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Nursing Shortage | Methanol Plant | Alicia Jo Rabins


Oregon is experiencing a shortage of nursing faculty in programs around the state. A methanol plant is coming to the Port of Kalama. And we sit down with author Alicia Jo Rabins. 

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Sugar Shack Demolition | Homeless Vets | School Police?


Affordable housing will replace a former Portland strip club. Operation Welcome Home will use state lottery funds for veteran services. Portland Public Schools considers increasing police presence. 

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Mental Health And Police | Teresa Alonso Leon | New Mushroom


A program in Eugene sends crisis workers out on mental health crisis calls, rather than police. Also, a new species of mushroom was found in southern Oregon. And we sit down with state Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon.

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News Roundtable | Education And Trauma | Timbers


The news roundtable gives us opinions and analysis on this week's news. What can schools do to help kids who have experienced trauma at home? And tomorrow the Timbers will try to become league champions.

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REBROADCAST: Viet Thanh Nguyen

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 14, 2018

We listen back to an interview with author Viet Thanh Nguyen in front of an audience at Literary Arts.

The Best Of 'On The Road'

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 13, 2018

We listen back to some of our favorite moments talking to people on the highways and byways of the region.

Nursing Shortage | Methanol Plant | Alicia Jo Rabins

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 12, 2018

Oregon is experiencing a shortage of nursing faculty in programs around the state. A methanol plant is coming to the Port of Kalama. And we sit down with author Alicia Jo Rabins. 

Sugar Shack Demolition | Homeless Vets | Police In Schools

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 11, 2018

Affordable housing will replace a former Portland strip club. Operation Welcome Home will use state lottery funds for veteran services. Portland Public Schools considers increasing police presence. 

Mental Health And Police | Teresa Alonso Leon | New Mushroom

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 10, 2018

A program in Eugene sends crisis workers out on mental health crisis calls, rather than police. Also, a new species of mushroom was found in southern Oregon. And we sit down with state Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon.

News Roundtable | Education And Trauma | Timbers

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 7, 2018

The news roundtable gives us opinions and analysis on this week's news. What can schools do to help kids who have experienced trauma at home? And tomorrow the Timbers will try to become league champions.

Student Deaths | Lake Oswego City Councilor | Christmas Trees

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 6, 2018

A school district responds to student deaths by suicide. Daniel Nguyen is the first person of color on Lake Oswego's city council. We ask listeners: Do you prefer real or artificial Christmas trees?

Murdered Indigenous Women | Violence Against Women Act | Gorge Trails | Cody Sheehy

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 5, 2018

A new report tracks indigenous women murdered in urban areas. The Violence Against Women Act will expire this month unless Congress takes action. Popular Columbia River Gorge trails reopen after the fire.

Tara Westover At Literary Arts

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 4, 2018

Live at Literary Arts, we sit down with writer Tara Westover to discuss her memoir, "Educated."

Kate Brown | GOP Legislative Priorities | Migrant Caravan

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 3, 2018

We talk with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown about her budget and hear from state Rep. Greg Barreto on the GOP's priorities. A retired engineer from Hood River visits the caravan at the border. 

News Roundtable | Transracial Adoption | Farm Bill

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 30, 2018

A Eugene program helps international and transracial adoptees navigate questions of identity. The 2018 Farm Bill could have a big impact on Oregon's hemp industry. And we discuss this week's big news.

Yemen | Religion & Climate Change | Columbia Sportswear

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 29, 2018

Columbia sportswear says the President's tariffs won't move manufacturing back to the states. Mercy Corps is helping with humanitarian efforts in Yemen. A local evangelical group is sending a policy paper to the UN Climate Change summit.

Crabber Lawsuit | Independent Party | Mars InSight Mission

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 28, 2018

Crabbers in California and Oregon are suing fossil fuel companies. An OSU professor offered expertise to NASA's Mars InSight mission. And we talk about the future of the Independent Party of Oregon. 

Talking Business | International Students | Columbia Ferry

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 27, 2018

Fewer international students are attending OSU and PSU. A passenger ferry may start running between Portland and Vancouver. And we catch up on the latest regional business news. 

DHS Death Reporting | Youth Legal Clinic | Green Cannabis

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 26, 2018

Oregon officials aren't publishing timely reports on the deaths of children in their care. A Portland nonprofit offers legal aid to homeless youth. The cannabis industry isn't as green as you think.

Portland Homelessness Discussion

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 23, 2018

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler talks about the 'homeless crisis' in the city, followed by a conversation of people involved in addressing the crisis.

10 Years Of Our Town

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 22, 2018

As part of our celebration of 10 years on air, we look back at our series "Our Town." 

Preventing Doctor Suicides | Online Hype Of Restaurants

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 21, 2018

A doctor takes on a pressing issue in her profession: physicians who die by suicide. And, we learn how the online hype of Stanich's burger caused the Portland restaurant to close.

Psychiatric Board | Transgender Healthcare | Young Inventors

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 20, 2018

Some people found criminally insane in Oregon attack again when released from care. Central Oregon hospitals work to improve transgender healthcare. And, we talk to two young people who won national recognition for their scientific inventions.

Blockchain | A Christmas Tree's Journey | Family Of Criminals

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 19, 2018

We get a lesson in blockchain and check in with the Oregon Christmas tree that's heading to the U.S. capitol. And, we sit down with journalist Fox Butterfield to learn about an Oregon crime family.


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