Puget Sound Access

Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.

Sunday, May 20
5:30am –

As Memorial Day gets closer we offer an encore broadcast from several years ago with two veterans of World War II that have since passed away.
Roscoe Mitchell and Art Shipe served on opposite sides of the globe during World War II. Roscoe was a nose gunner and bomb toggler in a B-17 with the 8th Air Force in Europe. Art was a turret gunner in a Grumman TBM Avenger that flew off the air craft carrier Bunker Hill in the Pacific.
They share some of their experiences in the war and relate their feeling that they are not heroes, but rather, the real heroes didn’t make it home.
World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 1000 per day. Make sure you thank one as Memorial Day approaches on May 28th.


Sunday, May 13
5:30am –

Havens Community Connections helps women in affluent marriages build a safe exit strategy out of the domestic abuse in which they may find themselves. Danielle Madrid, the Executive Director explains that women from affluent backgrounds have unique challenges when facing the problem of spousal abuse; many people don’t understand that they would need help, or that such problems exist in those types of neighborhoods in the first place. The bruises and emotional pain are just as real though, and Havens Community Connections uses coaches who have been through the same struggles to connect women with the resources they need to build a life raft as they jump ship from an abusive life.
Learn more online at www.havenscc.org
Email or call Danielle at director@havenscc.org  425-753-8700

Sunday, May 6
5:30am –

Joining us this week to talk about Type 1 Diabetes are Senior Development Manager at JDRF Lindsey Larkin, one of this year’s Ambassadors for the annual Beat The Bridge Run 16 year old Emma Murphy, and Promotion Coordinator at Radio stations Movin’ 92.5 and AM 880 KIXI Delilah Sanabria.
JDRF for years stood for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but in recent years we’ve learned that it is not a juvenile disease. The topic is personal for both Emma and Delilah, as they have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 15 years, and they will participate in the Beat The Bridge run coming up on Sunday May 20th at Husky Stadium. (Emma was diagnosed at age 1 and Delilah as a young girl)
JDRF uses the funds raised from Beat The Bridge to fund research. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) still has no cure and it is not know what exactly causes the pancreas to quit producing insulin.
If you’d like to learn more about T1D or the JDRF go online to their website www.jdrf.org and to participate in the Beat the Bridge run visit www.beatthebridge.org
Once there you can support Delilah Sanabria’s Team T1E DYE, or Emma Murphy’s Emma Jane’s Gang, find someone else to support, or start your own team.


Sunday, April 29
5:30am –

The first weekend in June means it is time for Komen Puget Sound’s Race For The Cure, and this time they are celebrating 25 years!
Joining us this week are Executive Director of Komen Puget Sound, David Richart and Komen Puget Sound’s Volunteer of the Year and Fundraising Chair, Jim Mendoza.
David and Jim tell us of the continuing need for research to end breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease this year and almost 40,000 will die.
Jim shares his own story of why he volunteers and raises money in the Race For The Cure each year, his wife Laura’s diagnoses ten years ago.
This year’s Race For The Cure is Sunday, June 3rd at the Seattle Center and will feature a reunion of honorees and volunteers from the previous 24 events.

To start a team or support another go online to www.komenpugetsound.org/race

Sunday, April 22
5:30am –

This Earth Day we investigate the success and future of Built Green homes.
Leah Missik is the Program Manager of Built Green, a non-profit arm of The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County. We also hear from Anthony Maschmedt, the Owner/Principal of Dwell Development, a Seattle builder who recently built a Net Zero energy home in Ballard.
Built Green ratings range from 3-Star, 4-Star, 5-Star to Emerald Star; and there are many factors in determining the efficiency of a new home. Along with energy usage there are use of construction materials, water use, and indoor air quality. The Built Green program is advocating to make these types of homes easier and less costly through policy as well as advances in technology. Two years ago Dwell Development built Seattle’s first Emerald Star home and with two years of data now available, the results show that it is more efficient than thought. Over the course of each year, the owners of this home actually sell energy back to the grid.
Learn more online at www.builtgreen.net or www.mba-ks.com/ and watch an impressive video about the Emerald Star home here www.dwelldevelopment.com/video/

Sunday, April 15
5:30am –

This week we hear from Larry Colagiovanni, the Chair of the Seattle Mountain Rescue, which is one of eight units of King County Search and Rescue. These are the folks that drop what they’re doing at work or at home to save lives when a call comes in about a camper wandering off trail and losing all sense of direction, or when a family doesn’t return from a kayak excursion, or when an unprepared hiker becomes injured in the wilderness.

King County SAR is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization and is not part of the county sheriff’s office. Larry tells us how very closely the do work with the sheriff’s office and how they respond to emergencies. And being an all-volunteer group, he lets us know that they are always welcoming more members and donations.

Learn more online at www.kingcountysar.org or www.seattlemountainrescue.org

Sunday, April 8
5:30am –

This week we meet Sue Spang and Michelle O’Connor from Rain City Rock Camp for Girls.
Rain City Rock Camp is celebrating their 10th year of empowering local girls with self-esteem, lessons in equity, and social activism through the creative expression learned in a week long Rock n Roll band camp. This non-profit is also offering a Ladies Rock Camp for adults.

