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Beat Check with The Oregonian
Beat Check with The Oregonian is a weekly podcast hosted by reporter Andrew Theen that takes listeners behind the headlines and inside the state's largest news organization.
1 day ago
Jim Tankersley of the New York Times
Americans love a good story, and if it’s a tall tale, all the better. But the stories we tell about our own history are often incomplete – at best – or outright deceptions at worst. A new book from an Oregon-born reporter outlines what he says actually happened to the middle class over the past half century – the truth, lies and omissions by our political leaders -- and explains why a true economic recovery and rebirth of the middle class will require more opportunities for women and people of color first and foremost. On this episode, Jim Tankersley, who covers the economic and tax policy for the New York Times, talks about his new book – “The Riches of This Land.” Tankersley grew up in McMinnville and was a reporter for The Oregonian before landing in Washington DC, where he has worked for the Washington Post, Vox and now the Times. He will be appearing, virtually, at Powell's August 19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
6 days ago
The predictable computer failure at the Oregon Employment Department
With hundreds of million dollars owed to tens of thousands of unemployed Oregonians, the state employment department made an unusual decision recently -- to wait until August to even touch a long-standing computer problem. But the massive tech problem isn’t new – the state had been putting it off for a decade, despite having money from the feds to fix it. Now, even with those delays, it’s unclear the state will get the job done and ensure unemployed Oregonians receive critical payments during the pandemic. On the first half of the show, politics reporter Hillary Borrud explains the slow road to the sudden crisis. On the second half of the show, two voices from among the tens of thousands of unemployed Oregonians. Read: Hillary Borrud and Mike Rogoway: Why Oregon's leaders failed to address the computer crisis for years Jamie Goldberg: Stories of the unemployed See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 4, 2020
How an obscure public agency protects Oregon's timber industry
Oregon’s timber industry has undergone an extreme makeover in the 30 years since the fight over old growth forests and spotted owls. But despite timber companies’ diminished economic contributions, they have held on to much of their status and influence. They’ve done that with the help of an obscure public agency -- called The Oregon Forest Resources Institute. OPB, The Oregonian and ProPublica teamed up to investigate. Here’s OPB’s Tony Schick, explaining how this public agency has aided industry lobbying and image-making efforts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 30, 2020
Covering the Portland protests: Feds, tear gas and the ‘powder keg’
Portland’s protests against racial injustice seemed to be dwindling, then the federal government came to town, ratcheting up tension. Now, state and federal leaders said they’ve reached an agreement in which state troopers will protect the courthouse and federal forces will step away, some leaving as soon as Thursday. On this episode, three of The Oregonian/OregonLive reporters most experienced in protest coverage discussed the latest situation on the ground in a small section of downtown. Eder Campuzano, our schools reporter, joined photojournalists Beth Nakamura and Dave Killen to discuss the latest developments. We talked about tear gas and rubber bullets, the best images from the months of demonstrations and what people should know about the nightly protests if they haven’t been down there. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 22, 2020
Why people of color in Oregon are disproportionately hit by the coronavirus
Reporter Celina Tebor discusses how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting a wide range of communities of color in the state. We talked about her reporting on the community that is perhaps hardest hit, Pacific Islanders, and how health officials and community leaders are racing to try and address the crisis. You can support this podcast and our local journalism with a subscription to OregonLive. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 16, 2020
Reopening — and renaming — Portland's schools
Portland Public Schools reporter Eder Campuzano talks about the state’s largest school district’s reopening plan and what it means for everyone involved. Also, why the district is suddenly agreeing to rename Wilson High School, and potentially other public schools, in the wake of national protests surrounding racism in America. You can support this podcast and our local journalism with a subscription to OregonLive. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 9, 2020
Toro Bravo's demise and Portland's restaurant reckoning
The Oregonian/OregonLive's Michael Russell discusses John Gorham's social media attacks on a trans woman of color and how it led to his abrupt downfall and shuttering of his famed Toro Bravo restaurant and several other businesses. Russell also talked about cultural appropriation in Portland's food scene and the other social media stories currently swirling that include allegations of toxic work cultures at several prominent restaurants citywide. Plus, we discussed how restaurants are adapting in the COVID-19 world. Related reading: * Inside the Facebook outburst that led to John Gorham's ouster See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 6, 2020
Portland State's police chief on being a Black police officer right now
