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Helping protect our daughters from sexual assault, date rape, and workplace harassment is the topic of the book, "Way of the Warrior Mama, the Guide to Protecting and Raising Strong Daughters." Journalist and survivor Sally Clark is the author, and she was interviewed for this program.

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Leif Hansen, the founder of a successful auto collision repair business, is sharing his success by initiating a mentorship program to pair business leaders with at-risk youth. He tells about his mission, which has its roots in his own difficult childhood.

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With the More Than Pink Walk, formerly known as the Race for the Cure, coming up soon, we focus on the Community Pillar of Komen's work, described by the Komen organization's Alice Fern, and by Travis Vanderhoof, a store manager for sponsor Les Schwab Tires.

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Onetime Portland radio personality Turi Ryder has had a long and successful career as a talk show host in cities from Chicago to Los Angeles, with adventures ranging from infuriating to hilarious. She shares it all in a book titled, "She Said What ?Turi joins John to reminisce and entertain.

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School begins in Portland and other districts in a matter of days, on the heels of passage of the Oregon student success act, a multi-billion dollar education tax designed to improve student performance and cut down class size. We air contrasting views from Rep. Janeen Sollman, Rep. Cheri Helt, Mindy Merrit, president of the Salem-Keizer Education Association, Sen. Brian Boquist, Sen. Lew Frederick, and Governor Kate Brown

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A pair of local authors have written a series of fantasy novels for young adults, with strong themes of female empowerment, and the third one has just been published. We interview author KC Cowan.

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August 15, 2019 15 min

With Medicare open enrollment beginning October 15, we interview Lisa Emerson from the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace about the options, and about the many ways consumers can get information.

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August 15, 2019 4 min

Sarah Boone is newly sworn in as Portland's first African-American female Fire Chief. Chief Boone describes her vision for the bureau.

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Legal Walls PDX is a proposal for a legal graffiti wall in the Central Eastside Industrial District. Advocates say it will make the public art community more inclusive and connected. We hear about the proposal from Tiffany Conklin, Tomás Valladares, Brittany Quale, Quinn the artist, and reaction from the Mayor and council members.

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With the More Than Pink Walk, formerly known as the Race for the Cure, coming up next month, we interview Dr. David Page, a medical oncologist with of Providence Medical Group about groundbreaking developments in the fight against breast cancer.

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August 8, 2019 7 min

The terrible fire almost a year ago that devastated the town of Paradise, California drew a heartwarming response from people in Oregon and Washington, but the need is still there. We help promote an upcoming benefit concert at Brandy Creek Farm in Hubbard by interviewing the manager of the farm, Jojo Petro, and horse owner Katie Walther.

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Portland piano legend Michael Allen Harrison joins us in-studio to promote his upcoming Ten Grands on the Diamond concert, which raises funds for the Snowman Foundation--a nonprofit that provides musical instruments to musically-inclined children who otherwise would not have the means.

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Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden is interviewed by 1190 KEX's Mark Mason on topics ranging from legislation to stop robocalls to Russian involvement in America's elections.

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TriMet’s Board of Directors has voted to cut MAX's downtown travel time from 22 to 19 minutes by closing two light-rail stops on the transit mall, and test-closing the Kings Hill stop for one year. That's in spite of a neighborhood effort to keep it open. We hear what neighbors Connie Kirk and Sherry Solomon told the TriMet Board earlier.

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Local philanthropists Junki and Linda Yoshida are staging their final Soulful Giving Blanket Concert this week, a benefit for Randall Children's Hospital, in their Troutdale Estate--which they will then donate to the hospital as a retreat for patients and staff. We interview the Yoshidas about their philanthropy and commitment to the cause of fighting cancer.

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July 25, 2019 10 min

A new Oregon law--now receiving national attention--allows students to take "mental health days" off of school. We hear the original testimony from students Derek Evans, Hailey Hardcastle, Lori Riddle, Dale Penn, Leina McLaughlin, and Sam Richard Adamson, and psychologist Robin Henderson.

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July 19, 2019 11 min

We hear the signing ceremony for the bill that requires Holocaust and genocide education in Oregon public schools, including comments from 14-year old Clair Sarnowski, who championed its passage; Eva Eigner, who survived the Holocaust; and Governor Kate Brown, who signed the bill into law.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says the nation's voting system is more at risk of outside interference than ever before, with many states purchasing very hackable voting machines, and Congress ignoring warnings. We aired the Senator's full remarks from the Senate floor.

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July 19, 2019 1 min

A report from AAA of Oregon reveals that certain vehicle escape tools designed to help people exit a car following a crash are obsolete. AAA's Marie Dodds tells what listeners need to know.

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Onetime Portland radio personality Turi Ryder has had a long and successful career as a talk show host in cities from Chicago to Los Angeles, with adventures ranging from infuriating to hilarious. She shares it all in a book titled, "She Said What?" Turi joins John to reminisce and entertain.

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