Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.
Sunday, January 25
This week we speak with Chase Gunnell, the Communications Manager at Conservation Northwest. Conservation Northwest is a local, member supported non profit that seeks to keep the Northwest wild. Connecting habitats is key to their mission; by having connected paths for the wild animals to roam, our ecosystem can stay healthy for every species, including humans.
The comeback of the grey wolf offers an example of how Conservation Northwest works with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the ranchers concerned about predation of their livestock. By offering the Range Rider program, Conservation Northwest has shown that wolves can live freely without interfering with livestock.
They also offer a Citizen Wildlife Monitoring program, whereby volunteer hikers can help with wildlife cameras that document the animals in our wild spaces.
Learn more online at www.conservationnw.org or call 206-675-9747.
Sunday, January 18
Our guests this week bring as serious of a topic as we ever talk about…Human Trafficking and the exploitation of children in the sex trade.
Patty Fleischmann and Jane Charles are founders of Stolen Youth, a local non-profit group that raises funds and awareness to support the rescue and recovery of our community’s sexually exploited children and youth. Research suggests that there are over 500 kids on Seattle streets alone and the average age of these children is just 13 years old. The problem is growing, and the internet is making detection, protection, and prosecution even harder. StolenYouth champions the cause of the most victimized and vulnerable segment of our society – prostituted youth.
Jane Charles is also the producer of a new film dealing with the issue titled SOLD that will open to wide release in the spring.
Learn more online at www.stolenyouth.org and www.soldthemovie.com
Sunday, January 11
This week we meet Cary Calkins, the Director of Business Development at the Millionair Club Charity.
With the help of donors, business community supporters, and volunteers, they offer employment services and training, hot meals, shower and laundry services, housing assistance, and more in a wrap-around approach to providing jobs and stable lives for individuals who are experiencing homelessness or unemployment in the Greater Seattle area.
Thousands of homeowners, investment property owners and businesses throughout the Seattle area hire screened, eager workers from the Millionair Club every year to get the job done.
Learn more online at www.millionair.org or call 206-728-JOBS (5627)
Sunday, January 4
This week we speak with Executive Director Lisa Chin and Outreach & Admissions Coordinator Marquez Taylor from Year Up Puget Sound.
Year Up offers an intense combination of class work and business internship to motivated low-income young adults as a method of moving them from poverty to professional career in a single year.
This is a proven program and not only is free to students, but actually pays them a stipend as they move through the program. Many local businesses that need employees with STEM education are investing in this as a way to improve their future and thereby that of the individual and community.
Year Up Puget Sound will be starting another cycle in March.
Learn more online at www.yearup.org or call 206-441-4465.
Sunday, December 28
Our guests this week are Sandy and Tim Matts; co-founders of Raven Rock Ranch. Rescuing horses, Recovering kids, and Restoring families is what Raven Rock Ranch is all about. Using the uniqueness of Equine Facilitated Therapy, they have seen lives transformed from desperation to hope through the bond that happens between a horse and child.
Sandy and Tim explain that horses who know pain and neglect are somehow perfectly equipped to help heal children who know of those things themselves. In fact, they help heal each other!
A 501 (c) (3) they are currently on the look out for more therapists to join this special program.
Learn more online at www.ravenrockranch.org or call 425-869-2302.
Sunday, December 21
This week we hear from a local group that brings smiles to the faces of homeless children on their birthday; along with a lot more.
Birthday Dreams was founded by our guests Chris Spahn and Shannon Avery when they found that children living in shelters, transitional housing as well as kids living in foster homes rarely are on the receiving end of what should be part of every child’s life….a birthday party!
Birthday Dreams provides on-site birthday parties at local shelters, as well an option of a Birthday In A Box that contains everything a parent or guardian needs to throw a party.
Being dependent on volunteers, Chris and Shannon describe the ease and rewards that come along with doing something as simple as baking a cake, delivering party supplies, or shopping for balloons and candles can bring.
The biggest part of the birthday party is the gift of joy, hope, and encouragement.
Learn more online at www.birthdaydreams.org as well as Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, December 14
This week we speak with Sarah Creachbaum, the Superintendent at Olympic National Park and Laurie Ward, the Executive Director of Washington’s National Park Fund.