Willie Halliburton said he considered quitting a 30-year career in law enforcement after watching the video of George Floyd's death while pinned under a Minneapolis police officer's knee. Soon after, he got a phone call. He was being promoted to chief the Portland State University police department. He talked to The Oregonian/OregonLive's Maxine Bernstein about how he believes policing must change. Bernstein interviewed six other Black police officers about how the death of George Floyd has affected their lives, both on and off the job, over the past month and a half. You can support this podcast and local journalism with a subscription to OregonLive. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 29, 2020
UO’s anticipated new Hayward Field sits empty
In an alternate universe, the University of Oregon and Nike would be celebrating the end of an action-packed week of the track and field Olympic Trials inside the new Hayward Field in Eugene. But we don’t live in that world. The brand-new track and field stadium sits empty. On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, veteran sports reporter Ken Goe talks about the lost spring and summer and what might come next. You can support local journalism and this podcast with a subscription to OregonLive. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 22, 2020
Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty on what's next for police reform
For years, she was part of a chorus of voices outside Portland City Hall, pushing for change, police reform and recognition that people of color in the Rose City are unfairly targeted by law enforcement. And when the national turmoil and pain swept through the country following George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, Jo Ann Hardesty was ready. And this time, the former state legislator and community organizer was on the inside. City Hall Reporter Everton Bailey Jr. interviewed Hardesty following a historic week of police reform inside City Hall. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 15, 2020
How A Forgotten Timber Tax Cut Cost Oregon Billions
For decades, many Oregonians were told one story about how a small endangered bird -- the northern spotted owl – played an outsized role in undercutting counties that depend on timber revenue to fund schools and other public services. But that wasn’t – and isn’t the whole story. Guests: The Oregonian/OregonLive's Rob Davis, OPB's Tony Schick Read: Rob and Tony's story Respond: Reach out to the reporters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 8, 2020
Beyond The Protests
Portland is now in its second week of massive demonstrations and protests – with thousands of people in the street every night demanding racial justice in the name of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor and so many other Black Americans killed by police. On this episode, you’ll hear from six community leaders -- some who have been active in Portland for decades, and others who are among the newest generation fighting for civil rights. They spoke about how they are doing, what they’re feeling, how racism has affected their lives and whether they have hope that true change is coming. Featuring: Markayla Ballard, 21, from Tualatin; Fahim Acuay, 39, from Portland; Avel Gordly, 73, from Portland; Ernest Warren Jr., 60, from Portland; Laquida Landford, 43, from Portland; Stephen Green, 42, from Portland. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 1, 2020
Turmoil at Oregon's Employment Department
Tens of thousands of unemployed Oregonians are spending a lot of time on their phones right now. But this isn’t mindless scrolling. these Oregonians are waiting, and waiting, and waiting -- on hold trying to get through to the state Employment Department. The past few months have been historic in the country, and they are also unprecedented for the state's employment department, which faces a tremendous backlog, massive wait times for callers and an inability to set any timetable to pay money it said it will pay to unemployed workers. Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian/OregonLive's business reporter, chronicled all those woes during the past few months. The crisis has culminated in Kay Erickson, the department's director, resigning under pressure this weekend. Related reading: * Department director resigns under pressure * 200,000 backlog in paid claims * Other states are doing different things to meet the pandemic pressure * Oregon's computer system is a costly failure See…
May 25, 2020
The end of death row
Twenty seven men sit in solitary confinement on death row in the Oregon State Penitentiary. This summer those men will be moved – but they‘re not going far. On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, investigative reporter Noelle Crombie talks about her most recent stories about those inmates and the long path toward the end of capital punishment in Oregon. On the second half of the show, we talk about COVID-19's effect on the prison system in the state. After this recording, Crombie reported that the state penitentiary is now the state's largest COVID-19 hotspot. Support local journalism and this podcast by subscribing to OregonLive for just $10 a month. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 21, 2020
Elections recap: Top takeaways on key races
Reporters for The Oregonian/OregonLive share their top takeaways from some key races in Oregon's May 19 primary election. 1:04: Everton Bailey Jr. on four Portland City Council races 15:57: Noelle Crombie on the next Multnomah County district attorney 21:47: Molly Harbarger on the Metro homeless services funding measure 26:48: Jeff Manning on the 2nd Congressional District Correction: On this episode, we incorrectly stated that Mingus Mapps would be the first African American male on council since Charles Jordan. Dick Bogle was on the council more recently. We regret the error. Support local journalism and this podcast by subscribing to OregonLive for just $10 a month. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 20, 2020
Emily Powell on the future of Powell's Books
