Category Archives: Audio/Visual

Gun Sales | School Safety And Walkouts | Columbia River Tribes – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Two Oregon men have filed lawsuits against stores that would not sell them guns because they were under the age of 21. The men’s lawsuits say that the stores’ policies violate Oregon’s age discrimination laws. On a national day of student action in response to the massacre at a Parkland, Florida high school, we talk […]
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On The West Coast, Ports Brace For Steel Tariffs

President Trump’s new tariffs have ports and steel manufacturers in the West uneasy, as they rely on steel imports from the Pacific Rim. It’s a normal weekday at the Port of Vancouver. That means by noon, piles of steel slab cover the work yard at the docks on the Columbia River. “Steel is tied to […]
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Talking Race In The Classroom – OPB’s Think Out Loud

With racial bias under the national microscope like never before, we talk to students, teachers and others in education about how race and racial identity are playing out – in curricula, class discussions and everyday life. We invited an audience to join us at the De La Salle North Catholic auditorium to discuss the real […]
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Frog Shuttle | The ‘Boyfriend Loophole’ | Sanctuary Cities – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Every year, hundreds of Northern red-legged frogs migrate from Forest Park to nearby wetlands to lay their eggs. After passersby noticed hundreds of frogs getting killed while crossing Highway 30, they put together a group of volunteers to apprehend the frogs and shuttle them to safety. Oregon lawmakers recently closed the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” expanding […]
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Child Welfare System – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We sit down with Lena Alhusseini, the former director of Oregon’s child welfare system. She tells us more about the problems a recent audit identified about the system and why she felt forced to leave in 2017 after less than a year on the job. Source: News Roundtable | Child Welfare System | Girl Scouts . […]
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It Really Helps: Call The Midwife

In other parts of the developed world, midwives deliver a lot of babies… like in England, where half the births involve midwives. Here, not so much.  About ten percent of American births include midwives.  And recent research shows how making greater use of midwives can make for healthier babies and mothers. Source: It Really Helps: […]
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Columbia River Gorge fire six months later (aerial photography)

It’s been more than six months. The wildfire sparked in early September. It swept through the Columbia River Gorge. And it eventually covered nearly 49,000 acres. Source: Columbia River Gorge fire six months later (aerial photography) |

Video: Legislation that passed, didn’t pass in 2018 Oregon Legislature

Guns and net neutrality were among topics addressed, while cap-and-invest was put off for at least another year. Source: Video: Legislation that passed, didn’t pass in 2018 Oregon Legislature

Another Drought Year Promises To Test Klamath Basin

With a drought on the horizon, the Klamath Basin prepares for the worst. Shavon Haynes tromps into a small, quiet clearing in the woods on Mount Ashland. He drops a black pack into the knee-deep snow. He pulls out a snow sampler, two lengths of worn metal pipe and screws them together. “I’ve dubbed it […]
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Rural Broadband – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon’s Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit joins us to talk about his plan to get broadband internet into vast rural swaths of the state. The bill encountered industry opposition but passed overwhelmingly in the recently concluded legislative session. Source: Rural Broadband | Tree Wells | Commercial Renters | ‘A Gentleman Bank Robber’