Puget Sound Access

Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.

Sunday, September 23
5:30am –

This week we meet the Founder of Mamma’s Hands, Denny Hancock as well as the Director of their House of Hope, Kimberly Jackson.
Mamma’s Hands are a local nonprofit that has been serving the homeless in Seattle for going on 27 years in a couple of unique ways.
Denny tells us of their “Phone Home” program, wherein they offer cell phone use to homeless folks in downtown Seattle with an effort to connect them to loved ones across the country. A small gesture like this has made huge differences in the future of many of the people Denny has met.
Kimberly is the Director of their other big program, “House of Hope”, a group home setting for women with children that offers a way out of the crisis they have found themselves in, whether that is due to homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, or countless other tragedies.

Donate, volunteer, or just learn more online at www.mammashands.org

 

Sunday, September 16
5:30am –

This week we hear from two local community theaters. Jeff Lockhart is the Executive Director of the Kirkland Performance Center and Nate Murphy is the Public Relations Director at the Historic Admiral Theatre in Bremerton.
The discussion centers around the role that small, community based, non-profit theaters provide in making connections throughout the community. Not only do KPC and The Admiral entertain us with major touring acts like Kenny G and Don Felder, but they also offer a space for educational events, and provide a gathering place where people come together to express themselves creatively, exchange ideas, share culture, and connect with one another.
Both theaters are opening their new season.

Learn more online at www.admiraltheatre.org and www.kpcenter.org

Sunday, September 9
5:30am –

Our guest this week is Beverly Graham, the Founder and Executive Director of OSL.
OSL has been serving folks living their lives on the edge since they began their program as Operation Sack Lunch in 1989. OSL is a non profit that brings food that is nutritional and safe to all those who struggle with hunger in our community through the creation and delivery of nutritionally dense no-cost meals and by being instrumental in advocating for, and supporting an equitable food system for all.
Beverly tells us of the daily ‘rescue of food’ and delivery methods via their Food In Motion program.

Learn more online at www.oslserves.org

Sunday, September 2
5:30am –

Joining us this week is Tracey Sorenson, the Community Engagement Manager with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat For Humanity.
With the price of housing continuing to escalate, not to mention its availability, many people are finding out that Habitat For Humanity has a real path toward home ownership.
Tracey talks about not only the nuts and bolts of getting Pierce County residents into home ownership, but the rewards that come with the ‘Sweat Equity’ involved.
Tracey also talks about the need for money to continue to expand. They are sponsoring The Habitat Challenge on September 8th in Tacoma, where 75 brave souls will step over the edge of the Hotel Murano and rappel down the face of the hotel – in the name of affordable housing and in support of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.

Learn more online at www.tpc-habitat.org

Sunday, August 26
5:30am –

This week our guests are Executive Director Melissa King and Program Manager Marni Kurtz from a terrific mentor program called Athletes For Kids.
Athletes For Kids is unique in that it pairs up high school athletes with younger kids with special needs or disabilities. Growing throughout some of the high schools on the eastside now for 16 years, Athletes For Kids not only enhances the lives of the young “buddies”, but the high school mentors as well.

Always looking to expand, you can volunteer, donate, or just learn more about Athletes For Kids online at www.athletesforkids.org

Sunday, August 19
5:30am –

This week we’ll hear about Special Olympics Washington and their upcoming fundraising events “Run With The Cops 5K”.
Athlete Timothy Dempsey and Federal Way Police Officer Donovan Heavener tell us that the Special Olympics host events year-round, and because athletes  participate at no cost to themselves or their families, fundraising is also important.
Coming up on Saturday, August 25 in Federal Way and on Saturday, September 8 in Bremerton, Special Olympics Washington will host their Run With The Cops 5K. Tim, who recently won the first ever Unified Xbox gaming competition at the USA Games is looking forward to awarding medals to runners like Officer Donovan Heavener.
Officer Heavener tells of the commitment and friendly rivalry of area Law Enforcement departments have for Special Olympics.

Register and learn more online at www.runwiththecopswa.com

Sunday, August 12
5:30am –

This week we meet Cathi Rodgveller, the Founder and CEO of Ignite Worldwide.
Cathi tells us of the sometimes 10 to 1 ratio of men to women in tech jobs and the need to shrink that disparity.
Ignite Woldwide’s mission is to create opportunities to spark girls’ excitement about technology careers and inspire them to new possibilities. Girls in grades K-12, and college from all backgrounds interact with professional women in technology careers during the school day. The students are able to glimpse themselves as innovators and entrepreneurs through stories of successful women who work and live in their communities. Working with teachers, Ignite increases girls interest and participation in computer science and engineering classes.

Learn more about Ignite Worldwide online at www.igniteworldwide.org

Sunday, August 5
5:30am –

As Seafair reaches its peak this weekend with hydroplane races on Lake Washington and Blue Angels soaring above, we serve up a history lesson on great racing during “the good old days” from the Executive Director of the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum, David Williams.
David gives us perspective on some of the best driver and boat rivalries that have raced at Seafair over the years.

AM 880 KIXI will broadcast this year’s Albert Lee Appliance Cup at Seafair starting at 11:00 AM on Sunday.

