Flood waters damage sections of Highway 187 in Eastern Oregon on Feb. 7, 2020.

Flood waters damage sections of Highway 187 in Eastern Oregon on Feb. 7, 2020.

Courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation

 

  

  • Oregon Health Authority’s Patrick Allen tells us about the latest recommendations on social distancing to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

 

  

  • Ellen Peters says her job is to help make complex science useful to people, providing important data for evidence based policies. She directs the University of Oregon’s Center for Science Communication Research, and is currently studying how people are getting and receiving messages about the new coronavirus. Peters joins us to talk about some science communication best practices, and why it’s not a good idea for people to “obsess” over the daily COVID-19 case numbers. 

 

  

  • It’s been about a month since flood waters receded in eastern Oregon, but the recovery is ongoing. On Monday, the legislative emergency board approved $11.5 million for flood relief. We hear what things look like on the ground from Brent Hall, a resident whose homes was flooded and get the big picture view from Umatilla County’s emergency manager, Tom Roberts.

 

  

  • A new exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum focuses on public art created in the Pacific Northwest during the 1930s and 1940s as a part of the New Deal. Margaret Bullock, the curator, has been working on this exhibit for more than a decade.

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