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News Roundtable | Death With Dignity Expansion


A bill would expand the people who can access Oregon's Death With Dignity law. And we get opinions and analysis on some of the week's big news.

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Cannabis Users | Winter In Antarctica | Diversifying The Census


Who are Oregon's cannabis consumers? Also, officials are working to make sure immigrants and communities of color aren't left out of the census. And a team of researchers heads to Antarctica for the winter.

Photo: Kim Bernard

Restraint In School | Legal Records | Age Discrimination | Burger Union


Little Big Burger workers have unionized. A new bill would punish age discrimination. One public library offers access to court records. And students have been physically restrained without their parents' knowledge.

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Oregon Author Barry Lopez's New Memoir


In "Horizon," Oregon author Barry Lopez reflects on a lifetime of human and natural encounters across the globe.

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Foster Care Bills | PPB Cadets | Mental Health Response


A new plan for law enforcement response in Portland. Police cadets share their experiences. And legislative fixes for foster care.

Photo: Bradley W. Parks/OPB

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News Roundtable | Death With Dignity Expansion

OPB | Broadcast: March 22, 2019

A bill would expand the people who can access Oregon's Death With Dignity law. And we get opinions and analysis on some of the week's big news.

Cannabis Users | Winter In Antarctica | Diversifying The Census

OPB | Broadcast: March 21, 2019

Who are Oregon's cannabis consumers? Also, officials are working to make sure immigrants and communities of color aren't left out of the census. And a team of researchers heads to Antarctica for the winter.

How The Youth Villages Model Could Inform Oregon Foster Care

OPB | Broadcast: March 21, 2019

We explore Tennessee's approach to child welfare, its Youth Villages model, and how they can inform Oregon's foster care system, which continues struggle to provide for the most vulnerable children.

Restraint In School | Legal Records | Age Discrimination | Burger Union

OPB | Broadcast: March 20, 2019

Little Big Burger workers have unionized. A new bill would punish age discrimination. One public library offers access to court records. And students have been physically restrained without their parents' knowledge.

Oregon Author Barry Lopez's New Memoir

OPB | Broadcast: March 19, 2019

In "Horizon," Oregon author Barry Lopez reflects on a lifetime of human and natural encounters across the globe.

Foster Care Bills | PPB Cadets | Mental Health Response

OPB | Broadcast: March 18, 2019

A new plan for law enforcement response in Portland. Police cadets share their experiences. And legislative fixes for foster care.

Students Protest Climate Policy | News Rountable | Transportation & Climate

OPB | Broadcast: March 15, 2019

We hear from Portland high school students protesting climate change, and hear from the head of the Oregon global warming commission. Plus we get opinions on regional stories from our news roundtable.

Hate Crime Trial | Music Millennium | Northwest Comic

OPB | Broadcast: March 14, 2019

The music industry has changed a lot in the 50 years that Portland record store Music Millennium has been open. We get an update on a hate crime murder trial that started this week. Also, two local comic book writers have set a new DC Comics series in the Pacific Northwest.

Brains | Mother Road | Teaching The Holocaust

OPB | Broadcast: March 13, 2019

How can art help kids learn about science? What does and updated version of The Grapes of Wrath have to teach us about America today? And a new bill would require schools to teach about genocide.

Talking Business | Hazel Hall | Plastic Bag Ban

OPB | Broadcast: March 12, 2019

We discuss business news, the late poet Hazel Hall and a proposed statewide ban of single-use plastic bags. 

Barry Lopez's New Book Looks Back On A Lifetime Of Attention To Detail

OPB | Broadcast: March 12, 2019

Legendary Oregon author Barry Lopez's new book is "Horizon."

Uber In Ashland | Native Adoption | Teaching English

OPB | Broadcast: March 11, 2019

Ride-hailing companies are coming to Ashland. A Portland nonprofit has filed an amicus brief in the case challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act. And a refugee from Russia found his calling teaching English.

News Roundtable | Supporting Foster Care Youth

OPB | Broadcast: March 8, 2019

Opinions and analysis on the news of the week. And a look at a program that helps foster care youth become successful, independent adults.

Mayor Ted Wheeler | Doctors Who Perform Abortions

OPB | Broadcast: March 7, 2019

A check-in with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. And a new documentary about the lives of doctors who provide abortions.

Elkton | Editing Wikipedia | Pay Equity | Umatilla After School

OPB | Broadcast: March 6, 2019

Residents of Elkton, Oregon, are likely to be without power for nearly a month. PNCA hosts an event to get more female artists into Wikipedia. A new pay equity law is in place, but what does it mean for businesses? And high schoolers teach an after-school program in Umatilla. 

Merkley Not Running | Lower Voting Age | Diversifying Computer Science

OPB | Broadcast: March 5, 2019

A bill in the Legislature would send a question about lowering the voting age to the ballot. A UO professor wants to diversify computer science. And Sen. Jeff Merkley has announced he's not running for president.

East County Economics | Washington Schools Deficit | Oregon Youth Villages

OPB | Broadcast: March 4, 2019

Eastern Multnomah County faces unique economic challenges. Washington school districts are struggling to cut from their budgets. And we talk with the head of Youth Villages in Oregon about different approaches to child welfare. 

News Roundtable | Cannabis Export | Oakridge

OPB | Broadcast: March 1, 2019

The town of Oakridge is buried in snow. Oregon lawmakers would like to ship some of our extra cannabis out of state. And we get opinions and analysis on the week's news.

Oakridge Residents Still Struggling With Snow

OPB | Broadcast: March 1, 2019

A foot of snow caused widespread power outages and closed the main road leading in and out of the town of Oakridge, Oregon. 

Rent Control | Maxville Jazz | Chinese American Oregonians

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 28, 2019

Oregon is the first state in the nation to enact rent control statewide. The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble tells the stories of Maxville and Vanport. And we learn about the lives of early Chinese immigrants in Oregon.


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