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Inland Journal is a half-hour public affairs program that includes news features and interviews produced by SPR staff, reporters from the Northwest News Network (N3) and others.  The program has a regional focus that reflects the broad listening area of Spokane Public Radio.

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Inland Journal, June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018

Inland Journal for June 14, 2018

    ▪    We go back to the topic of suicide, given the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. We’ll replay excerpts from our January panel discussion devoted to suicide and from a Spokane Public Radio forum on suicide last year.
    ▪    Steve Jackson will talk with NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson. Liasson will speak at an SPR event next Thursday.

NPR/Stephen Voss

Mara Liasson is an integral part of NPR’s political coverage. She’s a senior political correspondent and sometimes White House correspondent. She also provides analysis for Fox News.

Next Thursday she’ll speak at The Bing in downtown Spokane at an event for Spokane Public Radio. She’ll also be interviewed onstage by my colleague, Steve Jackson. He had a chance this week to talk with her.

Neesha Schrom Crosen/SPR

When news broke about Anthony Bourdain’s suicide, I was stunned. I’ve admired Bourdain, watched his TV shows, even chafed a bit at some of his messages. His decision to end his own life didn’t surprise me, given the aura of independence he gave off. But it certainly got my attention.

Inland Journal, Jan. 25, 2018: Suicide and Grieving

Jun 14, 2018
Peter Glarborg

About a year ago, Tom McArthur and his friend Phil Tyler created a discussion group that they initially called Leaders without Labels. The idea was that people with differing political beliefs can meet and talk about issues on which they disagree and yet still respect and honor the other.

Hilary Franz

The spring floods in eastern Washington are just receding, but already wildfire season has begun. A brush fire pushed by strong winds burned nearly three thousand acres Sunday near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

This summer, crews in Washington and Idaho will work on forest restoration projects on state and federal lands. Some projects are aimed at lowering wildfire risk; others have different goals.

Farmers in north central and northeast Washington are waiting for the waters to recede from their fields so they can repair the damage from recent flooding.

WSU Looks to Create Medical Residency Program

Jun 7, 2018
Washington State University

On Friday, the Washington State University Board of Regents will be asked to allow the WSU College of Medicine to get into the medical residency business.

In the American medical education system, students normally get a bachelor’s degree, then go on to four years of medical school. That’s unknown as undergraduate medical education. They get their M.D. and then match with a hospital system or clinic or other health care provider that provides training for the first few years of practice. That’s known as graduate medical education, or GME.

Smart Justice Spokane

Today [Thursday] a new law goes into effect in Washington that could lower the debt burdens faced by many formerly incarcerated people.

Last month, we told you about legal financial obligations, or LFOs. Those are the fees imposed by courts on people who are convicted of everything from felonies to traffic tickets. In many cases, defendants are hit with thousands of dollars in charges, everything from court filing costs to crime victim funds to the costs of hiring a public defender.

The new law makes several changes.

Inland Journal, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Inland Journal for May 31, 2018

▪    We talk with three Inland Northwest residents who are trying to preserve some of the region’s agricultural history through rediscovering and saving varieties of apples.
    ▪    We’ll also meet the director of an Oregon non-profit to which these apple detectives send samples for identification.
    ▪    The geography of north Idaho’s Silver Valley makes it prone to inversions that degrade the area’s air quality. We’ll talk with one state official about how incentives are helping to improve that.

Steve Douglas/Flickr

One of the great geographic blessings of north Idaho’s Silver Valley is also a curse. The high steep hills that surround the valley make it visually stunning. But they also hold in air pollution, especially when colder air is trapped near the surface.