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25 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Eugene, Springfield, and Corvallis this week to highlight how the president's vision would improve traffic safety, make historic investments to help cut carbon pollution and make everyday Americans' lives better. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 presidential candidate was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. Pacific University political science professor and Olympics expert Jules Boykoff was also a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. Boykoff discussed the politics leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, athlete activism, and Northwest athletes to watch.
25 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The pandemic's impact on those struggling with addiction
The Centers for Disease Control reported a record number of overdose related deaths during the pandemic and several studies showed binge drinking increased during that same time. This week, Straight Talk covered addiction and the impact the pandemic has had on those struggling. Two employees at the De Paul Treatment Centers joined to talk about the challenges doctors and their patients have navigated over the past year. They also shared advice for those who think they or a loved one may need help to deal with substance abuse.
25 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer: bipartisan infrastructure deal an 'important step toward rebuilding and renewing America'
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) has said he has waited his entire congressional career for an opportunity to participate in a sweeping infrastructure plan like the one President Biden has proposed. Blumenauer was a guest this week on Straight Talk, and applauded Biden's announcement this week that he's reached a bipartisan deal on a pared down version of his American Jobs Plan.
25 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof blames many of Portland's problems on a failure of leadership
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about human rights, women's rights, and global affairs. He also has a unique perspective on his home state of Oregon and in Portland. In this episode of Straight Talk, Laural Porter went to Kristof Family Farms in Yamhill to talk to Kristof about his views of Portland, city leadership, and what he thinks the city needs to do to rebound.
25 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof reflects on growing up in Oregon and the struggles of rural America
New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof has been called the "Indiana Jones of journalists" for the dangerous places he's reported from around the world; genocide in Darfur, the massacre in China's Tiananmen Square, and war and human suffering in Yemen. But Kristof says some of the most painful and heart wrenching reporting he's done has been on the struggles and despair right in his own backyard. In this episode of "Straight Talk", KGW's Laural Porter went to the Kristof Family Farms in Yamhill to talk to Kristof about what's happening in what he calls "the other America," and where he sees hope for the future.
25 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Portland Parks leaders thank voters and look forward to restoring summer programs
When the pandemic forced Portland Parks and Recreation to close community centers, swimming pools, and recreation programming, that also meant a hit to revenues. Portland voters came to the rescue in November 2020, passing a five-year operating levy. Portland Parks and Recreation Director Adena Long and Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio join Laural Porter to discuss what the levy means for the bureau, and what Portland residents will see from Parks & Rec this summer. Commissioner Rubio also discusses the spike in gun violence in Portland, and a new plan for homeless campers.
25 minutes | May 21, 2021
From Portland to Zimbabwe, nonprofits innovate holistic health solutions
Three generations living together in a connected community, peers helping others experiencing homelessness, and grandmothers trained to offer counseling to people suffering from depression: from Portland to Zimbabwe nonprofits are innovating ways to deliver holistic health care. Dr. Derenda Schubert, the executive director of Bridge Meadows, Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, the president and CEO of Central City Concern, and Dr. Dixon Chibanda, the founder and CEO of Zimbabwe's Friendship Bench were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk.
25 minutes | May 14, 2021
Tax Day: What do your federal and state taxes pay for?
Tax Day comes a month later than usual in 2021. The IRS extended the filing and payment deadline to May 17 to allow people more time because of difficulties posed by the pandemic. On Straight Talk, former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, economist Dr. Eric Fruits with the Cascade Policy Institute, and DHM Research pollster John Horvick join Laural Porter to discuss where Americans' taxes go, how much is wasted, and what poll numbers say about Oregonians' opinions on taxes.
25 minutes | May 7, 2021
Twenty years of Gleevec: The impact of the life-saving cancer drug pioneered by an OHSU doctor
Before 2001, a diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia was almost certainly terminal. But a breakthrough drug pioneered by a doctor at OHSU changed that and made the rare cancer treatable, saving thousands of lives. Dr. Brian Druker, chairman of OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute, and Rob Shick, a CML survivor and chair of the Knight Cancer Council, join Laural Porter to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gleevec's FDA approval, look back on the impact it has had on cancer care, and discuss what's next in the fight to cure cancer.
