Tag Archives: Think Out Loud

Forest Ecosystems | ‘Class Of 2025’ – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Eagle Creek Fire burned fast and hot through the normally damp forests of the Columbia River Gorge. Was this fire different from the fires we normally see in drier forests east of the Cascades? And how have forest management practices in the Gorge affected the character of this fire? Jerry Franklin, professor of Forest […]
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Fire Recovery | Oregon Rohingya Muslims | Free School Lunches – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Before the embers were even cold on 2015’s devastating Canyon Creek Wildfire, the Forest Service was planning for recovery. Two years later, what does the forest look like? What does it take for forest ecosystems to recover from wildfire, and how long does it take? Malheur National Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin fills us in. Ethnic violence and persecution in […]
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Levees – OPB’s Think Out Loud

As wildfires rage all across the west, and Hurricane Irma barrels towards Florida, we’ll hear about another potential disaster. As Willamette Week reports, the levees that keep the Columbia River from flooding into Portland might be vulnerable. Jules Bailey is the convener of a coalition called Levee Ready Columbia, which is working on assessing the levees and […]
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Wildfire Update|Police Oversight – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Eagle Creek and Indian Creek wildfires have merged and are burning about 31,000 acres as of Wednesday morning. OPB news editor Ryan Hass gives us an update. The ongoing controversy around an officer misconduct case in Clackamas County has spurred the creation of a group of current and former Oregon law enforcement officers called Police […]
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DACA | Eagle Creek Fire | District Attorneys – OPB’ Think Out Loud

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced Tuesday the Trump administration will rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The Obama-era policy granted legal protections to nearly 800,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children. We get reactions from Laura Ramirez, a local DACA recipient, and Stephen Manning, a founding partner […]
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Oregon Health Authority – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Oregon Health Authority was recently beset by scandal after reports that high-level leaders circulated a media plan to smear Portland-based Medicaid provider FamilyCare. Gov. Kate Brown forced out then-director Lynne Saxton and has since named her replacement. Patrick Allen was previously the director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. He joins us to talk about his new […]
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Vaccination Numbers | Oregon Wildfire Voices | Surimi School – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon ranks seventh lowest for adolescents vaccinated, according to the findings of a recently released Center for Disease Control survey. But the state believes the results aren’t altogether accurate. Oregon Health Authority epidemiologist Steve Robison joins us to explain. As wildfires continue to burn thousands of acres across Oregon, we hear from a few people who […]
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Sexual Misconduct At PPS | Housing Foster Youth | Lead In Water – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregonian/OregonLive reporter Bethany Barnes joins us to talk about her reporting on a decades-long case of sexual misconduct at Portland Public Schools and the lingering questions about the district’s handling of this and other cases where concerns about teacher behavior have been brought up. A shortage of placements for Oregon foster youth has led to the controversial practice […]
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Fossil Fuel Challenge | American Working Conditions | Oregon Bar Exam  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The City of Portland’s 2016 ordinance banning new fossil fuel infrastructure within city limits was struck down by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals in late July, and proponents are fighting back. RAND Corporation senior economist Kathleen Mullen joins us to talk about what she says is the first comprehensive survey of American workers. […]
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Kicker | Black Market Marijuana | Immigration Legal Help | God Squad – OPB’s Think Out Loud

It’s official: Oregonians will get a tax rebate next year thanks to a unique law known as the “kicker.” Gov. Kate Brown has been exchanging letters with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Oregon’s marijuana market. Some irrigators who depend on water that flows through Columbia and Snake River dams have called for the so-called […]
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