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Spotted Owl Recovery Plan

OPB | Broadcast: June 30, 2011

A new Recovery Plan for the Spotted Owl is being announced today. What does it mean?

Hermiston Homeless Shelter Breaks Ground

OPB | Broadcast: June 30, 2011

Hermiston's first and only homeless shelter will break ground this month. What difference will it make?

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The Blazers This Week

OPB | Broadcast: June 30, 2011

The Blazers have a lot going on this week. We'll check in with a sportswriter from The Oregonian about the draft, Greg Oden, and the possibility of a lockout.

The Nature of Intelligence

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2011

How is intelligence linked to memory?

The Meaning of Mensa

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2011

This year the American Mensa Annual Gathering is taking place in Portland. We'll explore what it means to be a part of this "forum for intellectual exchange."

Reactions to NY's Same-Sex Marriage Law

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2011

New York lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on June 24. What will it mean for Oregon?

Kayaking Waterfalls

OPB | Broadcast: June 28, 2011

A 19 year-old injured his back this weekend while kayaking down Bridal Veil falls. We'll talk to someone who teaches people how to run waterfalls.

Creating Jobs in Rural Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: June 28, 2011

What are rural communities in Oregon doing to create jobs?

Library Voices

OPB | Broadcast: June 28, 2011

We'll talk to Portlander Molly Raphael who's the new president of the American Library Association and Laura Moulton who lends her collection of paperbacks out to people living on the street.

Health Insurance Exchange

OPB | Broadcast: June 27, 2011

Now that Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to establish a Health Insurance Exchange, what happens next to make it a reality?

Living Without Health Insurance

OPB | Broadcast: June 27, 2011

What is it like to live without health insurance?

Remembering Betty Roberts

OPB | Broadcast: June 27, 2011

Betty Roberts died this weekend at age 88. We'll reflect on her life in law and politics.

Whither Women of Wal-Mart

OPB | Broadcast: June 24, 2011

What are the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart could not proceed?

Crooked River Roundup

OPB | Broadcast: June 24, 2011

The Crooked River Roundup takes place in Prineville this weekend. We'll find what effect the rodeo has on this depressed Central Oregon town.

Bill Blocks New Hookah Bars

OPB | Broadcast: June 24, 2011

If signed into law, a bill that just passed in the Legislature would prevent new hookah lounges from opening in the state. How would this affect you?

Vanessa Veselka's "Zazen"

OPB | Broadcast: June 23, 2011

Portland author Vanessa Veselka's debut novel Zazen offers a bleak but not quite hopeless look at a dystopian world eerily similar to our own.

Afghanistan Drawdown

OPB | Broadcast: June 23, 2011

What's your reaction to the announcement by President Obama of a troop drawdown in Afghanistan?

Shakespeare Festival Disrupted

OPB | Broadcast: June 22, 2011

What will a damaged theater mean for patrons of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival?

Global Grain

OPB | Broadcast: June 22, 2011

How is Oregon grain linked to the state's relationship with China?

Claire Bolderson

OPB | Broadcast: June 22, 2011

BBC Newshour host Claire Bolderson joins us to discuss her visit to Oregon.

Office of Equity

OPB | Broadcast: June 21, 2011

What will the City of Portland's new Office of Equity look like?

Higher Education Update

OPB | Broadcast: June 21, 2011

With state lawmakers expected to wrap up the legislative session early, which bills and budgets affecting higher education are still on the table?

Building Space

OPB | Broadcast: June 20, 2011

What happens when industrial designers, woodworkers, architects and other creative folks all go to work in the same communal space?

Elizabeth Hovde's Recovery

OPB | Broadcast: June 20, 2011

Oregonian columnist Elizabeth Hovde suffered a traumatic brain injury from a skiing accident in January. She's recovering now and looking at life through a different lens.

Mental Health Crisis Center Opens

OPB | Broadcast: June 20, 2011

What difference will Portland's new Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center make?

Rebroadcast: Food Access

OPB | Broadcast: June 17, 2011

A rebroadcast of our show looking at what difference access to grocery stores makes in the lives of Oregonians.

Breast Milk Banking

OPB | Broadcast: June 16, 2011

Experts say that breast milk is best for babies. If a mother cannot provide breast milk, are there safe and comparable options?

The Cost of Business

OPB | Broadcast: June 16, 2011

What are state and local governments doing to lure businesses to Oregon?

My Heart Is An Idiot

OPB | Broadcast: June 15, 2011

A new documentary follows Found Magazine's Davy Rothbart as he searches for love.

Dignity Village and Ending Homelessness

OPB | Broadcast: June 15, 2011

Where does Dignity Village fit into the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness?

Rebroadcast: Paulann Petersen

OPB | Broadcast: June 14, 2011

Oregon poet laureate, Paulann Petersen, calls herself an ambassador for poetry in Oregon. We explore what that means to her.

Selling Stumptown

OPB | Broadcast: June 13, 2011

Who is calling the shots at Stumptown Coffee Roasters?

Nicholas Kristof

OPB | Broadcast: June 13, 2011

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof is best known for his columns in the New York Times. He grew up in Yamhill County and joins us from there to answer your questions.

The Value of Mount Hood

OPB | Broadcast: June 10, 2011

We're live from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to find out what the mountain means to you.

Live from Salem

OPB | Broadcast: June 9, 2011

We'll broadcast live from Salem to talk about what's on legislators' minds as the 2011 session enters the home stretch and we'll meet a lobbyist who developed an app to track votes.

Rising Rivers

OPB | Broadcast: June 8, 2011

Unless you work on the water, it's easy to ignore gradual changes in river levels. But as several rivers in Oregon approach and exceed flood stage, some people are starting to take notice.

Gang Shootings

OPB | Broadcast: June 8, 2011

Since last Friday there have been four three suspected gang-related shootings in Portland. What's happening? And how are you reacting to the violence?

Background Checks

OPB | Broadcast: June 7, 2011

Should elected officials undergo the same scrutiny as people who serve on volunteer committees?

Employee Benefits

OPB | Broadcast: June 7, 2011

Mayor Sam Adams wants to expand health benefits for city employees to include sex reassignment surgery. How do employers decide what should be covered by their health plans?

Gender-Neutral Parenting

OPB | Broadcast: June 6, 2011

Should your child's gender influence how you raise them?

Big Fears About Microplastics

OPB | Broadcast: June 3, 2011

What are tiny piece of plastic in the ocean doing to the marine life... and to us?

Carcinogenic Phones?

OPB | Broadcast: June 3, 2011

A new report by the World Health Organization says radiation put out by cell phones may be "carcinogenic to humans."

Tuition Increases

OPB | Broadcast: June 3, 2011

Why are Oregon's public universities raising tuition?

Northwest Passages: Ellen Waterston

OPB | Broadcast: June 2, 2011

Through her life and her writing, Ellen Waterston captures change in Central Oregon.

Oregon Insurer Raising Rates

OPB | Broadcast: June 1, 2011

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon wants to raise their rates 22%. The public will have a chance to weigh in this week.

Women, War and PTSD

OPB | Broadcast: June 1, 2011

A new study finds women returning from war are more likely than their male counterparts to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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