Tag Archives: Think Out Loud

Portland Housing Project – OPB’s Think Out Loud

More than 250,000 people are expected to move to Portland in the next 20 years. To accommodate all that growth, the city’s plan is to allow more duplexes and triplexes to be built in close-in neighborhoods. But some people say the new regulations will make building new housing financially impossible. And others say it will change the character […]
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Water Toxin Update – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We hear the latest on the water crisis in Salem from city manager Steve Powers. The drinking water advisory for vulnerable people has been extended after cyanotoxins were again found in the city’s water system. We’ll also hear from Rebecca Hillwig with the Oregon Health Authority about the algae bloom recently discovered in the Dorena Reservoir. Source: Water Toxin Update | Paraplegic Mountaineer […]
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Toxic Algae | Tribal Museum | Daycare Shut Down | Madras Graduation Rates – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit scientific research organization, has found news reports of almost 300 toxic blooms of the same blue-green algae that is causing problems in Salem’s water, and has been since 2010. The problem, they say, is getting worse. Melinda Hagen, a Portland childcare provider, was given a license by the state even […]
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Newspaper Closures | Racism And Public Health | Library Naloxone – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Inspired by an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” three researchers have found that city residents’ pocketbooks suffer when their local newspapers shut down. We hear from one of those researchers, Dermot Murphy, on the financial implications of fewer newspapers and how that affects government spending. Frank Franklin joins us to talk about the intersection […]
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Colorado Baker | Public Records Advocate – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Lewis & Clark law professor Jim Oleske analyzes today’s 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Business owners and same sex couples have had similar legal battles in Oregon and Washington. Oregon lawmakers passed public records reform which included the creation of a Public Records […]
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Vaccination Rates – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The number of parents opting out of vaccinating their kids before kindergarten has been steadily climbing. In 2015 the Oregon legislature passed a law aimed at lowering the vaccine opt-out rate, but it doesn’t appear to be working. Currently 7.5 percent of Oregon’s kindergartners have received non-medical exemptions. Source: News Roundtable | Vaccination Rates | MAX Attack […]
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Gorge Recovery | Wave Energy | Foster Care – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Last fall, the Eagle Creek Fire burned around 50,000 acres of wilderness in the Columbia River Gorge. Much of the burn site is still closed to the public. We check in with Miranda Mendoza, an Oregon State Park ranger and Karen Young of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce to see how the ecology and economy are recovering […]
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Plovers | Ransomeware | Dire Wolves | First Amendment  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We hear from wildlife biologist Vanessa Blackstone on the recent spotting of the endangered Snowy Plover. The bird was seen at Fort Stevens State Park for the first time since the 1980s and Blackstone says its population numbers are on the rise. The Roseburg School District was recently hacked and lost all access to its website and […]
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#TOL10: What Is The Purpose Of Government?

In honor of the last 10 years on the air, “Think Out Loud” is looking at some of the biggest issues likely to face Oregon in the next 10 years. For this show, we head to Josephine County to discuss is the tension between state, local and federal control of government. Source: #TOL10: What Is […]
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Vanport’s Native Americans | Surgical Mesh | North Bend HS – OPB’s Think Out Loud

When the city of Vanport flooded, many Native American families were displaced along with African Americans living in the city. Angie Morrill, director of Indian Education for Portland Public Schools, recently wrote about her family’s story and joins us to talk more about it. A former and current student at North Bend High School suffered anti-LGBTQ harassment and […]
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