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Clark Talks

By The Columbian

The Columbian is a family-owned daily newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. Clark Talks is our newsroom podcast
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Special Edition: Unions
Special Edition: Unions
Special Edition: Unions by The Columbian
48:46
May 13, 2018
Episode 49: The man who stares at campaign filings and bail reform
Episode 49: The man who stares at campaign filings and bail reform
Episode 49: The man who stares at campaign filings and bail reform by The Columbian
32:17
April 11, 2018
Episode 48: Clark County's jail problem and lobbying for the region
Episode 48: Clark County's jail problem and lobbying for the region
Episode 48: Clark County's jail problem and lobbying for the region by The Columbian
01:00:23
March 08, 2018
Episode 47: A failed oil terminal and a new tax plan
Episode 47: A failed oil terminal and a new tax plan
Episode 47: A failed oil terminal and a new tax plan by The Columbian
37:14
February 01, 2018
Episode 46: Brian Baird, Ann Rivers and Vancouver's lack of diversity
Episode 46: Brian Baird, Ann Rivers and Vancouver's lack of diversity
Episode 46: Brian Baird, Ann Rivers and Vancouver's lack of diversity by The Columbian
01:00:17
January 04, 2018
Episode 45: Tolls, same-sex marriage and a sports preview
Episode 45: Tolls, same-sex marriage and a sports preview
Episode 45: Tolls, same-sex marriage and a sports preview by The Columbian
48:36
December 07, 2017
episode 44: David Robert Gellatly and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler
episode 44: David Robert Gellatly and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler
episode 44: David Robert Gellatly and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler by The Columbian
48:51
October 19, 2017
episode 43: Cyrus Habib, the port and the city council
episode 43: Cyrus Habib, the port and the city council
Washington Leutnant Governor Cyrus Habib talks economic development, his travels and politics. Then catch an update on the latest in the Port of Vancouver District 1 and Vancouver City Council elections.
49:16
October 05, 2017
epsidose 42: the busy political career of Liz Pike and the Don Orange voter challenge
epsidose 42: the busy political career of Liz Pike and the Don Orange voter challenge
This week we talk about Washington Rep. Liz Pike's busy political career and the recent voter challenge facing Port of Vancouver Commission District 1 candidate Don Orange.
37:12
September 21, 2017
episode 41: Gorge is on fire
episode 41: Gorge is on fire
Kate and Dameon talk with their Columbian colleague and former firefighter about the state of the fires in the gorge.
27:30
September 11, 2017
episode 40: Your right to an attorney in Clark County, Vancouver mayoral candidate
episode 40: Your right to an attorney in Clark County, Vancouver mayoral candidate
This week we talk about Clark County growing its public defender program, introduce you to Vancouver mayoral candidate Anne McEnerny-Ogleand say goodbye to Ashley.
01:12:41
August 24, 2017
Episode 39:Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, Vancouver Elections and the Port of Vancouver
Episode 39:Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, Vancouver Elections and the Port of Vancouver
This week Columbian reporters Jake Thomas talks with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Then Thomas, Dameon Pesanti and Will Campbell talk local elections. Finally, get a look ahead to the next two upcoming weekends.
01:22:26
August 09, 2017
Episode 38: Water wars, no building budget and Vancouver comes for your chickens
Episode 38: Water wars, no building budget and Vancouver comes for your chickens
This week, Dameon Pesanti and Jake Thomas talk about the Supreme Court case behind the Washington Legislature's failure to pass a capital budget and what that means for Clark County. Next Pesanti talks with Columbian intern Will Campbell about the city of Vancouver's plans to prevent animal hoarding, bring futsal to town and one local bar's struggle for outdoor seating. Finally, Pesanti and Ashley Swanson give you a two-week primer on local events.
55:03
July 26, 2017
Special Episode: State budget, the weekend ahead
Special Episode: State budget, the weekend ahead
Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti dive into the McCleary funding deal, which legislators hope will meet the state Supreme Court mandate to fully fund basic education. Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, gives her perspective on the events of the session. Ashley Swanson talks about the weekend ahead.