Emily Powell, the CEO of Powell's Books, is a third generation leader of one of Portland's most famous businesses. But what does the iconic bookstore look like during an age of social distancing? How can it adjust and adapt. as society slowly starts to reopen? The Oregonian/OregonLive's Mike Rogoway interviewed Powell about the bookstore's future, what she's reading right now, what it's like competing against Amazon during the pandemic and how she's considering opening the store for special "sweepstakes" events for individual shoppers. Support local journalism and this podcast by subscribing to OregonLive for just $10 a month. Go to oregonlive.com/podsupport. Thank you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 18, 2020
Remembering Mount St. Helens 40 years later
Forty years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted, spewing a cloud of ash and smoke for hundreds of square miles and reshaping a Cascade mountain ecosystem. But the May 18, 1980 explosion didn’t come out of nowhere, and it wasn't the only eruption that spring. Julie Tripp, a former reporter for The Oregonian, reflects on the mood of the city during that time, how The Oregonian covered the eruption and tells the story of her close encounter with one of the subsequent eruptions and explains how cans of Fresca and beer helped her escape. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 11, 2020
Students on the edge during the coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country. The impact on Oregon students is enormous. So OPB and The Oregonian are teaming up to cover the effects in a state already struggling with chronic absenteeism and low graduation rates. Today we bring you this radio story from education reporters Eder Campuzano and Elizabeth Miller. They looked at how students are faring with the difficult situation, particularly those most at risk due to losing an important connection to their education. Related reading: * Without face-to-face contact, Oregon schools struggle to keep disengaged students on track See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 7, 2020
The road to reopening Oregon
Weeks into a coronavirus-induced economic shutdown, some parts of Oregon could see some very small steps toward normalcy within days. Reporters Ted Sickinger and Brad Schmidt break down Gov. Kate Brown's plan for reopening the state. Reliable local journalism matters now more than ever. Please support our work for just $10 a month. Subscribe now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 4, 2020
Previewing Portland's action-packed City Council races, state politics
Portland voters have one of the most interesting City Hall races in years. Four of the five seats on City Council are up for grabs. The Oregonian/OregonLive's Everton Bailey Jr., who covers City Hall, previews those hotly contested races and discusses why this could be the beginning of the end of the city's unique commissioner form of government. Then, state politics reporter Hillary Borrud discusses the Democratic race for Secretary of State and other legislative races of significance. Programming note: The Everton Bailey Jr. interview, and podcast production, occurred several days before a few developments in the mayor’s race involving Wheeler’s campaign operations. The mayor’s campaign distributed a flyer included several listed endorsements that were not accurate. Read more about that here. The interview also occurred before the city elections officer cited the mayor’s campaign for violating campaign rules by not listing his top donors. Background Reading: * Everton's…
Apr 27, 2020
Tale of two assisted living centers at heart of the coronavirus pandemic
What can Oregonians learn from the coronavirus outbreak at two very different facilities – a veterans’ home in Lebanon and a Southeast Portland care facility that is now home to the state’s largest outbreak? Health reporter Fedor Zarkhin talks tried to answer that question and described his extensive reporting on the COVID-19 outbreaks at each of those two statewide hot spots. Here are five of Fedor's essential stories from those facilities: * "They were going down fast" * Inside the Lebanon veteran's home * The world's oldest coronavirus survivor? * The state withheld extent of virus at nursing homes * 10 residents dead at Southeast Portland center Reliable local journalism matters now more than ever. Please support our work for just $10 a month. Subscribe now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 20, 2020
Oregon's poet laureate finds poetry in the pandemic
Kim Stafford is a rarity -- a second generation poet laureate. His father, William Stafford, was a famous poet who served in the state role appointed by Oregon's governor for 15 years. Stafford talks about his poetry during the pandemic, why he decided to share his thoughts and work on Instagram and how his view of the world has shifted during the coronavirus era. On the second half of the show, The Oregonian/OregonLive's Brooke Herbert and Beth Nakamura discuss their recent project that paired some of Stafford's poems with their photos and videos. Reliable local journalism matters now more than ever. Please support our work for just $10 a month. Subscribe now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 13, 2020
What we know and don't know about Oregonians with coronavirus
There's still so much that we don't know about those Oregonians who have coronavirus. Despite pushing from The Oregonian/OregonLive reporters like Rob Davis, there are still many unknowns. Davis talks about what we now know, including racial demographics, but also what he is still hoping to learn about the virus in Oregon and how the state is responding. Plus, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh talks about his obituary for the state's first known fatality tied to COVID-19, and why we need to know more about all those who've died so far. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 10, 2020
'Seabiscuit' author Laura Hillenbrand on her COVID-19 scare
