Stories from the High Desert

This episode is an interview with Dana Whitelaw, Executive Director of the High Desert Museum just south of Bend, Oregon.  This Museum is all about wildlife and living history, a place that immerses visitors in the unique environment of Central Oregon’s desert region.  Here’s an...

Conversation with a World Champion of Birding

Can you guess the place that’s the favorite birding spot of a world champion of birding? (spoiler alert: It’s in Oregon!). This conversation with Noah Strycker covers his adventures as a young rock-star of birding, far from the birder stereotype and a leader of the...

First Around the World Flight

The first round-the-world airplane flight started where?  Bob Hart, Executive Director of the Lane County History Museum describes the original Eugene Air Park, built at the urging of Mahlon Sweet, whose name was given to today’s main airport in Eugene. Image: Eugene Airport

The 10,000 Year Old Sandal

There are many wonderful surprises in this episode, a conversation with Dr. Tom Connolly, Director of Archeological Research at the University of Oregon. For example, the stories of the 10,000 year old intact sandals.  And then learning that the archeology of Oregon is of surprising...

Portland Beginnings and the Pittock Mansion

The early days of Portland, Oregon, as told through this interview with Patti Larkin, Curator of the Pittock Mansion. Henry Pittock was the owner of the Oregonian newspaper, who came across on the Oregon Trail and became one of the most influential people in early Oregon.

An Oregon Safe House

This interview with Eric Richardson tells the story of the Mims House, a ‘Safe House’ in Eugene. Many people are surprised to learn that blacks weren’t welcome to stay overnight, even into the 1960s.  Eric grew up knowing the Mims family and is President of...