Think Out Loud A daily show about politics and global issues, music and sports, books and the environment — all through the perspective of the Pacific Northwest.
Think Out Loud

Think Out Loud

From Oregon Public Broadcasting

A daily show about politics and global issues, music and sports, books and the environment — all through the perspective of the Pacific Northwest.

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Dinner collective distributes free desserts, love letters to Black Portlanders

In July, Portland-based dinner collective Black Feast started regularly distributing free desserts, care packages and love letters to Black Portlanders. Salimatu Amabebe, a creator of the "Love Letters to Black Folks" project, said it began as a way to support Black Lives Matter protesters and help her community. We talk with Amabebe about the inspiration behind the ongoing project.

Dinner collective distributes free desserts, love letters to Black Portlanders

Foster youth deliver policy agenda to lawmakers for 2021 session

Foster youth from the group Oregon Foster Youth Connection have released a series of policy recommendations to lawmakers for the 2021 session. Past OFYC recommendations for the troubled foster care system have been approved in prior sessions, including tuition waivers for foster youth in community colleges or state universities, a Foster Child Bill of Rights, and access to ongoing extracurricular activities. The latest recommendations include ways to remove bias in the foster care system, provide universal access to trauma-informed mental health resources, and a major change in the way decisions are made to remove a child from their biological family in the first place. We talk with Kathleen Rodriguez Perez and Hannah Royal, who each entered the foster care system when they were 14 and helped draft the recommendations.

Multnomah County voter turnout especially high

Multnomah County's in-person voter outreach has been curtailed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Election Director Tim Scott says voter turnout is especially high. We talk with Scott about how his office has been connecting with voters during the pandemic, and how ballot counting is going.

How women leaving the workforce affects everyone

Women are leaving the workforce in much higher numbers than men in Oregon and across the country. We'll talk about why and what the long-term consequences could be with Andrea Paluso, executive director of Family Forward Action.

Parents push for some students to return to school

The challenges of "comprehensive online learning" are proving too great for many parents and prompting some into activism. Groups like Clackamas county's "Clack to School" are lobbying Gov. Brown and the Oregon Department of Education to re-examine what's possible in the pandemic and provide an option for students to return to the classroom, starting with younger students and those with special needs. Jennifer Dale is one of the organizers of the group. She has three children in the Lake Oswego school district, one with Downs Syndrome.

Portland author Vanessa Veselka's new novel is 'The Great Offshore Grounds'

Portland writer Vanessa Veselka is out with a new novel. "The Great Offshore Grounds" follows the misadventures of two half-sisters, their adopted brother, and the mother who raised them all. It's two parts family tragicomedy and one part critique of capitalism. It was long-listed for a 2020 National Book Award.

Portland author Vanessa Veselka's new novel is 'The Great Offshore Grounds'

OSHA to implement new COVID-19 workplace protection standards

State regulators say there are currently 73 active COVID-19 workplace outbreaks. More than 4000 workers have contracted the virus from their workplaces. Union leaders have been working with Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Authority to draft a new set of COVID-19 workplace protection standards. The standards are nearly finalized, but union leaders say they don't go far enough. We talk with Michael Wood, the administrator of Oregon OSHA, and Jessica Giannettino Villatoro, the political director for Oregon AFL-CIO, about the new standards which are set to begin by November 1st.

Oregon restaurant and bar owners brace for winter

When coronavirus restrictions began to ease earlier this summer, some restaurants and bars were able to use Portland streets for outdoor dining. But as Oregonians brace for the winter, restaurants will have to adapt to the bad weather, or make do with limited indoor seating. We check in with Naomi Pomeroy, chef and owner of Beast and Expatriate, and Tom O'Leary, owner of T.C. O'Leary's. They tell us how business has been so far, and what restaurants still need to survive.

'Getting COVID isn't cool'

Jack Forrest is a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in journalism and political science and news editor of the university newspaper, the "Daily Emerald." He says he thought he was informed about COVID-19 and following the guidelines to keep himself safe — until he tested positive for the coronavirus and came down with severe symptoms. He joins us to talk about the essay he wrote about his experience, "Getting COVID Isn't Cool," and what he wishes he'd done differently.

Washington State ballot roundup

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is seeking a third term this year, as are the incumbent Secretary of State and Attorney General. Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins walks us through some of the big races on the ballot in Washington this election.

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