February 23, 2010
NPR's Morning Edition
In California, lawmakers have approved a measure that requires all new construction to meet significant green building standards. The law, which takes effect next year, is the first of its kind in the country.

But it's already under attack from a couple of directions. Some environmentalists say the rules don't go far enough, while some preservationists say the law could encourage the demolition of historically significant buildings.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010
Marketplace Morning Report
Coaches of big university football programs have been opting to trade in tradition for a healthier paycheck. And that's created a merry-go-round effect that's left hard-to-fill holes in collegiate sports departments
Friday, March 12, 2010
Marketplace Money
Fewer people are saving for retirement. The Employee Benefit Research Institute released its annual retirement confidence survey this week. Almost 30 percent of the nation's workers have less than $1,000 set aside for their golden years. A majority has less than $25,000 socked away. That means retirees and future retirees are having to rethink their plans, and popular retirement communities, like Bend, Ore., are having to adjust.
October 8, 2009
NPR's All Things Considered
Rural southern Oregon has an unemployment rate of nearly 15 percent. The slowdown in the housing market has clobbered the region's largest private employer, Jeld-Wen. The company makes doors and windows for homes, products that rise and fall with the overall housing market.
October 27, 2009
Marketplace Morning Report
Americans have been cutting back on steaks and hamburgers, which means cattle ranchers get less money for their cows.
October 19, 2009
NPR's Morning Edition
Every October Oregon becomes a mecca for mushroom pickers. In the past, most have ties to southeast Asia, where harvesting the forest is part of traditional culture. Because of the tough economy, less experience pickers are showing up to try to make money. Some mushrooms are worth more than $700 a pound on the international market.
August 14, 2009
Marketplace Morning Report
The recession has cut into wine sales in restaurants, so winemakers are trying to find ways to attract new buyers, including one market the business had previously written off. Ethan Lindsey reports.
February 13, 2009
Marketplace Money
Oregon residents can get paid through Medicaid if they become official caretakers for family members. Ethan Lindsey reports how some home care workers get help from the state, and how the recession might affect the job.
December 4, 2008
NPR's Morning Edition
The timber industry has long been an economic driver for the Pacific Northwest. But over the past few decades, it has taken several big hits.

Legal battles between environmentalists and loggers slowed production considerably. The Clinton administration limited the number of logs that could be cut. And now, with the current economic downturn, things are getting worse.

Ethan Lindsey of Oregon Public Broadcasting tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that recent state job reports showed thousands of job losses in the region. Many of the big sawmills in Oregon and Washington state have been forced to close.
April 3, 2009
The Oregon State basketball team had a dismal conference record last year, but is now playing in the College Basketball Invitational final. Ethan Lindsey reports on how the Beavers' turnaround could be a lesson for the nation's economy.
March 16, 2009
NPR's All Things Considered
Some new states have moved into the top 10 in the latest housing foreclosure figures: Illinois, Idaho and Oregon. They are states that had not suffered significantly in the subprime mortgage crisis until now. Growing unemployment may be forcing more and more people to give up on paying their mortgages.
July 5, 2008
NPR's Weekend All Things Considered
The U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials are finishing up in Eugene, Ore., this weekend, making the town worthy of its nickname: Track Town USA. Eclectic Eugene, population 150,000, has a long history in this sport: the first Nike running shoe was created in Eugene, former track super star Steve Prefontaine is from the town and a huge number of runners congregate here.
July 19, 2009
NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday
The state of Oregon has passed a new law that emulates the National Football League's "Rooney Rule," encouraging the hiring of minority coaches. The move comes after the University of Oregon, in a quick and very non-transparent process, hired an assistant coach to replace the head football coach of the Ducks. Both coaches are white, as are the head football coaches at all the state's public universities.
June 17, 2008
NPR's All Things Considered
All Things Considered, June 17, 2008 · Capitol Hill scandals involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham prompted the state of Oregon to institute well-received ethics reform laws.

But as the laws take effect, the state is seeing mass resignations from elected office and public boards.
June 12, 2008
Marketplace Morning Report
Want to help fight a deadly disease but don't have any money to contribute to research? The Seattle Biomedical Research Institute can enlist you to contract the disease -- and even get paid for it. Ethan Lindsey has more.
May 19, 2008
Morning Edition
Democrats are trying to unseat Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon. Tuesday's primary will decide which Democratic candidate will face him in the fall — the state House speaker or an activist who plays up the fact that he has a metal hook for a hand.
March 14, 2008
The 8 eastern counties of Oregon are home to 180,000 people. It's some of the most sparsely populated land in the entire country. And those empty high desert plateaus hold a dark secret about severe mental illness -- and its sometimes tragic results.

OPB continues to look at the state's mental health system in this next installment of 'On Our Minds.' Out of every 100,000 people in Oregon, 16 commit suicide each year. That rate is not only higher in eastern Oregon - it is among the highest in the entire country. Ethan Lindsey reports now on the individual stories behind those numbers.
January 17, 2008
According to Bicycling Magazine, Portland, Ore., has the highest number of bike commuters in the country. Ethan Lindsey reports on the industry that's grown up around all those riders.
November 18, 2007
Weekend Edition Sunday
Sports bars these days are where the computer geek meets the football fan.

In many sports bars, more than 10 pro football games on 10 televisions provide (mostly male) fantasy football fans with constant updates on all of their favorite teams — and an opportunity to tap away at their laptops as they sip their beers.

