- Last month, the mayor of Ashland vetoed an ordinance that would have allowed ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the city. City councilors voted to override the veto, and the ride-hailing companies will be allowed to begin operating in Ashland next week. Ashland City Council member Dennis Slattery fills us in on why this has been such a controversial issue.
The Indian Child Welfare Act gives tribal governments a voice in native child welfare and adoption cases. That law is being challenged in federal court this week. A Portland nonprofit has filed an amicus brief in support of the 40-year-old law. We hear from Sarah Kastelic, executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, and Oregon State Rep. Tawna Sanchez (D-Portland).
- Ramin Tokhi came to the U.S. from Russia in 2013 at the age of 21 and began taking English classes at the library. Four years later, he was teaching English and cultural skills to other immigrants and refugees and helping native English speakers become better teachers. We talked to Tokhi in 2017 about learning English as an adult and how that set him on his path to study linguistics.