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Join Laural Porter for a weekly deep-dive into politics and social issues affecting people in Oregon and SW Washington.

Join Laural Porter for a weekly deep-dive into politics and social issues affecting people in Oregon and SW Washington.
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Join Laural Porter for a weekly deep-dive into politics and social issues affecting people in Oregon and SW Washington.

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English

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(503) 226-5143


Episodes

Rep. Tiffany Mitchell on donating a kidney

12/6/2019
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Laural Porter is joined by Oregon State Rep. Tiffany Mitchell, a living kidney donor, and Leslie Brock, executive director of Donate Life Northwest. They discussed Mitchell's donation, as well as how a new law in Oregon could make it easier for others to become living donors.

Duration:00:23:42

Ebony Clarke of Multnomah County's Mental Health and Addiction Services

11/25/2019
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Ebony Clarke, the new director of Multnomah County's Mental Health and Addiction Services Division, says her goal, as she takes over leadership of the department, is to rebuild trust, morale and transparency.

Duration:00:23:52

Childcare deserts and free preschool

11/15/2019
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Commissioner Vega Pederson and Director of Oregon's Early Learning System Miriam Calderon talk about Oregon's expensive childcare and preschool programs. A recent study recently found every Oregon county is considered a child care desert for newborns through 2-year-olds.

Duration:00:23:19

Investigative Reporter Kyle Iboshi on robocalls and scams

11/11/2019
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KGW's Kyle Iboshi explains how robocalls work and if there's anything we can do to stop them. He also goes over some tips for aging parents and grandparents to avoid impostor scams. More info on robocalls here Follow Laural Porter on Facebook

Duration:00:23:24

Oregon business teams up with non-profit to fight child abuse

11/8/2019
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Child advocates say the state of Oregon is woefully under funding services to prevent and treat child abuse. We're joined by Becky Jones, the executive director of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers and Ted Davis, the CEO of Airstream Adventures NW.

Duration:00:23:50

Oregon business teams up with non-profit to fight child abuse

11/1/2019
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There are 34 confirmed victims of abuse each day in Oregon, according to the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers. Child advocates say the state of Oregon is woefully under funding services to prevent and treat child abuse.

Duration:00:35:41

Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

10/25/2019
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Three scientists from Portland State University along with KGW's Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino discussed the impact climate change is having on the Pacific Northwest.

Duration:00:24:15

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on student loan debt

10/18/2019
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Student loan debt in 2019 is at the highest points its ever been. Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and talks about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and is joined by Kristen Fouts, currently working as a teacher who was one of the few to get her student loan forgiven through the program.

Duration:00:24:31

Lines for Life's CEO Dwight Holton and YouthLine Crisis Line Director Emily Moser

10/14/2019
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Lines for Life CEO Dwight Holton and Lines for Life YouthLine Crisis Line Director Emily Moser discuss the crisis, resources for prevention and erasing the stigma of suicide. This episode originally aired on KGW News on April 7, 2019.

Duration:00:23:59

Sen. Ron Wyden and former Sen. Gordon Smith on mental health

10/4/2019
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For the first time in more than a decade, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith made a join appearance. The Republican and Democrat were in town for the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award dinner sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Duration:00:24:20

Providence Health doctors on tackling opioid epidemic

9/30/2019
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An average of 5 Oregonians a week die from opioid abuse, and Providence Health is taking steps to battle the addiction crisis. KGW's Laural Porter is joined by Providence doctors Shorin Nemeth and Jeremy Lynn, as well as Nancy Collins, a chronic pain patient who has used opioids in the past.

Duration:00:24:23

Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech

9/20/2019
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KGW's Laural Porter is joined by Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech. The pair discusses Portland's technology sector, which is predominantly led by white men, PDXWIT was founded to encourage those who identify as women, non-binary and the under-represented to join the sector. NOTE: We apologize for some audio issues in this episode.

Duration:00:24:21

Interim PSU President Stephen Percy on his vision for the university

9/13/2019
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KGW's Laural Porter talked with interim Portland State President Stephen Percy ahead of the new school year. They discussed the tumultuous few years at PSU under the previous president and how he plans to provide steady leadership. President Percy also shared his thoughts on the calls for change to campus security and the rising cost of tuition. This episode originally aired on KGW Sept. 14, 2019.

Duration:00:24:34

Rep. Blumenauer on housing, climate change and marijuana legalization

9/8/2019
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer spoke with KGW’s Laural Porter about his call for the federal government to help in the housing crisis, why he’s calling for a climate emergency, and why he thinks marijuana could be legalized nationwide in the upcoming Congressional session. This episode originally aired on KGW.

Duration:00:24:33

BONUS EPISODE: Sen. Merkley on his new book

8/27/2019
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KGW's Laural Porter hosted a discussion with Sen. Jeff Merkley at Revolution Hall in Portland on Aug. 26. They discussed Sen. Merkley's new book, 'America is Better Than This: Trump's War Against Migrant Families.' They also took questions from the audience about foreign aid and what Democrats plan to do to flip the Senate in 2020.

Duration:00:24:17

Multnomah Co. Chair Deborah Kafoury on homelessness

8/20/2019
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Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meiren talk about what steps the county is taking to address homelessness. This episode originally aired on June 22, 2019.

Duration:00:24:24

Bill Currier on the future of the GOP in Oregon

8/20/2019
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The chair of the Oregon GOP Bill Currier talks about Republican efforts to recall Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, as well as the future of the Oregon Republican Party. This episode originally aired on July 27, 2019.

Duration:00:24:26

OR Treasurer Tobias Read on Oregon Saves program

8/20/2019
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Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read and Executive Director of the Rose City Rollers Kim Stegeman talk about “Oregon Saves,” a first-of its kind work-and-save program. Read says the program is getting nation-wide attention, while Stegeman talked about the Rose City Rollers using Oregon Saves. This episode originally aired on KGW News on Aug. 3, 2019.

Duration:00:24:28

Rep. Kurt Schrader on gun laws, the NRA and immigration

8/20/2019
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Oregon State Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5th District) talked with KGW’s Laural Porter about gun laws, the NRA and the immigration crisis at the border. They also discussed his primary opponent, Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba (D). This episode originally aired on KGW News on Aug. 17, 2019.

Duration:00:24:27