The trend has implications for sports-bar culture in Portland.
November 30, 2007
Marketplace Money
With home prices dropping all over the country, how do you choose the right time to buy? Ethan Lindsey walks us through his home buying experience in Bend, Oregon.
May 19, 2008
In the past month, it's Senator Hillary Clinton who has been speaking most directly about rural, working-class people. Like the 17,000 residents of Pendleton. But Obama is the first major presidential candidate in 20 years to cross over the Cascades.
September 13, 2007
Marketplace Morning Report
The number of college-aged students in rural areas is dwindling and the local universities are struggling to stay open. Ethan Lindsey explores what some colleges are doing to stay afloat.
January 7, 2008
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has strict rules banning a school from profiting off a student-athlete's name or image. But those rules could change under a proposal currently being discussed by the organization. Ethan Lindsey reports.
October 25, 2007
A special election on Nov. 6 in Oregon will determine the future of billboards along the state's well-traveled roads, where such signage has been tightly controlled for years. Ethan Lindsey reports.
February 23, 2007
Marketplace Morning Report
Jacques Chirac and Angela Merkel are trying to get the Airbus restructuring plan back on the runway. Germany balked at the initial plan which reportedly had it suffering the bulk of job cuts in the jointly-owned company.
February 21, 2007
Marketplace Morning Report
Palestinian ruling party Hamas has agreed to a power-sharing deal with Fatah, Israel's said that's a deal-breaker and the U.S. says it's not enough to remove the economic blockade. The Quartet meets in Berlin today to discuss what's next.
February 2, 2007
B-Side Radio
The boundaries that sometimes define 'us,' can also be used to create a 'them.' And one of the biggest divisions between 'us' and 'them' is language. From Berlin, Ethan Lindsey reports on how some German efforts to break down the language barrier, only serve to draw a sharper line between the two sides.
December 10, 2006
KPCC's Zocalo Radio
Ethan Lindsey hosts a show on the online game industry, its implications for both business and culture, and the long-term social consequences of online games.
January 31, 2007
Marketplace Morning Report
Germany has set a date that will effectively end all coal mining in that country by 2018, but some wonder if cleaner coal can still make a comeback there. Ethan Lindsey reports.
January 3, 2007
B-Side Radio
Lets be honest, most gossiping involves love -- or at least love lives, right? Even Hollywood gossip revolves around which celebrity is dating which other celebrity. But for us non-celebrities, the gossip rags aren't where you can find the inside scoop on which of your friends is recently single. There used to be one friend who was "in the know" and who you'd call for the dirt. But in this digital age, the gossip has been replaced by Myspace, as Ethan Lindsey reports.
September 18, 2006
Al Gore's documentary seems to have gotten everyone thinking about global climate change. Now a former Oregon governor is adopting the strategy for health care reform. Ethan Lindsey reports.
August 22, 2006
One segment of the video game industry that isn't suffering in the current slowdown is the sale of strategy guides. Ethan Lindsey reports.
September 30, 2006
B-Side Radio
Tom Craven is a 28-year-old video game tester from LA. He spends his office hours plugged into video games finding bugs and errors. Then he leaves work, drives home, goes into his room and plugs himself right back in. And in that world, Tom is a superstar.
August 12, 2006
Weekend America
In this age of personal computing, some of us have developed deep attachments to our machines. Commentator Ethan Lindsay will tell us about his long love of computers.
July 21, 2006
More than 140,000 people are expected to swarm San Diego this weekend for a comic-book convention. In the crowd will be movie types looking for fresh characters and plotlines to put on screen. Ethan Lindsey reports.
July 10, 2006
Southwest Airlines passengers flying out of San Diego today are in for something a little bit different — assigned seating. Ethan Lindsey reports on why the no-frills flyer is testing this frill.
January 27, 2006
Marketplace Morning Report
Product placement is everywhere these days. It's even turned up in a popular skit on Saturday Night Live. But was it intentional, or just comedy? Ethan Lindsey takes a look.
March 26, 2005
Weekend America
For six years now, reporter Ethan Lindsey has spent the first weekend of college basketball's March Madness hunched around a Las Vegas betting table trying to make it big. Over the years he became friends with another fan there. They reconnect once a year to share their love for college basketball and the madness that happens every March.
August 15, 2005
Some times it's tough to be the smart kid with the new idea — take the one-time stock market darling Gardenburger. The company said today it sold $12 million in vegetarian goods last quarter. That's a far cry from the almost $100 million it cleared annually in the mid '90s. Ethan Lindsey reports.
May 12, 2006
KPCC - Los Angeles, CA
The 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo may be coming to a close in Los Angeles, but you can expect video game companies to stay around in Hollywood for a good long while.
November 16, 2005
There's a place where you can buy an island for $26,000, which is either cheap or pricey, depending on how you look at it... the island in question exists only in an online game. Ethan Lindsey has the scoop on virtual trade.
May 9, 2006
When the new games roll out at E3 this week, many will remind hardcore gamers of one very successful older game: Grand Theft Auto. It was based on the movie Scarface, which itself is being made into a game. Ethan Lindsey reports.
March 3, 2006
Marketplace Morning Report
The World Baseball Classic gets underway today with games scheduled from Tokyo to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's all part of efforts to draw more fans to the game. But closer to home, a Major League team seems to want the opposite. Ethan Lindsey reports.