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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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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.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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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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Is progressivism on life support in Portland politics or was the Multnomah County District Attorney’s race an isolated event? On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Dirk VanderHart, Alex Zielinski and Conrad Wilson discuss the DA’s race and what it may mean for Portland’s city council races this fall. Plus, how will Vasquez approach t…
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Bill Walton died this week at the age of 71. Many are remembering his dominance as a pro-basketball center, including with the championship-winning Portland Trail Blazers in 1977. After he retired, he enjoyed a second life as a unique and off-the-wall announcer.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Mayoral candidates Carmen Rubio and Rene Gonzalez each had a rooting interest in the race for county prosecutor. The results suggest a rightward shift countywide, with potential implications for City Hall this fall.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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The settlement stipulates Disability Rights Oregon and the state will agree upon a “neutral,” an expert to oversee the foster care system and work with the individual to improve the child-welfare system, primarily by reducing the rate of mistreatment and improving the quality of placements.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Results are still trickling in from the May election but we know who won some key races. We know Earl Blumenauer’s successor. We know two Clackamas County politicians will have a third election battle and we now know Mike Schmidt’s political fate. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we break down all that and more. Find the show anywhere you …
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Jane Kim became an unexpected internet celebrity when her son started filming her reactions when they went out to eat. Now, under the handle "The Korean Mama", Jane and her son Ed are bringing joy to more than a million followers on social media platforms like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Dark money is flooding into the race to replace longtime Congressman Earl Blumenauer in Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District. And the stakes are high in the 5th Congressional District where it could ultimately determine who holds power in Congress. On this week’s OPB Politics Now we’ll discuss two of the hottest Congressional races and give you what…
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Patagonia made headlines in 2022 when its founders said company profits would go to fighting climate change. They followed a model pioneered in the U.S. by an Oregon produce distributor, and the approach is offering independent business owners a new way to preserve companies.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Portland Public Schools wants to renew a local tax that already helps pay for hundreds of teachers. Bend-La Pine wants to start a new levy that would offset substantial budget cuts. But in Salem-Keizer, option levies aren’t really an option at all.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Portland fans of women’s basketball are celebrating the start of the WNBA season Tuesday, even though the city has yet to secure a team. Still, Portland has cemented itself as a women’s basketball hub.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt sailed into office four years ago with what looked like a mandate from voters. Four years later he’s in a dogfight for his political life with one of his top deputies, Nathan Vasquez. On this week’s OPB Politics Now, we’ll walk you through Portland’s hottest race in the May 21 primary. Find the show w…
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When Eugene trail runner Emily Halnon’s mother died of cancer, she wanted to honor her with something big. In 2020, Halnon set the overall speed record for the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Halnon's new book 'To the Gorge', explores how she celebrates her mom's life through running.Oregon Public Broadcasting による
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Governor Tina Kotek apologized this week and said she would not create an office of the first spouse . But what does that actually mean, and did Kotek answer all the questions? On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, we delve deep into that story and more.. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.…
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Former Portland Timbers star Diego Valeri led his team to win the 2015 MLS Cup and was ultimately named the league's MVP in 2017. Valeri now covers matches as a studio analyst for the Spanish broadcasts on MLS Season Pass. Valeri weighs in on his role off the field, and what the future of Major League Soccer might look like in North America.…
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