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Portland NAACP has a new president
After former Portland NAACP president E.D. Mondainé resigned from his position following allegations of sexual abuse, the organization has a new leader. Sharon Gary-Smith, a longtime community activist, hopes to lead the oldest NAACP chapter west of the Mississippi with transparency and accountability as its newest president-elect.
Frontline healthcare workers reflect on COVID-19's toll in Oregon
COVID-19 rates are at the highest level they’ve ever been in Oregon. For almost 10 months, frontline workers have been facing the virus head-on. Now, medical professionals are working longer hours as more ICU beds keep filling up. We speak to two health care workers in Oregon who have been caring for COVID-19 patients since March.
Oregon legislature takes up rental and landlord protections
Lawmakers are working on a proposal that would extend the state’s eviction moratorium. Currently it’s set to expire at the end of the year. The new proposal would allow renters to delay rental payments until June 30th, and not be evicted from their homes. The proposal also creates a fund for landlords whose tenants cannot pay rent. Representative Julie Fahey is the chair of the house housing committee.
New season of Class of 2025 podcast focuses on middle school disrupted by coronavirus
Eight years ago, OPB began following a group of children in Portland as they started kindergarten. Now the class of 2025 is in middle school, living in a world where school and social drama meet a pandemic, online learning, and an economic downturn. We'll hear the first episode of the latest Class of 2025 podcast.
Southern Oregon activists respond to fatal shooting of Black teenager by white man
A Black teenager was shot and killed by a white man in an Ashland hotel parking lot last week. Robert Paul Keegan killed Aidan Ellison, 19, after the two argued over music played in Ellison’s car. A vigil is being held for Ellison today at the Jackson County Courthouse. We talk with Precious Edmonds, a spokesperson for Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition (SOBLACC) and Kokayi Nosakhere, a member of the Truth and Conciliation Council.
REBROADCAST: The Overstory
The Pulitzer prize-winning novel, “The Overstory,” takes place largely in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, the trees themselves are almost like characters in book. We’ll listen back to an interview with author Richard Powers discusses his book, his life, and what forests can tell us about humanity.
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Dave is the best in the business
Excellent interviews and excellent choice of topics and guests.
Worst show on OPB
The hosts of this show is everything that is wrong with journalism in 2020. He’s got an agenda he doesn’t even attempt to hide. He leads the interviewees with questions that work toward the point he has already determined he wants to make. He’s smug and completely ignorant. Please replace him with something credible.
Great show, still being updated?
Excellent program, informative interviews.. Is it just me, or have no new episodes been uploaded since July 31st? I’m posting on August 7th and can’t see any available episodes since the end of July.