Kate Beaton's new book is a graphic memoir about her time working in Canada's oil sands

Graphic novel tackles life on the Canadian oil sands

Kate Beaton’s newest book is a deeply personal graphic memoir called “Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands" about the time she spent working in the oil industry in Alberta, Canada in the mid-2000s. The book is a brutally honest exploration of class, migration, misogyny, and the culture of her homeland: the island of Cape Breton, in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.

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The world’s longest mountain biking trail will cut right through Oregon

For people who live to ride mountain bike trails through the wilderness, there is a new dream on the horizon. One day soon, it may be possible to ride all the way from the southern tip of the Baja peninsula up the west coast to the Canadian border.



Republican state senators caucus near the water cooler in the Oregon Senate on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Salem, Ore.

Oregon Republicans celebrate wins, focus on future

The so-called “red wave” did not materialize in the 2022 election. Nonetheless, the GOP made some significant gains nationally and in the Northwest. We talk with two strategists about the future of the Oregon Republican party.


How solutions journalism can help spur climate action

It’s no surprise that reading news about the ever-worsening climate crisis can be depressing. But a new study suggests that when journalists frame climate stories differently and focus on solutions, the effect can change dramatically.


A celebration of Black punks

In 2006 Osa Atoe, a Black feminist punk living in Portland, did what felt natural in the punk scene: she started a zine. “Shotgun Seamstress” was a fanzine by, for and about Black punks that published eight issues. Now, a new book reprints all the zines in one place. Osa Atoe joins us to talk about "Shotgun Seamstress," zines and the joys of punk music.





Pulitzer-Prize winning author Anthony Doerr tackles the power of storytelling

Anthony Doerr’s last book, “All the Light We Cannot See,” told the stories of two different young people growing up in Europe during World War II and whose lives eventually overlapped. His newest book, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” follows a similar template, but on a much more complex scale.






Oregon’s sole native crayfish faces new invasive threat

Oregon's only native crayfish species is now threatened with a fourth invasive species of crustacean, after biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found a type of crayfish native to the Midwest in Southern Oregon waterways this past spring.



Reynolds School District implements new curriculum and student support systems

Last year, Reynolds Middle School went back to distance learning for several days due to behavioral issues. Now the school district has a new social emotional learning curriculum to help students cope with everyday challenges. They’ve also hired social workers for each school building and have developed community partnerships for mental health services.


Majority of Oregon counties vote against psilocybin therapy

Oregonians voted in 2020 to legalize psilocybin therapy in supervised facilities. But 25 of the state's 36 counties voted against allowing the hallucinogen on Nov. 8, along with several municipalities. We talk with a reporter who's been covering the bans about what they could mean for the future of psilocybin in Oregon.



Oregon youth demand action on climate change

From drought and floods to wildfires and extreme heat, climate change is now inescapable. Young climate activists say: enough. They’re organizing for action and working to get policymakers to pay attention to them. We're gathering some of these Oregon youth, along with local experts on climate change, for a live audience show on Zoom at 5 p.m. Wednesday. You are invited!

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