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Join the Dive podcast every Saturday as we quickly cover the week's headlines, and then dive deeper into the big stories of the week. Host Brianna Wheeler sits down with the paper's staff as well as the biggest names in Portland to discuss the city and the events that change lives. The Dive podcast by Willamette Week is the best way to stay up to date with Portland's news, sports, arts, and culture.
 
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In this episode of the Dive Podcast, journalist Sophie Peel joins host Brianna Wheeler to discuss the conditions of the popular food card pod, Hawthorne Asylum, and how, due to lax/nonexistent regulations, those conditions may be more common than we think. But first we're joined by Rachel Saslow, whose contribution to this week's issue is a deep di…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler speaks to director Kisha Jarrett about her upcoming feature Black Girl In The Woods, the lack of black representation in outdoor media as well as how chronic illness affected her film. Then journalist Grace Culhane joins the pod to discuss the valuable lessons she learned while writing "The …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler compares Congress hopeful Carrick Flynn to a cartoon president before she and guest Rachel Monahan discuss his candidacy for Oregon's newly drawn 6th District. The two then unpack Flynn's controversial big-bitcoin funding, his cold shouldering of local politicos, and why his infamous owl com…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler talks primary endorsements and voter vibes with WW News Editor Aaron Mesh and pollster John Horvack. Brianna and Aaron will discuss accountability in public servants, which candidates are flip flopping, and whether or not there is hope for a blue Oregon. Then we'll catch up with pollster ext…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler celebrates her 420 hangover with two prestigious women in weed: longtime WW contributor and prolific cannabis journalist Lauren Yoshiko, and this week's captivating cover model/founder of therapeutic cannabis company Oracle Wellness, Chef Megon Dee Brianna also shares what she learned from t…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler applies Terry Pratchett's boot theory of socioeconomic awareness (nerd alert) to our city's current state of affairs before unpacking Portland's housing crisis with Michael Anderson, a senior researcher for regional sustainability think tank, Sightline Institute. Brianna also shares what she…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler unpacks a cover package all about Oregon beer and reminisces about barefoot day drinking before talking shop with recent Oregon Beer Award winner for best new brewery, Steeplejack's Anna Buxton. Brianna then explores the newest trend in Oregon craft brewing, non-alcoholic dopplegangers, with…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler examines Nigel Jaquiss' profile of democratic gubernatorial frontrunner, Tina Kotek, before discussing with Jaquiss a few of the possible reasons so many of Kotek's democratic contemporaries have chosen, despite her thrillingly progressive track record, to endorse her opponent, Tobias Read. …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler wonders what it takes to become one of Portland's Funniest Five comedians in conversations with cover package editor Bennett Campbell Ferguson and this year's funniest person themself, Bryan Bixby (aka Brian Bigsby). Everyone laments the lack of women on the list and hopes to do better next …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler examines the dichotomy between progressive Portland and conservative Oregon before unpacking what a Republican led Oregon might look like with one of our favorite political journalists, Rachel Monahan. We've also got your WW news snapshot, our favorite culture recommendations, and a reminder…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, host Brianna Wheeler admits to feeling fiscally inferior to a particularly precocious 11 year old before breaking down "The Portlanders Guide to Inflation" with this week's guests, Willamette Week news editor Aaron Mesh and reporter extraordinare Anthony Effinger. We've also got your 90 second Willamette Week ne…
 
In this episode of Willamette Week's podcast, we sit down with reporter Nigel Jaquiss. Nigel tells us about a story he's been working on for three months. He has uncovered damaging evidence against one of Oregon's most powerful figures. Multiple experts say that property sales by the R.B. Pamplin Corp. could violate Department of Labor regulations.…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to Willamette Week reporter and frequent guest of the show Anthony Effinger. Anthony brings us into the fold of one of the biggest political clashes of the year. Is the Secretary of State doing some dirty politic-ing or is she just doing her job? There's a battle going on, and we are here for it. We also…
 
In this episode, we include two interviews for you. We begin with an interview with freelance journalist Joseph Blake. Joseph takes us behind the scenes of his cover story which profiled 3 leading black entrepreneurs in our city. We also include a clip from the WW interview of Nick Kristof. We also hit you with the biggest stories of the week. Enjo…
 
