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Speaking Freely With Annette Newell

Apr 24, 2022

President Joe Biden made his first visit to the Pacific Northwest since his election, arriving at Portland International Airport Thursday.  His visit, greeted with enthusiastic support from members of his own party, including Governor Kate Brown, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Oregon’s...

Apr 23, 2022

The extended wildfire season is making a big impact on Oregon, for some of the most harmful types of air pollution: particle pollution and ozone. 

  The Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report tracks and grades Americans’ exposure to unhealthy levels of smog, and soot. Julian Dillon, Oregon’s  Executive...

Apr 20, 2022

Lots of topics covered in this one!  

First, the financial landscape for Americans is changing.  Many states, including Oregon and Washington have passed legislation requiring retirement plans.  But do the people who could benefit the most from them, even know what they are? I talked to Financial Analyst Eric Phillips.

Apr 5, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has become the focus of many of us here in the Pacific Northwest, including elected leaders, policy experts, and even family members with ties to Ukraine or Russia. So in this episode I’m gathering some of their emotions and thoughts.   We start with my conversation with Oregon U.S....

Apr 3, 2022

An Oregon State University Professor and historian's work on a book sheds light on the current war in Ukraine. Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols joined other historians and scholars, writing and editing a book about grand strategy, which countries use to further their interests. We talked about how the ideas in the...