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Join the Dive podcast every Saturday as we quickly cover the week's headlines, and then dive deeper into the big stories of the week. Host Hank Sanders sits down with the paper's staff as well as the biggest names in Portland to discuss the city and the events that change lives. The Dive podcast by Willamette Week is the best way to stay up to date with Portland's news, sports, arts, and culture.
 
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A daily (5-day-a-week) podcast feed of true Oregon stories -- of heroes and rascals, of shipwrecks and lost gold. Stories of shanghaied sailors and Skid Road bordellos and pirates and robbers and unsolved mysteries. An exploding whale, a couple shockingly scary cults, a 19th-century serial killer, several very naughty ladies, a handful of solid-brass con artists and some of the dumbest bad guys in the history of the universe. From the archives of the Offbeat Oregon History syndicated newspap ...
 
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Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. This three-week series teaches different ways to worship God by looking deeper at what it truly means to lift your hands, pour out your heart, and bow before Him. Let us pray…
 
This week our guest is Alex Johnson, the principal broker at TrueLife Financial Solutions. Alex joins us to talk about the changes to Medicare and the upcoming enrollment dates for 2022. Alex shares his expertise to explain why you should consider adjusting your Medicare coverage to suit your needs, the differences between the Advantage and Supplem…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to the man behind one of the biggest restaurant phenomenons in Portland this year. Jared Benedetto opened Jerry's Pizza during Covid and ever since then tens of thousands of people come to his website each week trying to claim one of his 200 pizzas a week. We talk to Jerry about the last year, his proces…
 
The basic idea: Mix a few dramatic ingredients like whiskey, red pepper and opium; stick a label on it; hawk it on streetcorners as a universal medicine; and leave town before the suckers can get wise. (1870s, 1880s, 1890s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1604d.swindlers-medicine-shows-388.html)…
 
In a race with Portland neophile Henry Wemme to be the first owner of an airplane in Oregon, Cornell-educated John Burkhart was two weeks too late; but unlike Wemme, he designed, built and flew his own machine. (Albany, Linn County; 1910s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1410d.310.burkhart-aviation-pioneer.html)…
 
Before he made it back, Art Lacey had survived a plane crash, bribed a fire department with illegal whiskey, kited a big check and made bitter enemies in Portland City Hall. But hey, all's well that ends well, right? (Milwaukie, Clackamas County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1601d.bomber-gas-station-375.html)…
 
[This is a rebroadcast of an episode from March] Nora the polar bear has lived a tough life, and the fact that she’s alive — and back in Portland at the Oregon Zoo — is a miracle of sorts. Nora’s story represents so much more than the life and struggles of one bear. It’s about climate change, the effect it’s had on indigenous people and their livel…
 
The geographical evidence isn't there; but every nearby Indian community has legends about the river tunneling underground for miles, and roughly similar accounts of the tunnel's collapse. What are the odds? (Near The Dalles, Wasco County; 1400s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1907c.bridge-of-the-gods-legend-and-truth.html)…
 
On the bright side, though, the owner of the Desdemona did get to go down in history — or, rather, geography — after the deadly sandbar that took his ship was dubbed Desdemona Sands. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1850s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1410c.309.desdemona-shipwreck.html)…
 
It's probably just as well that no actual dinosaur bones were found here; the spiteful, unprofessional “cowboy paleontology” practiced by O.C. Marsh and E.D. Cope left Oregon's pioneer scientists profoundly unimpressed as it was. (John Day Fossil Beds, Wheeler and Grant County; 1870s ) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1601c.bone…
 
For millions of Oregonians, Thanksgiving 2020 was smaller than expected. But with widespread vaccination – and now booster shots – Delta subsiding, many families are getting back together and can feel safer about doing it. The CDC has some recommendations for people traveling to visit loved ones, if you are vaccinated Like getting tested in advance…
 
Everything changed in a moment. When Jesus was born, He gave us the chance to be known, accepted, and forgiven. When we experience His love, we can't help but Come to Worship. This three-week series teaches different ways to worship God by looking deeper at what it truly means to lift your hands, pour out your heart, and bow before Him. Christmas M…
 
This week our guest is Jennifer McCammon, Editor & Publisher of 50 Plus Magazine. Jennifer joins us to talk about 50 Plus Magazine that serves people 50 to 90, and beyond in Oregon and SW Washington. The magazine provides readers with inspiring stories, helpful resources, and expert insights and provides businesses a direct connection to this vibra…
 
If you're from Portland, you probably have strong emotions about the Lloyd Center Mall. Well, that same mall is set to foreclose in the coming months. Have no fear though. Journalist Anthony Effinger is on the case, bringing us the most likely options of what will come of the space. Before we bring you in on this exclusive interview, we also get yo…
 
Sidewheel steamer’s sinking was a major maritime disaster for Oregon; treasure hunters found the gold-laden wreck in 1993, touching off a big, undignified catfight with the state of California over salvage rights. (Offshore, Curry County; 1860s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1101b-shipwreck-of-brother-jonathan-ground-zero-in…
 
Not many people know it, but Oregon had U.S. history's first female governor (in 1909), first female sworn police officer (in 1908) and first female stagecoach driver (in the 1860s). (1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1900s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1604b.great-women-part2-386.html)By Finn J.D. John
 
