Clark Talks



The Columbian is a family-owned daily newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., and Clark Talks is our newsroom podcast.


  • Episode 14 School funding at the 11th hour/ Legislative preview

    12/01/2017 Duración: 40min

    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.

  • Episode 13: New Year's resolutions and how to keep them

    05/01/2017 Duración: 41min

    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.

  • Episode 12: David Madore's tenure and the future of Clark County politics

    29/12/2016 Duración: 42min

    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.

  • Episode 11: Comments, year's end and holiday traditions

    22/12/2016 Duración: 38min

    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.

  • We ain't afraid of no snow!

    15/12/2016 Duración: 34min

    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.

  • Episode 9: Electric Vancouver Brewgaloo

    08/12/2016 Duración: 44min

    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.

  • Episode 8: You've never tasted beer like this

    01/12/2016 Duración: 31min

    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.

  • Episode 7: 75 years in love, worst Thanksgiving sides

    23/11/2016 Duración: 29min

    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.

  • Episode 6: Homelessness In Clark County

    17/11/2016 Duración: 31min

    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.

  • Episode 5: These politics are local

    10/11/2016 Duración: 21min

    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.

  • Clark Talks Episode 4: Roaming third-graders, WSUV researchers, and Clark College's hi-tech welders

    02/11/2016 Duración: 32min

    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.

  • Clark Talks Episode 3: It's All Of Our Business

    27/10/2016 Duración: 27min

    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.

  • Clark Talks Episode 2: National Politics Gets Local

    20/10/2016 Duración: 45min

    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.

  • Surviving Breast Cancer and Exploring Autumn Colors

    11/10/2016 Duración: 29min

    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.

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