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On The Road: Elk, Butterflies And (Carved) Bears In Southwest Oregon

OPB | June 30, 2016

We take a drive along Oregon Route 38 and meet longtime residents, a few new arrivals and some folks who were just passing through.

Deschutes DA Re-examines Cases | Vancouver Affordable Housing | Gov. Brown's Transparency

OPB | June 21, 2016

We learn more about the affordable housing tax measure Vancouver residents will vote on in the fall. And we discuss the state of Oregon's public records laws. We also learn about why the Deschutes County district attorney is re-examining over a thousand cases.

Homeless Campus | News Roundtable | Native Fashion Now

OPB | June 17, 2016

Developer Homer Williams joins us to talk about a new way to address wide-spread homelessness. We discuss some of the biggest stories of week with our panel of news watchers. And we wrap up the hour with a look at the Portland Art Museum's exhibit of Native American designers.

Zombie Homes Update | Pendleton May Lose Airport | Mary Roach On Her Book 'Grunt'

OPB | June 16, 2016

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales discusses the city’s new approach to foreclosures on abandoned properties. And best-selling author Mary Roach joins us to talk about her latest book, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War.”    

Willamette River Cleanup Plan | On The Road: US Route 395

OPB | June 15, 2016

We learn about the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft clean-up plan for the Willamette River Superfund site. And we take you on a radio road trip down route 395 from Pendleton to John Day.

On The Road: Pendleton To John Day – US Route 395

OPB | May 19, 2016

U.S. Route 395 runs from Los Angeles all the way north to the Canadian border. On its way through Oregon, 395 passes through three National Forests, several wildlife refuges, and numerous small towns that dot the Eastern Oregon landscape.

Denser Portland? | Gay Christians | Native Language Teacher

OPB | June 14, 2016

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, we talk to a gay Christian reform activist about religion and sexuality. We also learn about new plans that might allow for denser residential development in close-in Portland. And we hear from one of the last speakers of the native language Ichishkiin.

Reacting To Orlando Shooting | Healthy Cops | Soviet Diaspora: Mail-Order Bride

OPB | June 13, 2016

Portlanders discuss their reaction to the tragic shooting in Orlando over the weekend. We talk to a Russian woman who was a mail-order bride and to a researcher whose study found ways police could improve their health.

PPS Superintendent Carole Smith | News Roundtable: June 10 | Aquatic Squatters Update | Mailbag

OPB | June 10, 2016

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith tells us what she’s doing in the wake of lead being found in multiple Portland schools. We dig into some of the biggest stories of the week with our news roundtable. And we get an update on people living in boats on the Willamette River without permits.

'Shrill' Author Lindy West | UO President Michael Schill

OPB | June 07, 2016

We talk to writer Lindy West about her new memoir called "Shrill," and University of Oregon president Michael Schill fills us in on his first year on the job.

News Roundtable | Lead Paint At Portland School | 'The Jungle'

OPB | June 03, 2016

Our news roundtable kicks around some of the big stories of the week. A former Alameda parent says Portland Public Schools was slow to respond to lead paint contamination at her son's school. We talk to a Seattle reporter about an enormous homeless camp there.

Living With HIV For 30 Years

OPB | May 24, 2016

Kevin Howard was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. He thought he'd be dead in two years.

Lead In Schools | The Disappearing West | Marijuana Ice Cream | Comic Amy Miller

OPB | June 02, 2016

We talk with a Portland Public Schools board member about lead and radon and get insights on disappearing land in the American west. We'll also hear about marijuana-infused ice cream and talk to Amy Miller, named Portland's funniest person in 2015.

PPS Update | Oregon Air Quality | Portland State University Overview | Taxes

OPB | June 01, 2016

We get an update on the controversy over lead in the water at Portland Public Schools. The Department of Environmental Quality joins us to discuss air quality monitoring. We also check in with the President of Portland State University, and learn about what could be the most contentious issue on Oregon's November ballot.

Outdoor School At Camp Tadmor: Educators, Volunteers And Kids On Why They Keep Coming Back

OPB | May 30, 2016

To the teachers and kids at Harrison Elementary in Cottage Grove taking a four-day outdoor school each spring means a year of fundraising, preparation and excited expectation. We went to Camp Tadmor in Lebanon and asked why they keep coming back every year.

Forty-Eight Hour Rule | Death Penalty In Oregon | Bonsai

OPB | May 24, 2016

We discuss Portland Police Bureau's requirement that officers must be given at least 48 hours notice before being interviewed for an internal investigation into an incident that could lead to disciplinary action. Then we get an update on the status of the death penalty in Oregon, and later we travel to the Portland Japanese Garden's new bonsai exhibit.

Are African-Americans Really Leaving Portland?

OPB | May 17, 2016

A researcher says African-Americans are leaving Portland at high rates, and that 11.5 percent of the black community has left in the last four years. But a local expert disagrees.

OPB's Election Night Special: Wins For Kate Brown, Bud Pierce, Ted Wheeler, Bernie Sanders

OPB | May 17, 2016

We talk to reporters at rallies across the state, nominees—some with victory speeches and some with concession speeches—and outright winners in Oregon's 2016 primary.

African American Exodus | Portland Web Comedy | Talking Business

OPB | May 17, 2016

According to a new article, Portland lost 11% of its African American population over a recent four-year period. We discuss why that might be. We also talk with the Portland creators of “The Benefits of Gusbandry,” a web series that’s been gaining notoriety. And we catch up on the latest regional business news.

The Occupation Effect | Endorsement Roundtable | Voter Vox

OPB | May 16, 2016

We check in on how Harney County elections are being affected by the armed occupation there earlier this year. Then we talk with regional newspaper editors who defend their endorsements in Oregon’s May 17 primary election.  We round out the hour by hearing directly from voters about who they're voting for.