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News Roundtable | PERS | Native Curriculum

OPB | Broadcast: May 31, 2019

A new curriculum in northeastern Oregon schools teaches about the Nez Perce war.  A bill aims to address the state's PERS debt. And we round up some of the biggest news of the week.

Public Defense | Timbers Signs | Walt Whitman

OPB | Broadcast: May 30, 2019

Poets in Oregon are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth. The Timbers have banned certain political signs at games. And a bill attempts to fix Oregon's broken public defense system.

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Springfield Birth Center | Defeating Violent Extremism

OPB | Broadcast: May 29, 2019

Farah Pandith has theories on how governments and individuals can overcome violent extremism. Also, PeaceHealth Oregon will close the Nurse Midwifery Birth Center in Springfield.

GMO Legislation | Youth Media Project | Blue Mountain Forest Plan

OPB | Broadcast: May 28, 2019

A bill would allow farmers to sue companies if their crops are contaminated by GMO seeds. The long-awaited Blue Mountain Forest plan was scrapped. And young African American filmmakers screen their films.

REBROADCAST: Talking Race In The Classroom

OPB | Broadcast: May 27, 2019

We listen back to a conversation with students and teachers in the Portland area about how race and racial identity is playing out in high schools and in class discussions.

News Roundtable | Opioid Tapering | Death Penalty

OPB | Broadcast: May 24, 2019

The Oregon Health Authority will no longer require certain chronic pain patients to stop using opioids. A bill would limit when the state can use the death penalty. And we discuss the biggest news of the week.

Tuition Increases | Trade War | REBROADCAST: Firefighters

OPB | Broadcast: May 23, 2019

Portland State University is raising tuition. The trade war is affecting some major Oregon industries.

Maupin Internet | Addiction & DHS | Unity Center Union

OPB | Broadcast: May 22, 2019

What is the overlap between addiction and Oregon's child welfare system? Also, nurses at Unity Center for Behavioral Health are moving to unionize. And, the mayor of Maupin shares the challenges of bringing broadband to rural areas. 

Damascus | Oregon College Of Art And Craft | Coordination

OPB | Broadcast: May 21, 2019

Oregon College of Art and Craft held its final commencement last weekend. Grant County is looking into coordinating with the federal government. And the new mayor of the reformulated City of Damascus shares his plan.

Damascus Dilemma | Kicker

OPB | Broadcast: May 20, 2019

The next kicker could be the biggest in state history. Also, Damascus was a city, then it wasn't, and now it is again — for now. 

News Roundtable | Tariffs | Fashion Show

OPB | Broadcast: May 17, 2019

What impact is the trade war having on local companies? Also, we take up some of the biggest news of the week. And we hear about a fashion show that will highlight a variety of body types as well as people of color.

Represented: Rethinking Single-Family Zoning In Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: May 16, 2019

We hear from a developer, a realtor, an academic and two elected officials on Oregon's bill to allow middle housing in single-family neighborhoods.

School Lunch | Phish Conference | Horse Racing

OPB | Broadcast: May 15, 2019

What would commercial horse racing do for Grants Pass, Oregon? How complicated is it to get local, organic food into school lunches? And why is OSU hosting an academic conference about the band Phish?

Talking Business | Legislative Trade Offs | Bill Oakley

OPB | Broadcast: May 14, 2019

Oregon Democrats gave up on bills regulating vaccines and guns in order to get a vote on school funding. Bill Oakley wrote for the "Simpsons" — now he reviews fast food. And we get the latest business news.

Search And Rescue | Child Welfare Funding | Teen Animator

OPB | Broadcast: May 13, 2019

An Oregon bill would establish a fund to support search and rescue teams. Oregon child welfare caseworkers say that they have too many cases to provide adequate care. And a 14-year-old from Beaverton has been animating since he was 7 years old. 

News Roundtable | 'Green Nobel' Prize Winner

OPB | Broadcast: May 10, 2019

This hour, we get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest regional news stories from the past week and meet the winner of the "Green Nobel," Linda Garcia.

Courtenay Hameister's 'OK Fine Whatever'

OPB | Broadcast: May 9, 2019

We listen back to our interview with author Courtenay Hameister, who joined us last summer to discuss her new book about overcoming her fears and living with anxiety. 

Teacher Walkout | Formerly Homeless Family | Senior Softball

OPB | Broadcast: May 8, 2019

Teachers across Oregon are participating in a day of action. We listen back to a conversation with a formerly homeless family and hear our interview with an octogenarian athlete. 

Workplace Discrimination | Legislative Walkout | Overdose Sentencing

OPB | Broadcast: May 7, 2019

A bill would impose mandatory minimums for those who supply drugs that lead to an overdose death. Also, lawmakers consider a proposal to boost protections for workers suing their employers for discrimination.

A Night At The Moda Center

OPB | Broadcast: May 6, 2019

With more than 2,000 employees and up to 20,000 fans, the Moda Center is a well-oiled entertainment machine. "Think Out Loud" goes behind the scenes to bring you an audio portrait of everything that goes into making it all work.

News Roundtable | Multifamily Housing | School Budgets

OPB | Broadcast: May 3, 2019

Schools across Oregon are facing budget shortfalls. Developers say inclusionary zoning makes it hard to build housing. And we get opinions and analysis on the some of the big news stories of the week.

Title IX Changes | Speed Limits

OPB | Broadcast: May 2, 2019

Have reduced speed limits on residential streets in Portland made a difference? Also, how is the federal government going to change Title IX rules and how have UO and other institutions been responding?

Medical Assistance For Opiate Addiction | REBROADCAST: Teva Harrison

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2019

We hear about a bill in Salem that would increase access to drugs like methadone and naloxone for those struggling with opioid addiction. And we listen back to our interview with Oregon native Teva Harrison.

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