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Today on Inland Journal, we wade into the world of sports with two stories, one a visit to Cheney, where the U.S. Curling Association is holding its 2020 national championship. And correspondent Tom Banse tells us about the potential expansion of sports betting in Washington. We’ll also talk with Eastern Washington Democratic congressional candidate Chris Armitage.

But first, pregnant women and marijuana.

Curling Works To Elevate Its Profile In The U.S.

Feb 12, 2020
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

On Saturday USA Curling will crown its men’s and women’s champions after a week of competition at Eastern Washington University.

The game is in growth mode. It’s flying high after an American team won Olympic gold in 2018. Its governing body hopes this newfound popularity will allow curling to become more established, long term, in the U.S.

Spokane's Catalyst Building Reaches New Milestone

Oct 21, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The partners involved in creating a new "zero carbon" building just east of downtown Spokane celebrated a milestone today [Monday].

The “topping out” ceremony at the Catalyst Building marked the laying of its last structural piece.

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, I talk with my colleague Steve Jackson about tonight’s [Wednesday’s] SPR public forum on homelessness at Spokane City Hall. Steve is the host. There are lots of people involved in the discussion so he has put together two panels. They’ll talk about providing services to homeless people, but they’ll also talk about affordable housing for low-income people and efforts to create more of it. Also, we’ll hear about how food pantries are used to feed hungry students at Eastern Washington University.

Food Insecurity At Eastern Washington University

Mar 19, 2019
Jeremy Burnham

Many students attending American colleges and universities are chronically hungry. NPR reported on that in January, citing a government report that looked at 31 studies. It estimated that a third of college students regularly don't get enough to eat.

Those numbers are similar to the situation at Eastern Washington University, where students are taking finals.

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"A Baroque Celebration" featuring works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Viadana will be performed at 7:30 tonight, November 20, in the Eastern Washington University Music Building Recital Hall on the Cheney campus. Students from the EWU String Orchestra gave Vern preview in the studio this morning. The program also will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, in Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in downtown Spokane.  

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During the last 150 years, the majority of the Palouse prairie region has been converted to farmland. According to researchers, less than one percent of the natural habitat remains in small, scattered patches.

The Palouse comes as far north as Spokane’s West Plains.

A project through Eastern Washington University aims to restore and preserve a portion of it for educational and recreational uses.

Avista Announces New Catalyst Building In U-District

Feb 6, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR/Michael Green Architects

This week Avista announced it plans to create what it calls its Catalyst building along East Sprague in Spokane’s University District.

The building’s name is apt because Avista hopes it will become a catalyst on several levels.

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Ivana Cojbasic plays solo in the studio in anticipation of her Sunday, Oct. 29th, 3:00 PM recital at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. See a link to that and another event below.

Later in the recording Cojbasic is joined by pianists Cai Feng and Karlyn Brett for a performance of Piano Six Hands. In addition, Jody Graves and Greg Presley play a piano duo.  These performances anticipate the Saturday, Oct. 28th, 7:00 PM, Steinway Stars concert at Eastern Washington University. See a link to this event below.   


Cellist John Marshall joined Verne in the studio this morning to talk about CELLObration Spokane 2017.  On January 7, more than 40 cellos will perform the music of Bach and the Beatles at the EWU Music Building Recital Hall.  The free concert begins at 7:30. Information available from Eastern Washington University.

Riley Gray is an instructor at Eastern Washington University of Jazz Piano and a coach of several EWU student jazz combos.  Joined by a flute/soprano saxophone player and pandeiro player, he visited the studio to talk to Verne about some pieces they've put together recently, including a trio by composer Hermeto Pascoal.

  Eastern Washington University's Theatre Department is presenting Shakespeare in a new way in their upcoming production of the classic play, Love's Labours Lost. Using the original text of the play, Tony Award nominee Michael Friedman and Obie Award winner Alex Timbers have turned it into a modern musical. Cast members Ethan Lewan, Whitney Robinson and Chris Mudd, along with Director Jeff Sanders spoke with Verne this morning about the production, and performed a couple of the songs.

Dahveed Bullis portrays Feste, the Fool in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this summer's co-production between the Theater Department at EWU and The Modern Theater - Spokane. He stopped by the studio this morning to talk with Verne about the role, and the music which was composed for this production.


    The Modern Theater - Spokane, in collaboration with EWU is presenting Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," as a summer musical production, directed by Jeff Sanders, opening this Thursday, and for a two weekend run, featuring a cast including students as well as local professional actors. This will be the first time in thirteen years that William and Sara Marlowe have shared the same stage, and will be the final time that Nich Witham appears in a production before moving to Los Angeles.

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, announced Monday she’s stepping down from her post.