It's pet week! The annual pet pageant took over the cover of WW this week, so we talked to one of the writers who dove into Portland's leading companions. Calley Hair tells us what to look out for as we abandon our best friends when we return to the office for the first time in years. We also talk to State Representative Dacia Grayber about how she…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we are joined by freelance writer Thatcher Shmid. Thatcher tells us about his cover story detailing the lives of Portland's vehicle home community. While homelessness is a main topic of discussion among civic leaders, these individuals who live in their cars and RVs often fly under the radar. We talk about this …
 
Join us for a lively discussion with Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines. We ask Dr. Vines all the questions that you probably have. Should we be worried about omicron? How has Portland mishandled their COVID-19 response? Can we trust the CDC? Whether you want to learn more about omicron or have questions that most papers won't try t…
 
This has been a huge week for anyone who cares about the 2022 Oregon gubernatorial race. First, independent candidate Senator Betsy Johnson sat down with Willamette Week to give a no holds barred interview where she commented on all the hot button local issues. This, in a not so shocking but still headline-making decision, the Oregon Secretary of S…
 
As we kick off 2022, let's reflect on 2021. We are joined by Willamette Week news editor Aaron Mesh as we talk about the biggest moments from 2021. We hand out some overdue awards and go over some possible takes for what Portland can expect in the upcoming months. It's been great to talk to you for a year, but 2022 can't come soon enough. Join us, …
 
What’s up with the big one? You know, that massive earthquake that is supposed to place downtown Portland at the center of a subduction zone? In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Ashley Streig - a seismologist from Portland State University. She tells us all about what to expect from the west coast tectonic plates that are creating a time bomb und…
 
Is nightlife back? Has covid left the downtown Portland party scene? Suzette Smith went to bars all over our city to answer the question: "what does the future of nightlife look like in Portland?" We are also joined by Tess Riski as she helps us break down the biggest news stories of the week, including more drama in the Portland Police office.…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, reporter Sophie Peel takes us behind the scenes of the Portland "trash wars." The city employees responsible for moving your trash are trying to prevent a private company from entering the market. The startup Ridwell offers a subscription product that allows you to recycle things like batteries and lightbulbs - …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to the man behind one of the biggest restaurant phenomenons in Portland this year. Jared Benedetto opened Jerry's Pizza during Covid and ever since then tens of thousands of people come to his website each week trying to claim one of his 200 pizzas a week. We talk to Jerry about the last year, his proces…
 
If you're from Portland, you probably have strong emotions about the Lloyd Center Mall. Well, that same mall is set to foreclose in the coming months. Have no fear though. Journalist Anthony Effinger is on the case, bringing us the most likely options of what will come of the space. Before we bring you in on this exclusive interview, we also get yo…
 
In this week's episode, we debreif Willamette Week's cover story which is an interview with one of the biggest names to ever run for public office in Oregon. Nick Kristoff - New York Times Columnist and best selling author - is pitching himself for the position of Governor of Oregon and Aaron has some reflections on his sitdown interview with WW. W…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to reporter Nigel Jaquiss about one of the biggest mysteries in the state: a leading figure in Oregon politics is in a coma after being poisoned twice. Who are the suspects? What are the motives? Listen to the show. No spoilers.Kirjoittanut Willamette Week
 
In this Episode of the Dive Podcast, Hank sits down with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. In December, Wyden and his colleagues will be voting on whether or not to raise the debt ceiling. We ask Wyden about the repercussions of this vote and how not raising the debt ceiling would affect Oregonians. We also talk about Oregon politics and bring you the bigges…
 
In this episode of The Dive Podcast, we talk to freelance journalist Karina Brown. Karina wrote this week's Willamette Week cover story all about prostitution stings in Portland. Sex work is illegal in the city, but many are complaining that the police are mishandling the situation. Listen to our interview as we ask Karina about things in her artic…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we invite on freelance writer and weed aficionado Brianna Wheeler. Brianna tells us all about how to source the best pot in the city. She also tells us why Justin Bieber is just soooo wrong. We also have Tess Riski - a WW reporter - back on the show to tell us about what is going on with body cams on Portland's …
 
In this episode of The Dive Podcast, we go behind the scenes with journalist Tess Riski on her story all about a poaching ring that has formed in Oregon. As police officers look to crack down on poaching to protect our wildlife, one suspect comes into the picture. His checkered past and bragging texts make him a primed villain in this true crime st…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we talk to PSU professor and map maker Hunter Shobe. In his new book, he uses maps to compare Portland with SF and Seattle. He uses these maps to draw conclusions about what makes Portland stand out. We learn about what keeps us weird, what our city's identity is, and where we are headed. We also talk to WW edit…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we sit down with Marley Blonsky ask she tells us about a movement she has started to make biking more accessible to larger riders. Hank also shares a personal story with you about his relationship with the Mayor and how he predicts trouble for the Wheeler administration.…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we interview freelance writer Anthony Effinger about his article concerning ivermectin. Ivermectin is commonly used as an animal de-worming medication but Portland-based podcasters Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying have been preaching its effects against COVID-19. It has now become a favorite medicine among the …
 
