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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.
 
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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 ...
 
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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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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When four cousins head on a journey to Mexico to visit their ill grandfather and other family, they learn more about their heritage and find a new appreciation for their family’s sacrifices. The cousins documented their experience in a new short film called “First Time Home”. We hear more from Esmirna Librado and Noemi Librado-Sanchez, two of the f…
 
Last week, Portland musician Ian Mouser was struck and killed by the driver of a pickup truck while bicycling in Arizona. He was pursuing his dream of cycling across the United States. Mouser was the founder of My Voice Music, which provides music lessons and recording opportunities to kids who would otherwise have none. We spoke to Mouser in Janua…
 
The Modoc ancestral run has been taking descendants of Modac people to native lands of historical and spiritual importance for the past 11 years. This year, for the first time in 150 years, the Modoc people slept on the top of the Peninsula, the first piece of land the Modoc creator made when constructing the world according to the people’s history…
 
Monday, October 18, is the deadline for many workers in the state to be vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. We’ll talk to Beth Graser, communications officer at the Hillsboro School District, Todd Fuller, Vale city manager, Mike Lepin, Chief of the Jefferson County EMS district, and Charlie Tveit, Chief Executive Officer of Lake Health District, …
 
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted to authorize a strike. If that strike happens on Monday, October 18, it would be the first in the union’s 128-year history. IATSE represents production staff on at least 3 projects filming in Oregon right now. We’ll hear from cdavid cottrill, a leader at IATSE local 488, about w…
 
Growth in Central Oregon continues to boom. But what does that mean for the region’s public lands? The Lemon Gulch trail system is a proposal for a roughly 50-mile mountain bike trail system that would run through Ochoco National Forest. It’s one piece of a larger plan brought forth by Ochoco Trails, a coalition of mountain bikers, equestrians and …
 
When Laura Pike was preparing to receive a double mastectomy, she wondered what to expect. Scouring Google at 3 a.m. left Pike disappointed. So she created The Empowered Mastectomy, a website resource featuring people who have undergone the process. She joins us with details on the project and why it’s needed as a resource.…
 
Drought, extreme heat and smoke from wildfires have left seed producers feeling the effects of climate change. Farmers in the state have found themselves facing unexpected evacuations, lower seed yields and entire losses of crops. We speak with Sarah Kleeger, founder of Adaptive Seeds, and Ellyn Greene, co-owner of Wayward Acres on how climate chan…
 
The overwhelming impact of the delta surge almost brought down Oregon’s health care systems and raised a question the state still hasn’t answered. Who gets priority for health care when there’s not enough to go around? OPB’s Amelia Templeton tells us about the politically and ethically charged issue of what’s called “crisis standards of care.”…
 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has developed a new set of rules that would cap greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduce them over time. Under the new rules, companies distributing more than a set amount of fossil fuels would have to reduce their emissions to meet a declining cap. To meet the target, they would be allowe…
 
The CDC is officially recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant. In September, the CDC reported that only 31% of expecting parents were vaccinated and the percentage has only increased slightly since then. Research now shows that those giving birth who have COVID-19 are five times more likely to end up in the ICU and 15 times mo…
 
The Beaverton School District will begin weekly lab tests for COVID-19 to try to catch asymptomatic cases and prevent outbreaks. Students in K-5 and K-8 schools whose families chose to opt in to the program will receive their first test kits next week. According to BSD Executive Administrator for Student Services Danielle Hudson, about 47% of those…
 
The city of Talent is working to create housing options so that people displaced by last year’s devastating wildfire can return, and children can come back to their school district. The Talent Urban Renewal Agency and the Phoenix-Talent School District worked together on an initiative that includes long-term affordable housing as well as transition…
 
During the pandemic the need for substitutes declined as many subs found other forms of work to fill in their income. Now an industry whose purpose is to fill in for teachers is part of the growing shortage of workers in Oregon. The state has now cut back on a bachelor-level education requirement to increase the number of available educators. Lesli…
 
Even before COVID-19, the nursing shortage was critical. But nursing unions say the pandemic has created a staffing crisis. Nurses at Kaiser-Permanente have authorized their union to call a strike if staffing and patient care aren't addressed. We hear more from Joshua Holt, an ICU nurse and chair of the bargaining team for the Oregon Federation of …
 
According to lawmakers and advocates, many Oregonians are at risk for eviction due to the backlog of rental assistance applications. Amber Cook is one of them. She’s a licensed income tax preparer, which means her work is seasonal. She says she hasn’t been able to take advantage of expanded unemployment benefits, and getting sick with COVID-19 just…
 
Nonprofit organizations in Oregon that help homeless youth find and keep housing will be getting millions of dollars in grant money to help them with their mission. In the Marion-Polk school district about 2,000 students are homeless, according to Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance.By Oregon Public Broadcasting
 
Oregon State Hospital is in “disarray” with overworked employees, patient transfers against recommendations and complaints of untrained staff. This is according to Disability Rights Oregon, which performed an unsupervised walkthrough using Oregon’s Protection and Advocacy System. The group wrote a letter to Gov. Brown on what they saw and the “lack…
 
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