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Vera Katz | Kenton Women's Village


Former Portland mayor and Oregon house speaker Vera Katz died Monday morning at age 84. Also, we discuss a pilot program that provides tiny homes to homeless women.

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News Roundtable | Sara Gelser | NORCOR Jail


Our news roundtable takes up the week's headlines. We hear from Oregon state Sen. Sara Gelser who was featured in Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue. Also, we discuss a new report on conditions at NORCOR. 

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Life After Taggart | Accessible Park | Pioneer School


The special education program at Pioneer School in Portland Public Schools will close. Also, a new park is home to Oregon's first outdoor field for disabled athletes. And Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is leaving for Florida.

Photo: Mark Wallheiser/AP

Bend Government | African American Priorities In Portland | Columbia CEO


The Portland African American Leadership Forum has a new plan reflecting the priorities of Portland's African American community. Bend City Council will decide whether to send voters a plan to fundamentally change the city's system of government. And Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle talks about safety for downtown businesses.

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Talking Business | Kid Governor | Graduate Student Taxes | Christmas Trees


Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees in the country. We'll learn more about the business. Also, the state's first kid governor, some regional business news and what the GOP tax bill could mean for Oregon universities.

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Vera Katz | Kenton Women's Village

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 11, 2017

Former Portland mayor and Oregon house speaker Vera Katz died Monday morning at age 84. Also, we discuss a pilot program that provides tiny homes to homeless women.

News Roundtable | Sara Gelser | NORCOR Jail

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 8, 2017

Our news roundtable takes up the week's headlines. We hear from Oregon state Sen. Sara Gelser who was featured in Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue. Also, we discuss a new report on conditions at NORCOR. 

Life After Taggart | Accessible Park | Pioneer School

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 7, 2017

The special education program at Pioneer School in Portland Public Schools will close. Also, a new park is home to Oregon's first outdoor field for disabled athletes. And Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is leaving for Florida.

Bend Government | African American Priorities In Portland | Columbia CEO

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 6, 2017

The Portland African American Leadership Forum has a new plan reflecting the priorities of Portland's African American community. Bend City Council will decide whether to send voters a plan to fundamentally change the city's system of government. And Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle talks about safety for downtown businesses.

Talking Business | Kid Governor | Graduate Student Taxes | Christmas Trees

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 5, 2017

Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees in the country. We'll learn more about the business. Also, the state's first kid governor, some regional business news and what the GOP tax bill could mean for Oregon universities.

Car Thefts In PDX | Gorge Recovery | Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 4, 2017

How is the Gorge recovering after the fire? Also, we'll hear from Eugene's mayor. And a story about why car thefts are on the rise in Portland.

News Roundtable | Asian Immigrants | Hanford Cleanup

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 1, 2017

Our news roundtable takes up the week's headlines. Also, we hear about a milestone in the Hanford nuclear cleanup. And we talk to a local organization that works with Asian immigrants — the fastest growing immigrant group in Oregon. 

OHA Audit | Sisters Newspaper Changeover | Crook County Development

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 30, 2017

A new audit of the Oregon Health Authority shows millions of misspent taxpayer dollars. Also, the Nugget Newspaper in Sisters is an example of a thriving community paper. And should federal lands be more locally controlled?

Cuba | OSU Building Names | Dallas School Lawsuit

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 29, 2017

What criteria should a university use to decide whether its founders were racist? Also, we'll talk to a Portland journalist about how U.S.-Cuba policy has changed, and parents who are suing an Oregon school over its transgender policy.

Rural Cannabis Grows | Jackie Winters | The Story Of OR-4

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 28, 2017

We learn about a Josephine County proposal to restrict cannabis grows; talk to Jackie Winters, the first African American minority leader in Oregon's Legislature; and hear about state wolf management.

Chemawa Investigative Series | Living With Autism

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 27, 2017

OPB reporters Rob Manning and Tony Schick give us the highlights from their investigation into the Chemawa Indian School in Salem. And we find out what life is like for one family dealing with autism.

David Grann On 'Killers Of The Flower Moon'

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 24, 2017

In his latest book, author David Grann investigates the murders of the wealthy Osage Native Americans in the 1920s. 

REBROADCAST: On The Road: Long Beach Peninsula

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 23, 2017

In September, "Think Out Loud" traveled to the Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington and recorded conversations with tourists, residents and wanderers there. 

PPB Lawsuit | Food Cart Chef | #MeToo In The Workplace

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 22, 2017

What challenges have you faced as a woman in the workforce? Also, we'll discuss an ACLU lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau for tactics used in protests this summer. And we'll hear from a formerly homeless man who is now cooking at a food cart.

Transgender Student | Broadway Corridor | True Crime Comic

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 21, 2017

We hear about a lawsuit involving a transgender high school student, grand plans for the area at the base of Portland's Broadway Bridge, and a true crime comic about family and murder.

Climate Change | Sex Trafficking | KKK

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 20, 2017

A new book looks at the history of the Ku Klux Klan. Also, we'll learn about a new report on the effect of sex trafficking laws. And a letter signed by thousands of scientists warns about climate change.

Oregon Health Authority | News Roundtable | Sexual Assault Reporting

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 17, 2017

Approximately 80,000 kids will lose health coverage if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the CHIP program. Also, our news roundtable takes up some big stories from the week. And a sexual assault reporting program that began in Ashland has received nationwide praise. 

Reza Aslan Live At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 16, 2017

Author Reza Aslan joins us in front of an audience at Literary Arts in downtown Portland. 

Portland Superintendent | Ari Shapiro | Hazing In Lake Oswego

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 15, 2017

Portland's new superintendent joins us for the first time. Also, Ari Shapiro comes home. And we learn about hazing in the Lake Oswego School District.

Talking Business | Portland's Resistance | UO Title IX Response

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 14, 2017

A year after Portland's Resistance was founded, we check in. Also, we learn more about the University of Oregon's response to an accused rape by a basketball player. And the latest business news.


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