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How the coronavirus is impacting business and the homeless in Portland

How the coronavirus is impacting business and the homeless in Portland

March 27, 2020

On this week’s episode, Laural Porter talks with Andrew Hoan, the executive director of the Portland Business Alliance, about the impact the coronavirus has had on Portland’s economy. Laural also speaks with an organizer from Street Roots and a woman who is homeless in Portland to find out how the public health crisis is affecting them.

Oregon Food Bank, census organizers meet coronavirus challenges head-on

Oregon Food Bank, census organizers meet coronavirus challenges head-on

March 24, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is sending far-reaching shockwaves through our communities. But the CEO of the Oregon Food Bank said the organization is determined it will meet the need of those hurting in this crisis. Also, we get an update on U.S. census collection. Since field operations have been suspended, crews are using social media, texting, and phone calls to contact people now, with hopes they'll be able to get out in the field later.

Jules Boykoff on why we should cancel the Olympics

Jules Boykoff on why we should cancel the Olympics

March 20, 2020

Jules Boykoff, a political scientist who studies the Olympics, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in March 2020 about why the Summer Games should be canceled amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Value of Jobs report in Oregon

Value of Jobs report in Oregon

March 13, 2020

The full economic impact of COVID-19 is still unknown, but the executive director of the Portland Business Alliance, Andrew Hoan, said it's already had significant impact on the traded sector, the hospitality industry, and everything in between. Those ominous headwinds come at a time the region has been surging economically.

Hoan said the Portland metro area has been in uncharted waters with an 11-year economic expansion, the longest in history. But no one knows what lies ahead.

Rep. Schrader on coronavirus and climate change

Rep. Schrader on coronavirus and climate change

March 6, 2020
Congressman Kurt Schrader (D), who is being challenged by Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba in the Democratic primary, talks about why he should continue to represent the 5th District. He also discussed a coronavirus case reported in his district, climate change and health care.

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