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Podcasts editor Andrew Theen takes you inside Oregon's biggest news stories with the journalists who know them best.

Beat Check with The Oregonian The Oregonian/OregonLive

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Podcasts editor Andrew Theen takes you inside Oregon's biggest news stories with the journalists who know them best.

    The heat dome, climate anxiety and Oregon’s future

    The heat dome, climate anxiety and Oregon’s future

    One year ago, Portland and much of the Pacific Northwest experienced an unprecedented and deadly heat wave. As many as a thousand people died across the pacific northwest and British Columbia. Multnomah County saw upwards of 100 die due to the heat.
    Was it a sign of things to come or a one-off event?
    On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we chat with Kale Williams, who covers breaking news and the environment for The Oregonian and OregonLive.
    We talked about the heat dome, what it may say about our climate future, why kids are so stressed about the situation and much more.
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    • 19 min
    The return of large homeless sweeps

    The return of large homeless sweeps

    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has a new plan when it comes to addressing large homeless encampments – and it sure sounds much like the city’s old plan –– sweep the people out and remove all the tents and belongings.
    In many ways, it’s a return to an old policy.
    On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we chat with Nicole Hayden, who covers homelessness for The Oregonian and OregonLive.
    We talked about why the mayor believes these sweeps are necessary and a good policy move, where people are ending up, what advocates have to say about the policy and the potential ripple effects from the plan that started in earnest in Old town Chinatown last month.
    A quick note – You will hear some construction noise in the background behind Nicole. starting about 10 minutes into our conversation. We’ve been doing this podcast remotely since March 2020, and sometimes things just happen out of our control. We always try our best.
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    • 29 min
    Is Eugene ready for the World Athletics Championships?

    Is Eugene ready for the World Athletics Championships?

    A month from now, Track Town USA will officially be at the center of the track and field world.
    The World Athletics Championships will be held in the U.S. for the first time in history.
    Is Eugene ready the world's largest standalone track and field event, which will be broadcast to an audience across the globe?
    On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we speak with The Oregonian and OregonLive’s Jayati Ramakrishnan and Jeff Manning.
    We talked about how Eugene businesses – and the city – are preparing for the championships, what types of crowds are expected, some of the events and athletes to watch and what we suggest visitors should do for fun in and around Eugene.
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    • 30 min
    Sherry Hall's many election flubs

    Sherry Hall's many election flubs

    Oregon’s typically smooth vote by mail system saw its biggest mistake in history last month.
    A defective barcode on the printed ballots meant tens of thousands of votes would need to be duplicated by hand, and the top official overseeing Clackamas County’s election knew about it at least a week earlier.
    But for Sherry Hall, the woman at the center of the crisis, it wasn’t her first error or her first political storm. 
    Reporter Shane Dixon Kavanaugh wrote an in-depth profile of Hall.
    We talked about her background, the litany of major issues under her watch in Clackamas County for the past two decades, what her former staffers have to say about her and much more.
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    • 36 min
    Inside the Nancy Crampton Brophy trial

    Inside the Nancy Crampton Brophy trial

    One of the most unusual murder trials in recent Portland history wrapped last week.
    Nancy Crampton Brophy, the self-published romance novelist, was found guilty of killing her husband. 
    On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, breaking news reporter Zane Sparling, who covers Multnomah County courts, talks about the unusual case and the even more remarkable trial.
    We talked about the crime, the closure for chef Daniel Brophy’s family and why it took four years to bring this case to justice
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    • 33 min
    A deep dive into ventilation, filtration and the air inside our schools

    A deep dive into ventilation, filtration and the air inside our schools

    The school year comes to an end next month, COVID-19 isn’t going away, and a new investigation from The Oregonian/OregonLive found many public schools aren’t doing enough to ensure the air students, staff and teachers breathe is as clean as possible.
    And that’s not just a COVID problem.   
    On the latest episode of Beat Check, investigative reporter Aimee Green discusses her months-long investigation into ventilation and air filtration inside public schools across the Portland metro area.
    We talked about why she wanted to look into this issue, how Portland public, the state’s largest school district is falling behind most suburban districts, why it’s not just old buildings that are failing to regularly filter and ventilate classrooms and why this issue is about more than just COVID.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

iThrowLikeaGirl ,

Terrific local podcast!

Great local news and insights on the most important topics facing Oregonians. Always interesting and relevant stories and Andrew Theen does a great job exploring each subject. Highly recommended!

LeBrieeee ,

Such important stories

I love the format. Andrew interviews reporters who know their subjects deeply - so great to have these local issues explored with such nuance.

kylogic ,

Must listen podcast for Oregonians

Great podcast for insight into Portland, Oregon, and the broader PNW.

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