01:01:42
July 13, 2017
Episode 37: Mark McCauley reflects on years at county, Nan Henriksen checks in
Episode 37: Mark McCauley reflects on years at county, Nan Henriksen checks in
Katie Gillespie, Jake Thomas and Dameon Pesanti interview former County Manager Mark McCauley about his years at the county. Jake checks in with Nan Henriksen, former chair of the Board of Freeholders, about how Home Rule Charter implementation is going. Then, Ashley Swanson gives her usual roundup of how to get out and about in Clark County this weekend.
01:10:44
July 06, 2017
Episode 36: Vancouver housing and saying goodbye to Lauren
Episode 36: Vancouver housing and saying goodbye to Lauren
Episode 36: Vancouver housing and saying goodbye to Lauren by The Columbian
01:03:35
June 22, 2017
Episode 35: The impact of big businesses on small towns, cycling
Episode 35: The impact of big businesses on small towns, cycling
This week, Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie talk to coworkers about the impact a drone company has made on small cities in the Columbia River Gorge, as well as the future and current state of cycling in Clark County.
51:43
June 08, 2017
Episode 34: Olympia update and graduating seniors making an impact
Episode 34: Olympia update and graduating seniors making an impact
This week The Columbian gets an update on the state government's work to fix school funding and hears from high school students changing the world outside the class room. The show wraps up with a taste of what's in store this weekend.
52:00
June 01, 2017
Episode 33: Get outside, give us ideas and enjoy the weekend
Episode 33: Get outside, give us ideas and enjoy the weekend
The nice weather is here! (mostly) Tune in for some hot tips on spring recreation in Southwest Washington from Columbian staff. Next learn about a new project the The Columbian has created where you, the readers, bring us your questions and ideas that we'll turn into stories. Finally, learn about the hot things going on in Vancouver this weekend.
45:43
May 25, 2017
Episode 32: County drama, pho
Episode 32: County drama, pho
This week, Dameon and Katie discuss the county shakeup of the dismissal of County Manager Mark McCauley with county politics reporter Jake Thomas, then discuss the best and worst of local pho restaurants with food writer Rachel Pinsky.
51:03
May 17, 2017
Episode 31: "13 Reasons Why," C-Tran
Episode 31: "13 Reasons Why," C-Tran
Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie discuss the local reaction to "13 Reasons Why," as well as C-Tran's C-Van bus pass program.
47:37
May 11, 2017
Episode 30: Landslides, local bites and the weekend ahead
Episode 30: Landslides, local bites and the weekend ahead
In this week's Clark Talks, Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti talk landslides, local food and what to expect in the weekend ahead.
55:49
May 04, 2017
Episode 29: Vancouver's daycare crunch, Olympia update, weekend plans
Episode 29: Vancouver's daycare crunch, Olympia update, weekend plans
This week Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie talk with Columbian health reporter Marissa Harshman about her story on the shortage of early childhood care centers in Vancouver, politics reporter Lauren Dake talks with state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, about the state legislative session. Then Katie and Dameon talk about this weekend's events.
49:55
April 27, 2017
Episode 28: Legal Weed, Olympia Update, Weekend events
Episode 28: Legal Weed, Olympia Update, Weekend events
This week, the Clark Talks brings you a holiday special to talk about the Vancouver recreational marijuana market and how one pot businessman feels about the future of the industry in the Trump era. Also, hosts Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti talk with Columbian politics reporter Lauren Dake for an update on the upcoming special session. Finally, Katie and Dameon chat with Columbian features news coordinator Ashley Swanson about all the interesting things happening in the area this weekend.
