A Portland-bound Amtrak train derailed near Tacoma, Wash., Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

A Portland-bound Amtrak train derailed near Tacoma, Wash., Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department

  • Nathan Selden was driving north towards Seattle with his 18-year-old son Monday when an Amtrak train derailed, spilling rail cars onto Interstate 5. Selden, who is a pediatric neurosurgeon and chair of the neurological surgery department at OHSU, pulled over to help first responders tend to and assess the many people wounded in the crash. He joins us to share his extraordinary experience.
  • We also hear from the mayor of DuPont, the Washington town closest to the crash. 
  • Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott recently announced his retirement after receiving his fourth concussion in five years. The decision marks the end of a 32-year career in which the Oregon native officiated three World Series and became the first active umpire to come out as gay.
  • Afterschool STEM programs at KairosPDX recently received a $200,000 grant from the Portland Children’s Levy. The charter school’s student body is 75 percent students of color and was founded to close the achievement gap for minority students. KairosPDX executive director Kali Thorne Ladd joins us.

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