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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.

    Rebroadcast: The man behind Darcelle XV, Portland's iconic drag queen

    Rebroadcast: The man behind Darcelle XV, Portland's iconic drag queen

    Walter Cole is perhaps the most prominent living Portlander, but many people likely don’t know him by that name. Instead, they know him by his stage name, Darcelle XV. The Oregonian's Beth Nakamura and Brooke Herbert talked about Cole's life and legacy and about their contributions to a recent video and profile.
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    [This episode first aired in December, 2019]
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    • 30 min
    A neighborhood 'doused' by diesel

    A neighborhood 'doused' by diesel

    A massive new warehouse is coming to Northeast Portland in an area that is already choked with diesel pollution. It also happens to just across a major street from a high school with one of the most diverse student populations in the state.
    On the latest episode of Beat Check, we chat with Gosia Wozniacka, environmental justice reporter for The Oregonian and OregonLive.
    Gosia joined the paper in recent weeks – but you may recognize her byline. She covered immigration and latino affairs for the paper from 2006 to 2010, and has worked for a number of outlets since then.
    We talked about environmental justice, why she focused on one project in northeast Portland and what it says about the broader effort in Portland to focus on equity and just how far we have to go.
    Got a story tip for Gosia? You can reach here at gwozniacka@oregonian.com
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    • 28 min
    Recapping the governor's race, looking ahead to Portland's political future

    Recapping the governor's race, looking ahead to Portland's political future

    What a week, eh?
    On this week’s episode of Beat Check, we're replaying a conversation Andrew had with Hillary Borrud and Shane Dixon Kavanugh last Friday.
    They took to Twitter Spaces to talk about the election, Governor-elect Tina Kotek, the Portland City Council race and the charter reform effort successfully passing. They chatted a few hours before Christine Drazan formally conceded the race to Kotek in a YouTube video.
    Twitter Spaces are a fun forum where listeners can tune in live and ask questions. It’s recorded on a cell phone instead of our usual digital recording platform. We may do more of these episodes from time-to- time.
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    • 49 min
    What to make of Intel's looming layoffs

    What to make of Intel's looming layoffs

    Intel’s race to recapture its throne atop the microchip industry continues to hit choppy waters.
    The tech giant announced layoffs are imminent, and Oregon employees will be included.
    On the latest episode of Beat Chec, we chat with business and technology reporter Mike Rogoway.
    We talked about the latest news surrounding Oregon’s largest corporate employer, why the reboot plan led by CEO Pat Gelsinger is still a work in progress that could possibly pay off years from now – and how other chip companies in Oregon and elsewhere are faring much better.
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    • 26 min
    Rob Davis talks with Vicki Nakashima, Zachary Stocks about the Publishing Prejudice project

    Rob Davis talks with Vicki Nakashima, Zachary Stocks about the Publishing Prejudice project

    From its first days publishing as a daily in 1861 until well into the 20th century, The Oregonian existed as a newspaper by white men, for white men. The consequences were profound. Its white supremacist worldviews — excusing lynching, supporting segregation, stigmatizing people of color — helped shape the state today.
    This is Beat Check with The Oregonian.
    Last week we heard from editor and vice president of content for the Oregonian and OregonLive, Therese Bottomly. This week we turn to a family that was directly affected by The Oregonian’s racism.
    This week, investigative reporter Rob Davis takes the mic. In the second half of the show, Rob interviews Zachary Stocks, the executive director of the Oregon Black Pioneers.
    But first, Rob chats with Vicki Nakashima. Vicki’s dad Ted, wrote a searing piece for The New Republic in 1942 about his experience in a prison camp during World War II. Ted Nakashima was a second-generation Japanese American who was imprisoned without due process, one of 120,000 people nationwide, two thirds of whom were U.S. citizens like Ted.
    Shortly after his magazine piece, the Oregonian sent a young reporter to an Oregon prison camp. The story downplayed the horrors, saying “a vast majority seemed to consider their detention a vacation.” 
    On October 6th, Bottomly apologized to Vicki Nakashima for the xenophobic article.
    Related:
    See the JAMO Exhibit entitled, "Resilience - A Sensei Sense of Legacy" until Dec. 22nd
    See the Pittock Mansion's exhibit on Black Oregon from 1840-1970 until Nov. 13.
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    • 49 min
    The Oregonian's racist legacy: Editor Therese Bottomly on the story, her apology and the future

    The Oregonian's racist legacy: Editor Therese Bottomly on the story, her apology and the future

    Prompted by the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed, The Oregonian/OregonLive chose to examine this newspaper’s racist history.
    The first installment of the new series looks at the two white men primarily responsible for The Oregonian throughout its first 60 years as a daily paper: Henry Pittock, the publisher and majority owner, and Harvey Scott, the editor and minority owner.
    “The Oregonian was a racist newspaper,” said Darrell Millner, an emeritus professor at Portland State University and authority on Black history in Oregon, calling the paper both a reflection of a racist society and a force helping to perpetuate it.
    The overtly racist words Pittock and Scott printed from 1861 to 1919 made Oregon a more hostile place for people of color to live, excusing lynching, supporting segregation, opposing equal rights. They are still honored throughout Portland today as the namesakes for a mountain, mansion, city park, university building, downtown building and two elementary schools.
    On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, editor Therese Bottomly discusses the series, her apology and the future.
    Bottomly outlines how the newspaper plans to better engage with communities of color going forward. Learn about some of the modern impacts of the newspaper’s historically racist coverage, which included supporting segregation and advocating for a discriminatory jury system. Read it all here.
    The Oregonian/OregonLive would like to hear from you. Please share your comments about this project, provide ideas for future stories or tell us about your experience with racism in Oregon. Contact us at equity@oregonian.com or leave a voicemail at 503-221-8055.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

StevieBoy ,

Great host and reporters

Andrew Theen is a rock solid host and I enjoy hearing the reporters give a different perspective on a story than you get from simply reading it in the paper (yes, a few of us still subscribe to have an actual paper delivered).

Barthum ,

Too much of a slant

Most episodes okay, but the recent one on Portland’s charter reform highlighted a lot of frustrations I’ve had with getting news from the Oregonian lately. The story spent more time in real minutes describing the reform measures as hard to understand, than they did explaining the reform measures themselves, or the arguments for or against. Further, the arguments for the reform were described in as shallow of a depth as arguments against. I think Dixon-Kavanaugh editorialized saying, “if you can’t explain charter reform in a 2 minute visual presentation, you have a problem”. Well, it’s a 3 part amendment to the charter system that , as the hosts acknowledged, would have massive implications for the everyday lives of Portlanders. It’s complicated . We got that - that is not a news story, that’s not worth 15 minutes of podcast. Also - the podcast hosts relied on “well people have doubts” , but failed to quantify that. There was a poll published in advance of the story that actually showed attitudes towards charter reform. Why wasn’t that in the reporting? You all just going to report “vibes”? I worry there’s editorial direction being handed down. Instead, I really enjoy OPB’s politics now podcast. Less of a slant.

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!

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