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OPB Politics Now

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"OPB Politics Now" is a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into the hottest political topics in Oregon and the Northwest. Every Friday, OPB’s political reporters and special guests offer in-depth analysis, discussion and insight into candidates, events and issues.
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Peter Courtney, the longest-serving state lawmaker in Oregon history, and arguably the most consequential one died this week. On this week’s OPB Politics Now, Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart talk about Courtney’s legacy and the influence he had over policies that now shape our state.
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Oregon’s top transportation officials said they need billions of dollars to maintain the state’s roadways. Without it there will be more potholes, more traffic and worse driving conditions for everyone. On this week’s OPB Politics Now, we’ll dig into the politics and ask what it will take to make Portland great for bikes again. Find the show wherev…
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In many beach towns, nostalgia is unlocked by nothing more easily than saltwater taffy. The Oregon coast is no different. But why is it called "saltwater" taffy anyway? And how does the sweet, stretchy, chewy stuff get made? For OPB's latest "At Work With" interview, we asked a Cannon Beach family that’s been in the taffy making business for more t…
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In April, United States Supreme Court Justices heard arguments in one of the most widely watched cases out of Oregon in recent memory. The question at the heart of Grants Pass v Johnson was whether cities can regulate where and when people can sleep outside, especially if there isn’t shelter space available. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had hel…
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As Portland heads toward a pivotal election that will reshape its city government, conflicting ideologies over how to address unsheltered homelessness have opened potential legal and financial pitfalls in a key contract with Multnomah County.Door Oregon Public Broadcasting
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The Portland Police Bureau is re-launching its crowd control unit. The Rapid Response team was often used to break up protests. It infamously disbanded after one of its officers was charged with misdemeanor assault. Police officials say the revamped team will have additional training, with new standards — but what exactly has changed about the unit…
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Oregon’s scenic beauty is one of its main draws and some rural communities are trying to bring tourists to their region with the promise of an elite mountain biking experience. But not everyone is thrilled. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we will look at the complex push and pull as some former timber communities try to reinvent themselve…
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More than 3,000 nurses at six Providence hospitals across the state are set to go on strike for three days this week. In an unusual turn of events, they’re striking in part over the rollout of a law that was hailed just two years ago as a major win for the nurses union and the first of its kind in the nation.…
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The most outstanding restaurant in the US is located inside another restaurant in Northwest Portland. It’s appropriately named Langbaan, which means “back of the house” and serves a five course tasting menu of elevated Thai food with Pacific Northwest ingredients.Door Oregon Public Broadcasting
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The two new leaders of Oregon’s Planned Parenthood affiliates are pushing to dissolve the political arm of their organization in a move that has blindsided some long-time advocates and has them worried about the future of reproductive rights in the state. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, Alex Zielinski and Lauren Dake discuss Planned Pare…
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Oregon has a long history of struggling to help kids in foster care and a high profile trial was supposed to put those struggles on center stage. But a settlement put that case on ice at the last minute. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, we’ll discuss what that settlement means plus we’ll dive into the latest shakeup in Salem leadership ci…
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Before colonization, many Northwestern tribes used fire to replenish lands. Those fires burned grasses and underbrush, adding nutrients to the soil and helping plants germinate. Raymond Huesties of the Umatilla tribe is sharing this knowledge of prescribed fire with younger generations.Door Oregon Public Broadcasting
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In Rachel K. Jones’ fantasy/horror story “The Sound of Children Screaming,” a fourth-grade teacher and her students find themselves in a magical world during a school shooting. The story draws inspiration from real-life events. The Beaverton author’s short story is a finalist for several literary awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker a…
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