Washington’s National Park Fund supports Washington State’s national parks by maintaining a focus on science & research, improving visitors’ experiences, strengthening volunteer and stewardship programs, and building up youth & family programs.
One easy and visible way Washington State residents contribute funds to Washington’s National Park Fund is by the purchase of a special license plate for their automobiles, motorcycles and/or trailers. The sale of each plate results in a $28 contribution to support Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks. Last year, more than $120,000 was donated to the parks from the sale of these plates.
Learn more about Washington’s National Park Fund by visiting their website at www.wnpf.org
Sunday, December 7
Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations; empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.
We hear from the Executive Director Marty Hartman and Cathy, a mother who has used the resources at Mary’s Place.
The discussion reveals the origins of Mary’s Place, including the unique use of homeless people themselves in forming the needs and programs of what a shelter ought to consist of. Cathy contributes how Mary’s Place gave her back her identity.
Learn more online at www.marysplaceseattle.org
Sunday, November 30
This week our guest is Judy Hoff, CEO and Founder of Queen, It’s A New Day.
Queen, It’s A New Day has been transforming women’s lives for almost 15 years. Judy tells us how they empower women to become self sufficient, confident, self worthy, and set free to live the life of their dreams. That empowerment and confidence comes from five areas that we are all made from; Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial.
A 2-day makeover called The Queen Gala, celebrates the Queens amazing makeover transformation from the inside out for women who have been abused, broken, or forgotten to show them their worth.
Learn more online at www.queenitsanewday.org
Sunday, November 23
This week we hear from Martha Davis, the Executive Director at Toy Rescue Mission. Toy Rescue Mission depends entirely on volunteers and one of those volunteers, Hadley Reeder joins us too. A Senior at Gig Harbor High School, Hadley finds a real sense of family among the volunteers at Toy Rescue Mission.
Toy Rescue Mission is in the generous position of refurbishing and recycling gently-used toys for disadvantaged children and seniors in care facilities. At the same time TRM provides a meaningful opportunity for the child in all of us to volunteer and give back to the community.
On Saturday, November 29th Santa will make an appearance at Toy Rescue Mission for kids and adults can register to win one of twenty 6 foot pre-lit Christmas Trees.
Toy Rescue Mission is located at 607 South Winnifred Street in Tacoma.
Learn more online at www.toyrescuemission.org
Sunday, November 16
Conservation Northwest has been connecting and protecting old growth and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the BC Rockies, to benefit both people and wildlife for 20 years. The discussion ranges from how to advocate for protection to the return of wolves and other threatened species within Washington and the northwest.
Learn more at www.conservationnw.org or call 1-800-878-9950.
Sunday, November 9
With Veterans Day upon us, it is important to keep in front of us the issues that face not only our veterans, but their loved ones as well.
Joining us this week are the Director, Intake Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator from The Soldiers Project; Robin Metcalf, Marilyn Enright, and Patti Quinn.
The Soldiers Project is a private non-profit that provides free, confidential psychological counseling for post-9/11 military service members and their loved ones.
It turns out that the VA cannot nor is not fulfilling the mental health needs of many of the Veterans of this post-9/11 age. Through a network of professional clinicians made up of volunteer psychologists, social workers, marriage & family therapists, and registered nurses, The Soldiers Project provides much needed mental health counseling regardless of the discharge status, previous diagnosis, or current condition of the person in need. This includes spouses, fiancees, girlfriends, etc.
Due to the ever growing need, The Soldiers Project is always looking for more clinicians to volunteer their time.
Learn more online, email or call The Soldiers Project.
http://thesoldiersproject.org/ email@example.com 206-290-1035
Sunday, November 2
This week we welcome back to the program Susan Camerer, the Executive Director of Vision House.
Vision House is a Faith-Based nonprofit that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless mothers and their children, and separately to men recovering from substance abuse.
Susan shares with us about the power of community in building, operating and supporting their family housing facilities. Thousands of volunteers and businesses have combined to make a success of Vision House.
