• The closure of several Oregon hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge after the Eagle Creek Fire has sent more visitors to Washington State Parks’ Gorge trails. Meryl Lipman, a spokeswoman for Washington State Parks, tells us what hikers should expect when they head to Washington.

  • Small food delivery robots called DAX are roaming the sidewalks of Philomath. The robots, created by the company Nova Dynamics, is one of the latest models of delivery robots being used in several cities around the country. Joseph Sullivan, director of Nova Dynamics, tells us about his creation.

  • A number of artists, primarily men, have been accused of sexual harassment, assault, and other problematic behavior. Recently, Pacific Northwest author Sherman Alexie was added to that list. We want to explore the question: how do you engage with the art of artists who have behaved badly? 

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