Welcome to PNWcurrents, NPI’s podcast. Presented in a panel format and hosted by Caya Berndt, this show brings together thinkers, activists, elected representatives, and topical experts from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to have constructive conversations about local and regional politics, policy, major issues, and ideas that impact the Pacific Northwest.
Below you’ll find a player and summary for each episode. Open the dedicated page for each episode to read the transcript. If you have comments or questions about the show, including ideas for future episodes, please send them to us! We’d love to hear from you.
Summary: Climatologists Karin Bumbaco of Washington, Larry W. O’Neill of Oregon, and Jeffrey Hicke of Idaho joined NPI’s Caya Berndt to discuss the impacts of climate damage on the Pacific Northwest, from reduced snowpack and more frequent heatwaves to irrigation problems for farmers and an increased risk of deadly, dangerous wildfires.
Release Date: October 30th, 2021 Recorded: October 14th, 2021
Summary: Ben Anderstone of Washington, Annie Ellison of Oregon, and Rudy Soto of Idaho joined NPI’s Caya Berndt to talk about the status of redistricting in each of the three states in the Pacific Northwest, from timeframes and deadlines to the political dynamics currently influencing each state’s process for adjusting legislative and congressional boundaries.
Release Date: September 20th, 2021 Recorded: September 11th, 2021
Summary: State Representative Mia Gregerson of Washington, State Representative Dan Rayfield of Oregon, and State Representative Ilana Reubel of Idaho joined NPI’s Caya Berndt to discuss strategies for raising voter turnout and lowering barriers to voting, like phasing out odd year elections and increasing resources for voter outreach.
Release Date: August 31st, 2021 Recorded: August 6th, 2021
Summary: Dr. Hilary Godwin of the University of Washington, Dr. Chunhuei Chi of Oregon State University, and Dr. David Pate, formerly the President & CEO of St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, joined NPI’s Caya Berndt to discuss the status of our region’s response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including the disease’s highly contagious delta variant.
Release Date: July 31st, 2021 Recorded: July 11th, 2021
Summary: Joan McCarter of Daily Kos, Kari Chisholm of Mandate Media, and Crystal Fincher of Fincher Consulting joined NPI’s Caya Berndt to discuss what’s been happening in our region’s statehouses on a host of issues, from pandemic recovery to climate justice to police accountability.
Release Date: June 21st, 2021 Recorded: June 6th, 2021