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Kim Malcolm talks with Portland city commissioner Steve Novick about a new law designed to reduce income inequality. Publicly traded companies that do business in Portland will face a new tax if their CEO makes 100 times more than the average worker.

A Ku Klux Klan rally in Oregon (estimated 1920s)
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Bill Radke talks with Alana Semuels about an article she wrote for The Atlantic about Portland, Oregon's history of racism. We all know the PDX has a reputation as a liberal, quirky city. Despite this stereotype, Portland today is the whitest city in America, partially as a result of deliberately racist policies in Oregon and Portland itself, some of which date back to the mid 19th century.

Q&A: What We Know About Portland's Toxic Air Emissions

Feb 17, 2016

Two air-pollution hotspots in Portland have many residents worried about exposure to arsenic, cadmium, and now hexavalent chromium, which can be highly carcinogenic. The hotspots have drawn attention to two glassmakers, which have now suspended the use of any of those materials in their production processes. This scare has drawn attention to what youve called a blind spot in air pollution regulations. Can you remind us what it is and how it was discovered? This situation has put a spotlight...

Portlanders Demand Action On Heavy Metal Air Pollution

Feb 10, 2016

Hundreds of people crowded into Cleveland High School Tuesday night with questions, concerns and demands for officials addressing Portland's air pollution. Recent testing found unhealthy levels of arsenic and cadmium in the air around Southeast 22nd and Powell. The pollution has been linked to a local glass-making facility, which stopped using both cancer-causing metals last week. But residents still have a lot of questions about the health risks they're facing and what local and state...

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Marcie Sillman talks with Portland Mercury news editor Denis Theriault about police reform at the Portland Police Department.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg Though they concede it's unlikely the public was endangered, officials in Portland, Ore., have decided to drain 38 million gallons of water from a reservoir after a young man was observed urinating into it on Wednesday. Our colleagues at Oregon Public Broadcasting note that the crime was caught on video — from a distance. "Three unidentified men," OPB writes, "were cited for trespassing after being stopped at the site early Wednesday morning. One was...

The Columbia River lazily passes under Interstate 5 between Portland and Vancouver, Wash. You wouldn't really call the water troubled. The bridges over it, however, are.

Displaced By Development, Urban Goat Herd Needs A New Home

Dec 3, 2013

A dozen goats tromp around on their very own playground while traffic zooms by in Southeast Portland's industrial district. Here, on the city's so-called "goat block," bike tours and families with children stop to visit the goat herd outside a chain-link fence. Each goat has a name and a "friendliness" rating posted outside the fence and once a day, a caretaker walks one of the friendly goats around the neighborhood for people to pet. What started as a natural way to control the grass on a...

How To Solve A Sky-High Commuting Conundrum

Oct 25, 2013

This story is part of a series on commuting in America. Imagine a hospital on top of a mountain. How would doctors and patients get in and out? In Portland, Ore., commuters don't have to drive up a twisty, two-lane road to get there. Instead, they glide up 500 feet in the air in a gleaming silver gondola. Portland's aerial tram connects the south waterfront down near the river to the Oregon Health and Science University on top of Marquam Hill. For nurse Sara Hone, it has changed her commute. ...

Jet City Living: The Conversation On Seattle Culture

Aug 27, 2013
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Being a Seattleite is a complex and oftentimes confusing experience. Does it require sitting in a coffee shop and staring out at the Space Needle on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Does it mean a uniform of flannel and REI gear? Or getting in your eco-friendly car to drive to your job at Microsoft? Or maybe it simply means you are not from Portland? This hour on The Conversation we talk about what it means to be a Seattleite.

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Voters in Portland, Oregon have decide not to add fluoride to their municipal drinking water. Seattle and most other large cities in the US added the chemical decades ago to prevent cavities in children.

Seattle Vs. Portland: News Round Table

May 3, 2013

KUOW Conversation host Ross Reynolds and OPB Think Out Loud host Dave Miller sit down to discuss this week's regional news with the writers and reporters covering the issues.

Seattle Vs. Portland Smackdown!

May 3, 2013
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When the Emerald City and the Rose City go at it, from the outside it must look like a silly sibling feud between two hippies wearing REI chic. The two laid-back cultures maintain the most heated soccer rivalry in the country; on the men’s side with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, and now on the women’s side as well with the Seattle Reign versus the Portland Thorns. Admittedly, some concessions can be made. Seattle continues to top the list of most literate cities, but can’t boast anything to rival Portland’s Powell’s Books. Portland has Light Rail, but Seattle has free parking on Sundays. Seattleites may allow the superiority of Voodoo Doughnuts, but will never compromise on Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau. Can Portland really match the view of the Cascades to the east, the Olympics to the west and the Puget Sound in between? Seattle has crabbers from the Deadliest Catch wandering Ballard and Brandi Carlile playing Jimi Hendrix with Mike McCready backed by the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Is it any real competition? Today on The Conversation , we explore the I-5 rivalry between the two cities and why these two ideologically-similar urban centers love to take each other down.

Jacob Tyler Robert
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Two people, plus the suspected shooter, are dead after police say a gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping mall in suburban Portland Tuesday. An ambulance took one survivor of the attack to OHSU Medical Center in Portland. The young woman is expected to survive.