KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘s time to get it done, but critics remain

Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘s time to get it done, but critics remain

September 15, 2021

Greg Johnson, the leader of the Interstate Bridge Replacement project, and Joe Cortright, a Portland economist opposed to replacing the bridge, discuss the latest bridge project and concerns about the cost, tolling and congestion. 

Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by changing federal tax code

Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by changing federal tax code

September 10, 2021

In a wide-ranging interview, Sen. Ron Wyden discusses a number of issues like the Afghanistan withdrawal, the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation he authored to eliminate dozens of current tax credits and replace them with provisions that would move the country toward achieving its carbon emission reduction goals.

Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer’s deadly heat waves and plan for dealing with a hotter future

Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer’s deadly heat waves and plan for dealing with a hotter future

August 20, 2021

Multnomah County Chair Kafoury, Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines and Deputy Chief of Multnomah County Emergency Management Alice Busch were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk to reflect on the deadly heat wave and explore ways to address future heat emergencies.

Black community leaders in Portland push for slavery reparations commission in Congress

Black community leaders in Portland push for slavery reparations commission in Congress

August 13, 2021

Oregon state Sen. Lew Frederick, Cameron Whitten, co-founder of the Black Resilience Fund and founder of the nonprofit Brown Hope, and Dr. Carmen Thompson, a historian and visiting scholar in the Black studies department at Portland State University, discuss the prospect of reparations and what they should look like with KGW's Laural Porter. 

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff

July 16, 2021

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Eugene, Springfield, and Corvallis this week to highlight how the president's vision would improve traffic safety, make historic investments to help cut carbon pollution and make everyday Americans' lives better. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 presidential candidate was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. 

Pacific University political science professor and Olympics expert Jules Boykoff was also a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. Boykoff discussed the politics leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, athlete activism, and Northwest athletes to watch.

The pandemic’s impact on those struggling with addiction

The pandemic’s impact on those struggling with addiction

July 9, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control reported a record number of overdose related deaths during the pandemic and several studies showed binge drinking increased during that same time. 

This week, Straight Talk covered addiction and the impact the pandemic has had on those struggling. Two employees at the De Paul Treatment Centers joined to talk about the challenges doctors and their patients have navigated over the past year. They also shared advice for those who think they or a loved one may need help to deal with substance abuse.

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer: bipartisan infrastructure deal an ‘important step toward rebuilding and renewing America’

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer: bipartisan infrastructure deal an ‘important step toward rebuilding and renewing America’

June 25, 2021

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) has said he has waited his entire congressional career for an opportunity to participate in a sweeping infrastructure plan like the one President Biden has proposed.

Blumenauer was a guest this week on Straight Talk, and applauded Biden's announcement this week that he's reached a bipartisan deal on a pared down version of his American Jobs Plan.

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof blames many of Portland’s problems on a failure of leadership

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof blames many of Portland’s problems on a failure of leadership

June 18, 2021

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about human rights, women's rights, and global affairs. He also has a unique perspective on his home state of Oregon and in Portland. In this episode of Straight Talk, Laural Porter went to Kristof Family Farms in Yamhill to talk to Kristof about his views of Portland, city leadership, and what he thinks the city needs to do to rebound.

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof reflects on growing up in Oregon and the struggles of rural America

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof reflects on growing up in Oregon and the struggles of rural America

June 11, 2021

New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof has been called the "Indiana Jones of journalists" for the dangerous places he's reported from around the world; genocide in Darfur, the massacre in China's Tiananmen Square, and war and human suffering in Yemen.
But Kristof says some of the most painful and heart wrenching reporting he's done has been on the struggles and despair right in his own backyard.
In this episode of "Straight Talk", KGW's Laural Porter went to the Kristof Family Farms in Yamhill to talk to Kristof about what's happening in what he calls "the other America," and where he sees hope for the future.

Portland Parks leaders thank voters and look forward to restoring summer programs

Portland Parks leaders thank voters and look forward to restoring summer programs

June 4, 2021

When the pandemic forced Portland Parks and Recreation to close community centers, swimming pools, and recreation programming, that also meant a hit to revenues. Portland voters came to the rescue in November 2020, passing a five-year operating levy. Portland Parks and Recreation Director Adena Long and Portland City Commissioner Carmen Rubio join Laural Porter to discuss what the levy means for the bureau, and what Portland residents will see from Parks & Rec this summer. Commissioner Rubio also discusses the spike in gun violence in Portland, and a new plan for homeless campers. 

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