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How A Landmark Audit Could Change Oregon's Child Welfare Department

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 5, 2018

Auditor Jaime Ralls outlines the findings of the year-long audit. Long-time foster care critic Richard Wexler says the problem is too many kids in the system. DHS says it's working to fix the agency.

Artist Space | Racism And Health | Banned Book | Public Records

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 28, 2018

What can Portland do to make the city affordable to artists? Also, we'll learn about how racism can affect our health. And we'll talk about Beaverton School District's decision to ban a young adult book. Finally, Washington state representative Gerry Pollet tells us about a bill to change availability of public records. 

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Cap And Trade | Honors College | Letter To A Shooter

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 27, 2018

We hear about California's cap and trade program. Also, we explore the value of an honors college at the University of Oregon. And, a Portland author speaks about the man who shot him in the back, leaving him paralyzed. 

Olympics Wrap | Meth Related Deaths | School Shootings

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 26, 2018

We look back at the Winter Olympics. We also discuss why deaths related to meth use are on the rise in Oregon and how two decades of school shootings are affecting students and teachers.

Multnomah County Program Advertises 'Kitties For Hire'

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2018

A Multnomah County program lets people "hire" feral cats to hunt rats and other pests. 

News Roundtable | Family Homeless Shelter | Black Comics

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2018

Analysis and opinions on this week's biggest news. Plus, we'll hear about the failings in Multnomah county's largest shelter for families and children. And a look at African-American comics culture.

Cats For Hire | Kitzhaber Ethics Investigation | Renée Watson

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 22, 2018

A Multnomah County program lets people hire feral cats to hunt rats. Author Renée Watson talks about her book, "Piecing Me Together." And, we learn more about the ethics investigation of John Kitzhaber.

Farmers' Mental Health | Prison Soccer Tournaments | High School Aviation

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2018

A Washington lawmaker has introduced a bill to provide free mental health care to farmworkers. Also, we learn about soccer tournaments between Oregon State Penitentiary inmates and outside volunteers. And, Sisters High School is one of the few in the nation with aviation classes for its students.

Oregon STD Rates | Author Willy Vlautin | Online Dating While Black

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 20, 2018

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Central Oregon. Also, Portland author Willy Vlautin tells us about his latest book. And a journalist conducts an experiment about racism in online dating.

News Roundtable | Organ Transplants | Officer-Involved Shootings

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 16, 2018

We get a range of opinions on some of the big stories of the week, then turn to a discussion around the ethics of rationing organ transplants, and then turn to the latest report on Portland police officer-involved shootings.

No More Curbside Recycling | Unlikely Hikers | Marathon Madness

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2018

What does it take to get comfortable spending time in nature? Also, a Portland man has run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. And an Oregon town will no longer have curbside recycling.

Idaho US Attorney | 'Two Balloons' | Axemen | Pikas

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2018

We talk to Idaho's US Attorney about cannabis, and to a Portland filmmaker about his new stop-motion short film. Also, a Eugene high school's sports teams have a new gender-neutral name, and an OSU lab is studying new pika habitats.

Talking Business | Corals On Film | Publishing Women

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 13, 2018

A new film explores the challenges climate change poses to coral reefs. An Oregon publisher will only publish women authors this year. Also, we'll look at the latest business news.

KBOO At 50 | '101 Seconds' | Quanice Hayes

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 12, 2018

We explore KBOO Community Radio's 50-year history. Also, we talk to a Portland filmmaker who documented the aftermath of the deadly 2012 mall shooting at Clackamas Town Center. And we speak with the family of Quanice Hayes, who was killed by a Portland police officer one year ago.

Claudia Rankine At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2018

We talk with award-winning poet Claudia Rankine in front of a live audience at Literary Arts.  

TOL At 10

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 19, 2018

"Think Out Loud" kicks off a year of 10-year anniversary shows by getting personal- we'll do a series of one-on-one interviews with notable Oregonians about how their lives have changed over the last ten years.

Sen. Kruse Investigation | Black History Festival | Olympics Rule 40

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2018

An investigation into Oregon Sen. Jeff Kruse's behavior was released Tuesday. A new festival celebrates black history in Oregon. And a former pro runner talks about a rule banning athletes from mentioning the Olympics on social media during the games. 

'Red Clocks'

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2018

Leni Zumas talks with April Baer about her latest novel, "Red Clocks."

Cannabis Convictions | Activist Seth Woolley | Tip Pooling?

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 6, 2018

A federal rule change might mean some servers will have to share their tips with kitchen staff. Also, some Californians will have their marijuana convictions erased. And we'll check in with Seth Woolley, who has been filing petitions against local politicians for years.

What's Wrong With Oregon's Child Welfare Office?

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 5, 2018

A recent audit found a myriad of problems at Oregon's Office of Child Welfare.

Small Landlord Exemption | Public Defenders

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 1, 2018

Should Portland landlords who only rent one unit be required to pay rental relocation fees? Also, we'll learn about the work of public defenders.

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