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Episodes: December, 2014

December 22, 2014

Adding Teeth To Portland's Short-Term Rental Law

MONDAY: We'll check in with City Commissioner Nick Fish about a plan to add some restrictions to Portland's short-term rental regulations, which govern people using sites like Airbnb. 

December 19, 2014

Rebroadcast: The Past Present And Future Of The South Waterfront

WEDNESDAY: We're listening back to a show we did in late October focusing on how Portland's South Waterfront is developing.

December 18, 2014

What A Carbon Tax Could Mean For Oregon

THURSDAY: After a recent study said a carbon tax in Oregon could be economically and environmentally feasible, we'll discuss the political outlook for a carbon tax ahead of the 2015 legislative session.

News Roundtable: December 18, 2014

THURSDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

WA Governor Inslee Lays Out Plans For Roads, Schools, And Taxes

THURSDAY: Washington Governor Jay Inslee is rolling out his two-year budget proposal this week. OPB reporter Austin Jenkins gives us the highlights.

December 17, 2014

Report Examines Portland Police's Relationship With Hip Hop Artists

WEDNESDAY: Following an incident at a club earlier this year, Portland’s Independent Police Review Division is making recommendations to improve the relationship between police and local hip hop artists.

Reacting To Changes To US-Cuba Relations

WEDNESDAY: President Obama has announced that the United States will begin rebuilding its relationship with Cuba, opening an embassy there and working to lift a 50-year trade embargo.

December 16, 2014

Exploring "Conscious Capitalism"

TUESDAY: We'll talk with Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, about his approach to business and why he only wants people to buy his products if they actually need them.

County Officials Want To Change Law Aimed At Saving Addicts From Overdose

TUESDAY: Public health officials want to add a "Good Samaritan" provision to a law allowing lay people to administer a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose. 

Urban Versus Rural Health Care Premiums

Diane Lund-Muzikant joins us for an update on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act, following the Dec. 15 deadline to re-enroll for healthcare coverage.

December 15, 2014

Princeton President Says Elite Higher Education Is Good Value

MONDAY: Chris Eisgruber is visiting Oregon, where he went to middle and high school, to meet with alumni and talk about the value of higher education.

Finding New Uses For Old Medications

MONDAY: After a change in federal law, unused medication can now be redistributed to health facilities in need of pharmaceuticals.

Environmental Update

MONDAY: Members of our EarthFix team will give us an update on some of the environmental stories they've been following.

December 12, 2014

Oregon Town Hall: Pot In 2015

FRIDAY: We gathered in a bar in Portland to discuss the practical and social implications of legalizing marijuana.

December 11, 2014

At Home With Blindness

THURSDAY: Our new series of conversations in homes across Oregon kicks off with Kitt Jordan, a blind man with a singular sense of style.

News Roundtable: December 11, 2014

THURSDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

December 10, 2014

Oregon Could Become The Napa Valley Of Truffles

WEDNESDAY: The state is becoming increasingly known for growing this underground fungal delicacy. It's not unusual for truffles to sell for $3000 per pound and more.

Portland State University Poised To Vote on Armed Campus Police Force

WEDNESDAY: The university's governing board is scheduled to vote on Thursday on a proposal that would create an armed police force for the PSU campus.

Lawyer For Detainees Reacts To The Senate Torture Report

WEDNESDAY: Attorney Gwynne Skinner represents two former Guantanamo detainees. and she's hoping the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques offers an opportunity for accountability.

December 9, 2014

Exploring The Psychology Of Buying

TUESDAY: We'll talk about the connection between spending habits and happiness.

Talking Business

TUESDAY: Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.

Gentrification Is Recontexualized In New Poverty Report

TUESDAY: A new report out by economist Joe Cortright suggests that persistent poverty, rather than gentrification, is the biggest urban challenge.

December 8, 2014

Examining The Shortage Of Craft Workers In Oregon

MONDAY: A new report shows a shortage of qualified tradespeople in Oregon. We'll look at efforts to get more women and high school students working in the trade industry.

Planning For a Psychiatric Emergency Room In Portland

MONDAY: The city wants to create a place for police to bring someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Uber Launches In Portland

MONDAY: Uber began service in Portland on Friday despite objections from city officials who say the ride service company is operating illegally. 

December 5, 2014

Oregon State Football Coach Mike Riley Leaves For Nebraska

FRIDAY: Nebraska surprised everyone Thursday by announcing that longtime Oregon State football coach Mike Riley would be their next head coach.

Washington Researcher Is Developing Breath Test For Pot

FRIDAY: A research team at Washington State University is working on a device that would measure THC in someone's breath, similar to existing alcohol breathalyser tests. 

News Roundtable: December 5, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

December 4, 2014

The Streets of Manhattan Once Flowed With Pigs

THURSDAY: Almost 200 years ago, the burgeoning city of Manhattan faced a crisis between growing urban development and lingering pastoral interests.

West Salem High School Sex Abuse Case Reverberates

THURSDAY: The Statesman Journal has been reporting on the case of the girls basketball coach who plead guilty to charges of sexual abuse of two students, and following up on the fallout from the case.

New Report Recommends Changes At Portland Police Bureau

THURSDAY: Outside consultants have once again issued a report with recommendations for Portland Police.

December 3, 2014

University Of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows On Strike

WEDNESDAY: After negotiations with the University of Oregon administration failed, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation went on strike Tuesday for the first time in its 38 year history.

Leaving Fluoride Debate Behind To Deal With Children's Dental Health

WEDNESDAY: Opponents and proponents of adding fluoride to Portland's water produced a report about alternative ways to improve children's dental health in Multnomah County.

Should Smoking Be Banned In Public Parks?

WEDNESDAY: The Portland Parks Board presented recommendations about smoking in public parks to Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

December 2, 2014

Blumenauer Wants Vets To Have Access To Medical Marijuana

TUESDAY: Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently introduced a bill that would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients. 

The Fate Of The Newport Air Station

TUESDAY: The nonprofit Newport Fishermen's Wives, along with the port and city of Newport and Lincoln County, is suing the U.S. Coast Guard over the possible closure of the Newport Search and Rescue Station.

Oregon Is First State To Use Birth Control Rates As A Measure Of Health

TUESDAY: Coordinated Care Organizations are using contraception data as one way to measure good health.

December 1, 2014

Author Tom Spanbauer On Real Life With HIV

MONDAY: Tom Spanbauer has written fiction about people who live with HIV, but he joins us today to talk about how he's dealt with the disease himself since 1988.

New App Aims To Help Black Drivers Know Their Rights

MONDAY: The "Driving While Black" app seeks to assist African-American drivers when they're pulled over. 

Governor Kitzhaber Unveils His Two-Year Budget

MONDAY: At 10 a.m. on Monday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released his proposed 2015-2017 budget.

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