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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Nov. 03, 2016
We hear why bestselling Portland author Chelsea Cain recently shut down her Twitter account. We'll also talk to the state's first elder abuse prosecutor and end with an interview with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
OPB | Sept. 05, 2016
We listen back to our documentary of the nearly six-week Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in this hour-long Think Out Loud special.
OPB | July 20, 2016
We talk to the chair of the Oregon GOP and a young Republican at the RNC. Then, it's pretrial hearings for the Malheur refuge occupiers and the latest on political drama in Clark County.
OPB | May 05, 2016
We find out about the deep dive NPR and member stations did into how public schools are funded across the country. Then turn to the University of Oregon debate over investing in fossil fuel companies, and get an update on the trial against the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
OPB | Jan. 19, 2016
We talk to a law professor about her idea to create new legal requirements for parents. We hear about a series of conversations put on by Oregon Humanities around death and dying. Then we get an EarthFix update about coal and oil-by-rail.
OPB | Jan. 05, 2016
We hear from one of the self-described militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. And we get an update on the new laws taking effect in the new year.
OPB | Nov. 24, 2015
During World War II, lawyer Minoru Yasui challenged the military curfews in place for German nationals, Italian nationals, and anyone with Japanese ancestry.
OPB | Oct. 21, 2015
The elder abuse rate in Oregon rose in 2014. We'll find out what's behind that rise, and how those charged with identifying, prosecuting and preventing such abuse are approaching the problem.
OPB | Oct. 06, 2015
We preview the major cases and issues that will come before the Supreme Court this fall term.
OPB | Aug. 12, 2015
A former assistant professor at Northwest Christian University says she was fired after she told her supervisor she was pregnant out of wedlock.
OPB | July 14, 2015
The city of Grants Pass was awarded a grant by the Legislature to set up a sobering center.
OPB | July 10, 2015
Some dogs are deemed so dangerous that they are ordered by the courts to be euthanized. One Portland couple thinks that's wrong, and they're taking the dogs' cases to court.
OPB | July 01, 2015
Recreational marijuana is officially legal in Oregon as of July 1. We talk to people around the state about how things will change.
OPB | June 23, 2015
A new smoking ban is taking effect in Portland's parks on July 1. Commissioner Amanda Fritz is working to amend the law to remove the misdemeanor consequence.
OPB | June 16, 2015
The fate of the NSA's collection of metadata from phone calls is unclear and faces multiple legal challenges, one involving a Portland FISA Court judge.