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.

Most Recent Episodes

'Any Oregon Sunday' documents the state's diverse motorcycle communities

'Any Oregon Sunday' is a 15-minute documentary that provides a snapshot of female motorcycle riders in Oregon. It explores Oregon's outdoors and highlights the state's natural splendor. Kanani Koster is the film's director and Tiffany Lindquist is a producer and writer for the film. 'Any Oregon Sunday' will be screening on Thursday at The Clinton Street Theater in Portland. The film is also part of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival in La Grande and will be available to watch online.

'Any Oregon Sunday' documents the state's diverse motorcycle communities

What would tribal leaders want from the first Native American to lead the National Parks Service?

The National Parks Service could be getting its first Native American director. Charles "Chuck" Sams III is an enrolled member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes and the former director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. President Joe Biden nominated Sams to be director of the National Park Service in August and a Senate committee met Tuesday to consider his nomination. Journalist Brian Oaster asked three tribal leaders what they want to see from Sams if he's confirmed. We hear from Oaster about their answers and about some of the harmful history the NPS has with Native tribes.

What would tribal leaders want from the first Native American to lead the National Parks Service?

Oregon's vaccine mandate deadline

The deadline for many Oregon workers to get vaccinated was this Monday. At the Department of Corrections, roughly 67% of employees got vaccinated. Another 20% got a religious exemption. At Portland Public Schools, 90% of employees got vaccinated and 80 staff members were let go. Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority, tells us about the effects of the mandate, and what vaccination rates look like around the state.

REBROADCAST: Contralto

We listen back to an interview with Sarah Hennies, the composer of a piece called "Contralto." It's part music, part documentary, and it features the voices of transgender women.

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When four cousins head on a journey to Mexico to visit their ill grandfather and other family, they learn more about their heritage and find a new appreciation for their family's sacrifices. The cousins documented their experience in a new short film called "First Time Home". We hear more from Esmirna Librado and Noemi Librado-Sanchez, two of the film's co-directors. "First Time Home" is part of the Portland Film Festival and is available to watch online.

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Washington's vaccine mandate takes effect

Washington State Patrol announced departure of 127 personnel as result of the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, including 67 troopers, 6 sergeants and 1 captain. Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins tells us how the vaccine mandate deadline has affected Washington State workers.

REBROADCAST: My Voice Music

Last week, Portland musician Ian Mouser was struck and killed by the driver of a pickup truck while bicycling in Arizona. He was pursuing his dream of cycling across the United States. Mouser was the founder of My Voice Music, which provides music lessons and recording opportunities to kids who would otherwise have none. We spoke to Mouser in January of 2020, after My Voice Music had been awarded a half million dollar Lewis prize to expand his work. He was joined by Rayawnie Paris, an emerging hip hop artist who walked into a My Voice Music program at 17, and at 21 was one of the program's teachers.

Modoc people sleep on ancestral lands for the first time in almost 150 years

The Modoc ancestral run has been taking descendants of Modac people to native lands of historical and spiritual importance for the past 11 years. This year, for the first time in 150 years, the Modoc people slept on the top of the Peninsula, the first piece of land the Modoc creator made when constructing the world according to the people's history. Monica Yellowowl is the founder and run leader of the Ancestral Run and joins us to share details on how the run was so different this year than any year before.

Modoc people sleep on ancestral lands for the first time in almost 150 years

Vaccine mandate deadline reached for many workers

Monday, October 18, is the deadline for many workers in the state to be vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. We'll talk to Beth Graser, communications officer at the Hillsboro School District, Todd Fuller, Vale city manager, Mike Lepin, Chief of the Jefferson County EMS district, and Charlie Tveit, Chief Executive Officer of Lake Health District, about how their staffing and services will be affected by the deadline.

Strike would impact Oregon film projects

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted to authorize a strike. If that strike happens on Monday, October 18, it would be the first in the union's 128-year history. IATSE represents production staff on at least 3 projects filming in Oregon right now. We'll hear from cdavid cottrill, a leader at IATSE local 488, about what the union is asking for and what a strike would mean here.