Clark Talks: Senators talk health care, and technology hits the band room

By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer and Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter

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This week’s episode of Clark Talks, the Columbian’s weekly podcast, talks about the future of Washington residents’ health care, plus school band practice technology and weekend recreation options.

In our Olympia update segment, politics reporter Lauren Dake chats with Sens. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, and Ann Rivers, R-La Center, about what state lawmakers can do to prepare for the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Small cities reporter Adam Littman presents a segment on new space and innovative technology for Hockinson High School’s band.

Dameon Pesanti and Katie Gillespie then chat with features news coordinator Ashley Swanson to talk about what events are coming up this weekend.

Here’s a list of the events featured:

• “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical,” rated PG, 11 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Liberty Theatre, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students. 360-859-9555 or www.camasliberty.com

• First Saturday: Youth Arts Month, a pancake breakfast 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Arts activities for all ages 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A music and dance showcase at 7 p.m. at the Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave. http://ridgefieldwa.us or www.ridgefieldyoutharts.com

• Washington State Horse Expo, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. www.wastatehorseexpo.com

• First Sundays at OMSI, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland; $2 entry this Sunday. 800-955-6674 or www.omsi.edu.

• Science on Tap: “Evolution Under The Influence,” 7 p.m. Wednesday. Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. 360-816-0352 or www.viaproductions.org.

You can find the show on Soundcloud, or subscribe for free weekly downloads on iTunes or Stitcher. Contact Pesanti and Gillespie about the podcast at podcast@columbian.com.