KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
From Portland to Zimbabwe, nonprofits innovate holistic health solutions

From Portland to Zimbabwe, nonprofits innovate holistic health solutions

May 21, 2021

Three generations living together in a connected community, peers helping others experiencing homelessness, and grandmothers trained to offer counseling to people suffering from depression: from Portland to Zimbabwe nonprofits are innovating ways to deliver holistic health care.

Dr. Derenda Schubert, the executive director of Bridge Meadows, Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, the president and CEO of Central City Concern, and Dr. Dixon Chibanda, the founder and CEO of Zimbabwe's Friendship Bench were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk.

Tax Day: What do your federal and state taxes pay for?

Tax Day: What do your federal and state taxes pay for?

May 14, 2021

Tax Day comes a month later than usual in 2021. The IRS extended the filing and payment deadline to May 17 to allow people more time because of difficulties posed by the pandemic. On Straight Talk, former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, economist Dr. Eric Fruits with the Cascade Policy Institute, and DHM Research pollster John Horvick join Laural Porter to discuss where Americans' taxes go, how much is wasted, and what poll numbers say about Oregonians' opinions on taxes.

Twenty years of Gleevec: The impact of the life-saving cancer drug pioneered by an OHSU doctor

Twenty years of Gleevec: The impact of the life-saving cancer drug pioneered by an OHSU doctor

May 7, 2021

Before 2001, a diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia was almost certainly terminal. But a breakthrough drug pioneered by a doctor at OHSU changed that and made the rare cancer treatable, saving thousands of lives. 

Dr. Brian Druker, chairman of OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute, and Rob Shick, a CML survivor and chair of the Knight Cancer Council, join Laural Porter to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gleevec's FDA approval, look back on the impact it has had on cancer care, and discuss what's next in the fight to cure cancer. 

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