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Is the divide between Western and Eastern Washington real or imaginary? Photos by Jon Martin and Dominic Black.

Behind The Cascade Curtain

The Cascade Curtain is a handy shorthand for the political and cultural gulf between the east and west of Washington state. But does it really exist?

In this four–part series Dominic Black finds out, exploring the similarities and differences between the wet side and the dry side. We'll hear from politicians, farmers, religious leaders and artists, and uncover the roots of our views of different parts of Washington state.

"Behind The Cascade Curtain" was funded by the KUOW Program Venture Fund. Contributors include Paul and Laurie Ahern and Puget Sound Energy.

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West of Spokane. Photo by Dominic Black.

What Is The Cascade Curtain?

Monday, August 15, 2011

The divisions in Washington state can appear as mighty and unarguable as the Cascade Mountains themselves. The reality is more complex than might first appear.

Waitsburg Hardware and Mercantile. Photo by Dominic Black.

Waitsburg: When East Meets West

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

When east meets west in Waitsburg, Washington, the Cascade Curtain seems strikingly immediate. In a town where 10–year residents are still considered newcomers, we explore the tensions that arise as changes take root in a traditional community.

Richland houses by the river. Photo by Dominic Black.

Past And Present Illustrates Washington's Divisions

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The town of Richland, Washington, highlights the complexity of the divisions in Washington state. It's a place that is weighted with symbols, history and contradictions that offer some intriguing perspectives on the state as a whole.

Green. Photo by Dominic Black.

Other Side Of The Curtain

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What's it like being an outsider on either side of the Cascade Curtain? We'll hear what life is like for Keli Carender, a tea party activist living in Seattle, and George Fearing, a Democrat living in Eastern Washington.

Web Extra: Jeff Sanders

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jeff Sanders, professor of history at Washington State University, on how people settled in Washington state in the 19th century and how railroads influenced the nature of those settlements.

Web Extra: Knute Berger

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Knute Berger on the growth of cities in the east during the 19th century, and how they changed the political landscape of the state over time.

Web Extra: Lee Ann Powell

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lee Ann Powell on how employment policies ensured that African–American employees working at Hanford could not live in Richland.

Web Extra: Keli Carender

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Keli Carender on living with politically like–minded people.


Special Thanks

Special thanks to Professor Jeff Sanders, Lee Ann Powell, Knute Berger, Dave Bledsoe, George Fearing, Keli Carender, Regina Speer, Professor Dick Morrill, Markeeta Little Wolf, Mike Hubbard, Jeff Broom, Anna King, Bill Bishop, Jim German, Claire Johnston, Brett Moser, Jack Millar, Leroy Cunningham, Waitsburg Hardware and Mercantile, and The White Stallion Waitsburg.

Written, produced and presented by Dominic Black.

Edited by Jim Gates.