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Dr. Joseph Linsk grew up on Atlantic Avenue in the uptown section of Atlantic City, N.J., in the early 1930s. It's an area where he's spent most of his life and where he practiced medicine starting in the 1940s, specializing in cancer and blood diseases. Now 94 years old, the former hematologist and oncologist is failing in health, as he battles Parkinson's disease. This grave illness, however, is only one part of a perennial struggle Linsk faces. For more than 80 years, he has kept a secret....

Larry Jefferson has been putting on a big red suit and perfecting his best ho, ho, ho for nearly 20 years. The retired Army captain plays Santa at shopping malls, holiday parties and charity benefits. He hit the big time this year when he was handpicked at a Santa convention to appear at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. And by all accounts, kids and parents at the mall loved him. But when the story spread online, the negative attacks starting pouring in — because Jefferson is black....

Thirty years ago, a new face debuted on daytime television: Oprah Winfrey. The new podcast, "Making Oprah," produced by member station WBEZ, chronicles Oprah's rise to stardom. Journalist Jenn White tells Oprah's story from her early days on her first talk show, AM Chicago , through to the biggest, most outrageous moments when 40 million people a week were watching her national show. It began with a station manager in Chicago, Dennis Swanson. He was the one who spotted something in the young...

Photo taken from a Japanese plane during the Pearl Harbor attack
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Fujiko Tamura Gardner was 9 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. She remembers hearing about it on the radio at her parents’ farm in Fife, Washington. “I just remember the horror and not really understanding what was going on and what was going to happen,” Gardner said.

Ijeoma Oluo
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Editor's note: Salty language ahead. We are now less than two months away from the ascendency of the Great Orange Hate Clown.

As an Asian-American woman, I've had any number of opportunities to see someone who looked like me on the big and small screen. Since I was a little girl, I've seen Disney's Mulan , Trini Kwan from Fox Kids' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy , to name a few. And while the portrayal of Asian-American women by Hollywood and television could use some work – too often they're over-sexualized or rendered exotic – at least we're present and have some depth. But...

Milo Yiannopoulos in 2013.
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At the University of Washington, the College Republicans club is being accused of inflaming tensions by inviting a right-wing speaker for Jan. 20, Inauguration Day. Those Republicans, however, say the timing of the appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart News, is accidental. Breitbart News publishes pieces that criticize and ridicule working women, Muslims and people of color.

File photo, 2013. Police arrest protesters in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Know your rights. That’s the topic many post-election community meetings with immigrants and refugees around Seattle, and around the country.

Confronted with hate speech in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Amy Kastelin said 'that's unacceptable.'
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

Amy Kastelin was at the U.S. Bank in Ballard this week when another customer yelled at a teller. “Go back to where you came from,” the customer told the bank worker.

Mina Sultana, co-president of the Muslim Student Association at the UW, advises all Muslim students to walk with a buddy on and off campus and 'be extra cautious of their surroundings.'
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The 911 call came in two days after the presidential election from the security guard at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. He was reporting a possible hate crime. The target was a 16-year-old student who was on her way to school when a man she did not know allegedly grabbed her by the arm and refused to let her go.

The day after the election, Jen Stebbins-Han's kids came home from school and posed a question that before this year, she says, she might have laughed off. "My kids came home and asked us if their dad was going to be deported," she says. "I don't know where they heard that because it wasn't from us." Stebbins-Han's husband is Korean-American. Jen is white. The couple has three young biracial kids. "There is a part of me that's afraid because I don't know what somebody's going to do because...

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This letter was written in response to an essay, A man shouts racial slurs in a Seattle Starbucks. The silence is deafening . We have granted this writer anonymity because she expressed fear that including her name could make her a target.

Stephen Bannon, center left, back, campaign CEO for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, looks on as Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Election Day.
AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

In journalism, we avoid wonk. Which is why we at KUOW discussed whether to use the term “alt-right.” Mainstream news sites have plugged it into headlines, but our readers and listeners were confused. What does that label even mean?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o6-bi3jlxk This story was updated with video at 8:08 p.m. ET Loyalists of the self-described white nationalist, alt-right movement from around the country gathered in D.C. Saturday afternoon, enthused by the election of Donald Trump and optimistic that their controversial, offensive views such as calling for a white, ethnocentric state were on the rise throughout the country. "The alt-right is here, the alt-right is not going anywhere, the alt-right is going to...

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was presumably seeking a quiet night out at the theater, enjoying one of Broadway's hottest tickets with a Friday night performance of Hamilton: An American Musical . What he got instead was a welcome of boos and cheers from the crowd and a pointed plea from the diverse cast and crew afterwards about what they believe really makes America great. At the curtain call, actor Brandon Victor Dixon — who plays former Vice President Aaron Burr, who infamously shot and...

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