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One reason we’re seeing such polarization in American society is that we’re not talking to each other. We’re wrapped up in our own cocoons and echo chambers.

In an effort to combat this, KUOW has  launched a series of person-to-person conversation events we call 'Ask A __.'

First responders say they continue to deploy law enforcement and search and rescue teams to rescue hikers entering closed-off areas of the Columbia River Gorge that were damaged in the Eagle Creek Fire.

The U.S. Forest Service says responders continue to be placed at great risk rescuing hikers who ignore barricades and signage in burn-affected areas still at risk of landslides, rockfall and falling trees.

'Dreamers' Of Oregon, Captured In Portraits

12 hours ago

Navigating life after the March 5 DACA deadline means a deepened feeling of life between worlds.

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Russian voters go the polls on March 18 to choose a president, but there’s not much to truly decide. 

Vladimir Putin will win his fourth term after 18 years in power. But behind the scenes of an election with a foregone conclusion — an event that should be drama-free — a more complicated picture emerges. 

For Putin, the real concern is not winning but the optics of how the race is won.  Turnout — getting enough people out to vote to make this victory feel like a mandate — is key to giving his fourth term a legitimacy the Kremlin clearly craves. 

Helio Sequence | Holly Andres | Kelli Schaefer | The Art Of Prosthetics

Mar 16, 2018

This week on "State of Wonder," we hear live music from Helio Sequence and Kelli Schaefer, travel the country with photographer Holly Andres, look at the design of prosthetic limbs and harness the powers of karaoke to learn a language. 

A second top executive at Nike sportswear has resigned following allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior.

The Wall Street Journal reports Jayme Martin, Nike's vice president and general manager of global categories, resigned Friday. Martin also worked closely with Brand President Trevor Edwards, who announced his departure from the company Thursday.

On hearing the news of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, some parents from the remote town of Chibok northeast Nigeria began planning a trip to Abuja, capital city of the country. Almost four years ago, on April 14, 2014, these parents lost more than 200 of their own children when the girls were kidnapped from a school dormitory in Chibok.

The recent departure of a former US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson is putting a spotlight on the agency’s special operations — large, multi-day investigations that identify, arrest and deport people who are deemed a risk to public safety and have committed immigration violations.

Long before Americans heard about Russians using social media as part of a broader interference campaign in the 2016 US presidential elections, the Kremlin was trolling its own citizens.

For years, reports have surfaced of nondescript buildings in St. Petersburg and Moscow that teemed with trolls who produced blog posts, comments and memes designed to influence opinions, sow confusion and sway voters’ opinions.

A Lincoln County grand jury has indicted a Washington man accused of using his vehicle as a weapon against a former translator for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

Perry Nicolopoulos was indicted Thursday in Lincoln County Circuit Court on 16 counts, including numerous assault charges, attempted murder and driving under the influence. He's set to be arraigned on the charges Monday morning.

We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest news of the week with Jack Roberts, Steve Novick and Laura Gunderson.

Shannon Miller had argued the University of Minnesota Duluth fired her because she's a woman and for complaining about discrimination. UMD said it was performance-related. A jury on Thursday sided with Miller.

An academic paper based on controversial research by faculty at Portland State University’s education school has been withdrawn from possible publication.

A national academic journal had been reviewing PSU’s paper, which was based on data that grad students had collected in public school classrooms.

A controversial Oregon tax break sought by the business community would mostly benefit taxpayers with incomes of more than $210,000 a year, according to state tax experts.

An analysis from the Legislative Revenue Office shows that more than 60 percent of the tax break would flow to the top 5 percent of taxpayers with business income. That covers fewer than 20,000 of the estimated 370,000 Oregon taxpayers reporting business profits.

At first glance, the tactics appear as different as the geography.

In Ukraine, the Kremlin has denied — repeatedly — the presence of Russian armed forces. The war is cast as an internal conflict between a fascist Ukrainian government in Kiev and Russian-speaking separatists in the country’s east. Yet the Kremlin sides with the separatists politically while tacitly endorsing incursions by patriotic Russian “volunteers” to aid the separatists militarily. Many of these “volunteers” were once members of the armed forces. Others, it appears, still are.

Courtney Dauwalter averages 100 miles of running each week — without anyone chasing her.

The 33-year old Hopkins native is an ultra-marathon runner.

