• OPB news director Anna Griffin, former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and former Oregon state Rep. Jason Conger discuss some of the biggest stories of the week.



  • As wildfires rage all across the west, and Hurricane Irma barrels towards Florida, we’ll hear about another potential disaster. As Willamette Week reports, the levees that keep the Columbia River from flooding into Portland might be vulnerable. Jules Bailey is the convener of a coalition called Levee Ready Columbia, which is working on assessing the levees and recommending actions to bring them up to federal standards.



  • Project Erase, a medical program of low-income service agency Outside In, offers reduced-cost tattoo removals for low-income clients. The service focuses on people with crime, hate or domestic violence related tattoos. We hear from Outside In’s associate medical director and a former Project Erase client about what the service means for people.

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