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Episodes: September, 2014

September 30, 2014

Peyton Marshall Imagines A Chilling Future In "Goodhouse"

TUESDAY: In her debut novel "Goodhouse," Portland writer Peyton Marshall imagines a world where boys with certain genetic markers for violent tendencies are sent to prison-like boarding schools to learn "right-thinking."

Supporters Rally For Immigrant In Sanctuary

TUESDAY: Federal immigration agents sought to detain Francisco Aguirre earlier this month, but he remains at a northeast Portland church, where he sought sanctuary.

Mark Poorman Is University Of Portland's New President

TUESDAY: We'll get to know University of Portland's new president, Mark Poorman.

September 29, 2014

Catching Up With Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman

The Oregonian's former editorial cartoonist is now lambasting politicians in California, at the Sacramento Bee.

Finalists For Portland Compliance Officer Share Proposals in Public Forum

MONDAY: The Portland City Council is weighing three finalists for the job of compliance officer — the person responsible for making sure Portland Police follow the reforms outlined in the Department of Justice settlement.

M88: Driver Cards For Undocumented Oregonians

MONDAY: We'll hear from those who oppose and support Measure 88, a referendum on a state law that allows driver cards for Oregonians who can't prove they're in the country legally.

September 26, 2014

Hari Kondabolu Brings His Politically Charged Comedy To Portland

FRIDAY: Indian-American, New York City-bred comedian, Hari Kondabolu, reflects on race relations, Matthew McConaughey and more on his debut album, "Waiting For 2042".

George Fox Reinstates Football After A 46-Year Hiatus

FRIDAY: George Fox University is among seven other NAIA division II teams to start college football programs in 2014, amid growing negative publicity for the sport.

U.S. Forest Service Imposes Restrictions On Photos And Videos On Wilderness Land

FRIDAY: We'll hear about the U.S. Forest Service's plan to limit photography and videography on certain protected lands.  

September 25, 2014

Listening Back To Ariel Gore On The End Of Eve

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

TOL's Own Steven Kray Wins Denny's Atari Championship!

THURSDAY: "Think Out Loud" technical director Steven Kray was in Las Vegas this week competing in the Atari Battle Royale Video Game Championship presented by Denny's.

News Roundtable: September 25, 2014

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

September 24, 2014

Joshua Wolf Shenk Looks At The Power Of Creative Pairs

WEDNESDAY: Shenk's new book "Powers of Two" analyzes how creativity and innovation work in partnership. Reserve your free tickets here.

September 23, 2014

New Play About Escalation Of The Vietnam War Comes To Oregon

TUESDAY: "The Ghosts of Tonkin" focuses on Oregon Senator Wayne Morse and his opposition to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964.

Follow-Up On Infant Mortality Numbers In Multnomah County

TUESDAY: We'll dig into the policy implications of the data we heard about last week, specifically the racial disparity in infant mortality rates. 

M92: Requiring Labels For Genetically Engineered Food In Oregon

TUESDAY: We'll hear from those who oppose and support Measure 92, which would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

September 22, 2014

Senate Democratic Incumbent: Jeff Merkley

MONDAY: U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is running for reelection against Republican challenger Monica Wehby.

Pressure Mounts For Oregon To Use "Qualified" Interpreters For Deaf Inmates

MONDAY: National advocacy groups for the deaf and hard of hearing are urging the Oregon Department of Corrections to stop using fellow inmates as interpreters.

Environmental Update On Flame Retardants, Aerial Herbicide Spraying & More

MONDAY: We'll get the latest on flame retardants in the Columbia River, pesticide regulation in Oregon and more with our EarthFix team.

September 19, 2014

Oracle Claims Copyright Infringement Over Cover Oregon Software

FRIDAY: We'll examine the latest turn in the legal battle between the state of Oregon and the tech company Oracle.

Oregon Cities Weigh Local Pot Taxes Ahead of November Vote

FRIDAY: If recreational marijuana is legalized in Oregon, some cities want to cash in by taxing it at the local level.

News Roundtable: September 19, 2014

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

September 18, 2014

Living On The Line: Oregon's Working Poor

THURSDAY: Nearly one third of Oregon families don't earn a livable wage. We'll hear from those who are working, but still can't make ends meet.

New Infant Mortality Numbers Show Growing Racial Disparity

THURSDAY: New infant mortality data from Multnomah County show an increasing disparity between white women and women of color.

Affordable Housing Forums Will Help Decide Next Steps

THURSDAY: A series of public forums focused on affordable house in North and Northeast Portland kicks off this week.

September 17, 2014

First Of Its Kind Coal Dust Study Underway In The Northwest

WEDNESDAY: EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn reports on a coal dust study scientists have begun in the Northwest to determine what affect coal by rail might have on the environment.

Exploring Options To Help Pedophiles

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with clinical psychologist Wilson Kenney about myths and facts surrounding pedophilia and what treatments and support systems are available for people.

Possible Changes Ahead For The Oregon Youth Authority

WEDNESDAY: Lawmakers heard a report this week about a possible reorganization of the state's youth correction system.

