Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.
Sunday, May 29
Bear with me as I air a more personal interview this week.
My Uncle Arthur Shipe and his friend Roscoe Mitchell were guests on this show three years ago speaking about their service in World War II and their comrades in arms that did not return from the war. That’s what Memorial Day is all about.
I am repeating that show this weekend in honor of both Roscoe and Art, as they have both passed away recently.
Do something to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day. (buying sheets that are on sale doesn’t count)
Sunday, May 22
Joining us this week from Komen Puget Sound are Executive Director David Richart and volunteer and two time cancer survivor Lynda Weatherby.
The first weekend each June brings about the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, the largest annual fundraiser for Komen Puget Sound. Sunday, June 5th, over 6000 runners, walkers and even dogs are expected to converge on the Seattle Center to raise funds for research and patient programs. 75% of the funds raised stay local, and David and Lynda discuss the ways cancer patients are helped through these various programs.
The conversation also covers the advances and potential breakthroughs in research with the goal to finally eradicate breast cancer.
Their website is a wealthy resource for breast cancer questions as well as the place to register and sign up for the Race For The Cure, support a team, or volunteer to support the race.
Sunday, May 15
Our guests this week have demonstrated what a community development authority is all about. Lance Matteson is the Executive Director and Tony Benton is on the Board of Directors at SEED Seattle. SEED stands for South East Effective Development and since 1975 they have been improving the quality of life in Southeast Seattle by creating partnerships and inspiring investments in housing, arts and economic development – with a specific focus on residents with fewer opportunities and resources. Of particular interest is the upcoming Rainier Valley Radio; a low power community radio station designed to be the voice of local arts, music, news and cultural information.
Learn more online at www.seedseattle.org and www.rainiervalleyradio.org
Sunday, May 8
We are joined this week by the Executive Director of Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, Natalie Walker.
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is much more than music lessons; it’s a powerful way of incorporating a curriculum that infuses leadership skills, self-esteem building, confidence, empowerment, self-advocacy, and more into a week of fun while girls from 8 to 19 learn to play an instrument, write a song, and perform in front of a crowd.
RCRC is a non profit and is run by a small staff and lots of loving volunteers.
Registrations for summer sessions are filling up fast.
Learn more online at www.raincityrockcamp.org or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Sunday, May 1
This week we speak with Estela Ortega, the Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza. El Centro de la Raza has been an anchor for support and services in Seattle’s Latino community for more than 40 years and are about to see one of their biggest projects come to fruition.
They have built the Plaza Roberto Maestas on Beacon Hill that will open in July. It will comprise low income housing, retail shops, office space, a public open space that is expected to become a cultural hub for the community.
Estela also discusses the plight of those living on the margins of life in Seattle and the problems that unaffordable housing creates.
Learn more online at www.elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-957-4605.
Sunday, April 24
This week our topic is a subject that many people would rather not talk about; youth suicide.
Victoria Wagner is the Executive Director of Youth Suicide Prevention Program, and she tells us that by just talking about it, the chance of prevention is lowered. The YSPP have been around since the mid 1990s and have found effective ways of raising awareness of the warning signs and identifying risk factors.
They are instigating an online Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for an online curriculum that will bring training to more people.
Learn more about Youth Suicide Prevention Program online at www.yspp.org
Sunday, April 17
Joining us this week is Dr. Adrianne DaSilva, a clinician and psychologist at Sound Mental Health.
Sound Mental Health is a non profit that has been working to strengthen our community and improve the lives of their clients by delivering excellent health and human services tailored to meet their specific needs, including addiction recovery, and mental health counseling.
With April being Autism Awareness Month we hear from Dr. DaSilva about racial and ethnic disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
The reasons for this are complex, sadly. But research is bearing out the fact that there are disparities. Given the impact a delayed or inaccurate diagnosis has on the lives of children and their families, this is an important topic as the rate of those with autism continues to increase.
Learn more about Sound Mental Health and the many services they provide online at www.smh.org
Sunday, April 10
This week we start thinking about the outdoors and the three National Parks in our state.
Dana Visser is Vice President of the Board and Ashley Stokes is the Events Manager for Washington’s National Park Fund. (WNPF)
WNPF is a non-profit group that supports the National Parks in Washington; Mt. Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades. The parks don’t have the budget they need to accomplish the goals they have and WNPF is there to give the park loving public an opportunity to help.
The discussion covers the four main categories of support: Science & Research, Visitor’s Experience, Volunteerism & Stewardship, and Youth & Family.
Washington’s National Park Fund will be hosting their annual Spring Dinner and Auction on April 23rd at the Renton Pavilion with keynote speaker, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and legendary mountain climber Jim Whitaker.
Learn more and get tickets to the auction online at www.wnpf.org or call 206-623-2063.