Vision House provides their residents with a stable, safe living environment while offering tailor made services to the individuals’ and family’s needs in the areas of education, job training, employment, financial management, and more.
Learn more online at www.nohomelesskids.org
Sunday, October 26
This week we speak with the Producing Director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Elisabeth Farwell-Moreland.
Elisabeth shares with us the huge plans the Rep has for the upcoming plays All The Way and The Great Society.
Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, is a vivid dramatization of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office and winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play. The Seattle Rep commissioned its companion play The Great Society, depicting LBJ’s tumultuous second presidential term. All The Way opens Nov. 14. The Great Society opens Dec. 5, 2014 and will run in simultaneously with All the Way through Jan. 4, 2015.
Produced in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Elisabeth explains the logistics of moving sets, props, costumes and so much more from Ashland to Seattle and adapting from one stage to another.
Learn more online at www.seattlerep.org
Sunday, October 19
This week we speak with local children’s author and Newberry Honor winner Kirby Larson. Kirby has a new book called DASH. The story takes place in Seattle just after Pearl Harbor and the reader experiences the internment of Japanese Americans through the eyes of 11 year old Mitsi, a Japanese American who finds her whole world turned upside down and can find solace in her relationship with her dog Dash.
In the interview Kirby relates her research and background in writing about such a traumatic episode as well as how she is able to do the subject service while presenting it on a level that young readers can handle.
Learn more about Kirby Larson online at www.kirbylarson.com
Sunday, October 12
This week a return visit from the Executive Director of Komen Puget Sound, David Richart.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and after becoming visible in the community with so much pink, David tells us of the advances in breast cancer research, diagnoses, patient care and mortality rates. Without raising the awareness first, the raising of funds wouldn’t happen and therefore neither would the groundbreaking research.
Seventy five percent of the funds raised in the northwest stay in the area for programs, research and screenings.
Komen Puget Sound hosts their annual Power of a Promise Luncheon at the Westin Hotel.
Register online and learn more about breast cancer at www.komenpugetsound.org
Sunday, October 5
This week our guests are members of the Washington Council of the Blind; Malissa Hudson and Nathan Brannon.
The Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunity, equality, and independence in the blind community through education, public awareness, and advocacy.
Nathan and Malissa give us insight in how the WCB works to foster lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence, and dignity. They have had several legislative victories in the past few years and are continually battling for improvements to the State’s Department of Services for the Blind.
Learn more online at www.wcbinfo.org or call their hotline 1-800-255-1147
Sunday, September 28
Joining us this week is a group that has been helping the homeless and those left on the margins of Seattle for more than 40 years.
Reverend Rick Reynolds is the Executive Director and Phil Vestal is the Dispatch Center Manager for Operation Nightwatch. Operation Nightwatch feeds approximately 150 people and then finds a bed for each of them in shelters throughout Seattle 365 nights a year.
Nightwatch depends on teams of volunteers to cook and serve these meals and Phil and Rick describe how simple it can be for a small group of people to change lives.
Operation Nightwatch is hosting their 2014 Hero of the Homeless Luncheon on Tuesday, October 14 at noon at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion.
Learn more online at www.seattlenightwatch.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 21
This week we meet Jennifer Ott, Staff Historian from Historylink.org.
With the Seattle waterfront going through major changes, we take time this week to look back at the history of Seattle’s waterfront. Jennifer is able to give us an historical perspective on Seattle’s waterfront development.
Historylink.org is an online encyclopedia of Washington State and local history. It provides a free, authoritative, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public.
Jennifer is able to take us all the way back to when the Yesler sawmill stood on a pier 900 feet long over tide flats, to finally building a seawall in the 1930s, to construction of the viaduct, and up to the viaduct’s demise and the tunnel boring machine named Bertha.
Learn more about Seattle and Washington’s past online at www.Historylink.org
Sunday, September 14
This week we speak with Kenneth Himma, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy atSeattle Pacific University.
Dr. Himma has contributed to a new book titled How To Achieve A Heaven On Earth, 101 insightful essays from the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and writers. Professor Himma’s piece is titled The Obligation To Help The Poor.
