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OR360 presents, The Bridge, a podcast hosted by Ben Bowman and Alex Titus.

Our podcast explores how the nationalization of politics is reshaping Oregon’s political landscape and providing a platform for Oregon issues to garner national attention.

Our thesis is that we must understand the opportunities and limitations of a political environment increasingly driven by people and events at the national level if we want to create a more unified and productive political culture in Oregon.

The Bridge by OR360 Alex Titus & Ben Bowman

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OR360 presents, The Bridge, a podcast hosted by Ben Bowman and Alex Titus.

Our podcast explores how the nationalization of politics is reshaping Oregon’s political landscape and providing a platform for Oregon issues to garner national attention.

Our thesis is that we must understand the opportunities and limitations of a political environment increasingly driven by people and events at the national level if we want to create a more unified and productive political culture in Oregon.

    Can Emerson Levy flip another central Oregon seat blue? EP 63

    Can Emerson Levy flip another central Oregon seat blue? EP 63

    Emerson Levy is the Democratic nominee for the new House District 53 (Bend and Redmond) in Central Oregon. Levy ran for the seat in 2020 against now-Rep. Jack Zika, losing by about 14 points. In 2020, the district was R+6, but after redistricting, it's D+4--and Zika isn't running for re-election (Republicans nominated Michael Sipe). This could be one of the closest legislative races in the state. Levy is an attorney, mom, and community leader in Bend. She is active with the Deschutes County Democratic Party, serving as Vice Chair, and has volunteered on the Oregon Task Force for School Safety. She has experience working in complex clean energy deals. In this episode, we talk about her views on school safety (and potential gun laws), the politics of central Oregon and how they differ from the metro area, the sky-high cost of housing, and how Oregon can lead the country on clean energy. To learn more about Emerson, visit her website: www.EmersonVotes.com

    • 51 min
    Acclaimed journalist Les Zaitz on revitalizing local news, rebuilding trust, and some eastern Oregon drama! | EP 62

    Acclaimed journalist Les Zaitz on revitalizing local news, rebuilding trust, and some eastern Oregon drama! | EP 62

    Les Zaitz is a well-respected figure in the Oregon journalism world (and beyond, as we discuss), having spent decades working in the industry both as a reporter and, more recently, as a media entrepreneur. He is retiring from his post as the founding editor of the Oregon Capital Chronicle and will continue to lead two local publications, the Malheur Enterprise and the Salem Reporter. This was a fun episode--Les is funny, knowledgeable, and direct. We cover many aspects of journalism (local vs. national news, business models, the rise of "creators", whether the state should fund news, etc.), as well as the recent controversies involving the Enterprise and Rep. Greg Smith and some new ideas on closing the urban/rural divide.
     
    Here is his bio, courtesy of the Chronicle: 
     
    "Les Zaitz is a veteran editor and investigative reporter, serving Oregon for more than 45 years. He reported for The Oregonian for 25 years and owns community newspapers and a digital news service. He is a national SPJ fellow, two-time Pulitzer finalist, including for a lengthy investigation of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and five-time winner of Oregon’s top investigative reporting award. He has investigated corrupt state legislators, phony charities, and an international cult that moved to Oregon, and the biggest bank failure in Oregon history. He also has been active in reforming the state’s public records law and was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council. In his spare time, he operates a ranch nestled in a national forest, feeding horses and assorted animals."
     
    You can support Les' work at the Enterprise, the Reporter, and the (free!) Chronicle. 

    • 55 min
    Brad Phelps wants to build a space for Oregon to share ideas | EP 61

    Brad Phelps wants to build a space for Oregon to share ideas | EP 61

    Oregon360 Media, the parent company for The Oregon Bridge podcast, also puts out a weekly newsletter (The Liftoff) and a weekly collection of opinion pieces (The Oregon Way)--both available on our Substack.
     
    Brad Phelps, an Oregon native who recently graduated from Princeton, will be editing The Oregon Way this summer -- and he's got ideas to improve the way civic leaders share their ideas. Brad grew up outside Lyons, Oregon. In this episode, Brad talks about losing his childhood home during the Beachie Creek Fire as well as his ideas for revamping The Oregon Way. 
     
    Thank you for listening, and if you haven't yet, make sure you subscribe to the newsletters and our YouTube page to stay up to date!

    • 22 min
    Oregonian reporter Mike Rogoway on inflation, recessions, and what you should know about Oregon’s economy

    Oregonian reporter Mike Rogoway on inflation, recessions, and what you should know about Oregon’s economy

    Mike Rogoway is an award-winning journalist who has covered business and technology for the Oregonian since 2004.

    • 46 min
    Brian Clem is not done with politics yet! | EP 59

    Brian Clem is not done with politics yet! | EP 59

    Brian Clem is a well-known figure in Oregon politics. He was first elected to the state legislature in 2006 and served for twelve years before retiring late last year.

    • 56 min
    Everything you need to know about the 2022 primary | EP 58

    Everything you need to know about the 2022 primary | EP 58

    This week, GOP political consultant Reagan Knopp returns to help us digest the results of the 2022 primary election. We talk about the highlights, surprises, winners, and losers from across the state--and why they matter for the general election. We start with a high-level discussion about the major takeaways and themes from the election.

    Races include: Democratic and GOP primaries for Governor and Congress, the statewide BOLI race, Portland metro-area races, and legislative highlights. 

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Olivemart ,

Fantastic podcast

We need more dialogue like this.

Scruffy Uncle Tom ,

Stop the uptalk!!!!

Can not listen anymore! !!!
Every sentence!!
Is an uptalk!!
I know your age group!!
This is inherently built in!!!
But learn to speak!!!
I know all us old folks will die off!!!
And it just be you !!! And the valley girls!!! That run this country!!
Sad sad sad.

Mrs. Bobbles ,

Oregon Politics

Great podcast! Very inspiring!

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