Ultramarathons — also called ultraruns or ultras — are runs longer than the marathon's 26.2 miles. The most common distances are 50k (about 31 miles), 50 miles, and 100 miles, but they don't stop there.

Sometime after midnight in mid-May of 2017, 27-year-old JeanCarlo Jimenez Joseph fashioned a noose from a bed sheet and hanged himself in his solitary confinement cell at the Stewart Detention Center, located in the pine woods of southwest Georgia. Stewart’s low-slung complex lies behind two tall chain-linked fences, each crowned with huge spirals of glinting barbed wire. Beginning in 2006, the facility began to house undocumented immigrants detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.​

Lost Valley Farm, a controversial mega-dairy near Boardman, is being sued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture over alleged violations of its wastewater permit. The dairy’s owner said the legal action could force the dairy to shut down. We get the details from Oregonian reporter Molly Harbarger.

3 Things to Do This Weekend in Minnesota

Mar 15, 2018

The Art Hounds recommend "Treasure Island" in Duluth and the opera "As One" in St. Paul.

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Gov. Mark Dayton's eighth and final State of the State address concentrated as much on memories as on his remaining mission.

"I believe in Minnesota and what it offers," says Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, whose biannual career fair matches thousands of Twin Cities professionals of color with employers. "I wanted to be part of the solution."

White walls, white wine and white people.

That is how Diego Cortez described the gallery scene of the 1980s in New York, when Jean-Michel Basquiat burst onto the scene with nappy hair and an even nappier narrative that immediately clashed with the refined scene that, at the time, embraced minimalism and rejected anything too different.

It was a space Basquiat wanted to be included in as an artist — not a black artist — but also a space he and Cortez set out to change, evolve and revolutionize.

Decades later, has anything changed?

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and said current CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace him. Trump then tapped Gina Haspel the CIA's deputy director to take Pompeo's job. 

Related: 'It's like starting over': What Pompeo means for diplomacy

It's a normal weekday at the Port of Vancouver. That means by noon, piles of steel slab cover the work yard at the docks on the Columbia River.

"Steel is tied to about a third of our revenue. So that's pretty substantial," says Abbi Russell, communications manager for the Port of Vancouver in Washington state, the second-largest importer of steel products on the West Coast. In 2017, the port unloaded 712,834 metric tons of steel.

Portland City Council has agreed to lift the administrative cap on the city’s Arts Education and Access Fund, better known as the arts tax. Dismal collection rates have dogged the arts tax since its inception in 2012. The Portland Revenue Bureau estimates 1 in 4 eligible citizens just skips it.

But the terms voters agreed to require the revenue bureau to spend no more than 5 percent of gross collections over a five-year period.

Savannah Bowerfind says she's grown up in "the generation of mass shootings."

Now an 18-year-old senior at Lincoln High School in Portland, she remembers being 6, going through the motions of school safety drills. She remembers being 13 and in her algebra class, planning what she'd do if a shooter barged into her school.

Another mass shooting had shocked America then. She paused. She couldn't remember which one it was.


Two Oregon men have filed lawsuits against stores that would not sell them guns because they were under the age of 21. The men’s lawsuits say that the stores’ policies violate Oregon’s age discrimination laws. Portland attorney Timothy Crawley says the men may be right. Crawley joins us to discuss Oregon’s age discrimination law.


How a soldier gets ready for deployment

Mar 14, 2018

First Lt. Erica MacSwan was just 7 years old when 9/11 happened. Yet, she has vivid memories of it.

Her family lived in New Hampshire at the time. Her dad, who worked for IBM, commuted to New York City for work. On that morning, he was running late for a meeting.

"He didn't get far before a black blanket covered him," MacSwan recalls, "and he just crouched down, and then he couldn't see anything. The city went absolutely silent, which is obviously so unusual for New York City."

Nearly 2 million Muslims take part in the pilgrimage to Mecca each year.  

Egyptian journalist and author Mona Eltahawy first participated in the five-day pilgrimage when she was a teenager and something happened that still haunts her today — she was sexually abused.  

Following the momentum of the #MeToo campaign, Eltahawy set in motion #MosqueMeToo, to tell her story and to encourage other Muslim women to step forward and share their experiences of sexual abuse while on the Muslim pilgrimage.