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Death Penalty Investigator Says Her Work Is To Uncover The Why

OPB | 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.

Mother Of Murdered Son Says Death Penalty Is Necessary

OPB | Jan. 09, 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

At Wordstock With Rob Spillman, Charles Bock And Sallie Tisdale

OPB | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Jan. 09, 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 | Jan. 03, 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 | Jan. 06, 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 | Jan. 05, 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 | Jan. 04, 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.

Oregon DA Seeks Death Penalty Despite Personal Opposition

OPB | Dec. 06, 2016

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel opposes the death penalty, but he's seeking it in a murder case he is prosecuting.

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

OPB | Jan. 03, 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."

Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis Says Death Penalty Is For The 'Unredeemable'

OPB | Dec. 14, 2016

Josh Marquis is one of the most outspoken advocates of the death penalty law in Oregon, but he says a death sentence is not appropriate for every capital murder case.

On The Road: Hoofing It On Sandy Boulevard

OPB | Dec. 22, 2016

We wanted to get a better feel for Portland's own Sandy Boulevard. And so we decided to walk it — all the way from its origin, near the corner of SE 7th and Alder, to The Grotto, out at NE 85th.  

Producers' Choice: The Best 'Think Out Loud' Conversations Of 2016

OPB | Dec. 28, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, the staff of OPB's "Think Out Loud" look back on some of their favorite conversations from the past year.