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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

NPI launches a new podcast examining issues through a regional lens: PNWcurrents

Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate read­ers, get ready to be PNWcur­rents listeners!

For almost eigh­teen years, our team at NPI has offered thought­ful com­men­tary, insight­ful research, and imag­i­na­tive advo­ca­cy through our pub­li­ca­tions and projects, includ­ing The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate, In Brief, and the Ever­green Con­nec­tion. Today, we’re launch­ing a new pub­li­ca­tion to join them.

PNWcur­rents is our first new pod­cast since the mid-aughts. Pre­sent­ed in a pan­el for­mat, it brings togeth­er thinkers, activists, elect­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and top­i­cal experts to have con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tions about local and region­al pol­i­tics, pol­i­cy, major issues, and ideas that impact the Pacif­ic Northwest.

New episodes will be released month­ly, with a run­time of about an hour.

Each show fea­tures one guest each from Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, and Ida­ho, the three juris­dic­tions that NPI pri­mar­i­ly serves. It’s a unique for­mat you won’t find any­where else, and one that allows for a tru­ly region­al exam­i­na­tion of issues.

Our inau­gur­al episode (Assess­ing Our 2021 State Leg­isla­tive Ses­sions) is out now, and you can lis­ten to it on demand using the play­er below. You can also down­load it to lis­ten any­where using your favorite pod­cast­ing app or service.

Want to read the tran­script and get more details on the episode’s production?

Just launch the ded­i­cat­ed page for Episode I!

I’m hon­ored to be the host of PNWcur­rents and I’m look­ing for­ward to facil­i­tat­ing many per­cep­tive con­ver­sa­tions about the chal­lenges that our region and coun­try face in the months to come. Upcom­ing top­ics will include pub­lic health, elec­toral reform, and redis­trict­ing, among oth­ers. Please feel free to leave a com­ment and let us know if there’s a top­ic you’d like PNWcur­rents to cov­er below!

Com­mu­ni­ty and coop­er­a­tion are impor­tant val­ues at NPI, and they inspired us to under­take this project. Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, and Ida­ho are not just indi­vid­ual states, but neigh­bors. We want to bring togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each state to cre­ate meet­ings of the minds where issues can be dis­cussed thoughtfully.

What sets PNWcur­rents apart from the many oth­er polit­i­cal pod­casts out there is that region­al lens. Our pod­cast isn’t focused on the nation­al land­scape or con­fined to the pol­i­tics of a sin­gle state or metro area; its focus is on Cas­ca­dia as a whole. As men­tioned, the show uti­lizes a pan­el for­mat, bring­ing togeth­er three guests: one from Wash­ing­ton, one from Ore­gon, and one from Idaho.

What­ev­er the issue — envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, rev­enue fair­ness, the strug­gles fac­ing Indige­nous peo­ples, or the future of our agree­ments with Cana­da and its west­ern provinces British Colum­bia and Alber­ta — PNWcur­rents will take state­craft beyond state lines, pro­vid­ing a region­al forum for per­cep­tive discourse.

By lis­ten­ing to PNWcur­rents, you can sig­nif­i­cant­ly broad­en your polit­i­cal knowl­edge. Think about it: how much do you know about the pol­i­tics of the two Pacif­ic North­west states you don’t live in? Escape the lim­i­ta­tions of state-based silos by mak­ing PNWcur­rents part of your media rounds.

As men­tioned, our inau­gur­al episode is ready for your lis­ten­ing enjoyment.

As we are com­ing to the end of the leg­isla­tive ses­sions in our region, we thought there was no bet­ter top­ic to focus on for our first episode than our state leg­is­la­tures. What are they up to? How are they serv­ing peo­ple in our region?

Join­ing me for Episode I are:

  • Joan McCarter, senior polit­i­cal writer for Dai­ly Kos, rep­re­sent­ing Ida­ho. Through her work with Dai­ly Kos, Joan offers crit­i­cal cov­er­age of impor­tant issues fac­ing Amer­i­cans. Though born in Ida­ho, and a cur­rent res­i­dent of the Gem State, she’s actu­al­ly lived in all three PNW states.
  • Kari Chisholm, pres­i­dent of Man­date Media, a media-cen­tered polit­i­cal con­sult­ing firm, rep­re­sent­ing Ore­gon. Kari is a polit­i­cal con­sul­tant, cam­paign staffer, and media strate­gist, as well as the founder of Blue­O­re­gon, an online gath­er­ing place for news and pro­gres­sive commentary.
  • Crys­tal Finch­er, founder and prin­ci­pal of Finch­er Con­sult­ing Firm, rep­re­sent­ing Wash­ing­ton. Finch­er Con­sult­ing han­dles cam­paigns along the West Coast, and Crys­tal has led may suc­cess­ful cam­paigns through engage­ment, strate­giz­ing, and build­ing pow­er for under­served and mar­gin­al­ized communities.

As I not­ed above, because PNWcur­rents is a pod­cast avail­able on demand, you can lis­ten to episodes any­time: while gar­den­ing, while jog­ging, while run­ning errands, while work­ing on a home improve­ment project, or (one of my favorites) play­ing video games. The choice is yours!

Pro­duc­ing PNWcur­rents requires mon­ey as well as time and energy.

We think it’s worth it, and we hope you will, too.

We invite you to sup­port the pro­duc­tion of PNWcur­rents by becom­ing a mem­ber of the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute if you aren’t already!

You can donate month­ly as a Com­mon­wealth Bond­hold­er, or annually.

Thank you for lis­ten­ing, and I hope you enjoy Episode I!

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