In Conversation

In Conversation – Ayelet Waldman

(first aired May 16, 2017). Host Sheila Bender speaks with Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman, and discusses her new book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life.

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In Conversation – Anna Quinn

(first aired May 2, 2017). Host Sheila Bender talks in studio with Port Townsend resident Anna Quinn about the road to publication and her work with aspiring writers.

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Compass for the Week of May 22, 2017

We take an incredible journey with Amanda Steuer-Zamora, a Port Townsend native who dreamed of becoming royalty – made that dream come true – then embarked on a life journey that has come full circle.

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Compass for the Week of May 15, 2017

We catch up with a best-selling author who has become a frequent visitor to Port Townsend … and we learn how you can overcome the fear of public speaking from a local comedian and the former mayor of Sequim.

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Compass for the Week of May 8, 2017

We speak with a Port Townsend resident who offers evidence that major news media outlets have been spreading fake news about flying saucers for decades.

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Compass for the Week of May 1, 2017

We talk with scientists, geologists and emergency personnel about a huge disaster that is on its way to the Pacific Northwest.

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Nature Now #309 Habitat Restoration with the WNPS

(first aired April 26, 2017). Dixie Llewellin and Sharon Schlentner of the Washington Native Plant Society join host Debaran Kelso to talk about the work done by the local Olympic Peninsula chapter. Closing music is “Prairie,” performed by Robin Spielberg.

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Compass for the Week of April 24, 2017

We attend a meet-and-greet event between local sustainability group 20/20 and their self-professed progressive state representative, Mike Chapman.

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#85 Don’s Pharmacy

(First airdate: April 25, 2017) DON’S PHARMACY: THE HOME TOWN ALTERNATIVE. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Don Hoglund, the owner of Don’s Pharmacy in Port Townsend. Don’s father – also named Don – founded the pharmacy but he died unexpectedly when his son was only 17 years old. Don, Jr. stepped right up to the challenge of taking over the family business. He has made Don’s Pharmacy one of the true success stories in Jefferson County. Whether you want to fill a prescription, order a classic milk shake, or buy school supplies or toys, Don’s is the local place to shop.

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In Conversation – Emily Menon Bender

(first aired April 18, 2017). University of Washington linguistics professor Emily Menon Bender joins host Sheila Bender to discuss what it was like to grow up with a poet mom.

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Nature Now #308 Port Townsend’s Meteor

(first aired April 19, 2017). A meteor landed in Chimacum on June 15, 1895. Geologist Annika Wallendahl joins host Mary Robson to fill in the details and talk about meteors and meteorites. Closing music is “Highway by Night,” performed by J.R. Smith and the Meteorites.

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Compass for the Week of April 17, 2017

This week on the Compass we ask the new publisher of the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader if the local newspaper is healthy … what changes he will bring … and whether the entire print media business itself is doomed.

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Nature Now #307 Tide Events & Myths

(first aired April 12, 2017). Author Jonathan White joins host Nan Evans via phone for their third conversation about various aspects of tides, based on his book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.” Closing music is “Tides,” sung by Jimmy Buffet.

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#84 Earll Murman

(First airdate: April 11, 2017) A LASER FOCUS ON IMPROVING PORT TOWNSEND. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Earll Murman, a retired MIT professor who brings his passion and finely trained scientific mind to many community issues: United Good Neighbors, LION (Local Investment Opportunity Network), the Jefferson County Community Foundation, the proposed new swimming pool, and simplifying corporate structure are all on his crowded agenda. Earll is determined to make Port Townsend a better place for all.

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Compass for the Week of April 10, 2017

We take a tour of Port Townsend’s spanking new state-of-the-art water treatment plant at the top of the town’s tallest hill, which seems to have no name.

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In Conversation – Curtis White

(first aired April 4, 2017). Host Sheila Bender interviews in studio Port Townsend resident Curtis White, and discusses his cultural criticism and fiction writing.

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Nature Now #306 All About Being an Aquarist and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center

(first aired April 5, 2017). Host Nan Evans talks to aquarist Ali Redman of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and finds out what it means to be in that position at PTMSC. Closing music is “Aquarius,” performed by Ronald Dyson.

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Women & Film #2

(First airdate: April 5, 2017) KPTZ’s Marcia Perlstein and Larry Stein interview Terrence Davies, director of A Quiet Passion, and Mercedes Wade, director of Breakfast at Ina’s. The Women & Film Festival is April 8-9, 2017.

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Women & Film #1

(First airdate: April 5, 2017) KPTZ’s Marcia Perlstein and Larry Stein interview Leah Warshawski, director of Big Sonia, and Amy Benson, director of Drawing the Tiger. The Women & Film Festival is April 8-9, 2017.

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Compass for the Week of April 3, 2017

A beleaguered EPA under a media blackout critiques Navy plans to increase unpopular Growler aircraft operations. What started as an emergency winter homeless shelter becomes a year-round operation. And woodworkers enjoy eggs, coffee, and community at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking Founders’ Breakfast.

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Nature Now #305 Bird Courtship

(first aired March 29, 2017). Host Mary Robson interviews in studio Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, and discusses the birds and the bees. Closing music is “Let’s Fall in Love,” sung by Nancy Sinatra.

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#119 Pro Bono Lawyers

(First airdate: March 21, 2017). Emily Henry interviews

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#83 Peter Braden

(First airdate: March 28, 2017) IF YOU ARE SIX YEARS OLD, HE’S YOUR SUPER HERO. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Peter Braden, first-grade teacher at Grant Street School. The curriculum has changed over the 29 years he’s been teaching, but his boundless enthusiasm for learning hasn’t. Peter is now teaching the kids of moms and dads who were once his students. And those parents appreciate and love a superhero teacher from classrooms past and present.

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Compass for the Week of March 27, 2017

This week on the Compass we talk with one of the leaders of a burgeoning local immigrant rights group (immigration activist Libby Palmer), and we take part in a cooperative art happening at Fort Worden (with artist Mavis Muller).

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In Conversation – Wren Ferris

(first aired March 21, 2017). Host Sheila Bender interviews via phone Port Townsend entrepreneur Wren Ferris, author of “Soak: An Homage to Water.”

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Nature Now #304 Elwha Restoration Planting – Part 1

(first aired March 22, 2017). Host Kate Dwyer interviews David Allen, nursery manager at the Matt Albright Native Plant Center in Sequim. This is the center of the re-vegetation effort for the Olympic National Park’s Elwha River Restoration, and Kate and David discuss in part one of the interview the planning and work that went into the project. Closing music is “Moon River,” played by Henry Mancini and orchestra.

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