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Israel Bayer Leaves Street Roots | 'Day Called X' | Teen Suicide


Willamette Week reporter Beth Slovic and Street Roots' Executive Director Israel Bayer prep ahead of Monday's mayoral debate. The debate was co-moderated by Slovic, Bayer and former Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith.

Willamette Week reporter Beth Slovic and Street Roots’ Executive Director Israel Bayer prep ahead of Monday’s mayoral debate. The debate was co-moderated by Slovic, Bayer and former Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith.

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  • Israel Bayer, who has been working at Street Roots for 15 years, is leaving the job. We’ll talk with him about what he’s learned about homelessness and Portland politics over the years and what he’s learned from the people who sell the paper.
  • Sixty years ago this month, the film “A Day Called X” popped up on TVs in Portland and other cities around the country. The film was part documentary, part fiction, and showed an orderly evacuation of the city in the event of a nuclear attack. City officials, including then-mayor Terry Schrunk, appeared in the film and a similar evacuation had taken place in 1955, but the words “An Attack Is Not Taking Place” also appeared on the screen several times through the film. We’ll hear from Doug Kenck-Crispin of the “Kick Ass Oregon History” podcast about this unusual film.
  • From 2006 to 2015, suicide doubled as a percentage of total teen deaths in Oregon. We’ll talk to two young people who volunteer at YouthLine, a crisis hotline for teens, about what they do, and what could be behind those numbers.

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