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News Roundtable | Coronavirus Business Impacts | Non-alcoholic Bar


We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. Also, we find out how Oregon businesses are being affected by coronavirus. And learn about a possible new non-alcoholic bar.

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Stalled Legislature | Japanese American Play | Problematic Murals


What Oregon state legislation, besides cap and trade, is being affected by the Republican walkout? There's a debate over what to do with 90-year-old murals at Grant High School. And the Oregon Children's Theatre is presenting a play about a Japanese American family that is relocated from their home and imprisoned in detention camps during World War II.

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REBROADCAST: Labor Trafficking | REBROADCAST: Census 2020 | Leap Day


Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum recently created a new task force to address labor abuse. Oregon wants to be sure historically under-counted communities are included in the 2020 census. And we hear about a curious leap day tradition.

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Cap And Trade | Walkout Politics | Intimacy Coordinator


What would the cap and trade bill do? And are walkouts a common political strategy? Also, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an intimacy director.

Photo: Bradley W. Parks/OPB

HPV Research | REBROADCAST: Emerald Trust Project | Coronavirus


Native Americans in Oregon get cervical cancer 1.5 times more than the state's general population. And an Oregon violin teacher has a student in China who is living under quarantine for coronavirus. 

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News Roundtable | Coronavirus Business Impacts | Non-alcoholic Bar

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 28, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on the news of the week. Also, we find out how Oregon businesses are being affected by coronavirus. And learn about a possible new non-alcoholic bar.

Stalled Legislature | Japanese American Play | Problematic Murals

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 27, 2020

What Oregon state legislation, besides cap and trade, is being affected by the Republican walkout? There's a debate over what to do with 90-year-old murals at Grant High School. And the Oregon Children's Theatre is presenting a play about a Japanese American family that is relocated from their home and imprisoned in detention camps during World War II.

REBROADCAST: Labor Trafficking | REBROADCAST: Census 2020 | Leap Day

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 26, 2020

Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum recently created a new task force to address labor abuse. Oregon wants to be sure historically under-counted communities are included in the 2020 census. And we hear about a curious leap day tradition.

Cap And Trade | Walkout Politics | Intimacy Director

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 25, 2020

What would the cap and trade bill do? And are walkouts a common political strategy? Also, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an intimacy director.

HPV Research | REBROADCAST: Emerald Trust Project | Coronavirus

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 24, 2020

Native Americans in Oregon get cervical cancer 1.5 times more than the state's general population. And an Oregon violin teacher has a student in China who is living under quarantine for coronavirus. 

News Roundtable | Latinx Farmers | Hair Discrimination

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on the week's news. Also, a group of nonprofits is trying to increase the number of farms owned by Latinx residents. And lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban discrimination based on certain hairstyles.

Oregon Legislative Update | Mount St. Helens Art | Opera For Everyone

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 20, 2020

Oregon's short legislative session is nearly halfway over. A new exhibit at the Portland Art Museum focuses on Mount St. Helens. And a bill in Washington would ban discrimination based on hairstyles.

Search And Rescue | Doulas | Dental Care

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 19, 2020

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office wants to change the way they do search and rescue. A new program aims to create mid-level dental practitioners. And a local doula group works specifically with black and indigenous women.

Public Charge Rule | Concordia Closure | Eastern Oregon Flooding

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 18, 2020

A controversial rule affecting immigrants seeking green cards will go into effect later this month. A student is suing Concordia University after it suddenly announced its closure. And we hear how Eastern Oregon is dealing with flooding. 

REBROADCAST: Mitchell Jackson

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 17, 2020

We listen back to a walking conversation with author Mitchell Jackson from last winter.

REBROADCAST: Talking To Digital Devices

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2020

We listen back to a conversation about how voice computing is changing everything.

Unity Center | Colin O'Brady | Burning Trash

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 13, 2020

Adventurer Colin O'Brady responds to criticism from National Geographic. A reporter looks into the challenges facing Unity Center. And a new bill would change the regulations around municipal trash burning.

Antarctic Explorer Colin O’Brady Responds To Scrutiny

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 13, 2020

Aaron Teasdale’s new article in National Geographic magazine looks deeper into the claims made by Colin O’Brady in promoting his Polar expedition project and the subsequent book. Colin O’Brady responds on OPB's "Think Out Loud." 

Ezra Klein On 'Why We're Polarized'

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 12, 2020

Political journalist Ezra Klein digs into history, social science and more as he grapples with polarization in American politics. 

Christian Trial | Coronavirus Response | Sustainable Timber

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 11, 2020

The defense begins its case in the Jeremy Christian trial. We hear how Multnomah County responds to communicable diseases like the novel coronavirus. And a forester gives us his perspective on climate change and the timber industry. 

'The Problem With Colin O'Brady' | 'Spirit Of Freedom'

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 10, 2020

National Geographic takes on claims made by Antarctic adventurer Colin O'Brady. And two Portlanders team up to tell the story of the civil rights movement in a new way.

REBROADCAST: Frederick Douglass | Exquisite Creatures

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2020

We listen back to an interview with historian David Blight about Frederick Douglass. We also hear a conversation with artist Christopher Marley about his exhibit at OMSI.

Nicholas Kristof And Sheryl WuDunn's New Book 'Tightrope'

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 6, 2020

Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have a new book about the lives of poor, rural Americans.

'Tightrope' Explores Crisis In Rural America Through Yamhill County

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 6, 2020

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore the struggles of rural Americans and lay out how decades of United States policy have led to high rates of poverty, incarceration and addiction. 

Timber Unity | Baroque Orchestra | Light Festival

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 5, 2020

Timber Unity will rally in Salem tomorrow. The Portland Baroque Orchestra is the third largest period orchestra in the country. The Portland Winter Light Festival aims to lighten up winter's dreary days.


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