Laura Hillenbrand, the best-selling author of Unbroken and Seabiscuit, moved to Oregon a few years ago. For more than three weeks now, she's endured symptoms consistent with COVID-10, but her test results were negative. Hillenbrand said three doctors said she definitely has the coronavirus. On this bonus episode, The Oregonian/OregonLive's Noelle Crombie talks with Hillenbrand about her illness, how her Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has helped and hindered her through the health scare and what she's doing to cope her respiratory issues. Reliable local journalism matters now more than ever. Please support our work for just $10 a month. Subscribe now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 6, 2020
Two sports reporters on a world without sports
Jamie Goldberg and Joe Freeman, two of The Oregonian/OregonLive's sports reporters, had a ton on their plate in March. Goldberg was covering the Trail Blazers for the first time, and their playoff chase. Freeman, who covered the team for 13 seasons, was stepping back a bit and jumping into enterprise coverage and chasing Sabrina Ionescu and the Oregon Ducks. Then, coronavirus changed everything. Goldberg has written about people receiving food assistance amid the pandemic, those Oregonians trapped overseas and much more. Freeman has written about mental health and living alone, cyber socializing and many other topics. We discussed the transition from sports to hard news. Reliable local journalism matters now more than ever. Please support our work for just $10 a month. Subscribe now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 30, 2020
Editor Therese Bottomly on covering the coronavirus and more
Therese Bottomly, The Oregonian/OregonLive's editor, talks about covering the coronavirus pandemic, the state of the local news industry and her career at the paper. Bottomly, a Portland native, first started working at the paper in 1983. If you value our journalism, please considering subscribing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 25, 2020
Coping through social distancing
What are you doing to cope with extensive social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic? Grant Butler, an editor and reporter with The Oregonian/OregonLive, talks about what people and grocery stores are doing in response to the state crackdown. Some people turn to cooking, exercise or therapy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 23, 2020
Coronavirus: The educational, social and economic fallout in Oregon
Oregon's economy took a savage hit one week into the potentially months-long reality where bars, restaurants and other social hot spots are shuttered in an attempt to combat the coronavirus. Plus, schools are shuttered through April. Eder Campuzano, The Oregonian/OregonLive's schools reporter, talks about the situation for PPS plus a recent story on how the virus is affecting places like one St. Johns taqueria. Plus, Mike Rogoway talks about the economic fallout. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 18, 2020
Can Portland's restaurant scene weather the coronavirus?
The Oregonian/OregonLive's Michael Russell talks about the exceptional week that led more than 130 Portland restaurant and bar owners to demand Gov. Kate Brown take action to shut them down amid the coronavirus crisis, why some restaurants may never return and why delivery and to-go orders weren't in the cards for some of the city's biggest names in food. Tell us about how coronavirus has changed your daily life. Record a voice memo on your phone and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 15, 2020
Inside Italy's coronavirus lockdown; Oregon Legislative recap
Melissa Graboyes and Alfredo Burlando are professors at the University of Oregon, but the married couple and their two kids on now on lockdown in Italy. We talked about what life is like in the quarantine, why Oregonians need to let go of social plans and hunker down and what they do to pass the time. Plus, we catch up with The Oregonian/OregonLive's Hillary Borrud to talk about the failed legislative session, the latest Republican walkout and what comes next. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 9, 2020
Covering the coronavirus and the unknown
Journalism is the search for truth, but what does a reporter do when a fast-breaking news story is filled with so many unknowns? As the coronovirus situation unfolds in the Portland area and around Oregon, The Oregonian's Fedor Zarkhin is working the phones and trying to get the best information possible. On this episode, Zarkhin talked about the challenges of covering a fast-moving story with so many unanswered questions, how this public health scare compares to other crises he's covered and what one family quarantined in Japan said about their surreal experience. We also talked about his previous investigative work on health issues and how that guides his reporting on this story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 4, 2020
The coronavirus response in Oregon
It’s been less than a week since Oregonians first learned that the state had a prospective case of the novel coronavirus. We checked in with Dr. Carlos Crespo, a community health professor and vice-provost at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health to get his thoughts on the state’s response so far, why the state isn’t giving out lots of information about the cases we do know about, and why he said it’s not time to panic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 2, 2020
Concordia University's catastrophic deal with one company
