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News Roundtable | Prison & COVID-19 | Running While Black


We discuss some of the biggest news of the week. And we talk about what coronavirus has meant for people in Oregon's prisons. Also, two African Americans who enjoy running, discuss how they think about the sport after the death of Amaud Arbery.

Photo: Bobby Haven/The Brunswick News via AP)

REBROADCAST: Women Of Color In Politics


We listen back to a conversation with four women of color who have been elected to office tell us about the challenges of running, and holding those positions. 

Photo: Cheyenne Thorpe/OPB

Technology | Geneva's | Contact Tracing


We learn how technology is changing the way people relate to each other in the pandemic. We talk with Paul Knauls Jr. about the closing of Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon. And we break down contact tracing. 

Photo: Bryan M. Vance/OPB

Reopening Update | REBROADCAST: Whale Poop | Old Believers


Memorial Day weekend tested counties' reopening plans. We listen back to a conversation about whale behavior. And members of the Old Believers face particular challenges from this pandemic.

Photo: Cassandra Profita/OPB

State Budget | NYC Doctor | Nyssa Steakhouse


The state's quarterly revenue forecast does not look good. An OHSU graduate is working in an emergency room in New York City. And a steakhouse in Nyssa, OR is reopening.

Photo: Bradley W. Parks/OPB

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News Roundtable | Prison & COVID-19 | Running While Black

OPB | Broadcast: May 29, 2020

We discuss some of the biggest news of the week. We talk about what coronavirus has meant for people in Oregon's prisons. Also, two African Americans who enjoy running discuss how they think about the sport after the death of Amaud Arbery.

Technology | Geneva's | Contact Tracing

OPB | Broadcast: May 27, 2020

We learn how technology is changing the way people relate to each other in the pandemic. We talk with Paul Knauls Jr. about the closing of Geneva’s Shear Perfection Barber and Beauty Salon. And we break down contact tracing. 

REBROADCAST: Women Of Color In Politics

OPB | Broadcast: May 27, 2020

We listen back to a conversation with four women of color who have been elected to office tell us about the challenges of running, and holding those positions. 

Reopening Update | REBROADCAST: Whale Poop | Old Believers

OPB | Broadcast: May 26, 2020

Memorial Day weekend tested counties' reopening plans. We listen back to a conversation about whale behavior. And members of the Old Believers face particular challenges from this pandemic.

REBROADCAST: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen

OPB | Broadcast: May 25, 2020

We listen back to a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

News Roundtable | Fruit Packers Strike | Homelessness Solutions

OPB | Broadcast: May 22, 2020

We get opinions and analysis on some of the week's big stories, hear from the front lines about the fruit packing strikes in Yakima, and meet the head of a Portland neighborhood association pushing for homelessness solutions.

State Budget | NYC Doctor | Nyssa Steakhouse

OPB | Broadcast: May 21, 2020

The state's quarterly revenue forecast does not look good. An OHSU graduate is working in an emergency room in New York City. And a steakhouse in Nyssa, OR is reopening.

Election | OSF And Tourism | White Supremacy And Resistance

OPB | Broadcast: May 20, 2020

We get election results from the May primary, hear how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ashland are trying to move forward, and listen back to a conversation about white supremacy and resistance in Oregon.

Court Case | Dentists | Shockwave | Surviving Genocide

OPB | Broadcast: May 19, 2020

The courts are currently deciding a case that takes up the ongoing legality of the Governor's emergency orders. Dentists are having trouble finding PPE. Portland has one of the longest standing female football teams in the country. And we listen back to a conversation with two survivors of genocide.

Federal Debt | Risk Psychology | Comedy

OPB | Broadcast: May 18, 2020

Where does all the federal stimulus money come from? Also, how do different people assess risk? And how are comedians finding humor in these times?

News Roundtable | Mothers With Opioid Addiction | Tribes Cancel Activities

OPB | Broadcast: May 15, 2020

A program created to help pregnant women addicted to opioids has reduced the number of children placed in foster care. The pandemic has interrupted tribal efforts intended to prevent suicide. And our news roundtable guests share opinions and analysis on some big stories from the week.

Reopening Counties | Summer Programs

OPB | Broadcast: May 14, 2020

Some counties in Oregon have received permission to start reopening. And Portland Parks and Recreation has closed most summer programs.

POC Businesses | Primate Sanctuaries | See-Through Masks |TriMet Driver

OPB | Broadcast: May 13, 2020

Local business leaders say POC-owned small businesses need aid. Sanctuaries for primates are particularly hard hit right now. A local high school student is creating see-through masks. And a TriMet bus driver tells us about his days.

Tribal Economies | Restaurants | Halal Food Boxes

OPB | Broadcast: May 12, 2020

How are tribal economies affected by casino closures? We hear from struggling restaurant owners and workers. And we learn about an effort to deliver culturally specific food aid during Ramadan.

Distance Learning | Environmental Impacts | Oregon State Parks

OPB | Broadcast: May 11, 2020

How is distance learning affecting already struggling students? We discuss the environmental effects of the pandemic. And we hear from three Oregon mayors about the reopening of some state parks. 

News Roundtable | Communities Of Color & COVID-19

OPB | Broadcast: May 8, 2020

News rountablers give opinions and analysis on some of the week's big stories. And we find out how COVID-19 is affecting communities of color.

Trees In Trouble | Phase 1 Reopening | People With Disabilities

OPB | Broadcast: May 7, 2020

The governor is announcing new guidelines in her plan for reopening Oregon. Trees in the west are in trouble for a number of reasons. And we hear how people with disabilities are affected by the pandemic. 

OHSU Study | Teacher Of The Year | Poet Laureate

OPB | Broadcast: May 6, 2020

A new OHSU study aims to give state officials data on how and when to reopen. Oregon's Teacher of the Year has some concerns about remote learning. And Oregon has a new poet laureate.

Cash Payments | Restaurant Check-In | PPE From China

OPB | Broadcast: May 5, 2020

Should cash payments from the government be a more regular thing? Restaurants are thinking about what survival could look like going forward. The Oregon Chinese Coalition got 12,000 masks from China to give to Oregon hospitals.

Meat Processing | Sequencing The COVID-19 Virus | Homeless Measure

OPB | Broadcast: May 4, 2020

This hour we check in on meat industry in Oregon, talk with a researcher who is sequencing the new coronavirus, and hear pros and cons of the Metro measure to raise taxes to help homeless people.


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