The "Best Baby" contests promoted eugenics at the Oregon State Fair in the early 1900s.

The “Best Baby” contests promoted eugenics at the Oregon State Fair in the early 1900s.

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  • The Oregon State University baseball team is two games away from winning the College World Series for the first time since 2007. The best-of-three series against Arkansas starts today in Omaha. We’re joined by Bob Lundeberg, who covers the Beavers for The Corvallis Gazette-Times and the Albany Democrat-Herald.
  • The former publisher of The Register-Guard newspaper Logan Molen joins us to discuss the 24-hour news cycle, the financial pressures newspapers everywhere are facing and how he thinks the idea of “slow news” could affect the industry. The family-owned Register-Guard newspaper was sold earlier this year to the GateHouse media company, a move which shook many of its readers and subscribers. Molen is one of the keynote speakers at the University of Oregon journalism school’s “Slow News” conference Monday.
  • Laws allowing involuntary, state-sponsored sterilization were on the books in Oregon until 1983 as part of a broader American eugenics movement. The movement sought to remove “undesirable” individuals from the gene pool, and early proponents included one of Oregon’s first female doctors. Marc Brown has done extensive research on the topic and joins us to share his knowledge. Brown is the chief deputy defender for the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services, and he’s speaking about the history of eugenics in Oregon at a free event at McMenamins Kennedy School on Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m.

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