Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney in his office at the Capitol on March 23, 2017.

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney in his office at the Capitol on March 23, 2017.

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  • Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney wants to make a major change to the structure of higher education in the state. Earlier this week, the state Senate unanimously passed Courtney’s bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees. We talk with Courtney about the proposal, and then with Dave McDonald, associate vice president at Western Oregon University, about how the state’s public universities are reacting to this idea.

 

  

  • We listen back to an interview with Kimberly Melton, the author of the essay “Good Hair” in Oregon Humanities Magazine. Wearing her hair naturally meant wrestling with societal expectations and her grandmother’s disapproval.

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