Luke Baumgarten
A podcast and newsletter for people who love the Inland Northwest and want to make it better
Created 12 Apr 2020
  • Defiance and Disorder
    01 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    The 4,000-plus people who gathered at Riverfront Park last Saturday for an anti-mask-and-vaccine-mandate “Rally for Medical Freedom” marched with signs that had messages like “Don’t Drink the Cool-Aid...
  • Friends with (Public Health) Benefits
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    On this week’s episode, we speak with Jeff Ketchel, Executive Director of the Washington State Public Health Association, about the state of public health 18-plus months into a centenary pandemic. It’...
  • Who deserves to be found?
    24 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    STILL MISSING This week, in the wake of a horrific tragedy, justice activists pushed the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women into the spotlight of online discourse, if not national...
  • Strangleholds
    20 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Many of our local law enforcement officials have expressed concerns about a set of new laws (HB 1310, HB 1054) that, among other things, require stricter standards for probable cause when detaining so...
  • No one wants to work (the force) anymore
    17 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    NO ONE WANTS TO WORK (THE FORCE) ANYMORE Last month, Range brought you a story about Spokane County Detention Services’ inability to fully staff the county jail and Geiger Corrections Center. In an at...
    14 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Shriveled cherries, withered wheat heads, blistered sweet onions, and 36 people dead of heat-related illnesses east of the Cascades — at least one of them a Yakima farmworker — prove we needn’t look a...
  • Biden our time
    10 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    We’re way too old to add anything to the Blues Clues discourse that happened this week. Despite having zero connection to the show, the video left us with a strange feeling of calm. A feeling that dis...
  • Kids, COVID and "Deep Loneliness"
    07 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Psychotherapist Meg Curtin Rey-Bear guest hosts a roundtable with fellow therapists Maggie Rowe, a clinical social worker and certified child life specialist, and Ingrid Price, a licensed mental healt...
  • Cases 📈 Bankruptcies 📉 Prices 🚀
    03 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 1
    LET ME GOOGLE THAT FOR YOU As the latest wave of COVID kicks off, we’ve been noticing an uptick in people extremely mad online — even madder than usual! If that’s possible! — trying to relitigate the ...
  • Like Al Gore on a scissor lift
    27 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Remember the part of An Inconvenient Truth where Al Gore has to use a scissor lift to demonstrate the scale of CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere? One of the nerdiest and most effective visuals in cin...
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