In this episode, we go behind the scenes on Willamette Week's Fall Arts Guide. Learn about the best artistic productions in the city from the WW Arts and Culture Editor Suzette Smith. Also, get an update on all the biggest news stories of the week. All that in under 20 minutes, episode 37 is happy to have you. Thanks for listening, see you next wee…
 
In this episode of the Dive podcast, we talk to Emma Pattee and Stuart Henigson who co-wrote this week's cover story for Willamette Week. This story is all about the Portland International Raceway. Based in Kenton, this race track admits so much noise it is constantly breaking city law. And yet, this racetrack - which is owned by the city - keeps o…
 
In this episode of the Dive, we discuss Sophie Peel's cover story. Sophie wrote this week's leading story all about the 20 people in Portland who use the most water. We talk about these so-called "hydro hogs" and the state of Portland's water system. We also talk about the failing attempt to impeach Mayor Wheeler and go over the biggest stories of …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we begin by going over some of the biggest stories of the week in our city. There are several fascinating stories to discuss that you will not want to miss. Our main story concerns a piece written by Shannon Gormley all about a nonprofit called Families for Climate. This group makes climate change fun to learn a…
 
In this episode, we interview reporter Tess Riski about her cover story surrounding private security firms that have popped up to replace the Portland Police force that has been reduced due to slashes in the PPD budget. We talk about why these companies are controversial and also why the police have put businesses in this situation in the first pla…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we interview Homer Williams and Lisa Marandas of Oregon Habor of Hope, a privately funded program looking to reduce homelessness in Portland. Together we discuss the upcoming plans to curb homelessness in our city as well as the intricacies of the private and public partnerships. Thank you for listening, and we …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we interview Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. We ask Chair Kafoury questions about homelessness, the vaccine rollout, and a potential run for Governor of Oregon. Thanks so much for listening to this episode and come back next week for the final installment of our special guest series. See you then! :)…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we interview one of Portland's leading pioneers in the food industry. James Beard Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley opened his innovative restaurant Paley's Place 26 years ago. Since then, Chef Paley has opened up several other acclaimed restaurants. After dealing with covid, protests, and Portland's homelessness …
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we interview the second most powerful person in Oregon, Shemia Fagan. Serving as the state's Secretary of State, we wanted to know what the person one heartbeat away from the Governor thought about a series of topics. We ask her about her performance and her accomplishments. We also give you some insight into a …
 
In this edition of Distant Voices, WW reporter Shannon Gormely interviews Scott Oviatt. Scott works for the Oregon branch of the Natural Ressources Conservation Service. He tells listeners about how the warm weather is affecting snowmelt and the consequences of the lack of snow that we are seeing. Also on the episode, WW reporter Sophie Peel interv…
 
In this episode of The Dive, we talk to Oregon State Rep. Janelle Bynum. Rep. Bynum presides over District 51 which includes a large swatch of east Portland. We had questions for one of the only black female Representatives in Salem. Thank you for listening and see you on Wedensday!Kirjoittanut Willamette Week
 
In this episode of Distant Voices, we feature an interview between Willamette Week Reporter Sophie Peel and Dr. Paul Loikith. Dr. Loikith is a climate expert and he tells listeners about the unprecedented heatwave that Portland experienced last week. We also air an interview between Willamette Week reporter May O'Hara and John McAfee. McAfee recent…
 
In this episode of the Dive Podcast, we interview U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. The topic of discussion? How f***ing hot it's been in Portland. We talk forest fires, global warming, and climate change legislation in this exclusive discussion with Senator Wyden. Thanks for listening to this episode and join us next week for another discussion with another…
 
In this episode of The Dive Podcast, we speak to Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines. Dr. Vines has been in charge of the County's response to COVID-19 and all other health crises that our city and county face. Naturally, we had a lot of questions for her. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of The Dive Podcast. Come back…
 
In this episode of Distant voices, editor Aaron Mesh interview Jeff Hawthorne about Portland's new statue of York. Matthew Singer interviews Jake Silberman - freelance cartoonist - about his new documentary about how the comedy industry is coming back. Thank you so much for listening and see you with our special guest on Saturday.…
 
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