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May 10, 2022

Change is hard.

In 1973, Oregon Governor Tom McCall created a pioneering land use policy focused on preserving farmland, reducing pollution and preventing urban sprawl. At the time, it was a visionary move that took bold political leadership.

But what seemed visionary 50 years ago has played a pivotal role in creating...


Oct 3, 2021

Advocacy and political activism have become part of the social media ecosystem. Pew Research data shows roughly 76% of Americans say that social media makes people think they are making a difference when they really aren’t. 

Yet more of us are turning to social media as a primary way to engage with social and...


Apr 21, 2021

2020 was a tough year. And a global pandemic, a shuttered economy, and the social justice movement made it a uniquely tough election year for opinion pollsters.

Election night seemed like a repeat of 2016. The polls simply got it wrong. Again.

The predictions of a “blue wave” never materialized. Pollsters had to...


Feb 23, 2021

We are often told society today is more divided than ever. But what is driving this division?

 

A number of factors are fueling this narrative of “us versus them” in our communities. Ideology, race, gender, class, and geography have come to define who we listen to – and who we distrust.

 

Add in an increasingly...


Oct 15, 2020

What role does social media play in our understanding of truth? How can journalists utilize the digital age to build civic engagement? And what role does the consumer play in sustaining a trustworthy information ecosystem?

In this episode, we examine our growing distrust in news media and take a closer look at what the...