2019 is the 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman's death.

2019 is the 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s death.

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  • Last year, a report from the Sixth Amendment Center found that Oregon’s public defense system is unconstitutional. Now lawmakers are trying to pass legislation to overhaul the system and, hopefully, avoid a lawsuit. OPB justice correspondent Conrad Wilson fills us in on the details.

 

  

  • At every Portland Timbers match, the energy is highest at the north end of Providence Park. This is where the Timbers Army, one of the most passionate supporter groups in the league, show their love for their team. But it’s not always just about the game. Banners for social causes like antifascism and refugees are also common. The recent ban on signage the league deems “political” has rankled some Timbers Army diehards. To talk to us about this and why human rights are core to their ethos, we are joined by Timbers Army community liaison Stephan Lewis. Mike Golub, president of business for the Timbers, also joins us.

 

  

  • May 31 is the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth. Whitman is one of the most influential American poets, and his life and work are being celebrated around the country and around the world. The Northwest Film Center is hosting a screening tonight, highlighting his unique place in American literature and culture. We talk with Oregon poets Kim Stafford, Wendy Willis and Harold Johnson about how Whitman affected their work and about how “Song of Myself” — his most famous poem — resonates two centuries after the poet’s birth.

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