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Episodes: January, 2015

January 29, 2015

Researcher Tracks Radio Transmission From Space

THURSDAY: We'll talk to Portland native Emily Petroff who made the "real time discovery" of a radio wave transmission from another galaxy.

News Roundtable: January 29, 2015

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

Application Brings Nestlé One Step Closer To Oregon

THURSDAY: Nestlé has cleared one more hurdle in its effort to open a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

January 28, 2015

Rainn Wilson Plays An Unlikeable Portland Detective In "Backstrom"

WEDNESDAY: "Backstrom" is Fox's new TV series set in Portland featuring Rainn Wilson as a brilliant but misanthropic detective.

What Does The Future Hold For Wolves In Oregon?

WEDNESDAY: With seven breeding pairs confirmed in Oregon, wolf protections will become more flexible.

City Will Vote On Plan For Affordable Housing In N/NE Portland

WEDNESDAY: Traci Manning from the Portland Housing Bureau lays out plans for how $20 million in affordable housing money will be spent.

January 27, 2015

Portland Musician Turns To Prose With New Memoir

TUESDAY: Singer-songwriter Nick Jaina's memoir "Get It While You Can" is a meditation on fear, freedom, heartbreak, and what it means to be a successful artist. 

Onion Rings Could Help To Revive Ontario's Economy

TUESDAY: Ontario, one of the most economically depressed cities in Oregon, is seeing jobs come back into town through the onion industry.

Multnomah County Considering E-Cigarette Regulations

TUESDAY: E-cigarettes are gaining popularity, and in Oregon, they're completely unregulated.

January 26, 2015

The Mighty World Of Mites

MONDAY: Michelle Trautwein, the fly curator at the California Academy of Sciences, joins us to discuss the life of mites on your face.

Waiting For University Of Oregon Documents

MONDAY: The University of Oregon has demanded the return of 22,000 pages of documents that were obtained by an unnamed professor who has so far refused to give them back.

OPB Examines The Impact Of A Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake

MONDAY: OPB's new series "Unprepared" examines the potential impact of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake on Oregon.

January 23, 2015

Portland State University Professor Finds Formaldehyde In E-Cigarettes

FRIDAY: David Peyton's new research appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

A New Source Of Hydropower: City Water Pipes

FRIDAY: A Portland startup is generating renewable power with small hydroelectric turbines inside the city water system.

News Roundtable: January 23, 2015

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

January 22, 2015

Dr. Demento Looks Back At 40 Years On The Radio

THURSDAY: Dr. Demento, zany radio host and Reed graduate, reflects on his radio career.

How Much Affordable Housing Will Portland's South Waterfront Include?

THURSDAY: The Oregonian's Brad Schmidt fills us in on the latest on affordable developments in the South Waterfront neighborhood.

Crowdfunding Oregon Businesses

THURSDAY: A new crowd-funding law will let anyone become an investor in an Oregon startup or expanding business.

January 21, 2015

Clark County GOP says Jaime Herrera Beutler Too Centrist

WEDNESDAY: Clark County Republicans are considering voting to censure Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler for some of her bipartisan votes.

Washington Constitutional Amendment Would Change Ballot Initiative Process

WEDNESDAY: A Washington constitutional amendment would force ballot initiatives to include specific funding plans.

Reacting To The State Of The Union

WEDNESDAY: President Obama spoke of "turning the page" in his 2015 State of the Union address.

The Role Of Plaintiffs In Supreme Court Cases

WEDNESDAY: As we look ahead to the Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage, we'll ask: how important is it to have sympathetic plaintiffs at the Supreme Court level?

January 20, 2015

David Shields and Caleb Powell Disagree

TUESDAY: The writers David Shields and Caleb Powell spent a weekend arguing with each other and then turned their quarrel into a book: "I Think You're Totally Wrong."

Tracking Kennewick Man's Ancestry

TUESDAY: Ever since skeletal remains were found in 1996 on the banks of the Columbia river in Kennewick, Washington, the origin and custody of those bones has been in dispute.

Talking Business

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

January 19, 2015

"Constructs" Show At Disjecta Treats Walls As Art

MONDAY: The new exhibition at Portland gallery Disjecta makes the space itself part of the art experience.

United Noshes Dishes Up International Feasts

MONDAY: United Noshes is creating delicacies from around the world for Portland diners.

"Don't Shoot Portland" Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Violence

MONDAY: In the last few weeks, Don't Shoot Portland shut down a Portland Public School meeting and a town hall held by Senator Ron Wyden.

January 16, 2015

Branding PDX: The Carpet, The Cuckoo Clock, Food Carts & More

FRIDAY: We'll be live from PDX to talk about the restaurants and other vendors at the Portland airport, what's behind the #pdxcarpet phenomenon & more.