25 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Multnomah County tackles racism as a public health crisis
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners has declared racism as a public health crisis, in an attempt to rebuild the county using a racial equity lens. Chair Deborah Kafoury and Multnomah County Interim Health Director Ebony Clarke were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk. They discussed how the county plans to tackle racism as a public health crisis and how it will make a difference.
25 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
KGW's Vaccine Team discusses reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout
Even as Oregon and Washington have expanded vaccine eligibility to everyone older than 16, the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations are going up. The Oregon Health Authority said this week, those numbers in some counties are beginning to look like they did last fall when they started to peak. The KGW Vaccine Team's Cristin Severance and Pat Dooris were guests this week on Straight Talk to pull the curtain back on how they work to get answers from state health officials and gather the latest information on the COVID vaccine.
25 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Rep. Peter DeFazio set to shepherd President Biden's $2-trillion infrastructure deal through the House
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is king of the hill, at least Capitol Hill, when it comes to all things transportation and infrastructure. As the Chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio is considered the expert on the issue. The 17-term congressman from Oregon's fourth district will be point-person in the House for President Biden's $2 trillion "American Jobs Plan." DeFazio was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk to discuss what's in the plan and how it could benefit Oregon and Southwest Washington.
25 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Portland Muslim community leaders call for unity against hate
A human rights expert for the United Nations has said anti-Muslim hatred has reached epidemic proportions. Now as Ramadan begins, Portland Muslim community leaders are calling for unity against Islamophobia and all forms of hate.
25 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Stopping anti-Asian hate
Four Asian American women who are community leaders in Oregon discuss recent anti-Asian violence and how to stop it on this week's episode of "Straight Talk."
25 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
One year later: Oregon health care leaders reflect on COVID pandemic
Three women who helped lead Oregon through the COVID-19 pandemic reflect on the past year, lessons learned and what’s ahead.
25 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Checking in with Portland's Street Response Team
The Portland Street Response Team, a non-police response to assist people in a behavioral or mental health crisis or experiencing homelessness, officially launched last month. Here's a look at how the program is going.
25 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Looking back on the February ice storm
This week's Straight Talk episode takes a look back at the winter storm in February that left many without power for more than a week, and takes a look ahead to see how we can keep ourselves safe when natural disasters strike in the future. KGW’s Dan Haggerty fills in for Laural Porter.
25 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Port of Portland’s future and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic
The Port of Portland brings in nearly $6.5 billion a year to the region. Now, it’s looking to do some major overhauling through selling and repurposing properties to spread the wealth with people of color, the poor and marginalized. In this episode of Straight Talk, we look into how the Port plans to accomplish those goals. We also look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Portland International Airport and what’s ahead for the Port. KGW’s Dan Haggerty fills in for Laural Porter
25 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt
Now in office for six months, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt discusses his criminal justice policies, how they’ve been applied during the Portland protests and riots in 2020, why he supports getting rid of mandatory minimum sentences and his goals moving forward.
25 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Portland's economy
This week's episode of "Straight Talk" examines the 2021 "State of the Economy" report with guests, Andrew Hoan, CEO of the Portland Business Alliance, John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest, and Michelle Neiss, president of DHM research. "I would phrase this really simply as 'fire and ice,'" said Andrew Hoan. "We have had historic wildfires. We just went through historic snow and ice storms. In between it all, the pandemic, ongoing political violence, a layering of crises that has impacted the region much differently than the rest of the nation," he said. ECONorthwest's John Tapogna described the decline in the regional economy. "We're down 15% and it's a very unusual recession caused by something outside the economy, a public health crisis that has created tremendous inequities," he said. "It's very disproportionately impacting lower income households, small businesses and leaving other parts of the economy untouched."
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