56:50
April 20, 2017
Episode 27: Ilani Casino, Port of Vancouver Elections & Easter Weekend
Episode 27: Ilani Casino, Port of Vancouver Elections & Easter Weekend
This week hosts Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti talk with Columbian business reporter Troy Brynelson to catch up on the soon to open Ilani Casino. Then Dameon and Katie talk about the Port of Vancouver, the Vancouver Energy oil terminal and Kris Greene and Don Orange who are running to become the Port's next District 1 commissioner. Finally, they'll talk with Ashley Swanson, the Columbian's features news coordinator, about all the things happening this Easter weekend.
41:36
April 12, 2017
Episode 26: Radon in Vancouver, the Clark County wealth gap, weekend roundup
Episode 26: Radon in Vancouver, the Clark County wealth gap, weekend roundup
Katie Gillespie talks about elevated radon levels in local schools, Patty Hastings navigates the growing wealth gap in Clark County and Ashley Swanson brings you all the epic events happening in Clark County this weekend.
50:15
April 05, 2017
Episode 25: County land use, Olympia Update on tampon taxes and the Weekend
Episode 25: County land use, Olympia Update on tampon taxes and the Weekend
This week Jake Thomas brings you a deeper look at the recent ruling around the Clark County comprehensive plan under the Growth Management Act, Lauren Dake sits down with Sen. Linda Wilson on the tampon tax, and Katie Gillespie, Dameon Pesanti and Ashley Swanson give you the latest details on the weekend's events.
58:30
March 30, 2017
Episode 24: Escape rooms, protecting your kids online, weekend ahead
Episode 24: Escape rooms, protecting your kids online, weekend ahead
In this week's Clark Talks, Dameon and Katie talk to the local gurus behind escape rooms in Clark County. They also chat with reporter Emily Gillespie about an upcoming story about child exploitation online. Then Ashley fills us in on the weekend ahead.
46:33
March 22, 2017
Episode 23: Farming future, building bridges and weekend roundup
Episode 23: Farming future, building bridges and weekend roundup
This week, Katie and Dameon dive into the future of farming in Clark County. Lauren Dake chats with Sen. Lynda Wilson about a bill that would make replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge a project of statewide significance. And, in Ashley's absence, the two discuss weekend events.
38:43
March 15, 2017
Podcast Extra Extra: Residents talk about living at Lincoln Place
Podcast Extra Extra: Residents talk about living at Lincoln Place
Tenants at Lincoln Place, a 30-unit apartment complex for people who were homeless, talk about what it's like to live there.
02:46
March 10, 2017
Podcast Extra: Olivia Resnick interview on Lincoln Place
Podcast Extra: Olivia Resnick interview on Lincoln Place
Olivia Resnick is Share's Housing First director and oversees Lincoln Place, an apartment complex in downtown Vancouver that houses 30 people who were homeless.
05:03
March 10, 2017
Episode 22: Lincoln Place a year later, Best of Clark County voting time, Plans for the Weekend
Episode 22: Lincoln Place a year later, Best of Clark County voting time, Plans for the Weekend
Katie and Dameon talk with fellow reporter Patty Hastings about the first year of the housing-first Lincoln Place apartments in Vancouver. Then they duo chat with the driving forces behind the Best of Clark County vote. Finally they round it all out with a conversation with Ashley Swanson for weekend suggestions.
47:22
March 09, 2017
Episode 21: Senators talk healthcare and technology hits the band room
Episode 21: Senators talk healthcare and technology hits the band room
Tune in as State politics reporter Lauren Dake talks with Sens. Annette Cleveland and Ann Rivers to talk about insurance and the Affordable Care Act among Washington residents. Then small cities reporter Adam LIttman brings us a story of new technology for a local high school's band. Then we wrap up with news coordinator Ashley Swanson and a list of things to do in Clark County and Portland this weekend. Note: Sorry Dameon's voice doesn't sound right in the intro and outro, we had technical difficulties this week!
