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A Man, A Plan, A Palindrome: Oregonian Mark Saltveit

OPB | March 22, 2017

Oregonian Mark Saltveit is defending  his title as the reigning world champion palindromist this weekend.

State Civil Rights Protections | Wearable Music | Oregon Water Coalition

OPB | March 15, 2017

How strong are states' civil rights protections? What advances are Oregon farmers making around saving water? Also, we talk to a team from Intel and the Oregon Symphony who are collaborating on wearable music technology.

Portland-Area High Schools Respond To Hate Speech

OPB | March 10, 2017

Two Portland-area principals say the incidents on their campuses require thoughtful responses that both ensure safety of students and avoid giving too much attention to racist and homophobic threats.

Public Employee Compensation | Predictive Scheduling | Community College Policing

OPB | Feb. 28, 2017

A new study looks at the cost of public employee benefits. A bill before the legislature attempts to make job scheduling easier for hourly workers. And Central Oregon Community College safety officers have been acting like police officers.

Represented: Oregon's Housing Affordability Crisis

OPB | Feb. 27, 2017

Across the state, Oregonians who rent are struggling to find and keep their homes. We hear from voices on all sides of the issue.

Washington State Representative Favors 'Swift And Sure' Capital Punishment

OPB | Feb. 03, 2017

Washington Representative Brad Klippert says he opposes any kind of repeal effort in his Chamber. His support of the death penalty is rooted in his Christian faith and his experience in law enforcement.

Lars Larson | Washington Gov. Jay Inslee On The Death Penalty

OPB | Feb. 06, 2017

We talk to local radio host Lars Larson who asked a question at the White House press briefing last week. And we talk to the Governor of Washington State about their death penalty moratorium.

The Role Of Scientists | Psychiatric ER | Juniper Industry

OPB | Feb. 02, 2017

A well-known scientist says scientists need to be more human in a "post-truth world." Portland opens a psychiatric emergency room. And the state gives out grants to log juniper — we'll find out how it works.

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

OPB | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Election Bet | Death Penalty: Aba Gayle | Jimmy Mak's Closing

OPB | Dec. 19, 2016

We hear about crossing political boundaries through Twitter, speak to a Silverton resident who opposes the death penalty and discuss the last days of Portland jazz club Jimmy Mak's.

Coyotes | Death Penalty: DA Josh Marquis | Fake News Bots

OPB | Dec. 14, 2016

How are urban coyotes different from rural coyotes? Also, how do automated computer programs distort online news? And we continue our death penalty series.