• This November marks the 20th year since voters passed Oregon’s groundbreaking vote-by-mail law. Former secretary of state Phil Keisling tells us about the little-known history of the law, the organization he recently created to encourage other states to adopt vote-by-mail, and other proposed changes to the structure of voting — like same-day-registration and pre-paid postage — that some say should be included in future reforms.



  • Suicide attempt survivors can reduce the stigma around suicide and help people understand how to reach out to their loved ones, starting with the question, “Are you okay?” That’s the premise of the Ask The Question Project, which features survivors’ stories and portraits. We’ll hear from hip-hop and spoken word artist Mic Crenshaw, who interviewed survivors for the project.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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