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4-Year Community College Degrees | 'Good Hair'


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We hear about a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees, and we listen back to our interview with Kimberly Melton about her essay, "Good Hair." 

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Japanese Newspaper | Zebrafish | Elder Care Audit


A newspaper from Oregon's Japanese community is being translated into English. A University of Oregon biologist who championed the scientific use of zebrafish gets an award. And a new audit shows progress in home care for elderly Oregonians.

Photo: Oregon State University/Flickr

Talking Business | Black Studies | Youth Villages


A nonprofit in Tennessee has had success keeping kids in their homes and out of foster care with support. We learn more about that model. Also, we get the latest business news and hear about 50 years of Portland State University's black studies department.

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REBROADCAST: Masha Gessen On Russia And Totalitarianism


We listen back to an interview with Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, who has written extensively about what totalitarianism looks like in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

Photo: c/o Masha Gessen

News Roundtable | Foster Care | Hermiston Nonprofit


We get opinions and analysis of the news of the week. Also, Oregon is sending foster youth to facilities with previous reports of abuse. And a new nonprofit in Hermiston will attempt to combat negative perceptions of Latinos.

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4-Year Community College Degrees | 'Good Hair'

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2019

We hear about a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees, and we listen back to our interview with Kimberly Melton about her essay, "Good Hair." 

Japanese Newspaper | Zebrafish | Elder Care Audit

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 20, 2019

A newspaper from Oregon's Japanese community is being translated into English. A University of Oregon biologist who championed the scientific use of zebrafish gets an award. And a new audit shows progress in home care for elderly Oregonians.

Talking Business | Black Studies | Youth Villages

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 19, 2019

A nonprofit in Tennessee has had success keeping kids in their homes and out of foster care with support. We learn more about that model. Also, we get the latest business news and hear about 50 years of Portland State University's black studies department.

REBROADCAST: Masha Gessen On Russia And Totalitarianism

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 18, 2019

We listen back to an interview with Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, who has written extensively about what totalitarianism looks like in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

News Roundtable | Foster Care | Hermiston Nonprofit

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2019

We get opinions and analysis of the news of the week. Also, Oregon is sending foster youth to facilities with previous reports of abuse. And a new nonprofit in Hermiston will attempt to combat negative perceptions of Latinos.

Learning From Norway | Craft Brewing Business

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2019

Oregon corrections officials recently traveled to Norway to see what they can learn about how criminal justice works there. And Oregon's oldest craft brewery recently shut down – what does it signal for the local industry?

Housing Density | Disrupted Learning | Gray Whales

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 13, 2019

Minneapolis has voted for a law that Oregon is considering, allowing triplexes in single-family neighborhoods. The teachers union says Oregon classrooms are in crisis. And a new study follows our resident gray whales.

Non-Religious Protections | Concussions | Un-Affiliated Primaries

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 12, 2019

Portland commissioners consider adding protections for non-religious people. An investigative series looks at Oregon schools' responses to head injuries. And a legislative proposal would open the primaries to unaffiliated voters.

Black Classical Composers | Commission Form of Government

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 11, 2019

A Portland quartet performs the work of black classical composers. And the City Club of Portland says the city should change its commission form of government. 

News Roundtable | Arts Funding | Mental Health & Law Enforcement

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 8, 2019

Arts funding in Portland is about to look really different. Marion County is trying to keep people with mental health problems out of jail. And we talk about some of the biggest regional stories of the week.

Accused Saudi | Homeless Artist | In-Home Baby Visits

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2019

A gallery displays the art of a man who died while homeless. Lawmakers consider a proposal for in-home visits for new parents. And it appears a Saudi man accused in a fatal car crash fled Oregon with help from his government.

Oregon Lawmakers Want To Offer Home Visits To All New Parents

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2019

A bipartisan bill directs the Oregon Health Authority to explore the option of offering all Oregon families with newborns access to home visits from nurses.

Homeless Artist's Work On Display In Portland 7 Years After His Death

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 7, 2019

Terry Houghton died while he was homeless. Seven years later, his art is on display in Portland. 

REBROADCAST: Michael Pollan On Psychedelics

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 6, 2019

Best-selling author Michael Pollan has written a psychedelic history. He details the scientific research into psychedelics prior to the 1970s and what's driving the modern revival of interest.

Foster Kids | Harbor Of Hope | Umatilla Graduation | Jail Blazers

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 5, 2019

More foster care kids are being sent out of state. The Portland Mayor talks up a new homeless shelter. Graduation rates in Umatilla have improved. What made the Jail Blazers unique?

Vaccination Bill | Venture Capital | Prescribed Burns

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 4, 2019

A lawmaker wants to change Washington's vaccine exemption rules. A group of entrepreneurs want to change startup funding. And Oregon wants to allow more prescribed burns to reduce wildfires.

News Roundtable | Cannabis Audit

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 1, 2019

A new audit from the secretary of state's office points to problems with the state's cannabis system. We also get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest stories of the week.

Jordan Cove | Doctor In Alaska

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 31, 2019

A proposed natural gas export pipeline project has applied for a permit from the Department of State Lands. And a retired Bend doctor tells us about his time as the sole medical provider in rural Alaska.

Snowpack | Homeless In Bend | PPS Vote | Terry Blas

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 30, 2019

Oregon's snowpack is below normal, again. A formerly homeless man in Bend is trying to help others in that position. And we learn about the PPP board's vote Tuesday night to pull out of an agreement with the city over police in schools.

Tribes On Climate Change | Eugene Plan | Wheeler County

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 29, 2019

Northwest tribes talk climate change. Eugene has a plan to end homelessness. And Wheeler County has been struggling with a lack of volunteer emergency responders.


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