It is a stimulating conversation that looks at our individual and societal obligation to the poor among us from both a secular and non-secular viewpoint.
Sunday, September 7
This week we speak with Youth Therapist and Counselor Brandon Stogsdill from Sound Mental Health.
Sound Mental Health is a private non-profit that has been helping families in King County for more than 40 years with a variety of counseling, addiction services, and many more programs.
Brandon has got a unique approach in his therapy with youth that he calls the FAST approach; Functional Action Sports Therapy, that fuses action sports such as indoor skydiving, snow boarding, long boarding, or BMX biking with mental health therapy for at-risk youth. Brandon has a real grasp on this as he was what you would call a former troubled youth himself. This ground breaking work is already, and will continue to do some great things to reach kids in distress.
Learn more online at www.smh.org
Sunday, August 31
This week we meet Michael Stewart and Charles Di Bona from Boyer Children’s Clinic. Michael is the Executive Director and Charles is not only a member of the Board of Directors, but is the parent of a graduate of Boyer.
Boyer Children’s Clinic has been serving children with developmental delays and neuromuscalar disorders in Seattle for over 70 years. No one is turned away for service due to an inability to pay at this clinic for children 3 years and under. Not only are the children given the education, therapy, and socialization they need; but the parents and families are included in a comprehensive way that allows the family to learn and grow with the knowledge it takes to raise a child of special needs.
Boyer is looking to expand next year with a new facility in northeast Seattle.
Learn more on line at www.boyercc.org
Sunday, August 24
This week our guest is film producer Jane Charles. SOLD the movie tells the story of Lakshmi, a young girl who is trafficked from her simple mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India. This film illustrates the horrific reality of child trafficking in an unforgettable way, a crime experienced by millions around the world each year.
Inspired by her eye-opening experiences while making the film, Jane came home to find that Seattle and King County have one of the highest levels of commercially sexually exploited youth in the U.S.. She and several like minded women formed the non-profit Stolen Youth with a goal of raising funds and awareness to support the rescue and recovery of our community’s sexually exploited youth.
SOLD the movie is currently on the Film Festival circuit and will have a general release in the spring.
Learn more online at http://stolenyouth.org/ and http://www.soldthemovie.com/
Sunday, August 17
This week we speak with Teresa Knapp; Program Development Officer at International Student Exchange.
International Student Exchange (ISE) is a world class organization that brings exchange students to the United States to live with loving American host families. Teresa describes both the practical aspects as well as the interpersonal/intangible perks of hosting foreign students. American students are also invited to go outbound to learn and study in different countries. Learn more online at www.iseusa.com or call Teresa direct at 1-844-556-6688.
Sunday, August 10
The UWCATS program has a two-fold positive effect for the community; research and treatment.
Dr. Belinda Graham and her colleagues Libby Marks and Alissa Jerud discuss their research into the treatment of PTSD to help find best practices for treatment options. To facilitate this research they offer free of charge treatment to volunteer participants.
Experiencing a trauma can be extremely upsetting and can cause a number of emotional difficulties. Many of the feelings and changes that people may be having after experiencing trauma are normal. In fact, most people who experience a major trauma have severe problems in the immediate aftermath. However, for some people, some symptoms such as avoidance or feeling a threat, last for a long time. If you are still experiencing emotional difficulties or daily impairments three months or more after you experienced a trauma, you may have PTSD.
To learn more or to volunteer as a participant, call 206-685-3617 or visit www.ptsdoptions.org
Sunday, August 3
Being Seafair Sunday, this week’s show centers on hydroplanes. Hydroplanes make huge roostertails; they also make for great story telling as the sport has always had huge personalities.
This week we have the good fortune to listen to two people who know all about Seattle’s Seafair boat racing history; Hall of Fame hydroplane driver Chip Hanauer as well as the Director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, David Williams.
Chip and David offer their unique perspective of history, stories, and insights into the colorful and often controversial sport of unlimited hydroplane racing.
Learn more online at www.thunderboats.org
Sunday, July 27
This week we get to speak with Vicky Lee, the Director of Education & Performance Programs at The Seattle Theatre Group.
