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The Big Business Stories Of 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 29, 2015

We review some of the biggest business stories in Oregon this year. 

Mental Illness In The Family

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 29, 2015

Portland reporter Sheila Hamilton didn't know her husband was suffering from bipolar disorder until too late.

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News Roundtable: 2015 In Review

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 30, 2015

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the year with our news roundtable guests.

Environmental Update: A Look Ahead To 2016

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 28, 2015

We get a preview of the big environmental stories our reporters expect to be working on next year.

REBROADCAST: At Home With Blindness

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 28, 2015

We listen back to one of our favorite interviews from the "At Home" series.

Think Out Loud Producers Pick Favorite Moments From 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 23, 2015

Think Out Loud producers dig through the archives to choose their favorite moments from 2015.

More Access To Birthcontrol Starts Jan. 1

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 28, 2015

The law allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control takes effect in the new year.

Cannabis Roundtable

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 22, 2015

We look back over a year in cannabis news with two journalists who cover the marketplace.

Congressional Roundup

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 22, 2015

We sit down with members of Oregon's Congressional delegation to look back on some of the highs and lows of 2015.

REBROADCAST: At Home With Recovery

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 31, 2015

We listen back to one of our favorite interviews from the "At Home" series with three women living at an Oxford Home in Albany, Oregon.

REBROADCAST: At Home At Mitchell School

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 25, 2015

We listen back to one of our favorite interviews from the "At Home" series with the students at the public boarding school in rural Mitchell, Oregon.

REBROADCAST: At Home With Wildfires

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 24, 2015

We listen back to one of our favorite interviews from the "At Home" series with Carolyn and Ira Hodge, whose home burned down in the Canyon Creek fire this summer.

Proposed Protections For Owyhee Canyonland Divides Community

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 21, 2015

The Obama administration may declare much of the Owyhee desert area in Southeastern Oregon a national historic monument.

Evolution Can Happen Quicker Than Previously Thought

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 21, 2015

A fish called the threespine stickleback shows massive evolutionary changes don't always take place over millions of years. Sometimes 50 years is enough.

How Star Wars Changed 20th Century Fox

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 18, 2015

Philip Myers was an executive for the company in the 1970s when the first Star Wars movie was made.

State Officials Warn: Beware Of Landslides

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 18, 2015

We'll talk to the chief scientist with the state's geology department about the landslides that Oregon's already seen, and slides they think are imminent.

News Roundtable: Dec. 18, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 18, 2015

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

What Does The Fed's Interest Rate Increase Mean For Oregon?

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 17, 2015

An increase in the interest rate is supposed to signal a healthy economy. Is that the case in Oregon?

Oregon Could Go Back To State-Based Health Exchange

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 17, 2015

Costs will go up if Oregon sticks with the federally run healthcare.gov. So, the state is exploring other options.

Dante James On The City Of Portland's Equity Priorities

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 17, 2015

We talk to the director of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights about what he's accomplished in the last four years and his hopes for the future.

What's Oregon's Role In The Post-Paris Effort To Reduce Carbon?

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 16, 2015

Nearly 200 nations came together to agree to reduce emissions. What are states' roles in reaching the goals that were set?

Umpqua Community College Deciding Future of Snyder Hall

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 16, 2015

Umpqua Community College students, faculty, and others are considering options for the campus building where the deadly shooting took place Oct. 1

Remembering 2 Shootings In Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 16, 2015

We look back on the shooting three years ago at the Clackamas Town Center mall and hear from an Umpqua Community College students who is grappling with the events of Oct. 1.

Meet Some Of The Residents Of Hazelnut Grove

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 15, 2015

We meet some of the residents of Hazelnut Grove, one of the homeless camps that has emerged in North Portland's Overlook neighborhood.

West Coast Mayors Discuss Homelessness, Housing And Climate Change

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 11, 2015

The mayors of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Eugene discuss overlapping issues facing West Coast cities.

Tribal Members Aim To Remove Lifetime Terms On Council

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 10, 2015

An amendment that would institute three-year terms for all council positions could be the first tribal member-passed amendment in Warm Springs history.

Portland State Students Want To Do More For Minorities On Campus

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 10, 2015

PSU students are bringing a list of demands to the next board of trustees meeting.

News Roundtable: Dec. 10, 2015

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 10, 2015

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

Washington State's Special Commitment Center Faces New Challenge

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 9, 2015

The center houses people deemed to be violent sexual predators who have served their sentences, but whom a judge has found likely to reoffend.

What Are The Limits Of Free Speech?

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 9, 2015

We talk to a constitutional scholar from Willamette Law School about hate speech, following violent incidents on the Lewis & Clark campus and at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

Environmental Update: Crayfish

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 8, 2015

We debrief a member of the EarthFix team about one of the environmental stories she's been working on.

Chronic Pain Patient Shares His Struggle With New Guidelines

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 8, 2015

An Oregon man who says he's struggled with pain for more than a dozen years says one of his biggest challenges is dealing with doctors.

Talking Paris Climate Change Conference With Charlie Hales

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 8, 2015

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has just returned from taking part in the international climate change conference in Paris.

Timbers Take Home The MLS Cup

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 7, 2015

The Portland Timbers took home the MLS Cup for the first time after a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

Deluge Snarls Portland Roads

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 7, 2015

Portland is expecting record rainfall in the next couple of days, and many streets are already flooding.

Portland Gang Violence Remains Higher Than Normal

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 7, 2015

Six months after the Portland Police Bureau added more officers to its gang team, the rate of gang violence in the city is at an unprecedented high.

Where Can You Get Paid Parental Leave?

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 9, 2015

The city of Portland is the latest employer to add paid parental leave to its list of benefits for city employees.

Reducing The Prison Population

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 7, 2015

The state has asked counties to reduce the number of people they send to prison.

Roseburg's 'New Normal'

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 4, 2015

We hear from Umpqua Community College students and community members about how people are coping two months after the deadly shooting in Roseburg.

Simon Winchester On The Pacific Ocean

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 14, 2015

The author's latest book is divided into 10 chapters taking on different events that occurred in the history of the world's largest body of water.

Between A Dock And A Hard Place Again

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 3, 2015

Many liveaboard boaters who make their homes on the lower Willamette River are knowingly breaking a state law. They argue the law needs to change.

Will The Timbers Win The MLS Cup?

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 2, 2015

The Timbers are headed to the MLS Cup finals this weekend for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Klamath Basin Water Agreement Could Fall Apart

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 2, 2015

If Congress doesn't act by Dec. 31, the stakeholders are back to square one.

New Evidence In 15-Year-Old Longview Murder Case

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 1, 2015

The Innocence Project Northwest says new evidence points to a different suspect than the one who was convicted of the crime in 2002.

Vancouver Schools Chief Named Superintendent Of The Year

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 1, 2015

Steven Webb has been superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools since 2008.

Fishers Return To Some WA National Parks

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 1, 2015

Starting this week, 80 of the small, carnivorous members of the weasel family will be brought to National Park lands in Washington State.

Delays For Pain Managment Alternatives For OHP Patients

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 2, 2015

The state has put off implementing a new policy to discourage opioids and encourage alternative therapies for Oregon Health Plan patients with back pain.

Talking Business

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 1, 2015

Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.


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