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Episode 739: Finding The Fake-News King

Dec 2, 2016

A few days before the election, an extraordinary story popped up in hundreds of thousands of people's Facebook feeds. This story was salacious. It was vivid, filled with intriguing details. There was a photo of a burning house, firemen rushing in. The headline read, "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide."

Youthful, blight-resistant Jefferson trees are the heroes of this fall’s Willamette Valley hazelnut season, boosting Oregon’s crop yield.

The harvest started early, at the end of a hot, dry August but slowed as orchard grounds turned muddy during rain-plagued October. Nut washing and drying machines finally shut down about three weeks into November.

And just to be clear, hazelnuts and filberts are the same nut.

Buses Return To Sellwood Bridge In Portland After 12 Years

Dec 2, 2016

TriMet buses will start crossing the Sellwood Bridge Monday, Dec. 5 after a 12-year absence.

Line 99 currently runs from Clackamas Community College to downtown Portland across the Ross Island Bridge.

For people like Charlie Rowley, whose girlfriend lives near the Sellwood Bridge, it’s meant the bus hasn’t been a viable option — until now.

"I think it’s great. I think the more we use mass transit and the more cars we get off the road the better,” he said.

TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt says it’s exciting.

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Let's pause now to remember a British actor best known for playing a Spanish waiter in a 1970s BBC series that lasted only 12 episodes - Andrew Sachs. He died at age 86. As NPR's Ted Robbins tells us, his relatively small role left a big impression.

A threatened sea bird that relies on coastal old growth forests to nest will be getting further protections in Oregon. This week, the Board of Forestry agreed to join with other state agencies to create a plan to conserve marbled murrelet habitat on state and private lands.

Environmental groups petitioned the state earlier this year to protect the murrelet, which is on both the federal and state endangered species lists. The Oregon Board of Forestry initially said “no,” but reversed its decision after the groups went to the courts.

Every week, The Thread checks in with booksellers around the country about their favorite books of the moment. This week, we spoke with James Collins of The Writer's Block in Las Vegas.

James Collins is a big fan of Chinese literature. Sometimes, however, he thinks the genre trends toward despair.

"There's a pattern in Chinese literature of all the books being really sad," Collins said. That's why he's excited to recommend Ge Fei's "The Invisibility Cloak": The novel is a comedy.

Part 3 of our series "Unlocking Dyslexia."

A mother, who spent years coaching and encouraging her dyslexic son, recalls his childhood with one pervasive feeling: "It was really scary."

One father told me his home life was ruined. Trying to do homework with his struggling daughter, he says, felt like "a nightmare every night." Optimism and determination would inevitably descend into tears and anxiety. The culprit: dyslexia.

This week in race: Sports (dog) whistles, protection for Dreamers, a special book—and some hunky calendar men. Really.

Now that the turkey endorphins have worn off, the leftovers are a distant memory, and the Obamas prepare for their last Christmas in the White House, we thought we'd put some of the things that happened over the holiday weekend (and this week) on a platter and offer them to you. No thank you notes required.

Race and Immigration:

Junction City Hospital | Climate Change Lawsuit | Bilingual Education

Dec 2, 2016
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If you're curious about what people really think about some of the hottest of hot-button food controversies, the Pew Research Center has just the thing for you: a survey of attitudes toward genetic modification, organic food and the importance of eating healthfully.

The survey results are published in a 99-page report that can keep you occupied for days. But if you're pressed for time, here are some of the most interesting highlights that caught our eye.