The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is made up of The Paramount Theatre, The Moore Theatre, and The Neptune Theatre; most people don’t know that they are a non profit or that they have an education department!
It is part of the mission of the STG to not only entertain us, but to make diverse performing arts and education an integral part of our region’s rich cultural identity while keeping these three landmark venues alive and vibrant.
Vicky describes a number of opportunities for Seattle youth, whether they are interested in songwriting, dance, or theater.
Learn more online at www.stgpresents.org
Sunday, July 20
This week we meet Nate Murphy and Chad Haight from Bremerton’s historic Admiral Theatre.
The Admiral Theatre was built as World War II was beginning and we discuss some of the history as well as its rebirth as a non-profit in the late 1980s.
The Admiral now produces a variety of shows, including national touring concerts, dinner theater, comedy, films, educational programs and more.
The upcoming season begins in September with a Gala night.
Learn more at www.admiraltheatre.org
Sunday, July 13
This week we get to hear about the bright future of some of our state’s young people as we speak with the Washington chapter of DECA.
Shanna LaMar, Executive Director and Mike Seeley, incoming State President (also a senior at Skyline High School) share with us the unique experience that can be gained by students through DECA classes, clubs and competitions.
By giving students hands-on experience in the fields of marketing, business, and entrepreneurship, Washington DECA teaches leadership characteristics that mold high school students into character-driven leaders.
Learn more online at www.wadeca.org
Sunday, July 6
There’s a group of people amongst us that deserve our thanks and appreciation before it’s too late. World War II veterans are dying at a rate of over 900 per day and this week we get to speak with Denise Rouleau; a Board Member of Puget Sound Honor Flight. It is their mission to give the World War II veterans in Western Washington “one last mission”, that of flying them back to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial that was built in their honor.
The Honor Flight supplies air fare, hotel accommodations, and a chaperoned visit to the national monuments that honor them. All at no cost to the veterans.
Denise also outlines ways for the rest of us to participate in showing our gratitude to honor them.
Learn more online at www.pugetsoundhonorflight.org
Sunday, June 29
Our guests this week are Sharon Beaudoin: Chief Program Officer, & Liz Jaquette: Senior Manager of Programs from WithinReach. WithinReach is dedicated to seeing that all families in Washington State are healthy by connecting them to the services they need. Last year they connected more than 230,000 people to life-saving programs like Medicaid, CHIP, Basic Food and WIC. Washington is the 15th hungriest state in the U.S., and roughly one quarter of all Washington families with children struggle to put food on the table regularly. For the 482,000 children who rely on free or reduced price school meals to fill their bellies during the school year, summertime presents an especially daunting challenge. Families with children can expect to spend about $300 more per month on groceries when school is out. For families who already stretch their budgets to make ends meet, time out of school means less food to go around, and more kids going hungry every day. The goal of the Summer Meals partnership is to end summer hunger for kids by helping more kids and families find Summer Meals sites in their communities Learn more online at www.withinreach.org or locate a summer meal distribution center by calling 1-888-436-6392.
Sunday, June 22
Seattle is celebrating its 65th year of Seafair, and with us to share the variety, events, history and newest changes are President and CEO of Seafair Beth Knox, as well as Oberto hydroplane sponsor Larry Oberto.
What started out as a celebration of Seattle’s centennial has become one of the nations largest and most beloved festivals. Beth and Larry give insight on what it means to the city, citizens and businesses to throw an area wide party celebrating ourselves each year.
Seafair Pirates land at Alki on June 28, Milk Carton Boat Derby at Green Lake is July 12, The Torchlight Parade is July 6th and the Albert Lee Hydroplane race on Lake Washington will be contested August 1-3.
Learn more online at www.seafair.com and www.facebook.com/seafair
Sunday, June 15
This week we are joined by the Asian Counseling and Referral Service. Owen Lei; Communications Manager, Miguel Saldin: Senior Nutrition & Assistance Manager, and Ioka Tasi; Food Bank Volunteer.
