OHSU School of Nursing Ashland Campus students practice nursing skills in September 2022. A national shortage of nursing school faculty and nurse preceptors prevents nursing schools from teaching more students. More nurses are needed to meet growing health care demands.

New OHSU academy aims to increase nursing faculty

A nursing school faculty shortage is having a nationwide impact.

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Merritt Paulson to sell Portland Thorns, head coach Rhian Wilkinson to resign

Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Thorns and Timbers, has announced that he will sell the women’s soccer team but maintain ownership of the men’s team. One day later, the head coach of the team announced her resignation. We discuss the latest Thorns news, what’s at stake and what comes next.


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Homicides in Portland now at all-time high

Portland has seen 93 homicides this year, and the year isn't over yet. Meanwhile, legal challenges to the Oregon ballot measure that voters narrowly approved to tighten gun laws statewide continue. We get details from OPB reporter Jonathan Levinson.




US House passes bill to avoid rail worker strike

Railroad workers have expressed concerns over unpredictable schedules and extended periods of on-call time. On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would bind companies and workers to accept an agreement reached in September.



Portland photographer Intisar Abioto on art, Black history and the Cannady House

Intisar Abioto's work is currently on display in Beaverton and Portland. Her art reflects her own perspective, Black history and the intersections of past and present. We talk with her about all of this and her efforts to buy the Cannady house, a place of historical significance in Northeast Portland.






Graphic novel tackles life on the Canadian oil sands

Kate Beaton’s newest book is a deeply personal graphic memoir called “Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands" about the time she spent working in the oil industry in Alberta, Canada in the mid-2000s. The book is a brutally honest exploration of class, migration, misogyny, and the culture of her homeland: the island of Cape Breton, in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.



The world’s longest mountain biking trail will cut right through Oregon

For people who live to ride mountain bike trails through the wilderness, there is a new dream on the horizon. One day soon, it may be possible to ride all the way from the southern tip of the Baja peninsula up the west coast to the Canadian border.



Republican state senators caucus near the water cooler in the Oregon Senate on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Salem, Ore.

Oregon Republicans celebrate wins, focus on future

The so-called “red wave” did not materialize in the 2022 election. Nonetheless, the GOP made some significant gains nationally and in the Northwest. We talk with two strategists about the future of the Oregon Republican party.


How solutions journalism can help spur climate action

It’s no surprise that reading news about the ever-worsening climate crisis can be depressing. But a new study suggests that when journalists frame climate stories differently and focus on solutions, the effect can change dramatically.


A celebration of Black punks

In 2006 Osa Atoe, a Black feminist punk living in Portland, did what felt natural in the punk scene: she started a zine. “Shotgun Seamstress” was a fanzine by, for and about Black punks that published eight issues. Now, a new book reprints all the zines in one place. Osa Atoe joins us to talk about "Shotgun Seamstress," zines and the joys of punk music.

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