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Remember Orbitz? No, not the travel website, silly. We're talking about the space-age noncarbonated beverage that appeared in the late '90s with a bang, then fell off the face of the earth. In our first segment, we reminisce about the most improbable — and heavily marketed — drinks of decades past. 

For our second course, we flip our calendars forward and predict which drink trends are over. Will 2018 be the end of coffee in a can? Or Stevia-sweetened anything?

UPDATE (2:40 p.m. PST, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018) — A petition filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday is demanding county Commissioner Loretta Smith resign. 

The petition seeks to use a rare process that legally obligates public officials to correct any violation of a statute, rule or ordinance.

Campaign finance activist Seth Woolley, who filed the petition, said he's trying to use the power of the courts to force Smith's resignation.

Project Wildfire in Oregon’s Deschutes County shows how individual homeowners can work together to reduce wildfire risk. Gregory Scruggs wrote a New York Times article about the program. He joins us to talk about the successes and challenges of this voluntary effort. 

It's just before Thanksgiving, and artist Christopher Marley is packing up items for a big exhibition outside Miami. Marley transforms poisonous snakes, tropical fish and exotic insects into works of art — and he just realized he forgot to frame a foot-long isopod that's still in the freezer.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose popularity soared during his first term but then fell from grace, leaves office Tuesday.

Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said Roseburg VA Healthcare System officials admitted to him in a meeting that they had been using an "inappropriate admissions system" for over a year, and that the VA has since put a stop to it.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Lane County Friday night, Wyden shared more information about the contents of a meeting with senior VA officials Thursday regarding the VA's ongoing investigation into the Roseburg Healthcare System. The VA says its investigation, which began Oct. 30, is focused on a variety of clinical and administrative areas.

In the 17 years that Eloise Damrosch was at the helm of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, she had a 10,000-foot view of the seismic changes in the city’s arts scene. She retired in 2017, and the search to replace her has stretched through eight months. It’s clear that the tasks ahead for her successors will be heavy lifts.

Damrosch joined us this week to talk about her time at RACC, the new city report suggesting ways to preserve creative space, public art and more.

On her favorite piece of public art, Buster Simpson’s “Host Analog”:

This week on "State of Wonder," exclusive sessions with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and the epic band Typhoon, new ideas to preserve Portland's arts spaces, musician Laura Veirs branches into podcasting and children's books, and more.

City Council Seeks to Preserve Arts Spaces with New Proposals

The MoviePass subscription-based ticket service sounds too good to be true­ — for $9.95 per month users can attend up to one movie a day at most theaters across the nation.

The company, headquartered in New York, isn’t new but its $9.95 price point is. Since dropping the price in August, the company has grown from around 20,000 subscribers to more than 1.5 million subscribers.

Even CEO Mitch Lowe was surprised at the growth.

“I expected … maybe thousands a day, not 75,000 a day in our first couple days,” he told OPB’s "Think Out Loud" host Dave Miller.

Attorneys for the FBI special agent charged after allegedly firing his weapon at a pivotal moment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation want the case dismissed.

Federal prosecutors say W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team, fired his weapon twice at occupation spokesman Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum. Though the shots didn't hit Finicum, the Arizona rancher was killed shortly after by three shots from Oregon State Police.

A group seeking to repeal a controversial Oregon law on immigration says it will have to toss about 8,000 signatures.

But the leader of the group says it won't deter them from moving forward with putting a measure on the November ballot that would overturn Oregon's sanctuary law.  That statute essentially prohibits local police from helping enforce federal immigration law.

"We have no intention whatsoever of withdrawing," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians For Immigration Reform.


We discuss some of the biggest news stories this week with OPB news director Anna Griffin, writer Naseem Rakha and former state Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts.


If Oregon voters reject new health care taxes on Jan. 23, legislators will have to scramble.

The big issues: Will they figure out ways to get the needed money or do people on Medicaid face big cuts? And could the budget pain even extend to schools?

When Oregon legislators went home last year, they thought they had solved one of their knotty problems – how to pay Oregon’s share of Medicaid. That’s the state-federal program that provides health insurance for more than a million people in Oregon, from low-income families to frail seniors in nursing homes.