The Asian Counseling and Referral Service has been providing, not only food bank support, but a wide variety of social services in a culturally competent way that connects to the Asian and Pacific Islander community in ways that other agencies don’t. The ACRS Food Bank is among the busiest food banks in King County, distributing about 18,600 pounds of food each week. More than 40% of emergency food recipients in Western Washington are “food insecure,” meaning they do not know when they will eat again, and often go to bed hungry.
The 24th annual Walk for Rice is on Saturday, June 28th at Seward Park and its fundraising buys rice and other food for ACRS Food Bank Clients.
Learn more about Asian Counseling and Referral Service at www.acrs.org
Form a Walk for Rice team or support someone else at www.walkforrice.org
Sunday, June 8
This week our guests are from Year Up; a group that offers a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and support.
Lisa Chin is the Executive Director and Marquez Taylor is the Admission and Outreach Coordinator at Year Up and they tell us of the need for technically savvy employees in the northwest. For the first six months of the program, students develop technical and professional skills in the classroom. During the second six months they are placed in an internship at one of Year Up’s corporate partners. Students earn college credits and a weekly stipend, and are supported by staff advisors, professional mentors, dedicated social services staff, and a powerful network of community-based partners.
Learn more at www.yearup.org
Sunday, June 1
This week we speak with Chris Sullivan, the Youth & Family Programs Manager at The Pacific Science Center.
Not only is the Pacific Science Center a world class science museum that has served Seattle well since 1962; it has also been offering a summer camp program since the early 1980s. This year’s theme is Camps For Curious Minds and Chris tells us that the goal of such camps is to have students asking more questions after their week of camp than they had before. The subjects focus on STEM disciplines. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Camps are offered for everyone from Preschool through High School and at several locations in Seattle and throughout the East side.
Learn more and register online at www.pacificsciencecenter.org
Sunday, May 18
Our guest this week is David Richart, the Executive Director at Komen Puget Sound.
Sunday, June 1st is the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure and with hopes of raising one million dollars; David tells us of the uses for such funds, the need in our community and so much more about breast cancer. It turns out that Washington has one of the highest incidences of breast cancer in the country. But we also have some of the best research facilities in the country as well with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington.
Register for the Race for the Cure and learn more about breast cancer online at www.komenpugetsound.org
Sunday, May 18
Our guests this week want to put a stop to bullying and they’ve enlisted some big names to help.
We speak with Mia Doces, Anti-Bullying specialist at Committee for Children. And from the Seattle Mariners; Gregg Greene, the Senior Director of Marketing, and Gina Hasson, the Senior Director of Community Relations.
The Seattle Mariners are in the midst of an Anti-Bullying campaign featuring ace pitcher Felix Hernandez and local grammy winning rapper Macklemore.
Almost 30 percent of teens in the United States are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both. Bullying can lead teenagers to feel tense, anxious, and afraid. It can affect their concentration in school, and can lead them to avoid school in some cases.
Learn more online at http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/changethegame.jsp and www.cfchildren.org
Sunday, May 11
This week we ought to be TV instead of Radio….we meet wildlife photographer Steven Gnam and Publisher Helen Cherullo. Steven’s new book Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies is published by Braided River, a non-profit book publisher whose mission is not only to celebrate wildlife, wild places and local culture through art; but to inspire stewardship of the natural world through that art and education. Steven will present his photos and speak at The Mountaineers Program Center in Seattle on July 24th.
Learn more online at www.braidedriver.org and enjoy some of Steven Gnam’s book at www.wildestrockies.org
Sunday, May 4
This week we speak with Mark Johnson, the Director of Development and Communications at Volunteers of America, Western Washington. Mark reminds us of the need to stay generous with our donations of both treasure and time during the spring and summer. People tend to remember people less fortunate than themselves during the Holiday Season yet the need does not drop off now that we’ve hit the warmer months. Saturday, the 10th of May the National Letter Carriers Union has their annual food drive: Stamp Out Hunger. Mark encourages us all to leave a few cans of food in our mailbox on Saturday. Learn more at www.voaww.org
Sunday, April 27
5:30amEdward Albee’s heavy-weight play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is The Seattle Repertory Theatre’s current production. How does the Seattle Rep keep us engaged and entertained simultaneously and how have they done it for more than 50 years?
