OHSU Hospital, 2019. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

OHSU launches new gun violence prevention research center

When Oregon Health & Science University's new gun research collaborative launched in May, it was the culmination of the research that director Kathleen Carlson had centered her career around. We talk with Carlson about the new center and her research focus moving forward.

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‘Leave No Trace’ documents sexual abuse by Boy Scouts of America

A new documentary features a hundred years of Boy Scouts of America history and the claims of more than 82,000 former scouts who reported they were sexually abused by troop leaders. Portland director Irene Taylor produced the film, with Willamette Week investigative reporter Nigel Jaquiss and Ron Howard’s Imagine Films.

Oregon teachers reflect on the last year

Students may have been back in classrooms this year, but it was still a difficult time for educators across the country. We talk to three teachers about the challenges both students and teachers faced this last year.

Poet Claudia Rankine

REBROADCAST: Claudia Rankine

We listen back to an interview with award-winning poet Claudia Rankine in front of a live audience at Literary Arts.  

Oregon caregiving stories: How those caring for loved ones at home are coping

Whether you're caring for aging parents or disabled children, taking care of family members at home can be extremely challenging. Family caregivers work long hours, often unpaid. We will hear from a woman who cares for a disabled family member with developmental disabilities, an adult child caring for an aging parent and a caregiver fighting for change at the Oregon Legislature. We’ll also meet people whose work it is to help these caregivers navigate the system and to get support.

REBROADCAST: Cathy Park Hong explores Asian American identity in ‘Minor Feelings’

As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong found writing poetry to be freeing — an empowering way of escaping the invisibility of Asian American identity. Then, as a professional poet, it became clear that the literary world expected Hong’s identity to be both a part of, and a limitation to, her work. This cognitive dissonance is one of the “Minor Feelings” addressed in her book of essays of that name.

REBROADCAST: Nikki Giovanni + Black Comedians

In honor of Juneteenth, we listen back to two conversations filled with humor and joy today. We spoke to poet and writer Nikki Giovanni in 2014 when her book ‘Chasing Utopia’ came out. And in the summer of 2020, in the beginning of the pandemic, and the middle of the racial justice uprising, we spoke to three local Black comedians about how writing jokes can be a way to process traumatic events, challenge social norms, and build community through laughter.

New play celebrates Kent Ford, co-founder of Portland’s Black Panther Party

The Vanport Mosaic and Confrontation Theatre is presenting a solo play, “Walking Through Portland with a Panther: The Life of Mr. Kent Ford. All Power!” Ford co-founded the Black Panther Party’s Portland chapter in the 1960s and continues to be a civil rights activist.

Sabrina Ionescu stands on the court during a break in the action in the Oregon Ducks' Sweet 16 game vs. South Dakota State, Friday, March 29, 2019.

New documentary honors the 50th anniversary of Title IX with the story of former University of Oregon basketball coach

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the federal law which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities. A new special from NPR marks the anniversary by telling the story of former UO women’s basketball coach Jody Runge, who pushed to make that promise of equity a reality for the university's women’s basketball team.

Group engages trans and nonbinary people to guide research

Gender-affirming medical care is often determined by doctors and researchers who are not transgender. The Transgender and Non-Binary Allied Research Collective (TRANS-ARC) aims to change that.

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