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Two Takes On Foster Care Politics And Policy

OPB | Broadcast: May 31, 2018

Adoptive parent Ben West criticizes Oregon's child welfare system and shares what's driving Oregon Foster Families First. And state Senator Sara Gelser gives her take on changes to the system.

Gorge Recovery | Wave Energy | Foster Care

OPB | Broadcast: May 31, 2018

How is business in the Columbia River Gorge after last summer's fire? Also, we check in on plans for a wave energy testing site off the Oregon coast. And we talk about reforming child welfare with an advocacy group and a lawmaker.

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Plovers | Ransomware | Dire Wolves | First Amendment

OPB | Broadcast: May 30, 2018

A woman in Southern Oregon is trying to breed dogs that look like dire wolves. The Roseburg School District paid a ransom to hackers. And Snowy Plovers were seen at Fort Stevens for the first time in 30 years. 

#TOL10: What Is The Purpose Of Government?

OPB | Broadcast: May 28, 2018

As a part of our series looking at some of the biggest issues likely to face Oregon in the next decade, we ask an audience in Josephine County about tensions between local, state and federal control.

Talking Business | Menstruation While Homeless | High School Sexual Violence

OPB | Broadcast: May 29, 2018

A Portland nonprofit distributes menstrual products to homeless women. Students at Grant High School want the administration to respond to sexual violence. And we get the latest business news.

News Roundtable | Prom

OPB | Broadcast: May 25, 2018

We take up some of the biggest news of the week. And we talk about prom — what does this rite of passage mean in our world today?

Vanport's Native Americans | Surgical Mesh | North Bend HS

OPB | Broadcast: May 24, 2018

We learn about Vanport's native population, listen to two perspectives on surgical mesh, and hear about a recent case of discrimination at North Bend High School.

Michael Pollan On 'How To Change Your Mind' With Psychedelics

OPB | Broadcast: May 23, 2018

Best-selling author Michael Pollan has written a psychedelic history. And that's no metaphor. He details the scientific research into psychedelics prior to the 1970s and what's driving the modern revival of interest.

Baby Owls | Ride-Hailing Company Regulations | PSU Student Body President

OPB | Broadcast: May 22, 2018

Also, the Portland City Council may create a board to regulate Lyft and Uber drivers. And Portland State University students recently elected an undocumented student to be their new president.

Hillsboro Internet | Thurston Shooting Anniversary | Homeless Flimmakers

OPB | Broadcast: May 21, 2018

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Thurston High School. Also, Hillsboro is aiming for municipally-provided internet. And a Portland nonprofit teaches homeless youth to make movies.

3 Things You Should Never Put Out For Curbside Recycling

OPB | Broadcast: May 17, 2018

Five months after China stopped accepting contaminated recycling, regulators and the industry are hard at work trying to clean up the stream and find markets for whatever clean material they can. 

News Roundtable | Battle Of Books | Cybercrime

OPB | Broadcast: May 18, 2018

We hear analysis of this week's headlines. Also, Oregon school districts have pulled out of the Battle of the Books because of a book about a transgender teen. And the FBI tells us about combating cybercrime. 

Politics | Recyling | Diversity Outdoors

OPB | Broadcast: May 17, 2018

Will the threat of fines stop people from throwing trash into the recycling? Also, a retiring ranger pushes to get more kids of color outdoors. And we preview the upcoming legislative special session.

Primary Election Recap | Gun Rights Measures | REBROADCAST: Spirit Of Dialogue

OPB | Broadcast: May 16, 2018

We hear about the results of last night's Oregon primary election. Also, people across Oregon want to allow county officials to choose not to enforce gun laws. And, a rebroadcast of our conservation about water conflicts. 

'Bundyville' Podcast | Male Birth Control Pill | Rebroadcast: 'Tides'

OPB | Broadcast: May 15, 2018

This hour we hear about a new podcast featuring the Bundys, progress on a birth control pill for men and the history and science of ocean tides.

Improving Legal Representation And Outcomes For Oregon Foster Kids

OPB | Broadcast: May 11, 2018

We learn about the lax rules for lawyers who represent foster kids, and the pilot program that seems to be making a difference.

Chetco Bar Salvage Logging | App For Plus-Sized Portlanders | Legal Rights For Animals

OPB | Broadcast: May 14, 2018

This hour we hear about: salvage logging in SW Oregon, an app that to help plus-sized people navigate public spaces, and a case that takes up whether animals can sue for damages in civil lawsuits. 

News Roundtable | Lawyers Who Represent Foster Kids

OPB | Broadcast: May 11, 2018

News watchers weigh in on some of the week's big stories. And we learn about the lax rules for lawyers who represent foster kids, and the pilot program that seems to be making a difference.

REBROADCAST: Wild Horse Country

OPB | Broadcast: May 9, 2018

We listen back to our conversation about the costly and controversial issue of controlling wild horse populations in the West.

10 Years Covering Guns & Gun Violence On 'Think Out Loud'

OPB | Broadcast: May 10, 2018

As part of marking our first 10 years on the air in 2018, we're listening back to excerpts from conversations we've had over the last decade about guns and gun violence.

Viet Thanh Nguyen At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: May 8, 2018

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen joins us in front of an audience at Literary Arts.

Talking Business | Small Town Permits | Eugene Auditor Measures

OPB | Broadcast: May 7, 2018

Eugene voters will decide how their city auditor is selected. Small town mayors across the state are upset about a new Oregon DOJ ruling. And we get the latest business news.

What Would You Name Portland's Hypothetical MLB Team?

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2018

Listeners suggest all kinds of names for a Portland Major League Baseball team.

News Roundtable | Washington County DA Race

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2018

We discuss some of this week's headlines with our news roundtable. And, the two candidates for district attorney of Washington County join us. 

Multnomah County Commission Race | School Discipline Survey | Horse Breeder

OPB | Broadcast: May 3, 2018

We hear about each of the candidates for Multnomah County Commissioner, District 2. Also, Cleveland High School students found their black and Latino classmates were more likely to be stopped in the halls. And, an Oregon horse breeder hopes to create future Kentucky Derby winners.

New Wapato Jail Owner On Its Future As A Homeless Shelter

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2018

In mid-April, Multnomah County sold the Wapato Jail to developer Marty Kehoe for commercial use. Now, Jordan Schnitzer has bought the property and hopes to turn it into a homeless shelter.

MLB In PDX | Cannabis Overstock | Anarchy

OPB | Broadcast: May 2, 2018

Will Portland ever have Major League Baseball? Also, Oregon has an oversupply of cannabis — what does that mean for people in the business? And we talk to one of the country's most prominent anarchist thinkers.

Wapato Homeless Shelter? | Viva Las Vegas | Le Guin On Writing

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2018

Is stripping an art form? Will the Wapato Jail become a homeless shelter? Also, a new book gathers Ursula K. Le Guin's thoughts on creative writing.


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