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Brna practices using a compass during guard school, a week-long training course for new firefighters.

Brna practices using a compass during guard school, a week-long training course for new firefighters.

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  • Klamath Falls is home to Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), but students at the school often leave town once they graduate. A group of young graduates and professors are trying to make the community more attractive to millennials. We talk to Gaucho Collective co-founder Adam Burwell, GO Possibilities co-founder Eric Tipler, OIT assistant professor of sociology Sophie Nathenson, and Jeld Wen accountant Melissa Ceron.
  • Fighting wildfires is a risky occupation, but women firefighters must also battle sexism and harassment. High Country News correspondent Krista Langlois talks us through her investigation and ex-firefighter Aili Johnston presents a potential solution.
  • We talk to OPB reporter Kristian Foden-Vencil who first reported on the severe shortage of foster homes in Oregon that’s resulted in some foster kids sleeping in hotels, and even DHS offices. We learn more about the causes and solutions from Dr. Reginald Richardson, deputy director of Oregon DHS and interim director of child welfare services.

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