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Washingto Elections | North Korea | Forest Work

Election results in Washington state. Also, we'll learn about North Korea from a journalist who's been there. And the changing nature of forest work.

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Tacoma Detention Center | Election Reform | Transit Security

We hear about conditions for women in a Tacoma immigrationdetention facility, a conference on election reform, and why bus riders want fewer armed transit police officers.

Politics | Nation | News | Think Out Loud

Sen. Merkley | Richochet River

We celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of the very Oregon book Ricochet River. And Senator Jeff Merkley joins us from DC.

News | Think Out Loud

"Swap Talk:" A Special Collaboration With KQED at 10am

“Swap Talk” will air live on OPB and KQED at 10 a.m., providing a chance for Oregon public broadcasting listeners to talk to people in the Bay Area about how the new federal administration is impacting their world.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce | Ballot Measure Roundup

Unsure how to fill out your ballots? We'll break down the various ballot  measures for you today. Also, a one-on-one interview with gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce.

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Opening Statements In Trial | Soccer Playoffs | Rising Portland Traffic Deaths | Public Financing For Portland Elections

We find out why traffic deaths are rising in Portland despite efforts to reverse the trend, and we learn more about a new proposed system of publicly financed elections in the city.

NW Life | local | News | Think Out Loud

Ranked Choice Voting | Water Scarcity | Suicide Prevention

A new series in The Oregonian explores groundwater issues in eastern Oregon; a student wellness director from Blue Mountain Community College addresses the high rate of suicide in Kenya; and Benton County takes up the issue of ranked choice voting.

News | Think Out Loud

Conventions Wrap Up | News Roundtable | OSF Open Letter

We'll wrap up the final night of the DNC, and the news of the week. We'll also learn about racist incidents in Ashland that have led the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to write an open letter to the community.

News | Think Out Loud

Oregon House Speaker Talks Redistricting, Ivanka And More At The DNC

Speaker of the Oregon House Tina Kotek spoke at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. Think Out Loud caught up with her before the speech.

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The Occupation Effect | Endorsement Roundtable | Voter Vox

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.

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Thousands March Through Zimbabwe's Capital To Urge Mugabe To Step Down

Giddy Zimbabweans gathered in Harare on Saturday to celebrate what may be the end of President Robert Mugabe's rule. Mugabe has been on house arrest since a military takeover earlier this week.

World | Election

Germany's Merkel, Weakened After Poor Election Showing, Struggles To Form Government

The unprecedented prospect of a repeat election looms as Merkel and her diverse would-be coalition partners try to surmount differences. "This could be the end of Angela Merkel," warns a commentator.


Why Some Survivors Of Sexual Harassment And Assault Wait To Tell Their Stories

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has questioned why it took decades for women to come forward and accuse him of sexual misconduct, and it's not the first time women have gotten that reaction.

One Year After The 2016 Election, How Have Marijuana Laws Changed?

A wave of ballot initiatives brought the total number of states to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use up to 29, plus the District of Columbia.

Nation | World

Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated

The U.S. is keeping its troops in Syria and continues to press for a political settlement to that country's civil war. It's far from clear the U.S. has sufficient leverage to achieve that.

Nation | Election

Senators: Kushner Didn't Disclose Emails On WikiLeaks, 'Russian Overture'

Top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking President Trump's son-in-law and adviser to turn over communications with WikiLeaks and emails pertaining to a "Russian backdoor overture."

Nation | World | Election

A 'Toothless' Old Law Could Have New Fangs, Thanks To Robert Mueller

The Foreign Agents Registration Act has been ignored in lobbying circles for decades and called "a complete joke." Mueller may bring the laughter to an end.


Defiant Mugabe Refuses To Step Down As Zimbabwe's President

The 93-year-old ruler, who has been under house arrest since the military staged a takeover on Wednesday, is insisting that he be allowed to serve out his term until elections next year.

Technology | World | Election

How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

The annual Freedom on the Net report says Internet freedom declined again in the past year and "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in 18 elections — including the U.S.


No One Has Been Expelled From The Senate Since The Civil War

There is no precedent for expelling a duly-elected Senate member for actions committed before he took office. In fact, there is little precedent for expelling senators at all.

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