Puget Sound Access

Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.

Sunday, May 1
5:30am –

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
5:30am –

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
5:30am –

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
5:30am –

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.


Sunday, April 3
5:30am –

This week we welcome back to the show the Center for Infectious Disease Research and hear from Founder, Dr. Kenneth Stuart and Professor David Sherman, Ph.D how much we do and don’t know about the Zika virus as well as long time killers like Tuberculosis.
The CIDR has been been pursuing new ways to cure infectious diseases for 40 years and will be hosting a Panel at  Town Hall Seattle on April 25th about the past, present, and future of Global Health.
Learn more online at www.cidresearch.org


Sunday, March 27
5:30am –

This week we speak with an inspirational family that came through a tragedy with a desire to help others. Tyler and Nancy Norwood are the 2016 Greater Puget Sound Mission Family for the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes has a rich history of lifesaving work from funding research that led to the Salk vaccine’s eradication of Polio to their current goals of preventing premature births, birth defects, and infant loss.
Nearly half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, and for approximately 40% of them we still do not know the cause.
The Norwoods share their personal story of the loss of their son Peyton and how they encourage others to participate in fundraising for research with the annual March for Babies.
The Seattle March for Babies takes place on Saturday, April 30th at the Seattle Center.
Learn more online at www.marchforbabies.org

Sunday, March 20
5:30am –

Few movies have the power to entertain you as well as move you to action. SOLD The Movie is one of those films.
Our guest this week is the Producer of SOLD, Jane Charles.
Starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, SOLD is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick and is based on real circumstances in India.
After beginning the project, Jane returned to Seattle determined to make a difference. She co-founded Stolen Youth, a non profit that raises awareness and funds to support the rescue and recovery of sexually exploited youth.
Winner of many Film Festival awards, SOLD opens locally on April 15th at the Sundance Cinemas in the University District. Jane will be on-hand April 15th and 16th for a Q & A after the film.
Learn more and watch the trailer online at www.soldthemovie.com