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Washington Legislature | Inclusive Sports | Pay To Play?


The Washington legislative session kicked off this week. South Salem High School has a sports program that seeks to include students with disabilities. And an OPB investigation shows out-of-state law firms are making big donations to some Oregon politicians.

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Min Jin Lee


We speak with author Min Jin Lee in front of an audience at Franklin High School. 

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Booked And Buried


OPB and the Northwest News Network spent a year documenting the rising death toll inside county jails across Oregon and Washington.

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Catlin Gabel Lawsuit | Facebook Cable | Malheur County | Climate Anxiety


A former Catlin Gabel student sues. Facebook wants to use coastal Oregon property for an underwater cable. Malheur County has high rates of heart disease. And Oregon-based writer Emma Marris has personal advice for stress from climate change.  

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HIV In Newborns | Tiny Boats | REBROADCAST: Lost In The Woods


New research from OHSU could lead to a breakthrough for babies born to mothers who are HIV positive. American and Japanese schoolchildren are collaborating on a project to build and launch small boats. And we listen back to a conversation with Cody Sheehy who made his way home after getting lost in the woods at age 6.

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News Roundtable | Salem Homeless | REBROADCAST: Unclaimed Dead


We take up some of the biggest news of the week in our news roundtable. Also, Salem's camping ban has hit some roadblocks. And we listen back to a conversation with a woman who has made it her mission to find families connected to unclaimed dead bodies.

Photo: Amelia Templeton/OPB

Iranian Americans | REBROADCAST: Washington Supreme Court Judge | Lost Apples


Iranian Americans in Portland discuss how tensions between the U.S. and Iran affect them. Washington has its first Native American Supreme Court justice. And investigators are trying to locate apples thought to be extinct. 

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REBROADCAST: Colson Whitehead

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 20, 2020

We listen back to a conversation with author Colson Whitehead from last year when he was in town to accept an award from Oregon State University.

Booked And Buried

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 17, 2020

OPB and the Northwest News Network spent a year documenting the rising death toll inside county jails across Oregon and Washington.

Washington Legislature | Inclusive Sports | Pay To Play?

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 16, 2020

The Washington legislative session kicked off this week. South Salem High School has a sports program that seeks to include students with disabilities. And an OPB investigation shows out-of-state law firms are making big donations to some Oregon politicians.

Min Jin Lee

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 15, 2020

We speak with author Min Jin Lee in front of an audience at Franklin High School. 

Catlin Gabel Lawsuit | Facebook Cable | Malheur County | Climate Anxiety

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 14, 2020

A former Catlin Gabel student sues. Facebook wants to use coastal Oregon property for an underwater cable. Malheur County has high rates of heart disease. And Oregon-based writer Emma Marris has personal advice for handling stress from climate change.  

HIV In Newborns | Tiny Boats | REBROADCAST: Lost In The Woods

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 13, 2020

New research from OHSU could lead to a breakthrough for babies born to mothers who are HIV positive. American and Japanese schoolchildren are collaborating on a project to build and launch small boats. And we listen back to a conversation with Cody Sheehy who made his way home after getting lost in the woods at age 6.

News Roundtable | Salem Homeless | REBROADCAST: Unclaimed Dead

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 10, 2020

We take up some of the biggest news of the week in our news roundtable. Also, Salem's camping ban has hit some roadblocks. And we listen back to a conversation with a woman who has made it her mission to find families connected to unclaimed dead bodies.

Iranian Americans | REBROADCAST: Washington Supreme Court Judge | Lost Apples

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 9, 2020

Iranian Americans in Portland discuss how tensions between the U.S. and Iran affect them. Washington has its first Native American Supreme Court justice. And investigators are trying to locate apples thought to be extinct. 

Irrigation | Women's Lands | Students' Bill

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 8, 2020

Irrigation districts are working on modernization. A new book focuses on photography in women's communes from the 1970s and '80s. And a bill that fifth grade students worked on has become a new Oregon law.

Methodist Split | Harney County Water | REBROADCAST: Farmworker Bill

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 7, 2020

The United Methodist Church may split over same-sex marriage. Farmworkers may have a path toward legal status. Harney County residents have come together to manage their groundwater woes.

Vape Lawsuit | Native Languages | First Woman Bishop

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 6, 2020

An Oregon student recently filed a class action lawsuit against a vaping company. The University of Oregon has a new Native American language seminar class. The Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected its first female bishop. 

News Roundtable | Outlaw Departure | REBROADCAST: Nick Fish

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 3, 2020

We take up some of the biggest news of the week on our news roundtable. Also, Portland has a new police chief. And we listen back to an interview with Portland Commissioner Nick Fish, who died Thursday, about his father's role in Nixon's impeachment process.

New Laws | New Portland Police Chief | Grants Pass Housing

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 2, 2020

Oregon gets some new laws with the new year. Portland gets a new police chief. And Grants Pass is rent burdened.

A Week in Wheeler County

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 1, 2020

We look back on some of our favorite moments from the week we spent broadcasting from Wheeler County in eastern Oregon. 

The Choice To Be Childless

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 31, 2019

In her new memoir, Oregon author Jackie Shannon Hollis explores her decision not to become a mother.

REBROADCAST: ASL In The Arts

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 30, 2019

We listen back to a conversation about how American Sign Language interpretation can help people who are deaf and hard of hearing enjoy live performances.

'Think Out Loud' Producers' Choice: Best Conversations Of 2019

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 27, 2019

The "Think Out Loud" producers choose some of their favorite interviews from 2019.

REBROADCAST: Difficult Conversations With Children

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 26, 2019

We listen back to a conversation with Sonia Manzano, who played the role of Maria on "Sesame Street" and a panel of experts discussing how to have difficult conversations with children.

REBROADCAST: Sandy Boulevard

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 25, 2019

We listen back to our walk along Sandy Boulevard — all the way from its origin, near the corner of SE 7th and Alder, to The Grotto, out at NE 85th.  

REBROADCAST: Activism Across Generations

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 24, 2019

We listen back to a conversation about how activism has evolved over almost 50 years in an intergenerational conversation about what it takes to change the world.


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