Learn more about the history of hydroplane racing online at www.thunderboats.org

Sunday, July 29
5:30am –

This week we meet Sarah Buckingham and Cassidy Walker, Supervisors with Crisis Text Line.
Crisis Text Line is a 24 hour/7 day a week crisis line available by text message that is free, confidential, and completely anonymous. With the cultural change in how we use our phones, particularly among young people, this is an overdue use of 21st century technology.
Sarah and Cassidy supervise volunteer counselors who take shifts on the receiving end of the texts. Making use of lots of training and sophisticated algorithms, Crisis Text Line counselors are able to take people from their hot moment of crisis to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.
If you feel you are in a crisis moment you can text HEAL to 741741.
To learn more about Crisis Text Line or to volunteer, visit their website at www.crisistextline.org

Sunday, July 22
5:30am –

The Woodland Park Zoo considers itself one of the biggest conservation group and not just as an exhibit for animals. This week we’ll meet Peter Zahler, the Vice President of Conservation Initiatives and hear about the recent addition of two rhinoceroses at WPZ, and how the zoo takes part in efforts to preserve the remaining Greater One Horned Rhinos in Asia, as well as other conservation work around the world and right here in the Northwest.

Learn more online at www.zoo.org

Sunday, July 15
5:30am –

Our guests this week have a lot to teach the women of Washington about the outdoors. That’s because they are Ronni McGlenn the Founder, and Jen Syrowitz the Executive Director of Washington Outdoor Women.
Washington Outdoor Women, or WOW, is an outdoor skills program that empowers women and girls through classes that sharpen their outdoor talents and improve their wilderness know-how. WOW offers one-day workshops as well as an annual full weekend workshop in a variety of outdoor skills such as Archery, Backpacking, Duck Hunting, Fly Fishing, Map and Compass, Wilderness First Aid, and more.

Learn more about WOW and their upcoming Fall Weekend Workshop online at www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org

Sunday, July 8
5:30am –

This week we hear about the need for foster families. Laurie Hardie is a Foster Family Recruiter with Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Kayla, now an adult, was placed in a foster family through Lutheran Community Services at age 4 and eventually adopted by that foster mother.
There are just under 10,000 kids in foster care in Washington with so many more waiting for a family to care for them, that they spend nights in hotels because there aren’t enough families willing to take a child under their wing.

Learn more about becoming a foster family online at www.familybuildersnw.org

Sunday, July 1
5:30am –

This week we are joined by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, the founder of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Mishima Reserve Beef, and Sara Morris, 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.soundfooduprising.org and
www.beechersfoundation.org

Sunday, June 24
5:30am –

The STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are absolutely critical to running a successful hydroplane racing team, and this week Shannon Raney tells us of a unique non-profit that gives students a way to apply what students have been learning in their STEM based classes in school toward something as exciting as unlimited hydroplane racing. Shannon Raney is also the team manager of the U-11 J&D Hydraulics hydroplane.

STEMacceleration offers the U-11 Unlimited Racing Group Team as the platform to teach those STEM disciplines in the hopes that the real-life excitement of boat racing will translate to the desire to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a career.

Learn more on line at www.facebook.com/stemacceleration

Sunday, June 17
5:30am –

With the arrival of the Special Olympics USA Games fast approaching, we speak with their President and CEO, Beth Knox. The Special Olympics USA Games will bring 4000 athletes and coaches to town and take place from July 1 through July 6 at various venues around the area. Beth tells us of the preparations in Seattle and talks about the events of the Special Olympics that we can attend. She also unveils the Master of Ceremonies and some of the entertainment at the opening ceremony spectacle July 1st at noon in Husky Stadium.

Learn more about all of the events and buy tickets to the opening ceremony at www.specialolympicsusagames.org

Sunday, June 10
5:30am –

This week we hear from Laurie Ward, the Executive Director of Washington’s National Park Fund and Cheri Ryan, the Trustee of the Elizabeth Park Wallace Living Trust.
Cheri tells us of the decision to gift the WNPF with $1,000,000 from the trust of her aunt Bette Wallace, and Laurie describes how it will be used.
Washington’s National Park Fund is a philanthropic partner for the three National Parks in our state. They work to raise and allocate money for what would otherwise be unfunded projects of the parks. Each park has prioritized projects that are only completed these days with the help of groups such as the WNPF.

To learn more about Washington’s National Park Fund go online to www.wnpf.org

Sunday, June 3
5:30am –

This week we’ll meet folks from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Western Washington, Mallory Cwik, Kathleen Waite, and Jeff Roberts.
Jeff is the father of this year’s Honored Heroes for the upcoming Take Steps Walk on Saturday, June 9th. Jeff tells the story of his young sons’ diagnoses as well as what living with Crohn’s disease is like for elementary aged boys.
One in 200 people live with Crohn’s or Colitis and Mallory and Kathleen discuss the need for more research into how to cure these Inflammatory bowel Diseases as well as the funds necessary to support such research. The Take Steps Walk of Western Washington is celebrating its 10th year with a new site, Lincoln Park in West Seattle on Saturday the 9th at 1pm.
Support the Walk or start your own team online at www.cctakesteps.org/westernwashington and learn more about Crohn’s & Colitis at www.ccfa.org

Sunday, May 27
5:30am –

This week we’ll learn of the heroic exploits of a young man who defected from behind the iron curtain in the early 1950s by flying a Czech Airliner to freedom. Later becoming the personal pilot to Bill Boeing Jr., working for the CIA, a stunt pilot, an airplane and hydroplane racer and national champion; Mira Slovak’s story has been preserved for us in a new book by our guest David Williams. A Race To Freedom: The Mira Slovak Story is a fascinating biography that teaches the depth of desire for freedom that seems innate in all of us.

The book goes on sale this week on Amazon.com as well as at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.

David Williams will do a book signing at the museum on June 8th.

www.thunderboats.org

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: