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Warm Springs Water Crisis | Ableism & Police | Bar Exam


There's a new water crisis on the Warm Springs Reservation. Black people with disabilities are especially at risk of police violence. And the Oregon Supreme Court is waiving the Bar exam requirement for 2020 law school graduates.

Photo: Emily Cureton/OPB

Equitable Giving | University Research | Pacific Islander Community


A group works with Black and Indigenous farms to provide food for families in need. The pandemic has halted most university-based research projects. Pacific Islanders have the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita. 

Photo: Brandon Swanson, OPB

Mask Requirement | Mask Exemption | Gun Locker | Congo Peace Project


Masks are now required indoors throughout the state. Lincoln County faced backlash for their mask rule. Deschutes County now has a safe gun storage program. And a Portland teen is working for Black liberation globally.

Photo: Arya Surowidjojo/OPB

Pendleton Pride | OSU President | Podcast Play


Pendleton held its first Pride parade last week. Ed Ray is retiring as president of OSU after 17 years. And Profile Theater has launched a podcast play about the coronavirus.

Photo: Rob Manning/OPB

News Roundtable | Play At Home | Hip Hop Protests


We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. Also, four new plays are available for you to perform in your own home. And how have local hip hop artists been engaging with the Black Lives Matter protests?

Photo: Bryan M. Vance/OPB

Gresham Fracas | Miss Gay Oregon | "Vanishing" Short Stories


Gresham's government is in turmoil after accusations of racism. Miss Gay Oregon explains what its like to be a Black, queer entertainer. And writer Cai Emmons talks about her book of short stories, "Vanishing."

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REBROADCAST: James Yamazaki, WWII Vet

OPB | Broadcast: July 3, 2020

Japanese-American World War II veteran and retired pediatrician James Yamazaki turns 104 this Sunday, July 5th. We spoke in 2015.

Warm Springs Water Crisis | Ableism & Police | Bar Exam

OPB | Broadcast: July 2, 2020

There's a new water crisis on the Warm Springs Reservation. Black people with disabilities are especially at risk of police violence. And the Oregon Supreme Court is waiving the Bar exam requirement for 2020 law school graduates.

Equitable Giving | University Research | Pacific Islander Community

OPB | Broadcast: July 1, 2020

A group works with Black and Indigenous farms to provide food for families in need. The pandemic has halted most university-based research projects. Pacific Islanders have the highest COVID-19 infection rates per capita. 

Mask Requirement | Mask Exemption | Gun Locker | Congo Peace Project

OPB | Broadcast: June 30, 2020

Masks are now required indoors throughout the state. Lincoln County faced backlash for their mask rule. Deschutes County now has a safe gun storage program. And a Portland teen is working for Black liberation globally.

Pendleton Pride | OSU President | Podcast Play

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2020

Pendleton held its first Pride parade last week. Ed Ray is retiring as president of OSU after 17 years. And Profile Theater has launched a podcast play about the coronavirus.

News Roundtable | Play At Home | Hip-hop Protests

OPB | Broadcast: June 26, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. Also, four new plays are available for you to perform in your own home. And how have local hip-hop artists been engaging with the Black Lives Matter protests?

Gresham Fracas | Miss Gay Oregon | "Vanishing" Short Stories

OPB | Broadcast: June 25, 2020

Gresham's government is in turmoil after accusations of racism. Miss Gay Oregon explains what its like to be a Black, queer entertainer. And writer Cai Emmons talks about her book of short stories, "Vanishing."

Legislature Special Session | MAX Stabbing Sentencing | Interfaith Leaders

OPB | Broadcast: June 24, 2020

The legislature starts a special session today. And Portland faith leaders react to protests against police violence.

Special Session | Police Training | DACA

OPB | Broadcast: June 23, 2020

The Oregon legislature begins a special session this week. We hear how law enforcement officers are trained in Oregon. And we check in with a DACA recipient after last week's Supreme Court ruling. 

Black Male Achievement | LGBTQ In The Workplace | Seattle Protest Zone

OPB | Broadcast: June 22, 2020

The Black Male Achievement program has been pushing for changes in Portland's police. The 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year reflects on last week's Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ people in the workplace. And we hear from a journalist who lives near the Seattle autonomous zone.

REBROADCAST: Claudia Rankine

OPB | Broadcast: June 19, 2020

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

News Roundtable | Emergency Preparedness | Juneteenth

OPB | Broadcast: June 18, 2020

We look ahead to the Juneteenth celebrations in Oregon, ask what the state's Office of Emergency Management has learned from the pandemic so far and hear analysis and opinions on some big news stories from the week.

Union County Outbreak | Migrant Students | District Attorneys

OPB | Broadcast: June 17, 2020

Union County has Oregon's largest outbreak of COVID-19 to date. Distanced learning creates new challenges for a summer program serving migrant students. And two district attorneys discuss criminal justice reform.

Rural Protests | West Linn Case | Restaurants

OPB | Broadcast: June 16, 2020

Protests against police violence are going on all over rural Oregon. A wrongful arrest fueled by racism is still playing out in West Linn. And restaurants say they need more government money to stay afloat. 

Timber Investigation | Astoria | Racism & Mental Health

OPB | Broadcast: June 15, 2020

Investigative journalism tells a new story about Oregon timber. Racism takes a psychological toll. And we talk about how Astoria is coping with COVID-19.

News Roundtable | Multnomah County | Commencement Advice

OPB | Broadcast: June 12, 2020

Multnomah County will not reopen yet. Notable Oregonians offer commencement advice to the class of 2020. And we get opinions and analysis on the week's news.

Street Medicine | Underlying Conditions | Re-Imagining Cities

OPB | Broadcast: June 11, 2020

A team of doctors serves people who are homeless. People with underlying medical conditions worry about reopening. And scholars wonder how coronavirus will change cities.

Independent Police Review | Wilson High Student | Farm Worker Housing

OPB | Broadcast: June 10, 2020

Portland's Independent Police Review explains their police oversight work. The president of Wilson High School's Black Student Union reflects on this moment. And new rules from the state attempt to make farmworkers less vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Protester Legal Help | Rental Assistance | Nurse Postcard

OPB | Broadcast: June 9, 2020

What happens to protesters when they're arrested? How will new rent assistance money be distributed? And a nurse at OHSU sends an audio diary.

'Defund Police' Proposal | Coronavirus Cases | Casinos

OPB | Broadcast: June 8, 2020

We hear from two Black leaders about the policy changes they want to see right now. We get the latest on Oregon's coronavirus cases. And casinos across the state are reopening.


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