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Hotseat: Scientology Critic Tony Ortega

A longtime critic of Scientology visits the church’s Victory City.

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The Church of Scientology isn’t getting great press these days. The self-improvement religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954 was exposed in a 2013 book by Lawrence Wright and in a 2015 film doc   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Barry Lopez

The once-reclusive author comes out of the woods to embrace his inner sage.

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It’s been nearly 30 years since the publication of Arctic Dreams, the biography of the earth’s vast north by Barry Lopez. Up to that point, Lopez had a small, loyal following for his fiction   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 BRENT WALTH

Hotseat: Darius Rejali

A Reed College expert says the debate over U.S.-Sponsored torture overlooks its toll on those who carry it out.

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee published a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture after 9/11. The report found that, contrary to CIA cl   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Hotseat: Kevin Truong

An artist from Portland is photographing gay men everywhere.

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You’ve probably never heard of Kevin Truong, but his face is on the move. Truong, with his blond mop and orange baseball shirt, can now be seen on TriMet buses running to Portland State Univer   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 DAKOTA SMITH

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

The three-term governor is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?

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The state of Oregon and John Kitzhaber could really use a hard-fought governor’s race.  The third-term governor appears headed for re-election to a historic fourth stretch in office. He’s    More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

Hotseat: Steven Wax

Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job.

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Oregon has known only one chief federal public defender, the person who stands up in court for people who can’t afford an attorney. Steven Wax, who opened the state’s Federal Public Defender   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Greg Palast

The progressive—and often controversial—journalist says he’s fighting to protect your vote.

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Greg Palast guarantees one thing to people who read his book or hear him talk: “If I don’t make you laugh, then I’ll give you your money back.” A progressive journalist famous for taki   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Occupy the Law

First Amendment experts talk protest tactics and free speech.

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Occupy Portland has commanded media attention by camping in two city parks for 39 days, staging marches downtown and, last week, taking their protest inside local bank branches. Both the U.S. and Oreg   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 COREY PEIN

Hotseat: Edward Glaeser

A Harvard economist says what we think about urban life may be wrong.

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Go ahead, keep on thinking the world’s big cities are dangerous and unhealthy, that they increase alienation and poverty. Edward Glaeser wants you to know the truth. Glaeser, a Harvard economist,    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Hotseat: Jody Williams

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who threatened to fry Canada’s prime minister.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams wasn’t always so anti-authoritarian and outspoken.  Williams, who is speaking in Portland this week, says she worried about getting in trouble growing    More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NATHAN GILLES
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