THINK OUT LOUD, OPB’s local online and daily radio show, will hold discussions with candidates in local, state and U.S. congressional races before the May 20 Primary election. This series of “Primary Conversations” will follow the usual program format with host Emily Harris leading the on-air discussion. Candidates will take questions from callers, and online host Dave Miller will contribute questions from online participants.

THINK OUT LOUD is OPB’s new and engaging regional call-in show. It offers a unique forum on the air and online for voters to hear where candidates stand on the issues and to ask questions. This is public radio-style campaign discussion with an emphasis on issues of importance to voters, civil discourse and public participation.

THINK OUT LOUD airs on the stations of OPB radio live weekdays at 9am with a repeat broadcast at 9pm. It’s always online at

Thus far, the “Primary Conversations” schedule includes:
Wednesday April 23 — The Oregon Attorney General Race (Democrats)
John Kroger and Greg Macpherson

Monday April 28 — Portland Mayor’s Race
Sam Adams and Sho Dozono

Thursday May 1 — Oregon Secretary of State (Democrats)
Kate Brown, Rick Metsger and Vicki Walker

Wednesday May 7 — Oregon U.S. Senate (Democrats)
Jeff Merkley, Candy Neville and Steve Novick

Thursday May 15 — Oregon Representative in Congress 5th District (Democrats)
Steve Marks and Kurt Schrader

THINK OUT LOUD is awaiting confirmation on a date for the Oregon Representatives in Congress 5th District (Republicans) between Mike Erickson and Kevin Mannix.

Go to for an updated schedule, and to participate online.  

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