Today was the first day of legal retail pot sales in Oregon, and spirits were high at dispensaries across the Portland area.
In this piece, KBOO reporter Jim Thompson speaks with customers lines up outside Shango's, a dispensary in Hillsboro, followed by KBOO reporter Doug McVay speaking with Mike Mullins of Stoney Girl Gardens, a dispensary in Clackamas County, to see how opening day went from a business owner's perspective. 6:00 minutes (5.5 MB)
After a mass shooting claimed ten lives this morning at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, President Obama adressed the nation with visible frustration, saying, "[Thoughts and prayers do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America next week or a couple months from now."
His remarks touch on the now-routine nature of such killings, and the widespread frustration with the inevitable political stalemate over the issue of gun control that follows them.
KBOO's news director Jenka Soderberg spoke with Professor Eric Mankowski of Portland State University about the impact of these mass murders on our collective psyche.
4:10 minutes (3.82 MB)
On the morning of October 1, a gunman entered Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and killed at least ten people and injured twenty before being killed by law enforcement.
Residents of Douglas County are still in shock over today’s events but they are pulling together.
Vigils are being planned, the Red Cross is helping out, and grief counselors are on site.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with John Sajo, a Douglas County parent whose daughter attends Umpqua Community College, to find out more about the community’s response.
2:58 minutes (2.72 MB)
Ryan Bell, a former Seventh Day Adventist Pastor, tried an experiment. What would life be like if he spent a year without God? He blogged about his adventure at Year Without God. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
In the second of my three-part series on ex-ministers, I speak with Pat Green. When the ministry ended for Pat due to his commitment to same-gender marriage, he left the church and scrambled to find work. He ended up driving a taxi in the Chicago area. That is where his ministry became real. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
This is episode 13 of The Spirit of the Forest, an audio drama and dark comedy produced by Oregon resident Dan Crall. This podcast reflects upon and celebrates the sadness, the absurdity, and normalcy of modern life.