30:48
March 02, 2017
Episode 20: Terminal 1 enters a new era, local poets get ready to slam and weekend thinking
Episode 20: Terminal 1 enters a new era, local poets get ready to slam and weekend thinking
The Clark Talks crew sits down with the Port of Vancouver spokesperson to learn about the new and exciting future planned for Terminal 1 on the Vancouver waterfront. Then hear you'll hear from local poetry students preparing for state-level competition. Finally, plan your weekend with a laundry list of local happenings.
53:42
February 23, 2017
Episode 19: DAPL, Bridges, United Nations, weekends
Episode 19: DAPL, Bridges, United Nations, weekends
Episode 19: DAPL, Bridges, United Nations, weekends by The Columbian
49:42
February 16, 2017
Podcast extra: The Columbian's Editorial Board talks bridges with politicians
Podcast extra: The Columbian's Editorial Board talks bridges with politicians
This week, we're offering a podcast extra. Listen to Greg Jayne and Lou Brancaccio, two members of our four-person editorial board, speak with six of seven local delegates on their bill to declare the Interstate Bridge a project of statewide significance and more.
22:48
February 14, 2017
Podcast 18 The Interstate Bridge turns 100, Flourishing downtown Vancouver, Weekend happenings
Podcast 18 The Interstate Bridge turns 100, Flourishing downtown Vancouver, Weekend happenings
Katie and Dameon talk with Sharon Wood Workman to talk about the Interstate Bridge's 100th birthday, Chad Eiken community and economic development director for the city of Vancouver about the city's growth and Ashley Swanson about weekend happenings.
50:49
February 09, 2017
Podcast 1 7 Talkin' news with Lou and planning the weekend
Podcast 1 7 Talkin' news with Lou and planning the weekend
Dameon and Katie speak with Lou Brancaccio, retiring editor of The Columbian about his career, the craft of journalism and the shifting media landscape. Then Ashley Swanson give you the highlights of events happening in Clark County and Portland this weekend.
52:20
February 02, 2017
Podcast 16 Vancouver's plans for a day center for the homeless and what to do with your weekend
Podcast 16 Vancouver's plans for a day center for the homeless and what to do with your weekend
This week Katie and Dameon talk to Peggy Sheehan, community development grants manager for the city of Vancouver, about plans for a new day center for the homeless in the city. Also we introduce Ashley Swanson, a news coordinator at The Columbian. From now to infinity she is going to bring you a list of the must-do weekend events in and around Clark County.
42:24
January 26, 2017
Episode 15 SNOWPOCALYPSE Vancouver, C-Tran rolls on The Vine
Episode 15 SNOWPOCALYPSE Vancouver, C-Tran rolls on The Vine
Listen and learn how Clark Country struggled through an epic week of winter weather. Learn more about Vancouver's first bus rapid transit system, The Vine and listen to some now poetry featured on C-Tran's buses.
42:15
January 20, 2017
Episode 14 School funding at the 11th hour/ Legislative preview
Episode 14 School funding at the 11th hour/ Legislative preview
Dameon and Katie speak with Columbian Reporter Lauren Dake for a preview of the state legislature and Victoria Bradford, board president of the Evergreen Public Schools, about what the State Supreme Court's McCleary decision means for statewide school funding.
40:51
January 12, 2017
Episode 13: New Year's resolutions and how to keep them
Episode 13: New Year's resolutions and how to keep them
Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie discuss New Year's resolutions and how to keep them. The pair sit down with health reporter Marissa Harshman to discuss local leaders' resolutions for 2017. Then they talk to a local psychologist about the science behind resolutions and how you can make the most of your goals. Finally, Dameon takes to the street to ask people in downtown Vancouver what they're doing to make 2017 their best year yet.
41:50
January 05, 2017
Episode 12: David Madore's tenure and the future of Clark County politics
Episode 12: David Madore's tenure and the future of Clark County politics
This week we talk to County reporter Jake Thomas about the tenure of David Madore and his legal actions against the county, and the future of Clark County politics. Finally, we update you on Katie's home-brew adventure.