January 15, 2015

Loophole Allows K-12 Dollars To Fund First Year Of College

THURSDAY: Some Oregon high schools are taking an unconventional approach to the governor's 40-40-20 plan. 

Naturopaths Fight For Equal Status In Oregon

THURSDAY: Naturopathic doctors are pushing for legislation that would allow them to be considered primary care physicians in Oregon.

Portland Public Schools Will Redraw Boundaries

THURSDAY: Portland Public Schools is beginning the process of redrawing the boundaries for neighborhood schools, and restricting transfers between schools.

January 14, 2015

Michael Chabon's Writing Crosses Genre And Media Barriers

WEDNESDAY: Ahead of Chabon's appearance at Portland Arts and Lectures, we'll hear about his work writing books, comics, and film.

January 13, 2015

Environmental Update On Carbon, Herbicide Spraying, and Climate Change

TUESDAY: We'll check in with reporters from our EarthFix team about some of the stories they're following.

Who Owns A Human Genome?

TUESDAY: Has the technology that enables us to sequence the human genome outpaced our ability to regulate data and protect individual privacy?

Ducks Lose

TUESDAY: We'll get reaction from University of Oregon alum and NPR's Portland-based sports reporter, Tom Goldman, who was in the press box in Arlington for the big game.

January 12, 2015

Oregon Vs. Ohio State: Two Fans Preview The Game

MONDAY: In advance of the big game, an Oregon fan and an Ohio State fan go head to head.

Governor Kitzhaber's Fourth Inauguration

MONDAY: John Kitzhaber officially starts his fourth term as Oregon's governor January 12. 

Genomics: The Slow Revolution

MONDAY: Many of the predictions of personalized medicine have fallen flat since the human genome was sequenced in 2003. Are we really on the dawn of a new era in health care?

January 9, 2015

Nation's First Transgender Mayor Leaves Office

FRIDAY: Former Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen joins us to look back at his time in office and talk about what lies ahead.

Washington County May Change How It Handles Dangerous Dogs

FRIDAY: Washington County is considering updates to its animal code for the first time in 30 years.

News Roundtable: January 9, 2015

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

January 8, 2015

U of O Education Expert Takes On China

THURSDAY: The University of Oregon education professor Yong Zhao's latest book, "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon?" is a critique of the Chinese education system.

Two Bills Look To Change Medical Marijuana In Washington

THURSDAY: One bill would keep medical marijuana shops from selling dried bud, while another would get rid of medical pot shops altogether.

Portlanders Will Vote On Options For Street Fee

THURSDAY: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to give voters choices on how to raise funds for street repair and maintenance.

January 7, 2015

Intel's Futurist Says His Job Dwells In Storytelling, Not Prediction

WEDNESDAY: Brian David Johnson joins us to talk about how he approaches the future.

Lawsuit Claims Oregon Lottery Intentionally Misleads Players

TUESDAY: A class-action lawsuit claims the Oregon Lottery leads video poker players to believe they'll have better odds if they let the machines choose cards for them. 

January 6, 2015

ACLU Of Oregon Director Looks Back At 33 Years

TUESDAY: ACLU of Oregon executive director Dave Fidanque will retire this year after more than three decades with the organization.

Providing Healthcare For Transgender Oregonians

TUESDAY: This January, Oregon joined a small group of states where transgender people can get health care coverage for gender dysphoria.

January 5, 2015

Oregon Business Leaders Set 2015 Agenda

MONDAY: The 12th annual Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit convenes Tuesday to discuss priorities and policy proposals for 2015.

How Will Facebook Shape Your Media Diet In 2015?

MONDAY: More and more, social media is driving news consumption. How much control do you have over what stories you see? 

New Oregon Laws Taking Effect In 2015

MONDAY: In addition to recreational marijuana, 2015 brings changes to laws governing home sales, underage drinking, minimum wage, concealed handguns and more.

January 2, 2015

Ducks Win!

FRIDAY: You don't have to be a football fan to have heard that the Oregon Ducks won the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Next up: the national championship.

Exploring Possible Changes To Grand Juries In Oregon

FRIDAY: We talk with reporter Lee van der Voo with Investigate West about her story on how grand juries work now and how some critics think they should change.

Portland Police Chief Job Changes Hands

FRIDAY: We'll talk with the outgoing and incoming chiefs of the Portland Police Bureau: Mike Reese and Larry O'Dea.

January 1, 2015

Author James McBride On Manhood, Family, And Abolitionist John Brown

THURSDAY: We're listening back to our conversation with author and National Book Award winner James McBride.

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