Category Archives: Audio/Visual

Particulate Pollution | Homeless Students – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Portland Public School Board has voted to reopen Harriet Tubman Middle School to serve North and Northeast Portland. But that’s pending an environmental review, and that might be difficult for a building that sits 20 feet from Interstate 5. Journalist Daniel Forbes fills us in. A recent report from the Oregon Department of Education shows the number […]
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Frogs, Fish And Farmers Feel Out Compromise On Deschutes River

With Central Oregon’s booming population growth, water is an increasingly important resource. And on the Upper Deschutes River, scarce water has become a big problem for wildlife and river habitat. On a crisp fall day, a team of volunteers waded upstream in the Deschutes River in pursuit of fish. Instead of fishing rods, they carried an […]
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Superfund Priorities | Medical Marijuana – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Washington Post environmental reporter Brady Dennis joins us to talk about the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released list of  Superfund “priority” sites where it says it wants to expedite the cleanup. We find out what this could mean for the Willamette River Superfund site in Portland, and more about how the agency is being run […]
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Protecting Farmworkers | Urban Rural Divide | Net Neutrality – OPB’s Think Out Loud

EarthFix reporter Jes Burns tells us about a federal rule designed to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure and an effort in Oregon to come up with more stringent protections for these workers. The local nonprofit Healthy Democracy saw a problem and an opportunity after the last election. They decided to put together a program to try to bridge the differences between rural […]
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US To Enter Into Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation In 2018

The U.S. Department of State and the Canadian government announced Thursday that formal renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty will begin in early 2018. Fish, electric rates and flood protection are all part of the 53-year-old international treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Source: US To Enter Into Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation In 2018 . News | OPB

Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides By Sheltering Them Indoors Draws Skepticism

Proposed rules designed to protect Oregon farmworkers from pesticide exposure has both farmers and worker advocates on edge. Dagoberto Morales’ car winds along the rural backroads of the Rogue Valley. Winter is coming and the pear orchards stand stark and skeletal. Morales used to work these orchards and lived in the housing right next to […]
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Vera Katz – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Former Portland mayor and Oregon House Speaker Vera Katz died Monday morning at age 84. We talk to OPB’s April Baer and historian Chet Orloff about her legacy. Source: Vera Katz | Kenton Women’s Village . Radio | OPB

Sara Gelser | NORCOR Jail – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon state Sen. Sara Gelser is among the people featured in Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue, out this week. Rather than focusing on one individual, the magazine chose to recognize “the silence breakers” who have spoken up against sexual harassment and assault as part of the #metoo movement. Disability Rights Oregon released a report this week on conditions […]
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Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future

  Will President Trump shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? President Trump ordered the shrinking of two national monuments in Utah this week. Attention immediately shifted to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says should also be smaller. We talk through the politics of these moves and get into Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s actions […]
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Oregon County Stops Sending Children To Regional Jail After Damning Report

Wasco County, Oregon, won’t be sending any more children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles — at least for now. The decision comes after a report found “psychologically harmful conditions” at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility. Source: Oregon County Stops Sending Children To Regional Jail After Damning Report | Northwest Public Radio