KPTZ Programs

Exploring the Olympics with the Sierra Club

(First airdate: June 25, 2019) Sierra Club Peninsula Chapter leaders Bill Volmut and Darlene Schanfald leads Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can on a “virtual hike” with NOG(North Olympic Group). Discussing this local chapter’s impact as a powerful voice for environmental issues on the Olympic Peninsula one understands why their membership is nearly 1,400 members strong in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Compass for the Week of 6/24/2019

Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows drew the final curtain on May 2, 2017, closing after 146 years. Immediately after, the city of Baraboo, Wisconsin (historic home of the Ringling Brothers) extended a heartfelt invitation to ALL former employees of the Greatest Show on Earth to attend its festival that summer as honored guests and Grand Marshalls of the Annual Circus Parade. KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker attended, not only to cover the event, but also as a former Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. In this reprise of an earlier Compass episode, we revisit some of these employees, especially those who took care of the Circus Train — the Show’s home on the rails — as it reached its final run.
Also, a year ago, we gathered together some Swan School kids for a “Question & Answer Session,” and we thought it would be fun to revisit their answers.

2019 Fiddle Tunes Warmup

KPTZ continues a 5-week broadcast of Joe McHugh’s “Rosin the Bow” podcast episodes leading up to Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Workshop in early July. “Rosin the Bow” explores some of the many roles the violin family of instruments play in the world today through a series of public radio programs, podcasts, and a comprehensive oral history archived by the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Traveling throughout the United States and other parts of the world, storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning radio journalist Joe McHugh and his wife Paula McHugh seek interviews with a variety of violin makers and musicians. To learn more, visit Tune in on Saturday mornings at 11am Pacific time:
- June 1: Scott Marckx, Port Townsend fiddle maker and player.
- June 9: Erynn Marshall, Canadian old-time fiddler, ethnomusicologist, teacher, and author.
- June 15: Old-tiime fiddler Carl Jones (musical partner of and married to Erynn Marshall)
- June 22: Stringband wizards Greg and Jere Canote

Tossed Salad for 6/21/2019

It's officially summer, so relax and enjoy a lovely Tossed Salad presented by Phil Andrus in honor of all your growing gardens.
1:00  Aislinn Palmer, Townsend Bay Music Festival
1:15  Jeanie Murphy, “Banjo Tunes, Tunings, and Lore”
2:15  Al Bergstein, Olympic Peninsula Environmental News
2:45  David King, Joe Finn, and Richard Watson, Balkan DJs all
3:45  Dale Russ and Tom Creegan, Irish tunes on fiddle and pipes
4:30  Deborah Kate Hammond reading from “The Boy Who Loved Words”, by Roni Schotter

Dick Schneider: Orchid Master

(First airdate: June 18, 2019) Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Dick Schneider, who runs the Orchid Recovery Program out at Raincoast Farms. A lifetime ago Dick was a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He relocated to the Olympic Peninsula to retire. But life in the slow lane didn’t sit well with a guy used to excitement. His interest in the food chain led to starting Raincoast Farms. It’s an experimental farm designed to help farmers increase their yield and quality. Farmers all through the region came to rely on him to guide them to raise fabulous fruit. The farm expanded beyond tomatoes, of course. Somehow someone asked him to save an orchid that was clearly on its last legs. He then became entranced with the tropical flower.  One thing led to another and now, with two greenhouses full of orchids, he donates orchids to a wide range of charities such as hospice, the Dove House, and even individuals recovering from surgery or disease.

Compass for 6/17/2019

We take a very different look at climate change than you have ever heard before on the Compass. Over the last six years, we have aired 46 programs looking at the threats of global warming, but today, we talk with an engineer who says he can prove that we have been getting it all wrong.

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