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It’s the 1990s in the Pacific Northwest. A march of chainsaws clear-cuts the country’s last available ancient forests. Protesters bury themselves in front of bulldozers and spend months sitting in the tallest trees in the world. And at the center, the northern spotted owl becomes the most controversial bird in the country. The "Timber Wars" podcast tells the story of how this conflict reshaped the Northwest and the nation as a whole, and transformed the way we see—and fight over—the natural ...
 
“This Week Back Then” is a podcast and blog series born out of Professor Catherine McNeur’s HST411/511 Public History Lab: Podcasts and History course. Students did research, wrote scripts and blog posts, produced and edited podcasts, and collaborated with classmates to bring history to a broad audience. The class worked with producers at KBOO (90.7) to learn recording and editing skills. The students’ podcasts, posted here, will be broadcast during KBOO’s news hour each Monday starting in J ...
 
www.knowthename.com SHARON LYNN WYETH graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at the age of twenty. She began teaching that same year in a public Junior High School in California. During her three years there, she obtained her Master of Arts degree from Azusa-Pacific University in education administration with an emphasis in math. After her initial teaching assignment, Sharón moved to Germany where she taught for the Department of Defense Sc ...
 
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Portland’s annual Pride celebration was hastily moved online last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a statewide ban on large gatherings. This year, even though outdoor gatherings have been sanctioned once again, the Pride parade, and most accompanying events, will be virtual, with the exception of a Drag Diva Brunch and an LGBTQ-friendly vacci…
 
The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would allow college athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. A number of other states have passed similar bills, and the NCAA and federal lawmakers are taking up the issue as well. Courtney Cox, an assistant professor at the University of Oregon, explains how all of this will affect ath…
 
Climate change activists have a lot to celebrate this week with the cancelation of the Keystone oil pipeline. Closer to home, a bipartisan bill to move Oregon’s energy grid to 100% renewable energy is on a trajectory toward Gov. Kate Brown’s desk. We get more details from Rep. Khanh Pham, D-Portland, and Allie Rosenbluth, campaigns director for Rog…
 
Nearly half a year after an Oregon lawmaker allowed a crowd of far right protesters to enter the capitol building, new evidence emerged showing that Polk County Republican Mike Nearman had explained to them days earlier how to breach the capitol. On this week’s OPB’s Politics Now, we unpack the latest and discuss what potential punishment awaits th…
 
South Salem High School graduate Kundai Kapurura says last year, between the pandemic, the movement for racial justice and the wildfires, she was overwhelmed with a desire to help. She reached out to fellow student Sophia Cobb after noticing her eye-catching Instagram pictures of clothing she’d made. The two soon created Philanthropy Phabrics, a co…
 
In the past, Oregon’s indigenous students couldn’t wear eagle feathers on their graduation caps, mukluks on their feet, or traditional stoles over their graduation gowns without the fear that they would be stopped or have these items confiscated by school administrators. Now, a new law signed by Gov. Kate Brown ensures that Native American students…
 
Oregon House Republicans are calling on one of their own to resign. A video surfaced last week of state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, telling a group of supporters how he would let them into the closed state capitol building. He did just that five days later. We’ll talk about this, and look ahead to the last weeks of the legislative session, w…
 
Jacqueline Woodson is the author of “Miracle’s Boys,” “Harbor Me” and many other books for children and young adults. Her bestselling memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming” is written in verse and in 2015, the Poetry Foundation named her the Young People’s Poet Laureate. She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 2020. We spoke with Woodson in …
 
An Oregon State University report shows that even before the pandemic, all Oregon counties were considered "child care deserts,” meaning they lack adequate child care for infants and toddlers. And in many counties, parents of preschool-aged children also lacked childcare options. Megan Pratt is an assistant professor of practice in the College of P…
 
During the pandemic, cities all across the country turned hotel rooms into emergency housing for people who were living outdoors. Now, some states are doubling down on that model by providing funding to nonprofits to turn motels into shelters and supportive housing. The Community Development Corporation of Oregon in Gresham just got a grant from th…
 
The Klamath Basin is suffering the worst drought in the state. Competing need for the water by local tribes to sustain endangered fish populations, farmers and ranchers and commercial and tribal fisheries has been a persistent issue, and has led to conflicts in the past. The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which took 10 years to plan, was a tu…
 
Climate justice activists are urging people and institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies. The organization 350PDX recently held an event with Oregon’s State Treasurer, Tobias Read, to encourage him to divest the state’s pension fund dollars from fossil fuels. We talk with Read about what it would take for the state to do that.…
 
Summer is the season of outdoor concerts, festivals and weddings. Large outdoor gatherings are beginning to happen again after last year's widespread cancellations hit the live events industry. Dwayne Thomas, founder of the Live Events Industry Coalition of Oregon, and Christina Fuller, Owner of Fuller Events, join us to discuss how the last year h…
 
Many businesses took major financial hits this last year during the pandemic. But, some were able to recover with grace and find new approaches to their businesses that they intend to keep. We hear from Tammi Packer of Packer Orchards and Jeff Wong of CS Fishery. They share details about the pivots they made to their businesses and what went well d…
 
The Klamath basin is facing the worst drought in the state. As in years past, there’s not enough water to meet the demand for farmers, tribes and endangered fish and other wildlife. A group led by two farmers is threatening to break into the federally owned main irrigation canal. Twenty years ago some farmers facing this same water crisis did just …
 
Although Oregon’s towns and cities glow brighter with night lights, Prineville Reservoir State Park is the first Oregon park to be certified as an International Dark Sky Park. This means it’s earned a spot alongside less than 200 locations around the world. We hear from Mike Simonsen, a park manager who worked on landing Prineville’s designation. B…
 
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