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OPB's daily conversation covering news, politics, culture and the arts. Hosted By Dave Miller.

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    • 4.5 • 242 Ratings

OPB's daily conversation covering news, politics, culture and the arts. Hosted By Dave Miller.

    Understanding what happened to trees in last month's ice storm

    Understanding what happened to trees in last month's ice storm

    Last month, trees throughout Western Oregon fell as strong winds and snow battered the region. In Portland alone, there are more than a million trees in its parks and nearly 3 million trees on private property. January’s storm affected branches, dead and dying trees, but also healthy trees. What can the city learn about its urban forest following the storm? How should we think about the conifers around us moving forward? We check in on trees with Brian French, arborist and owner of Arboriculture International. 

    • 15 min
    After 9 years, Portland's housing preference policy brings more than 100 homes to displaced residents

    After 9 years, Portland's housing preference policy brings more than 100 homes to displaced residents

    In 2015, Portland created a groundbreaking policy to give preference for affordable housing and housing loans in historically Black neighborhoods to those who have been displaced from the area. In 2018, a report found that just 4 households had been able to purchase homes using city loans. After a major overhaul, part of the contract for the city’s housing preference policy was handed to the Portland Housing Center. This week, the nonprofit celebrated 5 years and 110 homes that have been successfully purchased through the program. We check in on the policy with Dana Shepherd, executive director of Portland Housing Center, and Leslie Goodlow, equity business operations manager for the Portland Housing Bureau.

    • 21 min
    Portland police ramp up efforts to curb retail thefts

    Portland police ramp up efforts to curb retail thefts

    The Portland Police recently announced it had made 13 arrests and recovered two stolen vehicles during a mission targeting thefts of large amounts of retail goods in the Hollywood and LLoyd districts. About two dozen retail theft missions have taken place since last March, mainly at locations in North Portland like the Cascade Station shopping mall, according to North Precinct Portland Police Commander Rob Simon. He said the missions can involve up to 15 officers and require the participation of retail staff to inform the police of thefts of large amounts of merchandise such as Nike sneakers, North Face jackets and crates of wine. The crackdowns come amid a new Oregon law which took effect in January that toughens the penalties for organized retail crime, such as allowing a judge to impose a two-year prison sentence for a person with prior convictions for retail theft. Portland Police Sergeant and public information officer Kevin Allen joins us to talk about the police’s response to these crimes. 

    • 16 min
    Midseason check-in with the Portland Blazers

    Midseason check-in with the Portland Blazers

    After the All-Star Break, the Portland Blazers have just 28 games left in their season. With new faces on the court, the loss of beloved point guard Damian Lillard and TV viewership reportedly dropping by almost 50%, what is the future of the team? To give us a sense on how the season has played out so far and what is to come, we’re joined by Host of the “Locked on Blazers” podcast Mike Richman. 

    • 14 min
    Report finds queer Portlanders in need of more housing services

    Report finds queer Portlanders in need of more housing services

    A new report from a coalition of service providers for queer communities in the Portland area found that the region lacks support and resources for LGBTQ+ people experiencing homelessness. The report comes from the LGBTQAI2S+ Housing Collaborative, which is composed of several groups including Basic Rights Oregon, Pride Northwest, the Equi Institute, PDX Trans Housing Coalition, the Q Center, Black & Beyond the Binary Collective and others. 

    The collaboration notes there is a lack of emergency shelters for this group, despite being more likely to have experienced homelessness. Jonathan Frochtwajg is the public policy and grants manager for Cascades Aids Project and authored the report. Seraph Kane and Thomasina Fizdale work with Portland's Queer Affinity Village, an outdoor shelter that creates an affirming space for LGBTQ+ Portlanders experiencing homelessness. They join us as well to share more about the demand for services.

    • 22 min
    New digital archive showcases Albina neighborhood’s Black history and culture

    New digital archive showcases Albina neighborhood’s Black history and culture

    Earlier this month, the Albina Music Trust launched a digital archive containing thousands of photographs, audio recordings and film and video clips documenting the culture and history of the Albina neighborhood. Black Portlanders built a thriving community in the Albina until redevelopment projects such as the construction of the I-5 freeway more than 60 years ago destroyed the neighborhood, shuttering businesses, demolishing homes and displacing residents.

    The Albina Community Archive is more than just a repository of sights and sounds from a bygone era. It also helps keep that history alive by allowing users to add their own memories or information about a photograph or recording. Joining us to talk about the archive is Bobby Smith, co-founder and lead archivist of the Albina Music Trust, and Ken Berry, co-founder and emeritus consulting producer of the World Arts Foundation, who donated items from his personal collection to the archive.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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242 Ratings

242 Ratings

DrDK2 ,

Vaccine Skeptics

I love your podcast. You ask great probing questions of your guests. I also have a great deal of respect for Dr Hassan, but as an Oregon pediatrician who specializes in caring for children with autism, the thoroughly debunked association between vaccines and autism is still very much alive. As you know, a Democratic Presidential candidate RFK Jr is STILL spreading that disinformation. And a recent survey of dog owners showed 50% believed rabies vaccine causes doggie autism! The anti-vaccine, anti-science, “do your own research and believe your own facts” mentality is VERY much alive in Oregon.

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Dave Miller is the best!

We’re so lucky to have Dave Miller at OPB. His way of speaking to the guests, the choice of topics, the depth, the variety- it’s all top notch. No part of the state is ignored; so many communities are included. Thanks Dave and team!

Jack Richpark ,

Great local coverage of topics that matter

This is a stellar program and I promote it every time I get a chance. Having local Oregon journalism is important and Dave Miller and the “think out load” team do an incredible job. My only complaint is there aren’t more oregon news podcasts.

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