Puget Sound Access

Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.

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:

Sunday, February 4
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 non profit 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, January 28
5:30am –

When you hear the phrase “Go Red for Women” each February, do you know what we’re talking about?

If not, you need to hear from our guests this week, The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Ambassadors for the Puget Sound, Latasha Haynes and Laura Pugh.

Both Laura and Tash have first hand cardiovascular/stroke stories to share that can teach us all the importance of paying attention to our heart health.

National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 2nd and by wearing red you can be part of the effort to raise awareness and empower women to take action to fight heart disease and stroke.

Learn more about the many ways you can get involved with Go Red For Women online at www.heart.org/goredpugetsound

Sunday, January 21
5:30am –

Our guests from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Washington/Alaska Chapter tell us about their efforts to raise money for research and support programs.

Sarah Morningstar is the Campaign Director and McKenzie Johnson is a Campaign Manager as well as a top fundraiser for this year’s Big Climb.

The Big Climb is just that, a pledge to climb the stairs in tallest building in Seattle, The Columbia Center, on March 25th. This has become a popular fundraiser and Sarah and McKenzie tell us of the camaraderie and spirit that flourishes as you make it to the 69th floor…the 1311th step up the 788 foot tall tower.

By recruiting sponsors, team members, and volunteers to participate in the Big Climb and other LLS events, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hope to eradicate this destructive blood cancer.

Learn more about the Big Climb and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society online at:



Sunday, January 14
5:30am –

Our guests this week have big news about a very big sporting event coming to Seattle this summer. Beth Knox is the President and CEO of the Special Olympics USA Games and Nathan Zeidman is an athlete representing Washington State. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in and around Seattle July 1-6.
Beth tell us that more than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports.
Nathan is Washington State’s Gold Medalist in Bocce and tells of the camaraderie and fun of not only competing, but  of meeting people. Beth also talked of the need of approximately 10,000 volunteers and the personal rewards that come with such an experience.

Learn more online at https://www.specialolympicsusagames.org/