Learn more online at www.raincityrockcamp.org

Sunday, April 1
5:30am –

This week we meet Kristen Almgren and Stephen Berry to discuss the March for Babies, the annual fundraisers for the March of Dimes.
Kristen is the Development Manager for the Greater Seattle March of Dimes, and Stephen is a March of Dimes volunteer and is part of the Executive Leadership Team. He shares his personal story to demonstrate the importance of the work that the March of Dimes does.
The March of Dimes believes that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. More than 7200 babies are born preterm in Washington each year. Prematurity and birth defects are the leading causes of infant mortality.
There are three March for Babies coming soon in Western Washington: April 21 in Everett, May 5 in Seattle, and May 12 in Tacoma.
To get involved with the March for Babies, start a team, donate to a team, or volunteer, go online to www.marchforbabies.org

Sunday, March 25
5:30am –

As Earth Day approaches we are joined by Tom Watson, King County’s Manager of the Eco-Consumer Public Outreach program.
Tom discusses the progress we’ve made since the initial Earth Day in 1970 on alternative fuels as well as the growing global awareness of climate change and what different countries are doing about it.
He also talks about the free community repair events King County offers, where you can bring your small items and clothin for their experienced “fixers” to work on.
Find an upcoming repair event on the Eco-Consumer website at www.kcecoconsumer.com

Sunday, March 18
5:30am –

Kurt Beecher Dammeier is the founder of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Mishima Reserve Beef, and Sara Morris is the President of The Beecher’s Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic wing of Kurt’s businesses.
After teaching over 100,000 area 4th and 5th graders how to be “food detectives” with the Pure Food Kids Workshops, the Beecher’s Foundation has now turned its attention to adults in the form of a Sound Food Uprising, looking to change the demand for overly processed, heavily sugared, additive laden foods through adult food education.
The Sound Food Uprising workshops are two part sessions that focus on what’s wrong with our food, and how to fix it.

Learn more online about how to participate in a workshop at  www.beechersfoundation.org


Sunday, March 11
5:30am –

Joining us this week from the American Cancer Society are Kimberly Arent and Christina Kelly.
Each spring the American Cancer Society facilitates a number of Relays For Life and this year is no exception. The first Relay For Life was actually held right here in the Northwest in 1985 by Dr. Gordon Klatt at Stadium High School in Tacoma.
Relay For Life raises funds for research as well as important patient programs and take place in local communities and end up taking on their own personalities. Kim and Christina describe the event from the moving opening lap by cancer survivors, the beauty of the overnight luminaria, the final lap as the event comes to an end and the “Fight Back” ceremony, in which participants pledge to take specific actions against cancer.
To join an event, start a team, or pledge to help in a number of ways go online to www.relayforlife.org
Learn more about cancer and the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or call 24/7 1800-227-2345.

Sunday, March 4
5:30am –

This week we meet Public Relations Specialist from Seattle Humane, Amanda Anderson.

Seattle Humane has moved into their brand new facility in Bellevue. Amanda describes the many benefits that come with the 58,000 square foot building, including a state of the art animal hospital, adoption lobbies, and larger more comfortable spaces for the animals.

They now hope to serve 10,000 animals annually. To accomplish this goal, Seattle Humane as a non-profit, raise their own money. They are gearing up for their biggest fundraiser of the year; Tuxes & Tails on May 12 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Learn more about Seattle Humane and Tuxes & Tails online at www.seattlehumane.org and www.tuxesandtails.org

Sunday, February 25
5:30am –

This week we’ll talk about one of the most common complaints we have about our bodies, back pain.

Our guests are Neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Bishop from Overlake Hospital’s Neuroscience Institute as well as Charlene Raunio, the Education Coordinator at Overlake Hospital.

Overlake Hospital is presenting their 22nd annual Active Senior Fair on March 3rd at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue and along with Dr. Bishop’s lecture on back pain, there will be talks on Understanding Atrial Fibrillation, Lifelong Better Vision; workshops on exercise, healthy cooking and more.

Learn more online at www.overlakehospital.org/activeseniorfair

Sunday, February 18
5:30am –

This week we’ll talk about the unfortunate crime of domestic violence with the Executive Director of LifeWire Rachel Krinsky and Becky, a domestic violence survivor and current volunteer with LifeWire.
LifeWire is the state’s largest domestic violence organization that works with the community to provide services to victims as well as to prevent domestic violence through advocacy and education.
Becky shares her personal story that not only gives us insight into the dynamics of domestic violence, but shines light on the great work done by LifeWire in getting victims a new life beyond their past.
LifeWire operates a 24/7 crisis line: 425-746-1940 and 1-800-827-8840

Learn more online at www.lifewire.org

Sunday, February 11
5:30am –

This week our guests are Todd and Laura Crooks, founders of Chad’s Legacy Project.
The Crooks tell us the need for fundamental changes in mental illness care, the stigma it presents, lack of research, as well of a hopeful future through the very personal story of their son Chad. Chad was diagnosed with schizophrenia yet ended up taking his own life as a young man of 21. The gaps and unmet needs in our mental healthcare system are frustrating, yet repairable.
Chad’s Legacy Project brings leaders in education, business, policy, health care, academia and philanthropy together to discuss innovative ways to transform mental health care in Washington State with their Mental Healthcare Summits. The next one is at the University of Washington on May 8th.
Learn more about Chad’s Legacy Project and the Mental Healthcare Summit online: