Tom Ashbrook is in Spokane, Washington for On Point’s national listening tour talking with locals about this tough wildfire season and our changing climate.
Tom Ashbrook and panelists during an On Point Listens live show in Spokane, Washington. (Janean Jorgensen/Spokane Public Radio)
All this year, we’ve had On Point out on the road, listening to Americans working to make sense of this moment in our politics, our country. We’ve been north, south, east, Midwest… and this time we are way west, in Spokane. Spokane is in the west’s roaring wildfire zone, and this year the burning has been epic. In Oregon, Washington, Montana and beyond – fires and smoke all over. And lots of conversation about why. This hour On Point: we’re in Spokane on our national listening tour, talking wildfire. –Tom Ashbrook
Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and goat rancher who writes a weekly column on local and rural issues for the Spokesman-Review. Has served as an EMT/Firefighter for more than 25 years. (@SueLaniMadsen)
Cody Desautel, natural resource director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Has 22 years of wildland fire experience, from fighting fires to completing programs in technical fire management.
Peter Goldmark, teaches at Evergreen State College in the Masters of Environmental Studies program. Completed two terms as the elected Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. (@PGoldmark)