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The downstairs reading room at the main branch of the Multnomah County Library, as seen from the stairwell.

The downstairs reading room at the main branch of the Multnomah County Library, as seen from the stairwell.

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  • Inspired by an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” three researchers have found that city residents’ pocketbooks suffer when their local newspapers shut down. We hear from one of those researchers, Dermot Murphy, on the financial implications of fewer newspapers and how that affects government spending.
  • Frank Franklin joins us to talk about the intersection of racism, poverty and public health. He’s the principal epidemiologist at the Multnomah County Health Department. Franklin will be giving a public talk on this same subject Thursday night at the Alberta Rose theatre in NE Portland.
  • Next month, some branches of Multnomah County libraries will have Naloxone available for staff to use in case a patron overdoses on opioids. Martha Flotten, the manager of the Hollywood Library, tells us how library staff have been responding to the opioid epidemic.

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