Other pioneering Oregonians worthy of having bridges and mountains named after them include attorney Mary G. Leonard, historian Frances Fuller Victor and physician Bethenia Owens-Adair. (1870s, 1880s, 1890s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1604a.great-women-part1.385.html)By Finn J.D. John
 
Regular motorists would swing by streetcar stops and offer to take passengers faster and in greater comfort for the same nickel. But the competition enraged the powerful plutocrats who owned the streetcar company. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1910s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1601b.jitneys-vs-streetcars.273.html)…
 
This is an episode in our weekly series titled 'Primary Sources.' Each Primary Source Day we have a reading from a particularly interesting historical item. Sometimes it's a historical tidbit that wasn't quite beefy enough to make a full column out of; other times, an especially interesting old newspaper article; frequently it's a short story from …
 
The conservative majority on Newberg’s school board tripled down last week on its controversial policy to ban so-called political symbols like the Pride Flag and Black Lives Matter from classrooms and campuses. The board voted 4 to 3 to oust the popular superintendent who helped steer the exurban district to financial stability in recent years. It’…
 
Come to Worship is a 3 part series allowing us to take the time to focus on who Jesus is, on what He did for us, and on the power of the Virgin Birth. The title of this series is taken directly from Matthew’s gospel, Matthew 2:2, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” The story of the w…
 
This week’s guest is a Psychotherapist and Podcaster from Zestful Aging Podcast. Nicole Christina joins us to talk about eating disorders in older women. Did you know that there is a consistent national trend showing that eating disorders in post-menopausal women are increasing? Nicole speaks with us about this new trend and how we can address this…
 
In this week's episode, we debreif Willamette Week's cover story which is an interview with one of the biggest names to ever run for public office in Oregon. Nick Kristoff - New York Times Columnist and best selling author - is pitching himself for the position of Governor of Oregon and Aaron has some reflections on his sitdown interview with WW. W…
 
OCTOBER OF 1913 was a triumphant time for Professor James Dryden, the poultry specialist at Oregon State University (or Oregon Agricultural College, as it was then called). His name was in newspapers nationwide, in glowing tribute after glowing tribute to his success. One of his experiment-station hens had just shattered the world record for egg pr…
 
Lost in Illinois, the affable collie crossed the Rocky Mountains on foot in the dead of winter, making friends along the way and causing a sensation on his arrival. (Silverton, Marion County; 1920s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1101a-bobbie-the-wonder-dog-put-silverton-on-map.html)…
 
“Patriotic Jeffersonians intend to secede each Thursday until further notice,” the rebels said, and played their parts in the grand production to a nationwide audience as newsreel cameras rolled and reporters scribbled in notepads. (Port Orford, Curry County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1410b.308.state-o-jefferson-pa…
 
Boisterous and colorful man P.R. man Gilbert Gable, mayor of Port Orford, drew on the frustrations of the West Coast's remotest counties in an effort to get the state to invest in decent highways. (Port Orford, Curry County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1410a.307.state-o-jefferson-part1.html)…
 
This week’s guest is Elizabeth Regalado from ELIZABETH REGALADO PROFESSIONAL HOME ORGANIZER, LLC. She joins us to discuss decluttering and organizing things. Are you a packrat who saves everything because somebody might need it someday? Are you tired of being surrounded by so much stuff that you don't know what you have, can't put everything away, …
 
If it's true, the 11-ton space rock is still out there — and worth over $300 million. But the guy who says he found it was in financial trouble, and many geologists today suspect he made the whole thing up. (Curry County; 1850s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1112b-port-orford-meteorite-hoax-or-is-it-real.html)…
 
One of the country’s most famous companies is expanding in Oregon, and one city is carrying the water, legally speaking. That town sued to the public from knowing key details about the company’s plans. I’m Andrew Theen and this is Beat Check with The Oregonian. Up next, Mike Rogoway, business and technology reporter for The Oregonian and OregonLive…
 
The mild-mannered drywall contractor turned out to be a notorious gangster after an article in the Morning Oregonian published his mugshots; he was wanted for the murder of three family members. (Beaverton, Washington County; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1505e.holden-fbi-most-wanted-caught-341.html)…
 
Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, shipped to the Beaver State for training, learned combat lessons that would save their lives and help them win the Second World War during the huge campaign simulation known as the Oregon Maneuver. (Central Oregon counties; 1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1408d.oregon-maneuver-ww2.html…
 
The rising waters of lakes and reservoirs have submerged many budding Oregon metropolises over the years, from tiny one-horse towns to an entire Native American homeland. (Klamath, Baker, Lake, Wasco County) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1406e.lost-cities-oregon-atlantis.html)By Finn J.D. John
 
The darksomely sinister story of the old console game, with its attendant Men In Black and swarms of zombie children, is a fun story to look back on; but its odds of being true are up there with tales of Bigfoot. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1980s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1701e.polybius-legendary-sinister-videogame-428.…
 
The University of Oregon’s track and field program is one of the best in the world, and the school has pushed the limits for decades to help athletes trim their times, boost their throws and jumps and live up to Eugene’s Track Town USA nickname. But some former female athletes said the school went too far. On the latest episode of Beat Check, we he…
 
Our guest this week is Melissa Kidd from Cherriots. She explains senior public transportation services in the Salem-Keizer area and in Marion and Polk Counties. Melissa is the Customer Service Manager from Cherriots, the perfect person to explain the services Cherriots provides to seniors and those with mobility issues. Quite frankly, you will be a…
 
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