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Past and Present Foster Parents

OPB | Broadcast: March 29, 2018

Foster parent Rene Denfeld and former foster parent Linda Scott talk with Dave Miller about their experiences adopting and fostering in Oregon's child welfare system.

News Roundtable | Wolf Dogs | Non-Unanimous Juries

OPB | Broadcast: March 30, 2018

The only other state that allows non-unanimous jury decisions is looking into changing that. Also, scientists think imported dogs from Europe and Asia might be able to guard sheep against wolves. And we'll check in on some of the week's biggest news.

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Burgerville Union | Warrenton Elk | Oregon Foster Parents

OPB | Broadcast: March 29, 2018

Two foster parents share their experience with Oregon Department of Human Services. Also, we'll hear about Warrenton's elk problem. And workers at Burgerville are trying to gain recognition for their union.

Social Media & Privacy | Gang Enforcement Audit

OPB | Broadcast: March 28, 2018

How much privacy do you expect online? Also, we'll learn more about a new audit of the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team.

Addiction And Public Health | REBROADCAST: 'American War'

OPB | Broadcast: March 27, 2018

Oregon's governor is declaring addiction a public health crisis. Also, we look back on a conversation with Omar El Akkad about his novel "American War," which imagines a second American civil war.

10 Years Of Authors On 'Think Out Loud'

OPB | Broadcast: March 26, 2018

As part of our celebration of 10 years on the air, we bring you a compilation with some of our favorite author conversations from the last decade.

News Roundtable | Race And Homelessness | Jordan Cove Pipeline

OPB | Broadcast: March 23, 2018

Our news roundtable takes up the week's big headlines. Also, we'll learn about research into race and homelessness in Portland, and about tribal opposition to the proposed Jordan Cove pipeline. 

Flu In Prison | Native Students | Timber And Wildfire Funding | Pets In Disasters

OPB | Broadcast: March 22, 2018

The University of Oregon is trying to improve its retention rate for Native American students. Also, we'll learn about how flu season impacted state prisons, federal funding for timber and firefighting, and how your pets should fit into your disaster planning.

Bridge Safety | Fingerprint Evidence | Photo Contest | Search And Rescue

OPB | Broadcast: March 21, 2018

Can the Burnside bridge survive an earthquake? How reliable is fingerprint evidence? Also, we'll hear about a photo project which aims to highlight the stories of immigrants and refugees. And we'll hear what it's like to work in search and rescue.

Money In Youth Sports | Happiness Day | Earthquake Prep

OPB | Broadcast: March 20, 2018

We look at the influence of shoe companies in youth sports. Also, we mark International Day of Happiness with a sociologist and happiness expert. Finally, we talk earthquake preparedness with a California seismologist.

Oregon Saves | Cassius Clay Play | Student Survey

OPB | Broadcast: March 19, 2018

A new play for kids takes on the early life of Muhammed Ali. High school students survey other high school students. And a new Oregon program offers state-run retirement savings.

News Roundtable | REBROADCAST: Foster Care Youth

OPB | Broadcast: March 16, 2018

We'll get opinions and analysis on some of the week's biggest news. And we'll listen back to two stories of people who went through Oregon's foster care system.

Mega-Dairy | Video Game Sports | Oregon Cult Documentary

OPB | Broadcast: March 15, 2018

A new documentary series on Netflix tells the story of the Rajneeshees, who took over a town in central Oregon in the 1980s. Also, a controversial mega-dairy is sued by the state. And the Portland Timbers added a new e-player to their team roster.

Gun Sales | School Safety And Walkouts | Columbia River Tribes

OPB | Broadcast: March 14, 2018

One month after the Parkland, Florida shooting, we'll speak with Oregon students and a school resource officer about student walkouts and school safety. Also, are age limits for gun sales discrimination? And, we'll hear about the significance of the Columbia River to tribal communities.

Former Oregon Child Welfare Director: DHS Must Reprioritize Prevention

OPB | Broadcast: March 9, 2018

Lena Alhusseini served as Oregon's Child Welfare Director from November 2016 to May 2016. She sat down with Dave Miller to discuss the barriers she found when she tried to implement her vision.

Talking Race In The Classroom

OPB | Broadcast: March 13, 2018

We talk to students and teachers in the Portland area about how race and racial identity is playing out in high schools and in class discussions.

Oregon Child Welfare Workers Say They Can't Keep Up, Can't Do Prevention Work

OPB | Broadcast: March 2, 2018

In the wake of a damning, year-long audit into Oregon’s Child Welfare system, longtime caseworkers Rosanne Scott and Kelly Paluso talk about how the findings of that audit play out day-to-day.

Frog Shuttle | The 'Boyfriend Loophole' | Sanctuary Cities

OPB | Broadcast: March 12, 2018

We discuss: a volunteer effort to ensure the safety of threatened frogs, what changes to expect now that abusive intimate partners can be restricted from having guns, and conflicting claims about sanctuary cities.

Multnomah County Library Plans To Stream Local Musicians

OPB | Broadcast: March 7, 2018

The Multnomah County Library is accepting submissions for an upcoming music streaming and downloading service that will feature — and compensate — local musicians.

News Roundtable | Child Welfare System | Girl Scouts

OPB | Broadcast: March 9, 2018

We get opinions and analysis of some of the big stories in the week's news, then sit down with the former director of Oregon's Child Welfare system and two representatives of the Girl Scouts of America.

Rural Broadband | Tree Wells | Commercial Renters | 'A Gentleman Bank Robber'

OPB | Broadcast: March 8, 2018

We discuss: a plan to expand rural broadband in Oregon; the dangers of tree wells; stronger renters protections for business owners; and a new film that tells the story of Rita "Bo" Brown.

Library Music | Sex Offenders | Prosthetics Design

OPB | Broadcast: March 7, 2018

A new book argues that sex offenders can be reformed. Also, a new streaming service from Multnomah County Library will provide music from local musicians. And a new exhibition looks at the design of prosthetics.

Talking Business | Legislative Wrap Up | WA Governor Inslee

OPB | Broadcast: March 6, 2018

We'll broadcast today from Olympia, where we'll talk to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. We'll also get an update on the latest business news, and on the end of Oregon's legislative session.

Public Records Bill Veto | News Roundtable | Caseworkers on DHS

OPB | Broadcast: March 2, 2018

We hear about Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee's veto of a public records bill. Then, we get opinions on the week's news from our news roundtable. And two Oregon caseworkers share their personal experience.

REBROADCAST: George Saunders

OPB | Broadcast: March 5, 2018

We listen back to an interview with celebrated short story author George Saunders on his novel "Lincoln in the Bardo."

New 'South' Portland | Juvenile Justice | Babies Without Borders

OPB | Broadcast: March 1, 2018

On today's show we discuss: Portland creating a new sixth "quadrant," proposed reforms to youth sentencing under Measure 11 and an Oregon OBGYN who just returned from three months in Sierra Leone.


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