42:24
December 29, 2016
Episode 11: Comments, year's end and holiday traditions
Episode 11: Comments, year's end and holiday traditions
Dameon and Katie take an internal look at comments and top stories for the year, and then take to the street to chat with people about their holiday traditions.
38:15
December 22, 2016
We ain't afraid of no snow!
We ain't afraid of no snow!
Everyone loves to play outside when the weather is all sunshine and warmth, but people get shy when it gets cloudy. Well, don't be! This week, Katie and Dameon learn from a couple local experts about the best places and ways to get out and play in the snow. This week's guests include The Columbian's veteran outdoors reporter Al Thomas and Camas Bike and Sport owner Ed Fischer.
34:34
December 15, 2016
Episode 9: Electric Vancouver Brewgaloo
Episode 9: Electric Vancouver Brewgaloo
On tap this week is a winter warmer podcast featuring the fresh flavors of the Vancouver beer scene. Join us as we talk to just a few of of the many brains behind the brews in town. We talk to Vancouver's newest brewery, one that's soon to open, an organizer of a local beer fest and try our hand at brewing beer ourselves.
44:22
December 08, 2016
Episode 8: You've never tasted beer like this
Episode 8: You've never tasted beer like this
There's a lot more to beer than meets the tongue. This week reporters Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti sit down with a master brewer and learn how to discover all the complexities in a pint of porter. Listen and learn how you can sample the local microbreweries and taste flavors you never did before.
31:26
December 01, 2016
Episode 7: 75 years in love, worst Thanksgiving sides
Episode 7: 75 years in love, worst Thanksgiving sides
Dameon and Katie talk to courts reporter Jessica Prokop about a feature story on a couple who have been married for 75 years, then hit the streets to ask people what the worst Thanksgiving side dish.
29:40
November 23, 2016
Episode 6: Homelessness In Clark County
Episode 6: Homelessness In Clark County
This week, Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie welcome Patty Hastings back to the show to preview an upcoming series looking at homelessness in Clark County.
31:38
November 17, 2016
Episode 5: These politics are local
Episode 5: These politics are local
Reporters Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti talk with their Columbian colleagues about the local elections and how they might shape the future of Clark County and Vancouver.
21:07
November 10, 2016
Clark Talks Episode 4: Roaming third-graders, WSUV researchers, and Clark College's hi-tech welders
Clark Talks Episode 4: Roaming third-graders, WSUV researchers, and Clark College's hi-tech welders
Katie and Dameon sit down with Columbian reporter Adam Littman to discuss third grade teachers allowing their kids to sit just about how and wherever they like, a Washington State University Vancouver researcher and administrator about the amazing science happening on that campus, and a Clark College welding program coordinator about how vocational education is changing to keep pace with technology.
32:13
November 02, 2016
Clark Talks Episode 3: It's All Of Our Business
Clark Talks Episode 3: It's All Of Our Business
Columbian reporters Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie talk local economics and business. Meet Troy Brynelson, The Columbian's new business reporter, regional economist Scott Bailey and local pitmaster Donnie Vercher, who owns Daddy D's Southern Style Barbecue.
27:39
October 27, 2016
Clark Talks Episode 2: National Politics Gets Local
Clark Talks Episode 2: National Politics Gets Local
Columbian reporters Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti speak with Pacific University Professor Jim Moore about how Clark County mirrors the national electorate and how "the trump effect" might impact local elections. They also speak with new county reporter Jake Thomas about. And it's all wrapped up with a conversation with Greg Jayne, The Columbian's editorial page editor about political endorsements, or as he calls them, recommendations.
45:13
October 20, 2016
Surviving Breast Cancer and Exploring Autumn Colors
Surviving Breast Cancer and Exploring Autumn Colors
In our first episode of Clark Talks, hosts Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie talk with reporter Marissa Harshman and breast cancer survivor Jennifer McDaniel. Also featured: Places in Clark County where you can take in the beauty of fall.
29:43
October 11, 2016