This week we speak with lead actor in “Virginia Woolf” R. Hamilton Wright, and the play’s director Braden Abraham about keeping theater relevant to today’s audience in such an intense play while staying true to the playwright’s original themes and ideas.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf plays at the Bagley Wright Theatre through May 18. Learn more at www.seattlerep.org
Sunday, April 20
Earth Day is Tuesday, A pril 22. This week we celebrate Earth Day with Tom Watson, King County’s Recycling and Environmental Services Project Manager. Tom gives us the low down on how we can make individual changes and choices that will have an impact on not only the Puget Sound environment, but globally as well. We talk Climate Change, toxins around the house, how to dispose of those questionable items, and lots more. Tom encourages us all to take action on something this year for our own benefit and the long-term survival of the planet. Learn more online or ask Tom questions directly at www.kcecoconsumer.com
Sunday, April 13
Music has healing power, and our guests this week have a practical and unique way to demonstrate that mystical connection.
This week we talk with the founders and Directors of The Melodic Caring Project; Levi and Stephanie Ware. The Melodic Caring Project is about an artist or band playing a live and extremely personal show for a select group of patients (sick kids and teenagers) via the internet directly to the patient’s hospital bed or home where they can watch the show in the comfort and anonymity of their own room. Stephanie and Levi describe to us how the patient’s family and friends join in and send real-time messages of encouragement and love to create a true sense of community and support. Go online to learn more about The Melodic Caring Project, including upcoming concerts with Switchfoot and The Presidents of the United States of America.
Sunday, March 23
This week we speak with Megan Wegner, the Program Director and Leah Parker, a long time participant at the Tavon Center who has cerebral palsy.
The Tavon Center is a program for disabled young adults. For most young people, graduation from high school is a step toward the future. It is an exciting time of finding independence, attending college, traveling or starting a career. But what happens to the young person with a disability upon leaving high school? The transition to adulthood is exceedingly complex. For most, they no longer see friends, activities and social interactions are decreased, and the opportunity to learn and experience new things is severely limited.Tavon Center in Issaquah provides a meaningful daily experience for young adults with disabilities in a caring, productive environment. Through working in the gardens, caring for animals, practicing daily living activities, and building interpersonal skills, participants gain capability and confidence.
Learn more online at www.tavoncenter.org
Sunday, March 16
This week we look at a great model for public and private partnerships for the public good when King County Drug Diversion Court’s Tom Essex and David Uhl from Recovery Cafe discuss options for those in our criminal justice system that are fighting chemical addiction. Drug Court offers an alternative to jail time for felony drug convictions of those with addictions that is both cheaper for the tax-payer and has a track record of helping those with their recovery. Sent to non-profits like Recovery Cafe, the lives of drug offenders can be changed and turned around. That helps them individually and society as they move from being a drain on the system to becoming a contributing member of society. Learn more about King County Drug Diversion Court and Recovery Cafe on line at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/DrugCourt and http://www.recoverycafe.org/
Sunday, March 9
This week we talk with Robin Crowder, Marketing & Development Director; and Brenda Vanderloop, Public Relations Consultant for 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living. 21 Acres is a nonprofit agricultural and environmental learning center show-casing the agricultural heritage of our region. 21 Acres is an actual living laboratory that demonstrates sustainable design and technologies as well as ways to maximize the beneficial aspects of fresh local produce and farm products. Supporting the farm and school, 21 Acres features a retail market, commercial kitchen and special event rental space, all housed on the property and within the LEED Platinum Certified green building. Learn more at www.21acres.org
Sunday, March 2
With the Seattle waterfront going through major changes, we take time this week to look back at the history of Seattle’s waterfront. Jennifer Ott is a Staff Historian at Historylink.org. Historylink.org is an online encyclopedia of Washington State and local history. It provides a free, authoritative, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public.
Jennifer is able to take us all the way back to when the Yesler sawmill stood on a pier 900 feet long over tide flats, to finally building a seawall in the 1930s, to construction of the viaduct, and up to the viaduct’s demise and the tunnel boring machine named Bertha.
Learn more about Seattle and Washington’s past online at www.Historylink.org