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FILE- In this undated photo folk singer Woody Guthrie plays his guitar.

FILE- In this undated photo folk singer Woody Guthrie plays his guitar.


  • Northwest News Network managing editor Phyllis Fletcher, former Oregon Republican Party chairman Allen Alley and Barbara Dudley, senior fellow at the Center for Public Service at Portland State University, join us to talk about some of the biggest news stories of the week.
  • By now, many people have heard about Woody Guthrie’s connection to the Pacific Northwest. In 1941, Guthrie was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to write a series of songs songs extolling the virtues of dams, now known as the Columbia River Songs. But recently, another song tied to his time in the Pacific Northwest resurfaced. This one is about the Vanport flood. We’ll hear more from songster and folklorist Joe Seamons and Vanport historian James Harrison.
  • We talk with Jennifer Lycette, medical director of the CMH/OHSU Cancer Care Center in Astoria, about her essay in the New England Journal of Medicine about the unique challenges of treating people suffering from both cancer and severe mental illness in rural areas.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include a link to Thacher Schmid’s story about ‘Vanport’s Flood’ for The Skanner.

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