The rift between Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Loretta Smith flared again Thursday.

On Dec. 21 at a county meeting, Kafoury directed a vulgar insult toward Smith after the end of a heated exchange over county business.

In recent weeks, Kafoury has offered public and private apologies to Smith for using a derogatory term for women.

Roseburg VA Has Highest Opioid Prescription Rates Nationwide

Jan 11, 2018

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions of all VA hospitals nationwide, according to data released by the Department of Veteran's Affairs on Thursday.

The data shows opioid prescription rates range from 3 percent at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Ohio to 20 percent at Roseburg  — the highest among VA hospitals in the country.

Under a cloudy sky, Ravi Ragbir quietly reported for his scheduled check-in with immigration authorities at 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan on Thursday morning. It is the same office where he has attended each of his routine meetings for years.

Today, though, Ragbir didn’t walk out.

Like many others, cartoonists are reacting to the anti-#MeToo manifesto signed by 100 notable French women, including film star and sex symbol Catherine Deneuve.

Here’s a sobering thought: “Studies have shown that as we look out to 2030, global demand for water is expected to outstrip supply by 40 percent,” says Brooke Barton with CERES, a Boston-based non-profit that helps businesses build sustainability into their work, including water conservation.

Right now, that’s a challenge that’s just not on the radar of a lot of companies. 

Lobbying for a deal on DACA in Washington

Jan 11, 2018

There's talk on Capitol Hill of a deal to protect the people some immigration activists call "Dreamers."

Page after page, “Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking” by Bonnie Frumkin Morales pops with orange and blue.

When she and photographer Leela Cyd were styling the food, “I was bringing in bins and crates of hoarded family members' linens, plates, bowls — enamelware,” said Morales, chef/owner of Portland’s acclaimed Russian restaurant Kachka. "My iconic bowl is orange with white polka dots. I grew up with those bowls.”

Oregon Mushers And Sled Dogs Share A Bond Forged In Miles

Jan 11, 2018

Tilley was Tim Curley’s favorite dog.

Everything he’s learned in 27 years of running sled dogs, he credits to Tilley. He even spelled her name with an “-ey” to match his own last name.

“Every time I think about her, I get teary-eyed,” Curley said. “I miss her so much.”

Curley is part of the Oregon and Washington Cascade Sled Dog Club, one of the largest mushing organizations in the lower 48.

Mushing, generally, is something few people do, but more people mush than you might think, especially in the Northwest.

The laundry bags kept falling from the stroller onto the uneven and narrow sidewalk. With her daughter, Sedona, strapped onto her back and her son, Adero, in tow, Katerina Barron stood in a sweat, speechless in front of the lavandería attendant. Her husband, Jesus, wasn’t there to translate her questions into Spanish.

It was three weeks since she and her children moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, following Jesus’s deportation.

Central Oregon, Columbia River Gorge See High Flu Rates

Jan 11, 2018

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The Oregon Small Satellite Project is an ad hoc group of students and educators working on a nano-satellite or “cubesat” to hand off to NASA to launch into space next year. Andrew Greenberg is the faculty advisor for the Portland State Aerospace Society, the group heading up the project. He joins us to talk about the project and its mission.  

Copyright 2018 Oregon Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit Oregon Public Broadcasting.

What's Next For The Bundys, After Their Nevada Mistrial

Jan 11, 2018

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Road salt is likely responsible for impairing 50 bodies of water in Minnesota. Looking at the first stream on that list shows how tough it is to reverse pollution from chloride. 

Flu season is full swing in Minnesota. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer checked in with Kris Ehresmann, the state health department's infectious disease director, about the season so far.

3 Things to Do This Weekend in Minnesota

Jan 11, 2018

Art Hounds is a weekly arts roundup from and for Minnesotans who like to get out of the house and do things. 

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The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is leading the first of its kind initiative to bring more farm bill funding to Indian Country. The lobbying effort is an outgrowth of programs to improve health and expand access to healthy food for Indian people.