Workers unload the Capitol Christmas Tree, an Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana, on November 27, 2017.

Workers unload the Capitol Christmas Tree, an Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana, on November 27, 2017.

Preston Keres, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

 

  

  • Bitcoin has been a buzzword over the past few years, but blockchain — the technology that the cryptocurrency is built on — is less well-known. We get a lesson on blockchain and how it can be used in different industries from Connor Bussey, a senior at the University of Oregon and founding member of Oregon Blockchain.

 

  

  • The giant Christmas tree that will soon stand in our nation’s capital until recently had its roots in the ground in the Willamette National Forest. The tree is currently on the back of a truck on its way across the country. Sweet Home district ranger Nikki Swanson is traveling with the tree.

 

  

  • “In My Father’s House,” tells the story of a family of criminals. Pulitzer-prize-winning New York Times journalist Fox Butterfield looks at how multiple generations of one Oregon family turn to a life of crime — many of them as young children following in their parents’ footsteps.

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