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Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting Eagle Wings DisAbility Ministries

Kinder Smoots, the Executive Director of Eagle Wings Disability Ministries talks about all the fun events they have for people with disabilities. The events are 100% free to the clients. She shares her own story about being in a wheel chair briefly and how it brought it all home how some people with disabilities are treated. She is out to change the world and you can help out with donations or volunteering.
Eagle Wings DisAbility Ministries

Spotlighting Broken Water with Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane is the author of “Broken Water: An Extraordinary True Story,” recounts the incredible journey of 11 sisters who navigated through a childhood filled with abuse, neglect, and separation in the foster care system. It is a raw and honest portrayal of their eventual reconnection and healing as they bravely share their individual tales of resilience and survival. Barbara shares her reunion story and how she found healing from all the trauma’s of her childhood. Barbara Lane

Spotlighting Un-Addiction with Nzinga Harrison MD

~A revolutionary guide that will change the way we understand, talk about & overcome substance use disorders~ 
Drawing from a wealth of well-researched studies and years of personal experience, DR. NZINGA HARRISON uncovers the intricate factors that predict a person’s risk of falling into addiction. From genetics and early experiences to the surroundings we grow up in, injuries, discrimination, and cultural influences, she delves deep into the roots of this widespread issue.
 Through personal stories and eye-opening data, UN-ADDICTION challenges our preconceived notions about substance use, breaks down the stigma surrounding addiction, and encourages vital conversations that have the power to combat this growing epidemic.

Spotlighting Street Smart Safety for Women

Former Deputy Sheriff, Joy Farrow and  Domestic Violence Survivor, Laura Frombach, Co-authors of Street Smart Safety for Women: Your Guide to Defensive Living.
Joy and Laura draw on their experiences both personal and professional to provide those answers. Dedicated to educating women in personal safety and showing them a defensive living strategy and trusting in themselves can reduce their probability of becoming a victim of a crime. 
They talk about becoming persuasion proof, the importance of reporting crimes and how to check to see if you have been tagged.
Street Smart Safety for Women

Spotlighting Go Red For Women AHA

Dr. Imelda Dacones, Chairperson of Go Red for Women Puget Sound and Market President, Optum Pacific Northwest and Susan Koeppen, heart attack survivor. Both women are Go Red for Women Ambassadors for 2024. 
Susan shares her heart attack story and how she had no idea what was happening. She went to the ER and her life was saved. Dr Dacones gives us the low down on what the risks are and how to lower the risks.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Heart attack symptoms can differ for men and women, but the most common symptom for both is chest pain. Women might also have non-chest pain symptoms and less obvious warning signs. 
Symptoms in Women
·        Chest pain, but not always
·        Pain or pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen
·        Jaw, neck or upper back pain
·        Nausea or vomiting
·        Shortness of breath
·        Fainting
·        Indigestion
·        Extreme fatigue
 A heart attack is a life-or-death emergency, every second counts. If you think you or someone, you’re with has any symptoms of heart attack, call 911 and get to a hospital immediately.
 Ways to participate on Wear Red Day:
·  Wear red and take a selfie. Post your photo on social media with #WearRedDay #goREDwa and tell your followers why it’s important to wear red.
· Make heart health a priority. Commit to making one healthy change, no matter how small.
·  earn Hands Only CPR. Women are less likely to get bystander CPR than men. Become a lifesaver by watching a Hands-Only CPR demo on heart.org/nation. Hands-Only CPR is just two easy steps: call 911 if you see a teen or adult collapse and push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.
· Give to the American Heart Association. Support the fight against heart disease and stroke. Set up your fundraising page at WearRedDay.org
·  For 20 years, Go Red for Women by the American Heart Association has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps for cardiovascular disease in women. Get resources and take action at GoRedforWomen.org.

Spotlighting Life is Hard God is Good Let’s Dance with Brant Hansen

Brant Hansen is a bestselling author, syndicated radio host and advocate for healing children with correctable disabilities through CURE International Children’s Hospitals. His award-winning radio show, The Brant Hansen Show, airs on top stations in the U.S. and Canada. His podcast, The Brant and Sherri Oddcast, has been downloaded more than 15 million times. He has been named “Personality of the Year” multiple times by Christian Music Broadcasters and is called “Christian music ‘s most beloved radio personality” by Christian Voice Magazine. Brant writes about varied topics related to faith, including masculinity in his book, The Men We Need, and forgiveness in Unoffendable, about which he was recently interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America. Brant speaks often about being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult. Brant also proudly refers to himself as a “toast-obsessed nerd’ who was no less than president of the Illinois Student Librarians Association in high school. He also plays the accordion, “in spite of popular demand.”

Spotlighting Continuum Hospice & Palliative Care

Heather Peterson is the Volunteer Coordinator for Continuum and she loves to talk about making the best of now.  
When you or a loved one has been injured, diagnosed with a serious illness, or given a terminal diagnosis, you may not know where to turn for help.Heather Peterson is the Volunteer Coordinator for Continuum and she loves to talk about making the best of now.  
Continuum is hospice care and there is lots of room for you to volunteer and make the end more peaceful and loving for someone. 
Continumm Hospice and Palliative Care serves patients with expert medical care with compassion and pain management.
These services are designed to work with you and your family
to provide the support and care needed during this difficult time.
Continuum Hospice & Palliative Care

Spotlighting Recovery Gone Viral 2.0

Geoffrey Godfrey is a former Army Medic now Nurse Practitioner. He has a mission to help people get off drugs using humor, giving people a place to belong. Geoff works with Conquer Addiction Clinics. He was challenged to create a FB group to help those in recovery stay on track. It has turned into so much more. Geoff’s sense of humor and great compassion helps people feel loved, seen and heard and in fact the group has been responsible for many foiled suicide attempts because of the commitment of the staff and members of the group. If you are in recovery and you are looking for a community, this just might be it.

Spotlighting Hearts in Sync

It’s a love story and a mission! Ginine Emily and Mr. Tracy Lee Smith talk about Hearts in Sync, their music and their mission to help others be seen and heard. With their combined experience in music and corporate world they are creating an “Off Broadway” production to help corporations and their employees to find their passion and to feel valued. Ginine and Tracy are singer song writers authors and so much more.
Christmas Wish
Hearts in Sync

Spotlighting Pathfinder Manufacturing

David Trader is the CEO along with Laura Matthiesen, operations lead and Andrew Vuong, Director of Business Development with Pathfinder Manufacturing talk with us about their mission. Pathfinder Manufacturing is a leader in the precision machining, fabrication, and assembly of high-quality parts and equipment for a range of industries, including aerospace, space, automotive, defense, marine, agriculture, energy, and medical. Their full-service machine shop provides cost-effective, custom manufacturing solutions to our business partners around the world, with a strong focus on exceptional quality assurance, on-time delivery, and 24/7 customer service.
Pathfinder Manufacturing