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Straight Talk with Laural Porter

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Straight Talk with Laural Porter

    Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘s time to get it done, but critics remain

    Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘s time to get it done, but critics remain

    Greg Johnson, the leader of the Interstate Bridge Replacement project, and Joe Cortright, a Portland economist opposed to replacing the bridge, discuss the latest bridge project and concerns about the cost, tolling and congestion. 

    • 24 min
    Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by changing federal tax code

    Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by changing federal tax code

    In a wide-ranging interview, Sen. Ron Wyden discusses a number of issues like the Afghanistan withdrawal, the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation he authored to eliminate dozens of current tax credits and replace them with provisions that would move the country toward achieving its carbon emission reduction goals.

    • 24 min
    Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer's deadly heat waves and plan for dealing with a hotter future

    Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer's deadly heat waves and plan for dealing with a hotter future

    Multnomah County Chair Kafoury, Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines and Deputy Chief of Multnomah County Emergency Management Alice Busch were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk to reflect on the deadly heat wave and explore ways to address future heat emergencies.

    • 24 min
    Black community leaders in Portland push for slavery reparations commission in Congress

    Black community leaders in Portland push for slavery reparations commission in Congress

    Oregon state Sen. Lew Frederick, Cameron Whitten, co-founder of the Black Resilience Fund and founder of the nonprofit Brown Hope, and Dr. Carmen Thompson, a historian and visiting scholar in the Black studies department at Portland State University, discuss the prospect of reparations and what they should look like with KGW's Laural Porter. 

    • 24 min
    Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff

    Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff

    Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Eugene, Springfield, and Corvallis this week to highlight how the president's vision would improve traffic safety, make historic investments to help cut carbon pollution and make everyday Americans' lives better. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 presidential candidate was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. 


    Pacific University political science professor and Olympics expert Jules Boykoff was also a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. Boykoff discussed the politics leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, athlete activism, and Northwest athletes to watch.

    • 24 min
    The pandemic's impact on those struggling with addiction

    The pandemic's impact on those struggling with addiction

    The Centers for Disease Control reported a record number of overdose related deaths during the pandemic and several studies showed binge drinking increased during that same time. 


    This week, Straight Talk covered addiction and the impact the pandemic has had on those struggling. Two employees at the De Paul Treatment Centers joined to talk about the challenges doctors and their patients have navigated over the past year. They also shared advice for those who think they or a loved one may need help to deal with substance abuse.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Wendy Gatlin ,

This podcast makes me smarter

I love the impactful conversations that Laural leads. I always walk away with a new level of understanding a topic. This podcast makes aware of my local politics and conversations and makes me feel smarter after listening.

Jared Cowley ,

Great local politics podcast

Straight Talk is such an important show and podcast, especially for those interested in Oregon politics. Host Laurel Porter is the best, and this podcast always has excellent guests and insightful conversation.

Koshesha ,

Great idea!

Straight Talk fits perfectly as a podcast: in-depth conversations about complex but important Oregon issues that deserve to be discussed at length and in detail. Definitely worth your time and attention (and subscription!)

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