Was Oregon's economy in trouble even before the sub-prime meltdown? That's what new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau say. Despite record-breaking economic expansion before the current downturn, most Oregonians' incomes have remained flat since 2000. Poverty and lack of health insurance or other problems that did not improve during the boom. What did Oregon leaders fail to do? How well are Oregonians equipped to face an economy that continues to falter? What strategy should our legislature and governor consider to turn things around? Jo Ann and Dave talk with Mike Leachman, policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy about these and other questions.
Controversy erupts in the bewildering aftermath of the airing of an extemely violent radio drama involving murderous Blackwater Contractors, scantily clad women and sanctimonious senators. Listen at your own risk to HOW I WROTE THE DEADLIEST PREY.
On the September 4 Recovery Zone, host Stephanie Potter speaks with Ned Rosch of the Portland chapter of No More Victims, an organization that helps to connect American communities to the children who have been maimed by military actions in Iraq, and provide them with medical care, friendship and hope. The group here is sponsoring 5-year-old Mustafa Abed who lost his leg in a U.S. bombing raid.