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  • New OPB podcast explores history of riot grrrl movement

    20 JUN 2023 · Thirty years ago, a movement called riot grrrl started in the Pacific Northwest. It wasn't just music – it was politics, feminism, culture and zines. And we're still feeling its effects today. This podcast tells the history of riot grrrl: why it started here in the Pacific Northwest, and what its lasting impact has been. And it focuses on the stories that haven’t really been told as part of the history of the movement. We’ll hear from people on the margins, people who felt left out, and the people who insisted on being part of the conversation anyway.
    31m 45s
  • Portland collective All the Homies network wins James Beard Award

    20 JUN 2023 · The 2023 James Beard Awards had a strong showing from Oregon this year — particularly from chefs and other creators of color in the Portland food scene. Winning the reality or competition visual media category was a video produced by All the Homies Network, a collective that documents the experience of six BIPOC food business owners in Portland. The network’s video of a restaurant takeover by Vietnamese food cart Matta at the Multnomah Whiskey Library beat out submissions from Top Chef and Bon Appetit to win the award. Richard Văn Lê is the owner of Matta and a member of All the Homies Network. He joins us to talk about the win and what it could mean for the network’s future.
    19m 59s
  • At Great Circle Recovery, the doors are open to anyone seeking addiction treatment

    16 JUN 2023 · Fentanyl has taken over the illegal drug market largely due to its low cost and abundant supply. It’s fueling rising addiction rates, and those in need of treatment often have no options. Enter the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde’s Great Circle Recovery program. Great Circle runs two clinics in Portland and Salem, as well as a mobile clinic. It serves not just tribal members, but anyone who’s struggling with addiction and wants help. We hear more about the nonprofit’s mission and how the program works from Executive Director Kelly Rowe, Medical Director Dr. James Laidler and Operations Director Jennifer Worth. We also talk with James Smith, a urinalysis technician at Great Circle who is working to become one of their peer mentors; as well as Albert Mendez, who is in recovery and receives regular treatment from the clinic. Oregon Health Authority’s Behavioral Health Director Ebony Clarke also joins the conversation.
    52m 22s
  • A Newberg Drive-In Celebrates its 70-year anniversary, here’s a history of these structures in the Oregon

    16 JUN 2023 · Opened in August 1953, the 99W Drive-InTheater has been delivering nostalgia and fond memories to Oregonians for nearly 70 years. Over the years Oregon has been home to nearly 50 drive-in theaters, but now less than a handful remain. Michael Aronson is the co-director of the Oregon Theater Project and an associate professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. Brian Francis is the owner and operator of the family-owned business, 99W Drive-In. They both join us now to share the story of the Newberg-based theater and the history these kinds of cinemas have in the state.
    17m 9s
  • Supreme Court upholds Indian Child Welfare Act

    16 JUN 2023 · In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. The act was initially passed by Congress in 1978 and challenged in 2018 by the state of Texas and several families. The 45-year-old law created standards for when the federal government can remove Native children from their families and provides guidelines for the placement of Indigenous children in foster or adoptive homes. Sarah Kastelic is the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She joins us to share what ICWA has meant for Indigenous children and the impact this law has had.
    19m 17s
  • How to better support LGBTQ youth in foster care

    16 JUN 2023 · LGBTQ youth are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness than their peers, due to a lack of support. Oregon youth in foster care need more options for temporary homes with foster parents committed to creating an affirming and safe environment. The state’s child welfare department is partnering with Basic Rights Oregon and Unicorn Solutions to educate people about the depth of the need in an online event called Fostering Pride, on Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. We talk with Unicorn Solutions founder Elliott Hinkle, who was formerly in foster care themselves, and current foster parent Mel Jory-Heywood. PROMO: 6/16 LGBTQ youth are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness than their peers. And Oregon youth in foster care need more options for temporary homes with foster parents committed to creating an affirming and safe environment. We'll hear about a new partnership that aims to educate people about the depth of the need.
    14m 26s
  • Black rodeo photo project launches Portland ‘8 seconds Juneteenth Rodeo’

    15 JUN 2023 · Portland photographer Ivan McClellan said the first time he went to a Black rodeo, it made an indelible impression on him. He says, “It was like Black culture combined with Western culture in a way that I never, never could have imagined existed.” That visit sparked his multi-year project of photographs called “8 Seconds,” which became the basis for the creation of a new Portland rodeo, centering the experiences of Black cowboys and cowgirls. Participants from all over the country are expected to converge on the Portland Expo Center on Saturday for the inaugural “8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo.” McClelland joins us, along with the first Black Rodeo Queen in Arkansas Ja’Dayia Kursh, crowned in 2017.
    17m 15s
  • One last ride for Cycle Oregon

    15 JUN 2023 · After 35 years, Cycle Oregon will no longer be offering its 7-day bike ride. Facing a number of challenges, the organization has decided that this year will be the final year. Steve Schulz is the executive director of Cycle Oregon. He joins us to share more on what led to this decision and plans for the future.
    17m 55s
  • How the U.S. Forest Service is prepping for fire season in the Pacific Northwest

    15 JUN 2023 · As fires in Canada continue to rage, the U.S. Forest Service has dispatched firefighters to combat the flames. When local crews aren’t actively fighting fires in the Pacific Northwest, they’re often sent elsewhere to help. We check in with the U.S. Forest Service on how they’re preparing for the summer fire season in the Pacific Northwest and what their work looks like elsewhere. Our guest is Alex Robertson, the U.S. Forest Service’s director of fire, fuels, and aviation for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
    14m 25s
  • Portland’s Mt. Tabor Park named first ‘Urban Quiet Park’ in the U.S.

    14 JUN 2023 · Mt. Tabor Park in southeast Portland was recently named the nation’s first “Urban Quiet Park” by Quiet Parks International, a nonprofit that aims to “save quiet for the benefit of all life.” The organization has recognized nine other Urban Quiet Parks around the world, including Hampstead Heath in London, Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei and Parc del Montnegre i el Corredor in Barcelona. Jacob Schmidt is a volunteer technician with Quiet Parks International. He took audio measurements in Mt. Tabor Park, and joins us to explain how the park was chosen, what the designation means and why it’s important to preserve quiet spaces in urban environments.
    22m 17s
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