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OPB Politics Now

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OPB Politics Now

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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OPB Politics Now is a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into the hottest political topics in Oregon and the Northwest. Every Friday, OPB’s political reporters and special guests offer in-depth analysis, discussion and insight into candidates, events and issues.
 
Bundyville: The Remnant, a co-production between Longreads and OPB, explores the world beyond the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired. This series investigates extremist violence that results from the conspiracy theories of the anti-government movement, who is inspiring that violence and who stands to benefit.
 
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Timber Wars

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Oregon Public Broadcasting

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It’s the 1990s in the Pacific Northwest. A march of chainsaws clear-cuts the country’s last available ancient forests. Protesters bury themselves in front of bulldozers and spend months sitting in the tallest trees in the world. And at the center, the northern spotted owl becomes the most controversial bird in the country. The "Timber Wars" podcast tells the story of how this conflict reshaped the Northwest and the nation as a whole, and transformed the way we see—and fight over—the natural ...
 
An ongoing series about gentrification, housing, race and class in urban America. Join Andru and Cornelius as they share news, opinion and conversation about the most important issue facing U.S. cities: the gap between rich and poor. This podcast is a companion to the documentary Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Ore. "When homes leaves you." #pricedout #gentrification #gentrified #pdx Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/priced-out-podcast/support
 
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This Week Back Then

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This Week Back Then

Portland State University History Department

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“This Week Back Then” is a podcast and blog series born out of Professor Catherine McNeur’s HST411/511 Public History Lab: Podcasts and History course. Students did research, wrote scripts and blog posts, produced and edited podcasts, and collaborated with classmates to bring history to a broad audience. The class worked with producers at KBOO (90.7) to learn recording and editing skills. The students’ podcasts, posted here, will be broadcast during KBOO’s news hour each Monday starting in J ...
 
www.knowthename.com SHARON LYNN WYETH graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at the age of twenty. She began teaching that same year in a public Junior High School in California. During her three years there, she obtained her Master of Arts degree from Azusa-Pacific University in education administration with an emphasis in math. After her initial teaching assignment, Sharón moved to Germany where she taught for the Department of Defense Sc ...
 
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Travis Williams has spent a lot of time on the Willamette River. He’s the executive director of the environmental nonprofit Willamette Riverkeeper and the author of the new book “Willamette River Greenways.” The book explores the history of the Willamette River Greenway, a nearly 200-mile corridor of public lands along the river from near Eugene to…
 
An arid and fragile landscape dotted with sagebrush and perennial grasses stretches from the eastern slopes of the Cascades to beyond the Rocky Mountains and into parts of Canada. More than half of this sagebrush steppe ecosystem has been lost, threatened by climate change, invasive plants and human activity. A scientist at Oregon State University …
 
Two of Oregon’s biggest hospitals are reporting multi-million dollar financial losses, due to increased labor costs and other pandemic-related factors. Oregon Health and Science University is projecting an operating loss of $58 million for the 2022 fiscal year and St. Charles Health System has lost $21.8 million on its operations so far this year. …
 
What started out as one diver collecting “river treasures” of forgotten phones and iPads has turned into a YouTube channel dedicated to finding missing people. The group, Adventures with Purpose, is a four-man team starring two Oregonians, Jared Leisek and Doug Bishop. The team travels across the U.S. diving into rivers, lakes and canals in the hop…
 
Tigray, a region in northern Ethiopia, has been devastated by war. The fighting turned violent in November 2020 and last month, a joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch detailed war crimes and atrocities happening there. Leake Gebrekristos is from Tigray and came to the U.S. in the late 90s. He is a community organizer based i…
 
Last week, Multnomah County health officials recommended people start wearing masks inside again. This week, six Oregon counties have reached medium risk levels, triggering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s indoor masking recommendation. Case counts are on the rise, though hospitalization rates are still fairly low. Multnomah County …
 
The results of the 2022 World Beer Cup were announced earlier this month. This year’s competition featured more than 10,000 entries from breweries across the globe. Oregon’s breweries took home multiple awards. Portland-based StormBreaker Brewing won gold for its beer, Extra StormBreaker. Heater Allen Brewing in McMinnville won gold for its flagshi…
 
Wild Woman is an art collaboration that includes a luxury clothing collection and highlights women’s empowerment. The pieces are on display at the Portland Art Museum in conjunction with the museum’s Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism exhibit. We hear more about the work from creators Myriam Marcela De Anda and Laura Renée Maier.…
 
At Harriet Tubman Middle School, students are missing out on learning and walking out on classes as substitute teachers try to fill teacher vacancies. Students, teachers and parents at several other Portland middle schools are also facing similar challenges and are frustrated by a lack of support after more than a year of distance learning. OPB’s K…
 
From the governor’s race to a new Congressional district seat, Oregonians cast their votes on key races in the primary which wrapped yesterday. But this year, ballots postmarked by May 17 will still be counted, leaving the outcome of some close contests still unclear. We hear from Tina Kotek, former Oregon Speaker of the House, who won the Democrat…
 
Satellites whizzing above Earth have revolutionized how we communicate, navigate and even monitor the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change. But the number of satellites being launched into orbit is expected to increase by tens of thousands in just a few years, and are already making it harder for astronomers and amateur sky gaze…
 
Like everything else, honors classes in Salem-Keizer school district were upended during the pandemic. But when students came back into the building, the district took advantage of the opportunity to re-work the way it offers honors classes. Now, instead of separate classes, honors students sit alongside their peers doing “embedded honors.” Eddy Bi…
 
company is asking for a similar hike. If approved, that would mean customers would see their bills rise by about 25% over a one-year period. Independent journalist Nick Cunningham covers climate change and the oil and gas industry. In his recent article in DeSmog about NW Natural’s latest request, he highlights some of the controversial elements of…
 
A series of surveys conducted by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found a rise in hate crime and harassment incidents against Asian Americans in Oregon. Nearly half of all the Asian Americans surveyed said they heard someone use a racial slur, epithet or degrading language against them or a family member or both. A third of those surveyed repor…
 
A nationwide shortage of baby formula is proving stressful for families in the Pacific Northwest. Ryan Hassan is a pediatrician with Oregon Pediatrics in Happy Valley. He says he’s been talking to his patients about practical solutions and counseling them on ignoring judgmental comments on social media about feeding babies with formula. Meanwhile, …
 
A group of activists known as Redwood Forest Defense has been occupying treetops in northern California as a form of non-violent protest to block the logging of redwood forests. Their struggle pits them against the Green Resource Diamond Company, which has been logging in the region since 2020. Portland-based filmmakers Lawrence Lerew and Derek Kno…
 
According to the Oregon Health Authority, a quarter of Oregon residents rely on wells for their drinking water, and many of them live in rural parts of the state that are particularly vulnerable to wildfires. Freelance journalist and author Erika Bolstad recently wrote about how toxic chemicals like arsenic and benzene can leach into wells after a …
 
To increase the number of available shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness, the City of Bends is considering amendments to its development laws. These changes would help define three different types of shelters that can be built in the city and make it easier to operate a shelter. These code changes also introduced hardship housing, a pe…
 
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