September 16, 2014

"All The Sex I've Ever Had" In Portland's Time-Based Art Festival

TUESDAY: We'll talk to some of the participants of "All The Sex I've Ever Had," a production that looks at the sexual adventures, wisdom and lives of five older Portlanders.  

Talking Business

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

Lawmakers Hold Hearings On Cover Oregon, E-Cigarettes And More

TUESDAY: Oregon lawmakers are in Salem this week holding hearings on issues that are likely to get a lot of attention in the 2015 legislative session.

September 15, 2014

Salem Ebola Doctor Debbie Eisenhut Returns From Liberia

MONDAY: We'll talk with a missionary doctor who's been in West Africa for the last 16 months about the outbreak and what she sees as the region's most urgent needs.

The Latest On The Portland Street Fee Proposal

MONDAY: We'll dig into possible changes to the proposed street fee in Portland.

"Why Aren't There More Black People In Oregon?"

MONDAY: We'll ask writer and activist Walidah Imarisha how she's been answering that question in a presentation she's been making all around Oregon.

September 12, 2014

Twitter Trend Takes On The Psychology Of Leaving An Abusive Relationship

FRIDAY: In response to the viral video of a former NFL player assaulting his wife, survivors of domestic violence have turned to Twitter to explain #whyIstayed and #whyIleft.

News Roundtable: September 12, 2014

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

September 11, 2014

Portland Police Chief and Union Leader Talk About Body Cameras

THURSDAY: We'll talk with Portland police chief Mike Reese and union president Daryl Turner about the issues that arise when considering whether to require body cameras for officers.

President Obama Outlines Military Action Against ISIS

THURSDAY: We'll discuss President Obama's prime time speech outlining possible military action against ISIS.

Hunger Strike Leaders Faced Immigration Court This Week

THURSDAY: Recent hunger strike leaders faced their first day in immigration court this week.

September 10, 2014

Navigating Non-Monogamy

WEDNESDAY: We'll talk with three people who have a range of experiences with non-monogamous relationships.

New Public Poll Compares Oregon & Washington On Race And More

WEDNESDAY: We'll hear from John Horvick of DHM Research about the new poll commissioned by OPB on race relations, the economy, and other topics.

Oregon Test Scores "Hold Steady" But Big Common Core Changes Loom

WEDNESDAY: School test scores are out today for the 2013-2014 school year. We'll talk about the results and what educators are anticipating next year with the Common Core changes.

September 9, 2014

Our Computers, Ourselves: Technology and Privacy

TUESDAY: In the newest installment of our tech series, we'll discuss how we choose what we share online and how privacy concerns play into these decisions.

A Conversation With NPR's New President And CEO

TUESDAY: Jarl Mohn took on the job of president and CEO of NPR in July. We'll hear about his ideas for making the organization more sustainable, and more diverse.

September 8, 2014

Calvin Trillin Talks About Politics And Family At Literary Arts

MONDAY: Calvin Trillin was the first speaker in the Literary Arts lecture series 30 years ago. He joins us today to talk about his writing career.

September 5, 2014

Introducing The New Think Out Loud Theme Song

FRIDAY: We'll meet a couple of members of the young Australian funk bank, The Cactus Channel, and talk about their music and the song we'll be using for our new theme song.

Exhibit Explores History Of Sephardic Jews In Portland

FRIDAY: An exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum delves into the history of Jews who came to Portland from Turkey and Greece.

News Roundtable: September 5, 2014

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

September 4, 2014

Study Shows Overweight Pregnant Women Can Safely Lose Weight

THURSDAY: We'll talk to the lead researcher of a Kaiser Permanente study that encouraged women who were obese to maintain their weight during their entire pregnancy.

New Study Says Urban Trees Significantly Reduce Pollution

THURSDAY: We'll talk to the author of a new Portland State University study that looks at air quality and tree cover in different Portland neighborhoods.

Will Washington State Be Held In Contempt Over School Funding?

THURSDAY: We'll get an update about the legal battle over school funding in Washington state.

September 3, 2014

What's Happening At The Port of Astoria?

TUESDAY: Now that the Port of Astoria has hired its fifth executive director in three years, we'll ask what's happening there, and what the future holds for the Port.

Oregon Remembers Former Governor Vic Atiyeh

WEDNESDAY: State officials, former staffers, members of Oregon's Congressional delegation, and others are gathering in the state capitol to remember Oregon's last Republican governor.

September 2, 2014

Reacting To The Portland Portland Police Bureau Settlement

TUESDAY: We'll explore the elements and implications of the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the Portland Police Bureau.

Environmental Update On The Elwha Dam And The Wilderness Act

TUESDAY: Journalists from our EarthFix team will give us an update on the removal of Elwha Dam and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Transfer Policy Changes Coming To Portland Public Schools

TUESDAY: The district is starting the process of overhauling its transfer policies while at the same time redrawing neighborhood school boundaries.

September 1, 2014

Listening Back to George Saunders

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

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