal that was just announced that would bring a Natural Grocers store to a controversial development site.

Oregon vs. Oracle And Oregon vs. Oracle

FRIDAY: The state of Oregon and tech company Oracle are suing each other over the failure of the Cover Oregon website.

News Roundtable: August 29th, 2014

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

August 28, 2014

Our Computers, Ourselves: Technology and Wilderness

THURSDAY: In the third installment of our tech series, we'll ask if the capacity to access the internet almost anywhere diminishes our ability to enjoy wilderness.

Roundup And Other Threats To The Monarch Butterfly

THURSDAY: We'll talk to the Portland-based Xerces society, which is asking the federal government to list the Monarch butterfly as a threatened species. 

How Should Men Who Buy Sex With Minors Be Punished?

THURSDAY: We'll talk about how johns are prosecuted, and how that relates to the overall strategy of combating child sex trafficking.

August 27, 2014

Electric Bikes Grow In Popularity

WEDNESDAY: Electric bikes are growing in popularity in the United States, and researchers at PSU are trying to find out why.

GoLocalPDX, New Website, Launches In Portland

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with some of the key players at GoLocalPDX , a new local news and entertainment website that launches today.

County Votes For Big Intel Tax Break Package

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with OPB reporter Conrad Wilson about the history leading up to the deal that just passed and what it could mean for the future of the region.

August 26, 2014

Revisiting The Anthology Of American Folk Music

TUESDAY: Portland-born Harry Smith's influential Anthology of American Folk Music was reissued this year by Portland's Mississippi Records.

Talking Business

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

Teachers And Parents Question Superintendent's Raise

TUESDAY: A petition started by a Wilson High School teacher calls for Portland Public Schools superintendent Carole Smith to give the money from her 28 percent raise to needy students.

August 25, 2014

Responses To Gang Violence: Spartan Boxing And K.E.Y.

We continue our occasional series highlighting different responses to gang violence in Oregon with a look at a boxing program in Medford, part of a larger approach called Keep Encouraging Youth (KEY).

Oregon's Health CO-OP Responds To Insurance Commissioner

MONDAY: The CEO of Oregon's Health CO-OP says state regulators should let him offer customers lower premiums.

Napa Valley Rocked By 6.1 Earthquake

MONDAY: We'll explore the geology behind the quake, the emergency response, and what it all means for the Pacific Northwest.

August 22, 2014

Our Computers, Ourselves: Mapping

FRIDAY: In the second part of our tech series, we'll discuss how the ubiquity of GPS and Google maps has shaped our knowledge and sense of our surroundings.

News Roundtable: August 22, 2014

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

August 21, 2014

Examining The Rise Of Crossfit

THURSDAY: The Oregon CrossFit Games begin in Bend on Saturday. We'll look into the the exercise regimen's meteoric rise and some of its potential drawbacks.

Steve Novick Wants A Socially Responsible Investing Policy For City Money

THURSDAY: Portland Commissioner Steve Novick argues companies should be on a "do not buy" list for city investment funds if their policies are bad for workers, consumers, or the environment.

U.S. Government Asks For Six Months To Fix No-Fly List

THURSDAY: The federal government is asking for six months to fix the way a traveler on the no-fly list can challenge a ban.

August 20, 2014

Regulators Deny Permit For Export Coal Dock

WEDNESDAY: We'll discuss the decision not to issue a permit to build a coal export dock in Boardman.

A Look Into The Role Of Fisheries Observers

WEDNESDAY: After a recent assault on a fishery observer, we look into these little-known second crew members on west coast fishing boats.

Oregon Insurance Commissioner Discusses Health Coverage

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with Laura Cali, Oregon's Insurance Commissioner, about last week's ruling on autism treatment, new rates for individual health plans, and more.

August 19, 2014

Physics Lessons From The Science Teacher You Wish You'd Had

TUESDAY: Portland-based mechanical engineer, musician and author Christine McKinley brings us the laws of physics like you've never heard them before.

Summer Food Program Helps Bridge A Gap

TUESDAY: We're live from Peninsula Park in Portland, one of the 600 sites in Oregon where kids from 1-18 can get a free lunch in the summertime.

August 18, 2014

Geese Create Poop Problem For Portland

MONDAY: Two groups have partnered in a pilot project to deal with goose droppings in public parks.

Clatsop-Nehalem Tribes Seek Federal Recognition

MONDAY: Six decades after the federal government terminated several Native American tribes, two tribes from the Oregon coast are hoping to be reinstated.