Concordia University's path to financial ruin may have been sealed a decade ago. The private Lutheran university, which called Northeast Portland home for more than a century, hitched its fate to an educational technology company known as HotChalk. The Oregonian's Molly Young highlighted that problematic relationship in 2016, but according to documents obtained by Young and Jeff Manning, Concordia's ties to HotChalk went far beyond that. If the school were to completely collapse, it faced a potential $400 million debt owed to the company. Young and Manning talk about their latest story, how the school collapsed, the reaction from students and staff and what it all means for the 24-acre campus. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 24, 2020
The fight for the Boy Scouts' secret abuse files
The Boy Scouts of America have declared bankruptcy, an unprecedented move that reverberated around the nation. The wave of sex abuse lawsuits against the nonprofit organization started in Portland a decade ago. A nearly $20 million ruling against the scouts set the stage for more cases nationally. But a lawsuit filed by The Oregonian and other news organizations during that same period may have played a similarly important role. The Oregonian/OregonLive's Molly Young and Charlie Hinkle, an attorney who has represented the news organization for four decades, talk about that history and how it led to the unprecedented bankruptcy case. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 17, 2020
A Portland psychiatric hospital's struggles
The Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland was supposed to be a game changer for mental illness in the city. Three years after it opened, the hospital is struggling. The Oregonian/OregonLive's Molly Harbarger and Brad Schmidt talk about the variety of woes -- financial, social and otherwise -- facing the still new hospital. The hospital it was designed to emulate is also in crisis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 10, 2020
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: A national crisis unfolds in Yamhill, Oregon
So many of Nicholas Kristof's friends, neighbors and classmates died young. The New York Times columnist and his wife, fellow Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn tried to figure out what these tragic deaths of despair from so many Yamhill, Oregon friends and their family means and what it says about the United States. The resulting reporting led to "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope," the couple's latest best-selling book. Kristof and WuDunn talked about the book, why so many white working class Americans are dying young and how challenging it was to report on their friends' deaths. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 3, 2020
Will Republicans walk out of Salem again?
Oregon's Legislature meets for the next 35 days in Salem, and a cap and trade bill is expected to be the centerpiece of the session. This comes less than a year after Senate Republicans walked out and left the state to prevent Democrats from moving forward with the climate change bill. The Oregonian's Hillary Borrud and Ted Sickinger preview that fight and other legislative battles expected this session. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 27, 2020
How Catlin Gabel school abuse scandal came to light
Catlin Gabel is facing a reckoning. The Southwest Portland private school, known as a progressive educational institution that's educated the city's wealthy and elite for decades, released an explosive investigation in December that outlined serious sexual abuse allegations dating back decades. Jeff Manning, The Oregonian's senior investigative reporter, details the horrific details in the school's report, the nearly two dozen victims he spoke with and whether the school can survive the scandal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 20, 2020
What to expect in Jeremy Christian's murder trial
One of the darkest days in Portland's recent history will be back in the spotlight for the next five weeks. Jeremy Christian is on trial for fatally stabbing Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche and seriously wounding Micah Fletcher on a MAX train May 26, 2017. The Oregonian's Aimee Green will be there for the entire trial. She talks about what to expect in the trial, including whether Christian might testify and what defense he might make. Also, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh talks about Christian's criminal past and Fletcher's background. Sign up for updates on the Jeremy Christian trial in your email inbox: oregonlive.com/newsletters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 13, 2020
Another leadership shuffle at Portland Police Bureau
Danielle Outlaw arrived in Portland as police chief in 2017 to much acclaim. She talked about changing the bureau, repairing the relationship with the public and much more. She quietly left Portland to become Philadelphia's chief just before New Year's. Maxine Bernstein, who has covered every police chief since 1998, talks about Outlaw's legacy, the bureau's challenges and the new chief, Jami Resch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 6, 2020
Meet the daredevil driver of an Oregon speed racing team
Life comes at you fast. For Valerie Thompson, the driver of the Aurora-based Target 550 racing team, fast is never fast enough. Thompson is one of the fastest drivers in the world and one of a handful of women who get behind the wheel of the fastest internal combustion engine vehicles on the planet with the sole purpose of setting land speed records. We talked about her quest to set a new land speed record, the death of fellow racer Jessi Combs in 2019 and why she still races. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 30, 2019
Oregon's biggest stories of 2019: Gordon Sondland, Republican walkout and more
A look back at the biggest stories in Oregon this year. The Oregonian/OregonLive's Everton Bailey and Kale Williams join Beat Check to talk about the memorable stories from 2019 and their broader meaning. The conversation touched on the Republican walkout in Salem, Portland protests, Gordon Sondland, Keanon Lowe and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 23, 2019
What's the best Portland brewery right now?
