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Beat Check with The Oregonian is a weekly podcast hosted by reporter Andrew Theen that takes listeners behind the headlines and inside the state's largest news organization.

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Beat Check with The Oregonian is a weekly podcast hosted by reporter Andrew Theen that takes listeners behind the headlines and inside the state's largest news organization.

    Jim Tankersley of the New York Times

    Jim Tankersley of the New York Times

    Americans love a good story, and if it’s a tall tale, all the better. But the stories we tell about our own history are often incomplete – at best – or outright deceptions at worst.


    A new book from an Oregon-born reporter outlines what he says actually happened to the middle class over the past half century – the truth, lies and omissions by our political leaders -- and explains why a true economic recovery and rebirth of the middle class will require more opportunities for women and people of color first and foremost.


    On this episode, Jim Tankersley, who covers the economic and tax policy for the New York Times, talks about his new book – “The Riches of This Land.”


    Tankersley grew up in McMinnville and was a reporter for The Oregonian before landing in Washington DC, where he has worked for the Washington Post, Vox and now the Times.


    He will be appearing, virtually, at Powell's August 19.
     
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    • 39 min
    The predictable computer failure at the Oregon Employment Department

    The predictable computer failure at the Oregon Employment Department

    With hundreds of million dollars owed to tens of thousands of unemployed Oregonians, the state employment department made an unusual decision recently -- to wait until August to even touch a long-standing computer problem.


    But the massive tech problem isn’t new – the state had been putting it off for a decade, despite having money from the feds to fix it. Now, even with those delays, it’s unclear the state will get the job done and ensure unemployed Oregonians receive critical payments during the pandemic. On the first half of the show, politics reporter Hillary Borrud explains the slow road to the sudden crisis. On the second half of the show, two voices from among the tens of thousands of unemployed Oregonians.


    Read:
    Hillary Borrud and Mike Rogoway: Why Oregon's leaders failed to address the computer crisis for years
    Jamie Goldberg: Stories of the unemployed
     
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    • 31 min
    How an obscure public agency protects Oregon's timber industry

    How an obscure public agency protects Oregon's timber industry

    Oregon’s timber industry has undergone an extreme makeover in the 30 years since the fight over old growth forests and spotted owls. But despite timber companies’ diminished economic contributions, they have held on to much of their status and influence. They’ve done that with the help of an obscure public agency -- called The Oregon Forest Resources Institute.


    OPB, The Oregonian and ProPublica teamed up to investigate.


    Here’s OPB’s Tony Schick, explaining how this public agency has aided industry lobbying and image-making efforts.
     
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    • 7 min
    Covering the Portland protests: Feds, tear gas and the ‘powder keg’

    Covering the Portland protests: Feds, tear gas and the ‘powder keg’

    Portland’s protests against racial injustice seemed to be dwindling, then the federal government came to town, ratcheting up tension. Now, state and federal leaders said they’ve reached an agreement in which state troopers will protect the courthouse and federal forces will step away, some leaving as soon as Thursday.
     
    On this episode, three of The Oregonian/OregonLive reporters most experienced in protest coverage discussed the latest situation on the ground in a small section of downtown. Eder Campuzano, our schools reporter, joined photojournalists Beth Nakamura and Dave Killen to discuss the latest developments.


    We talked about tear gas and rubber bullets, the best images from the months of demonstrations and what people should know about the nightly protests if they haven’t been down there.
     
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    • 36 min
    Why people of color in Oregon are disproportionately hit by the coronavirus

    Why people of color in Oregon are disproportionately hit by the coronavirus

    Reporter Celina Tebor discusses how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting a wide range of communities of color in the state. We talked about her reporting on the community that is perhaps hardest hit, Pacific Islanders, and how health officials and community leaders are racing to try and address the crisis.


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    • 24 min
    Reopening — and renaming — Portland's schools

    Reopening — and renaming — Portland's schools

    Portland Public Schools reporter Eder Campuzano talks about the state’s largest school district’s reopening plan and what it means for everyone involved. Also, why the district is suddenly agreeing to rename Wilson High School, and potentially other public schools, in the wake of national protests surrounding racism in America.


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Winkg ,

Great podcast!

So glad I found this podcast - it’s a great way to keep up with local news. Andrew Theen is an excellent interviewer - he speaks so clearly and asks good questions. And the local reporters are so knowledgeable.

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Awesome

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A nice start

I didn’t really like the theme music, but the podcast was great overall. It was a good first episode, and I’m interested to hear more.

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