Reporter Update From Ferguson

MONDAY: Associated Press reporter Nigel Duara gives us an update on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 15, 2014

Annual TechfestNW Celebrates Innovation

FRIDAY: We'll discuss the future of technology on day one of a two-day festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in Portland.

August 14, 2014

Remembering Oregon's Lost Summer Hangouts

THURSDAY: We'll hear stories about Oregonians' favorite summertime hangout spots from the past.

Exploring The Impact Of A Ruling On Autism Treatment

THURSDAY: This week a court ruled that denying a popular but expensive autism treatment violates state and federal law.

News Roundtable: August 14, 2014

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

August 13, 2014

Examining America's Prisons One Photo At A Time

WEDNESDAY: Portland-based photo blogger, Pete Brook curates photography about American prisons.

The Realities of Depression

WEDNESDAY: In the wake of Robin Williams' death, we'll explore what it's like to live with depression.

Questions Raised By Response To Deadly Ebola Outbreak

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with Bill Messer, an infectious disease expert, about the medicines available to treat Ebola and why, at this point, a focus on those could be counterproductive.

August 12, 2014

Rethinking Elite Higher Education

TUESDAY: Portland writer William Deresiewicz argues in his new book, "Excellent Sheep," that America's system of elite colleges is bad for students — and society.

August 11, 2014

Sound Opinions Chooses Desert Island Discs From Oregon Bands

MONDAY: Greg Kot and Jim Derogatis, hosts of the public radio show Sound Opinions, join us to pick a few local selections for their Desert Island Jukebox.

The Latest Update On Oregon Wildfires

MONDAY: We'll get the latest on the South Fork Complex Fire.

Environmental Update on Chemicals and Colony Collapse Disorder

MONDAY: We'll talk with EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita about the return of PCBs, colony collapse disorder, and more.

August 8, 2014

Portlander's Debut Novel Takes On Race, Class, and The Trail Blazers

FRIDAY: Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel Ride Around Shining explores basketball, class, and the white fascination with black "coolness."

News Roundtable: August 8, 2014

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

August 7, 2014

Partnership Brings Oregon's Early History To Life

THURSDAY: A recent partnership between and the Oregon State Archives brings Oregon's early history to the masses.

Umatilla Moves Towards Moratorium For Adult Businesses

THURSDAY: New adult businesses in Umatilla may soon face a 120-day moratorium after the city council's vote Tuesday.

Could The Pacific Northwest Become a Climate Change Migrant Mecca?

WEDNESDAY: Climate change modeling suggests that the Pacific Northwest could be less affected than the rest of the country.

What's It Like To Be A Wildland Firefighter?

THURSDAY: We'll hear about the day-to-day life of a wildland firefighter who is battling wildfires this summer.

August 6, 2014

Some Doulas Offer Support During Abortions Or Miscarriages

WEDNESDAY: In addition to providing non-medical support to new moms, some doulas also assist women who miscarry or choose to terminate a pregnancy.

Dam Settlement Addresses Oil And Other Pollutants

WEDNESDAY: The Army Corps of Engineers has settled a lawsuit brought by Columbia Riverkeeper involving oil and other pollutants from dams. The emissions will now fall under the Clean Water Act.

Checking In On The Washington Top-Two Primary

WEDNESDAY: We'll check in with OPB reporter Austin Jenkins on the Washington primary races.

Rowena Fire

WEDNESDAY: We get the latest on the Columbia Gorge fire that has caused evacuations in the Oregon town of Rowena.

August 5, 2014

Our Computers, Ourselves: Instant Information

TUESDAY: In the first installment of our tech series, we'll discuss the pros and cons of having any so much data instantly available.

Portland Hosts Its First MLS All-Star Game

TUESDAY: We'll check in on the Timbers season before the All-Star Game tomorrow night at Providence Park.

Talking Business

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

August 4, 2014

Reclassification Of Adult Care Workers Sparks Concerns

MONDAY: The state's pay cut for some organizations that offer one-to-one support for adults with developmental disabilities has created questions about their viability.

Examining The Latest Science And Policy On Concussions

MONDAY: After the NCAA's recent settlement on concussions, we'll review the latest science and legislation on brain injuries.

August 1, 2014

Chris Ware's Unique Storytelling

FRIDAY: Graphic novelist Chris Ware's work is spellbinding, meticulously detailed, and darkly humorous.

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