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It's an hour with three smart professors. We get schooled on an historic gubernatorial election in Oregon, presidential powers writ large, and the staggering influence of Facebook.

It’s an hour with three smart professors. We get schooled on an historic gubernatorial election in Oregon, presidential powers writ large, and the staggering influence of Facebook.

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  • We catch up with OPB reporter Rob Manning about robocalls made to Oregon voters which the GOP characterized as “get out the vote” calls, but which the Oregon Secretary of State says amount to voter suppression. And we talk to Seattle Times reporter Jim Brunner about the Democratic Washington state elector who says he will not be casting his vote for Hillary Clinton.

 

  • There’s a lot riding on the election tomorrow, of course, but in some ways the top of the ticket matters less than we imagine. Just how much power does a President have? And how has that changed over time? We get a lesson on Democracy from political science professor Matt Dickinson.
  • We explore the incredible influence Facebook has on the news we consume, how we consume it and what it means. University of Oregon journalism assistant professor Nicole Dahmen says Facebook is giving those who use it “a dangerously manipulated view of the world and contributing to the age of truthiness.”

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