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Nature Now #425
Wolves in Washington

(First airdate: August 21, 2019) Mary Robson interviews wildlife biologists Lorna and Darrell Smith about the difficulties of protecting wolf populations, and other factors influencing the survival of ‘heritage’ carnivores.

John Delaney

(First airdate: August 20, 2019) Host Sheila Bender speaks in studio with Port Townsend resident John Delaney about his newest book Twenty Questions and how he’s seen poetry change since receiving his MFA in poetry in the nineteen seventies.

PT Film Festival

(First airdate: August 20, 2019) The Port Townsend Film Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Volunteer Coordinator Chuck Moses spotlights for Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can a few of the special opportunities to get involved with this signature Port Townsend multi-day event of over film, food and fun.

Compass for the Week of 8/19/2019

Teenage years are never easy, but in recent years an increasing number of troubled teens consider suicide as an option. Port Townsend has not escaped this. Four years ago 15-year-old Benji Kenworthy took his own life, which first shattered this community but then led to an option that can help save teenager’s lives. The Benji Project provides teenagers with stress management and emotional resilience skills to keep them from a drastic action that will affect everyone around them. On today’s Compass we talk with Cynthia Osterman, Benji’s mother, who has built the project into a valuable local resource.

PT City Council Position 6 Candidates

(Airdate: August 15, 2019) Port Townsend City Council Position 6 candidates Amy Howard and Bernie Arthur are interviewed by KPTZ’s Charlie Bermant.

Nature Now #424
Endangered Butterflies

(Encore airdate: August 14, 2019) Debaran Kelso hosts a rebroadcast of show #207 “Endangered Butterflies and Prairie Restoration” with host Kate Dwyer and guest Ted Thomas, senior ecologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

#133 Wayne Chimenti, Community Boat Project

(First airdate: August 13, 2019) WAYNE CHIMENTI: CREATING SAILORS & SUCCESS STORIES. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Wayne Chimenti, director of the Community Boat Project and former skipper of the Adventuress. For years Wayne has been instrumental in helping to rescue troubled teens through maritime training. He calls that course “beautiful chaos”.  But now he’s onto a new program called “Shelter From the Storm”. It’s designed to teach practical construction skills to young adults (18 to 25) who haven’t found their footing. Among other projects, they are building tiny homes. Most of them are what Wayne gently calls “housing insecure”, so being able to essentially build shelter is a huge step towards a productive and financially secure future.

Seafood Certification

(First airdate: August 8, 2019) This month’s Coastal Café explores what is behind the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) seafood certification label as we speak with Pippa Kohn, an MSC fishery assessment manager based in in Seattle. Pippa unpacks and describes some of the protocols, guidelines and challenges behind the blue label we see on products such as wild-caught tuna, salmon and even Antarctic Toothfish.

Jerry Osborne

(First airdate: August 7, 2019) KPTZ radio host Jerry Osborne joins CrisWilson to talk about his book Elvis: Like Any Other Soldier. It is a special 50th Anniversary edition commemorating Elvis’ army years. We have included recordings of young Elvis talking about his army experiences and some music that make this Booklovers’ broadcast unique.

Pickin’ Produce with your Pals

(First airdate: August 6, 2019) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can talks with the “Gleaners” from the Quimper Community Harvest Gleaning Crew about the bountiful produce that is collected and distributed to others in need. Gleaners harvest and distribute local fruits and vegetables to the community and schools. Seth Roland and Doug Van Allen discuss the process and opportunities to get involved, learn a bit about fruit handling and make some new friends.

Charles Fleishman

(First airdate: August 6, 2019) Host Sheila Bender turns the microphone around to interview KPTZ sound engineer/editor Charlie Fleishman about his own writing, his work with authors, and his accomplished editing for “In Conversation.”

Compass for the Week of 8/05/2019

In this edition of Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker speaks with Mary-Wynne Ashford, M.D., author and activist, who has been a leader in the international peace and disarmament movement for several decades.  She’ll be one of the keynote speakers this week during events at the Cotton Building.  From our civilization’s naive exploration of Nuclear Energy in the 1940s and 1950s to coping in subsequent decades with the Genie that’s out of the bottle, it is important for us to remember two profound days in history that changed the world. On August 6th and 9th the community of Port Townsend will reflect on the meaning, tragedy and lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with music, poetry, movies, speakers, ceremony and prayer.

City Council Candidate Owen Rowe

(Airdate: August 1, 2019) Unopposed Port Townsend City Council candidate Owen Rowe discusses the issues with his predecessor, two-term council member Bob Gray.

Nature Now #422
Unseen Life in the Oceans, Part 2

(Reprise airdate: July 31, 2019) Dr. Virginia Armbrust, Director of the University of Washington School of Oceonography, joins host Nan Evans to talk about the weird world of microscopic organisms that populate the world’s oceans, and why we should know about them and even care.

#139 Steve Heigel: Paddling the Ocean Blue

(First airdate: July 30, 2019) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Steve Heigel, the owner of PT Paddlesports. Steve rents everything from kayaks to standup paddle boards from his location near the Marine Science Center at Fort Worden. The thrills of being out on the water include regular sightings of eagles, otters and sometimes even dolphins. He’s a stickler for safety and all of his clients must wear safety gear. Steve watches the weather and tides like a hawk and makes sure everyone’s enjoying the full maritime experience. When he’s not running tours and supervising trips, Steve’s racing kayaks. Steve and his wife, Amy, successfully completed the recent Race to Alaska…well, they completed the 70/48. That race is from Tacoma to Port Townsend. Participants must row or paddle 70 miles in under 48 hours.

Compass for 7/29/2019

This week on the Compass, we talk with Mike Schleckser, better known to KPTZ listeners as DJ Max, a Port Townsend man whose father passed away and, as a tribute to his dad, Mike decided to go for a long walk from Mexico to Canada all by himself – 2,650 miles. It took four months, and today he tells us all about the pain and the joy.

Jefferson Healthcare Commissioners

(Airdate: July 25, 2019) KPTZ’s Charlie Bermant interviews incumbent Jefferson Healthcare Commissioners Jill Buhler Rienstra and Matt Ready, both unopposed in the November election, during which they discuss what they want to accomplish during their next terms.

Nature Now #421
PT Marine Science Center’s Intertidal Citizen Science Project

(First airdate: July 24, 2019) Nan Evans talks with Betsy Carlson, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and Michael Siddel, Americorps volunteer and the Citizen Science Lab Educator, about the ongoing efforts of citizen scientists to learn more about the intertidal habitats along our shores.

Peter Donahue

(Reprise airdate: July 23, 2019) Host Sheila Bender speaks via phone with author Peter Donahue about his book Three Sides Water in the repeat of a broadcast that originally aired in January 2019.

Compass for the Week of 7/22/2019

Summer is upon us with warm sunny weather, and the waters of the Olympic shore beckon to boaters of every stripe to come play. So this week on the Compass we reprise a show produced previously by veteran kayaker and KPTZ DJ Chris Bricker on the subject of kayak safety, which was motivated by the tragic deaths of two kayakers off the Dungeness Spit when the weather suddenly turned bad in April of 2015.

PT City Council Candidates

(Airdate: July 18, 2019)  KPTZ’s Charlie Bermant interviews Port Townsend City Council Position 7 candidates David Faber (incumbent) and Tyler Vega (challenger).