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Every week we gather a few local commentators to talk about some of the stories of the week — from the arts to sports to politics and more. Our guests tell us what they’re thinking about and we ignite the conversation.

The idea is to get a casual, but thoughtful, conversation going about the events and subjects that are being discussed in the cubicles, kitchens, and coffee shops of our region.

This week we are talking about Facebook buying Instagram, Rick Santorum leaving the Republican presidential race, and what you can make with kale.

UPDATE 4/12: Ryan White has been out of town for a few weeks — first to Austin for the SXSW festival, then to New York for the EMP Pop Conference. He made us a Spotify playlist of his favorite acts — featuring The Shins, M. Ward, Bruce Springsteen, and Jack White — and you can listen to it here.

What stories are you talking about?


  • Ryan White: Music writer at the Oregonian
  • Courtenay Hameister: Host and head writer of Live Wire!
  • Eric Fruits: President of economics consulting firm Economics International and adjunct professor of urban economics at Portland State University

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