As 2018 comes to a close, OPB “Weekend Edition” host John Notarianni spoke with several OPB reporters about the stories that stuck with them this year, whether they were moved, inspired or shocked.

Hear conversations with each reporter in the audio players below.

Delson Suppah Sr. enjoys the shade and the company near the village pool at Kah-Nee-Ta. 

Delson Suppah Sr. enjoys the shade and the company near the village pool at Kah-Nee-Ta. 

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“It was a really emotional goodbye for everyone there. Unfortunately, the staff didn’t get the luxury of dwelling in that emotion because emotions were so high among people visiting for the last time.”

Emily Cureton on the closure of the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort


“When these detainees arrived, the people who worked at the prison had a 24-hour heads up that suddenly their prison population was going to be doubling. It was an incredible number of people coming into the system that prison officials were not at all ready to handle.”

Conrad Wilson on the immigration detainees that were held at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon


“People go to art school to become artists, but they also become sneaker designers, teachers and graphic designers. They proliferate in many of Oregon’s businesses in ways that have nothing to do with a studio drawing class.”

April Baer on the impact of the closures of several Oregon higher arts education institutions


“Opioids began to flood African-American inner-city communities in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Back then, no one looked at it and said, ‘This is a public health issue;’ they said, ‘This is a public safety issue.’ The way this has been handled depending on who the population is really stuck out to me.”

Erica Morrison on the opioid crisis in communities of color


“I spent a lot of time this year looking at scientific papers and documents; it was definitely a change of pace to just be sitting on a porch in Idaho with Jay Crawford, drinking lemonade.”

Tony Schick on the human toll of wildfire suppression