• A new study suggests there could be a connection between kids’ behavior and their gut bacteria, otherwise known as their microbiome. Scientists at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon worked on the study, which examined the microbiomes of 40 children between the ages of 5 and 7. We hear from Jessica Flannery, a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, and Keaton Stagaman, a research associate in the microbiology department at OSU.



  • My Voice Music provides music lessons and recording opportunities to kids who would otherwise have none. MVM founder Ian Mouser just been awarded a half-million-dollar Lewis prize to expand his work. We talk with him and Rayawnie Paris, an emerging hip hop artist who walked into an MVM program at 17, and at 21 is one of the program’s teachers.



  • Portland chef Jenn Louis was named Best New Chef by “Food and Wine Magazine” and her work has appeared in “The Wall Street Journal,” “Bon Appetit,” “SHAPE” and “The New York Times.” We listen back to our conversation with her from 2015 about her cookbook “Pasta By Hand.” The book is a collection of recipes gathered from homes and restaurants throughout Italy, and is the only known work to have cataloged the country’s wide variety of hand-shaped pasta and dumplings. Her Portland restaurant Lincoln has closed since this interview first aired.

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