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News Roundtable | Oregon Trail | Book Club


We get opinions and analysis on some of the news of the week. We hear about a new version of the Oregon Trail video game. And we introduce our new pandemic book club.

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Tenants & Landlords | Book Recommendations | Sallie Tisdale


State and local leaders are working to protect renters. Bookstore owners share reading recommendations. Portland writer Sallie Tisdale shares her strategies for surviving the pandemic. And Portland has one of the longest standing female football teams in the country.

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Remote Learning | Animal-Human Disease Transfer | Machine Learning


Schools across the state are trying to figure out distance learning. How can diseases jump from bats to humans? And scientists at OSU are working on a project to help machines learn the same way babies do.

Child Welfare | 1918 Flu | Delivery Driver | John Simpkins


The state's child welfare system is struggling under the pandemic. What lessons can the influenza pandemic teach us? And painter John Simpkins is used to a solitary quarantine lifestyle: he lives in a ghost town.

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St. Charles Hospital | Salem Homeless | Portland City Commissioner Debate


St. Charles Hospital in Bend is preparing for an influx of coronavirus patients. Service providers are doing what they can to help people who are homeless in Salem. And we hear from candidates for Portland City Council. 

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Oregon Governor | Domestic Violence | Fossil Mayor | Timbers Player


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joins us to talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic violence advocates are concerned about an increase in calls. The mayor of Fossil tells us how her small town is handling the pandemic. And a Timbers player tells us what his days look like. 

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News Roundtable | Oregon Trail | Book Club

OPB | Broadcast: April 3, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on some of the news of the week. We hear about a new version of the Oregon Trail video game. And we introduce our new pandemic book club.

Tenants & Landlords | Book Recommendations | Sallie Tisdale

OPB | Broadcast: April 2, 2020

State and local leaders are working to protect renters. Bookstore owners share reading recommendations. Portland writer Sallie Tisdale shares her strategies for surviving the pandemic. And Portland has one of the longest standing female football teams in the country.

Remote Learning | Animal-Human Disease Transfer | Machine Learning

OPB | Broadcast: April 1, 2020

Schools across the state are trying to figure out distance learning. How can diseases jump from bats to humans? And scientists at OSU are working on a project to help machines learn the same way babies do.

Child Welfare | 1918 Flu | Delivery Driver | John Simpkins

OPB | Broadcast: March 31, 2020

The state's child welfare system is struggling under the pandemic. What lessons can the influenza pandemic teach us? And painter John Simpkins is used to a solitary quarantine lifestyle: he lives in a ghost town.

St. Charles Hospital | Salem Homeless | Portland City Commissioner Debate

OPB | Broadcast: March 30, 2020

St. Charles Hospital in Bend is preparing for an influx of coronavirus patients. Service providers are doing what they can to help people who are homeless in Salem. And we hear from candidates for Portland City Council. 

News Roundtable | Grant County | Supply Chain

OPB | Broadcast: March 27, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. A new program in Grant County helps neighbors check in on each other. And will our grocery store shelves stay empty?

Asian American Harassment | Climate Change Order | Census

OPB | Broadcast: March 26, 2020

Asian Americans in Portland are experiencing harassment amid the pandemic. We hear how the census is being affected by the the coronavirus. We also hear what exactly is in Oregon Gov. Brown's climate change executive order.

Oregon Governor | Domestic Violence | Fossil Mayor | Timbers Player

OPB | Broadcast: March 25, 2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joins us to talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic violence advocates are concerned about an increase in calls. The mayor of Fossil tells us how her small town is handling the pandemic. And a Timbers player tells us what his days look like. 

Tribal Health | Coronavirus Fraud | RACC | Eugene Mural

OPB | Broadcast: March 24, 2020

This hour we hear about how coronavirus is affecting the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and schemes aimed at exploiting COVID-19 anxiety. We also talk to RACC and Mobility International USA.

Transcript Of Interview With Mobility International USA's Susan Sygall

OPB | Broadcast: March 24, 2020

A transcript of "Think Out Loud" host Dave Miller's conversation with Susan Sygall, co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA.

Epidemic Executive Order | Restaurants | Childcare

OPB | Broadcast: March 23, 2020

We hear about Gov. Kate Brown's latest orders on the pandemic, how restaurants are handling closures and what Oregon families need to know about childcare during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

News Roundtable | Recovery | Diesel Emissions

OPB | Broadcast: March 20, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on the big news this week. Also, people who are in addiction recovery often rely on in-person meetings to stay sober. And environmental advocates are calling on state regulators to restrict diesel emissions.

Meals On Wheels | People Helping People | Oregon Courts

OPB | Broadcast: March 19, 2020

We hear how Meals on Wheels is continuing its work amid this public health crisis, how people are rallying to help those in need in their communities, and the effect of coronavirus on court proceedings.

Economic Impact | Coastal Towns | Queer Fiction

OPB | Broadcast: March 18, 2020

The long term economic impacts of coronavirus could be severe in Oregon. Coastal towns face some particular challenges right now. Also, a new collection of short stories focuses on queer life in Portland.

Homeless Organizing | Kids At Home | Mental Health | Airport Workers

OPB | Broadcast: March 17, 2020

How are homeless folks responding to coronavirus? What are you doing to keep your kids entertained and busy? How will social distancing affect people facing mental health challenges? Airport workers are asking for better sick leave policies.

Community Health | Sick Leave | COVID-19 & Live Music | Soils & Climate Change

OPB | Broadcast: March 16, 2020

What’s happening with parks, homeless shelters, libraries and jails in Multnomah County? How does sick leave work in this time? How will the coronavirus affect live music? And what does soil have to do with climate change? 

News Roundtable | School Closures

OPB | Broadcast: March 13, 2020

We talk with Portland Public Schools about the governor's school closure announcement. And our news roundtable takes up COVID-19 and other stories of the week.

Communicating About COVID-19 | Flood Damage In Eastern Oregon | New Deal Art

OPB | Broadcast: March 12, 2020

We get the latest updates on coronavirus in Oregon. Also, how could scientists communicating about science — and specifically the risks from the COVID-19 virus — be improved? And we find out how Umatilla county is recovering from extensive flood damage last month.

COVID-19 Critique | Crow Behavior | Sand Labyrinths

OPB | Broadcast: March 10, 2020

A public health expert critiques the U.S. response to the COVID-19 virus. We meet sand artists, and hear about the fascinating world of crow behavior.

Unproductive Legislative Session | Coronavirus Updates | Clam Gardens

OPB | Broadcast: March 9, 2020

What happened and didn't happen during Oregon's short and unproductive legislative session? And we get the latest on what Oregon and Washington are doing about coronavirus. Also, we learn what a clam garden is and how it reflects climate change policy.


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