Category Archives: Audio/Visual

‘OPB Politics Now’: What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?

Douglas County residents are considering a dramatic change in how the county is governed. This November, Douglas County voters will weigh in on a home rule charter. It would dramatically change how the county is governed. Charters are like a bit like a constitution for the county, and nine other Oregon counties already have them, including […]
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Video: Auto fatalities in Oregon

From 2010 to 2015, there was an increase in the number of people killed in Oregon from auto crashes. Source: Video: Auto fatalities in Oregon

Home Rule Charter – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Voters in Douglas County are being asked if they want to overhaul the way their county government works. Enacting a Home Rule Charter would increase the number of commissioners but slash their salaries, and create a new position: a county manager. Our guests are former Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson and Diana Larson with the […]
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China Wants Nothing to Do With America’s Trash

It will no longer import recycled scrap from the U.S. So what do we do with it? America is known for it’s large trade deficit with China. But the United States does have a surplus of one particularly smelly export — trash. Erica Phillips of the Wall Street Journal wrote about this unusual trading relationship […]
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Southern Oregon Megafire May Help Suppress Devastating Tree Disease

Crews working the Chetco Bar wildfire had more to consider than just the flames once it spread into a quarantine zone where a disease was devastating trees. Usually the parking lot at Brookings’ harbor is filled with boat trailers, rusty pickup trucks and tourists. But this day in late August is not a usual day. There’s […]
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Green Cannabis | ‘Viewpoint Diversity’ – OPB’s Think Out Loud

As the cannabis industry expands in Oregon, more people are paying attention to the environmental impact of its cultivation, like energy and water use. We speak with Jesce Horton, the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens and a board member for Oregon’s Resource Innovation Institute, about moves towards environmental sustainability in Oregon’s cannabis industry. Portland State University political science professor Bruce […]
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Erious Johnson Says Oregon Department Of Justice Didn’t Show ‘Loyalty’ In Civil Rights Case

About two years ago, the Oregon Department of Justice announced that the head of its civil rights division, an African-American man named Erious Johnson, had been caught up in digital surveillance by the department itself because he used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and tweeted the well-known logo of the rap group Public Enemy. Source: Erious Johnson Says Oregon Department Of […]
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Amazon In Oregon | Erious Johnson – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Amazon is set to receive more tax breaks from Oregon than any other state. Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, discusses Amazon’s growing footprint in Oregon and the possible location of the company’s second headquarters. We talk to Erious Johnson, who recently stepped down as the director of the civil rights at the […]
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Growing Local In Central Oregon Isn’t Easy, But Farmers Are Seeing Success

A growing number of small farmers are making a mark on central Oregon’s local food scene — despite the region’s challenging agricultural conditions. Justin Novicky strolled up and down the rows of his greenhouse on a recent day, hand watering each and every one of his more than 400 tomato plants. Source: Growing Local In Central […]
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‘OPB Politics Now’: Portland Girds For A Freeway Fight

We talk about where the battle lines are being drawn and dig into the history of Portland’s difficult relationship with freeway projects. A proposed Interstate 5 expansion through the Rose Quarter has become about much more than a few more highway lanes. It touches on racism, privilege, Portland’s relationship with the state and how leaders envision the […]
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