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REBROADCAST: The future of the ‘American Dream’

Since the beginning of September, we’ve been talking every week or so with Oregonians about the American Dream — what it means to them, how their experiences inform their ideas and how they’re feeling about America in the midst of this most contentious of presidential election cycles. Today, we bring you an hour long conversation with some of the Oregonians who will shape the future of the American Dream: high school students. This show was recorded on Tuesday night in a new collaborative youth space in North Portland called the CENTER.

Editor's note: Some students used racial epithets in the course of describing their own experience.

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Tyler White, a De La Salle junior, helped facilitate the youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Tyler White, a De La Salle junior, helped facilitate the youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Angel Rodriguez checks his phone prior to a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Angel Rodriguez checks his phone prior to a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Javin Dana speaks with other audience members prior to a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Javin Dana speaks with other audience members prior to a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
University of Portland freshman Christina Spires responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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University of Portland freshman Christina Spires responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Juma Sei responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Juma Sei responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Audience members during a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Audience members during a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Dylan Palmer takes notes during a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Dylan Palmer takes notes during a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Aaliyah Joseph responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Aaliyah Joseph responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
A young woman responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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A young woman responds to a question at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Cameron Santiago responds to a question during a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Cameron Santiago responds to a question during a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
Finn Hawley-Blue speaks with other audience members at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Finn Hawley-Blue speaks with other audience members at a youth town hall on the American Dream at The CENTER in North Portland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.

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