The Oregonian's Andre Meunier approached 2019 with a seemingly impossible task: to visit 49 breweries based in Portland (he squeezed in one more after recording) and designate the best shop in town this year. Meunier talked about his top 10 list, why so many legendary businesses closed up shop this year and how he approaches the job. We also talked about a special project he expects to launch in 2020. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 16, 2019
Will Oregon's economic good times continue to roll into 2020?
A conversation with Mike Rogoway about some of the biggest business stories of the past year. We talked about Intel and Nike's internal strife but continued profitability, Gert Boyle's death, massive layoffs at a food processing plant in the Willamette Valley and what to watch for in Oregon business developments as we enter 2020. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 9, 2019
Vision Zero and Portland's surge in traffic fatalities
Portland has seen a dramatic increase in traffic fatalities this year. The death toll this year is pushing toward 50, well above the average for the past two decades. On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, Officer Phillip Maynard discusses his time on the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team. Then, Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly discusses the dangerous year on the city’s streets and what we can do as a city to make things better. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 2, 2019
The man behind Darcelle XV, Portland's iconic drag queen
Walter Cole is perhaps the most prominent living Portlander, but many people likely don’t know him by that name. Instead, they know him by his stage name, Darcelle XV. The Oregonian's Beth Nakamura and Brooke Herbert talked about Cole's life and legacy and about their contributions to a recent video and profile. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 25, 2019
Brad Schmidt on his investigation into radon in public housing
The Oregonian's Brad Schmidt spent the past year investigating how federal regulators and local housing authorities have failed to test for radon, an odorless gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer nationwide, in low-income housing complexes. He talks about the investigation and how he got the story. Also, a brief discussion of The Oregonian's Season of Sharing holiday fundraising campaign. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 20, 2019
Gordon Sondland goes to Washington
The Oregonian's Jeff Manning reflects on a remarkable day in Washington, D.C., where Gordon Sondland, the Pacific Northwest hotelier and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, testified before the House Impeachment Panel for hours. There were some revelations and lots of political theater. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 18, 2019
Ted Sickinger on Oregon's failing forests
Get an inside look at how The Oregonian's investigative reporter, Ted Sickinger, approached his series on the state forestry's financial woes, the $1 billion lawsuit facing the agency and why Oregon is owed more than $100 million in past wildfire costs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 11, 2019
Jeff Manning on Gordon Sondland
Gordon Sondland is a well-known commodity in Portland business and civic circles, but now the Republican hotelier is an internationally-known character and one of the key players at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Jeff Manning, an investigative reporter at The Oregonian, has reported on Sondland's rise to business power locally and his role in the impeachment inquiry. Manning discussed Sondland's rise, his background and much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 4, 2019
Molly Harbarger on a new approach to homeless camp cleanups
Portland hopes a new program will help break a vicious cycle -- where homeless camps pop up, are swept away, only to reappear again in the same place. Molly Harbarger, The Oregonian's homelessness reporter, talks about that program and the recent report documenting how any people experiencing homelessness died in 2018. We also chatted about my recent column regarding the inner struggle over whether to call the police or the emergency line on issues surrounding people experiencing homelessness. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 28, 2019
Tania Culver Humphrey: Mercy Corps, faith, and light amid the darkness
Tania Culver Humphrey talks about what her life has been like since The Oregonian published a series of stories documenting her credible sexual assault claims against her father, Mercy Corps’ cofounder. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 21, 2019
Michael Russell - An Interview with The Oregonian's food critic
Michael Russell, The Oregonian's food critic, talks about his 2019 Restaurant of the Year, how he eats all that amazing food, and the latest trends in Portland's dining scene. More from Russell: Eem is Portland’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year Portland's 40 best restaurants, ranked See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 16, 2019
Beat Check with The Oregonian is a new weekly podcast from the state's largest news organization. Here's what to expect from the show, which is hosted by reporter Andrew Theen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.