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Oregon-Based LAIKA's Latest Film Nominated For 2 Academy Awards

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 31, 2017

"Kubo and the Two Strings," the second animated film ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for best visual effects, tells the story of a one-eyed boy on a quest to unravel a family mystery.

Winter Lights | LAIKA And The Two Strings | SiX's Progressive Policies

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 31, 2017

We learn about the art in the Portland Winter Light Festival. We're joined by LAIKA creatives to hear about the studio's Oscar-nominated "Kubo and the Two Strings." And we explore what the State Innovation Exchange is all about.

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Immigrants, Refugees And Citizens

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 30, 2017

We talk to a green card holder, a refugee, and two naturalized citizens about their fears and experiences since President Trump issued an executive order on Friday severely restricting immigration from seven Muslim majority countries.

News Roundtable | Graduation Rates | Health Equity Act

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 27, 2017

The weekly news roundtable mulls this busy week of news. Also, we ask one high school principal why her graduation rates soar, while the rest of the state founders. And we look at a new state bill that would cover women's healthcare.

EPA Restrictions | African American History Museum | Mayor Wheeler

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 26, 2017

What would a lack of EPA funding mean for Oregon? Also, we talk to a curator at the new Museum of African-American History and Culture in DC. And to the Mayor of Portland about what it means to be a sanctuary city.

Talking Business | Sister Cities Snow Sculpture | SCOTUS Nominees

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 25, 2017

How will the end of the TPP affect Oregon businesses? What is Portland's relationship like with our sister cities? What do we know about President Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees?

Former OSP Superintendent Says Execution As State Policy Isn't Justified

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 19, 2017

Frank Thompson oversaw the only two executions in the last 50 years in Oregon. Now, he says doing so convinced him that capital punishment was not in the public's best interest.

OHSU On ACA | Douglas County Libraries | American Quran

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 24, 2017

How could local hospitals be affected by changes to the Affordable Care Act? What will Douglas County do without libraries? And what does the Quran have to say about modern day American life?

Moda On Affordable Care Act | Portland's Snowpocalypse Postmortem | Ice Study

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 23, 2017

What do insurance companies think about possible changes to the Affordable Care Act? What do we all think about how Oregon dealt with the recent winter weather? And how is it that Antarctic ice could be growing, even if the climate is warming?

Death Penalty Investigator Says Her Work Is To Uncover The Why

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 10, 2017

Death penalty investigator Rene Denfeld says uncovering the "why" behind brutal murders is heartbreaking for many reasons — not the least of which is that most of her cases were preventable.

Oregon Clown Brings Laughter Where It's Needed

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 12, 2017

Oregon clown Michael O'Neill is a member of Clowns Without Borders, a different kind of relief organization.

Mother Of Murdered Son Says Death Penalty Is Necessary

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 9, 2017

Mary Elledge's son Rob was murdered 30 years ago. She doesn't believe in executing every person who is convicted of murder — but she says the death penalty can provide vital leverage for prosecutors trying to solve a case.

News Roundtable | PDX Women's March | Astoria Play

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 20, 2017

In a 1 p.m. show following NPR special coverage, we'll talk about the inauguration and other news of the week, look ahead to the Women's March on Portland, and hear about a play about Astoria.

Death Penalty: Prison Superintendent | Roxane Gay's 'Difficult Women'

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 19, 2017

Our death penalty series continues with a conversation with someone who oversaw executions as part of his job. We also talk to author Roxane Gay.

The Slants Case Goes To Washington | Oregon's CIO | Wyden On Trump

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 18, 2017

Simon Tam discusses the arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court today; we get an update from the state's Chief Information Officer, Alex Pettit; and Sen. Ron Wyden talks cabinet hearings, the ACA, and more.

Keeping Young People In Klamath Falls | Life At A Portland Homeless Shelter

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 17, 2017

On this icy day in Portland, we listen back to two interviews from last year: how to keep young people in Klamath Falls, and what one of Portland's temporary homeless shelters is like for residents.

At Wordstock With Rob Spillman, Charles Bock And Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 16, 2017

We listen to a few conversations with authors we spoke to during the last Literary Arts Wordstock book festival in downtown Portland.

News Roundtable | Lost Woody Guthrie Vanport Song | Rural Healthcare

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 13, 2017

We talk about some big stories with our news roundtable, hear about a recently resurfaced Woody Guthrie song about the Vanport flood, and learn about some of unique challenges in administering healthcare in rural areas.

Winter Weather | Homeless In The Cold | Clowns Without Borders

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 12, 2017

We check in on the frightful weather in much of the state. We hear about what nonprofits and Multnomah County are doing for people without homes in this weather. And we talk to a clown who travels all over the world.

Author Colum McCann At Literary Arts Rescheduled

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 12, 2017

Author Colum McCann's talk in downtown Portland has been rescheduled because of weather. Details to follow when available. 

Final Superfund Cleanup Plan | Death Penalty: Investigator | Urban Hawks

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 10, 2017

The final Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup has been released. Also, we'll continue our death penalty series, and we'll learn about using hawks to get rid of urban crows.

Kate Brown Takes Office | Death Penalty: Murder Victim's Mother | Portland's 'Funniest Person'

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 9, 2017

Kate Brown is inaugurated and delivers an inaugural speech, which doubles as a State of the State address. We talk to Mary Elledge, whose son was murdered 30 years ago. And we finish the hour with comedian Adam Pasi.

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber: Oregon's Death Penalty Needs Scrutiny

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 3, 2017

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber stands by his 2011 moratorium on the state's death penalty but says what he most wants is for Oregonians to begin a civic dialogue around the costs and benefits of capital punishment in the state.

News Roundtable Jan. 6 | Logging Under Trump Pt. 2 | What Cults Can Teach Us

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 6, 2017

Our news roundtable takes up some big stories of the week; we talk to a lumber company CEO about how Trump may affect his industry; and then we look at how cults can shed light on fake news and conspiracy theories.

TriMet Fare Evaders | Kennewick Man | Logging Under Trump | Russian Doping

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 5, 2017

A change in the way TriMet fare evaders are prosecuted, an overview of the history of Kennewick man, a guess on what the Trump administration might mean for logging in Oregon and a look at the doping scandal in Russian sports.

Tiny School | George And Hillary Atiyeh

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 4, 2017

We bring you a conversation with George Atiyeh. He’s the nephew of former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh, and the single biggest reason that the Opal Creek Wilderness was created 20 years ago.

John Kitzhaber On The Death Penalty | Jon Raymond's 'Freebird'

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 3, 2017

For the next installment in our death penalty series, we talk to former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. We also hear from Portland author and screenwriter Jon Raymond about his new book, "Freebird."

Extraordinary Youth

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 2, 2017

We listen back to some of the amazing young people we spoke to in 2016.


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